Program Session

1 - The Value of Case Studies in Evidence-Based Librarianship: An Examination of the Journal of the Medical Library Association

Monday, May 29
10:35 AM - 10:50 AM
Room: 604

Objectives: The Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) publishes case studies to enable authors to make a scholarly contribution to the practice of health science librarianship and allow readers to discover new or innovative library services and programs. Here, we describe JMLA’s history of publishing case studies and argue for the value of case studies in an evidence-based librarianship context.

Methods: We explored the JMLA’s history of publishing case studies articles by examining changes over time in the average of number of case studies published per issue and by interviewing past JMLA editors about their opinions of and editorial policies toward case studies. To assess the perceived value of case reports to readers, we examined the usage statistics of case studies articles as reported by PubMed Central. This data will inform our discussion of the educational and practical value of case studies to both authors and readers, the advantages and disadvantages of case studies compared with more rigorous study designs, and tips for writing high-quality case studies for publication in JMLA.

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Keywords: case studies, scholarly communication, writing, publishing, innovative library services and programs, evidence-based librarianship, research



Program Session

Katherine G. Akers

Biomedical Research and Data Specialist
Shiffman Medical Library
Detroit, Michigan

Katherine Akers, PhD is the Biomedical Research/Research Data Specialist in the Shiffman Medical Library at Wayne State University. She is responsible for the management and coordination of research and research data services and is formulating vision, setting goals, and recommending policy leading toward the creation and development of programs that expand the library's role in campus research initiatives. Katherine was trained as an experimental psychologist and has 10 years of experience conducting neuroscience research and publishing in leading scientific journals. She is also the current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Medical Library Association.

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Kathleen Amos

Assistant Director, Academic/Practice Linkages
Public Health Foundation
Public Health Foundation
Washington, DC

Kathleen Amos, AHIP, serves as the Assistant Director for Academic/Practice Linkages for the Public Health Foundation (PHF) in Washington, DC. In this role, she manages projects designed to build collaboration between academia and public health practice and strengthen the public health workforce. She coordinates the activities of the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice, as well as efforts related to increasing the use of evidence in community health improvement planning and enhancing access to public health training evaluation resources. Her prior experience includes a Sewell Memorial Fund Learning Partnership fellowship at PHF and the National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program. Kathleen currently serves MLA as the Assistant Editor for the Journal of the Medical Library Association and has previously served as Managing Editor for the Research Section’s journal, Hypothesis, and on several MLA juries. Kathleen holds a Master of Library and Information Studies degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and social anthropology, both from Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS, Canada.

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