Objectives: This is a two-phase study examining a developed cross-disciplinary model of online library curriculum development for health sciences librarianship (HSL). The model is built upon the evolving HSL core competencies interlinking to new demands and challenges imposed upon librarians and their emerging roles. These competencies overlap with the MLA’s code of ethics, MLA’s seven competencies, and SLA’s six core competencies with additional enabling competencies.
Methods: A systematic review is conducted to identify emerging HSL roles and the associated professional settings. The alignment of recognized competencies and collected roles of HSL provides an operational examination and research-based evidence for both developing and updating curricular learning outcomes, course content and delivery approaches, and student career pathways for existing online graduate HSL specialization courses in library programs. This study aims to further identify the required knowledge and skills for an entry-level health science librarian by surveying a purposive sample of employers to specify what knowledge base, subject knowledge, and specialized expertise a new librarian is expected to attain through graduate library study.
Results: The survey findings will be mapped to the cross-disciplinary model to complement and enrich the specified core competencies of HSL across the recognized new streams of professional settings and their innovative practices.
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Keywords: Health Sciences Librarianship (HSL); online graduate library curriculum; code of ethics; professional core competency; enabling competency; text mining approach; research-based evidence
Emporia State University
Jinxuan Ma, MLS, Ph.D., Assistant professor in School of Libary and Information Management at Emporia State University. Major research interests include consumer health information-seeking behavior, health informatics, STEM education, and LIS theories and research methods.
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