Evidence for change: library needs assessment at the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region

Powelson, Susan (2009). Evidence for change: library needs assessment at the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region. In: Positioning the Profession: the Tenth International Congress on Medical Librarianship, Brisbane, Australia, (1-13). August 31-September 4, 2009.

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Author Powelson, Susan
Title of paper Evidence for change: library needs assessment at the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region
Conference name Positioning the Profession: the Tenth International Congress on Medical Librarianship
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates August 31-September 4, 2009
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
Start page 1
End page 13
Formatted Abstract/Summary Objectives:
The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) Health Sciences Library conducted a needs assessment to determine, among RQHR staff, physicians and students:
(1) the level of awareness of library services,
(2) the use of library services, particularly print and electronic resources,
(3) the reasons why information is needed. Additionally the study helped to determine the uptake of the electronic resources, and the impact of information on patient care and program planning decisions.

Design & Methods:
A survey was sent to all RQHR physicians, medical residents and students (n=564), and a random sample of RQHR health practitioners identified as information users (n=1200).

Results & Conclusions:
The response rate among physicians and staff was 47%. Despite significant promotional activities, some staff remained unaware of the library and library services. Additional work needs to be done to identify these individuals and enhance library promotion. Staff and physicians are continuing to use print departmental collections, and lack of computers in the units is impeding complete adoption of electronic resources. Easy offsite access is a critical issue that needs to be resolved.
Subjects 0807 Library and Information Studies
Keyword Evidence Based Practice
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

 
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