Competence in the information professions: a comparative analysis and environmental scan

Dalrymple, Prudence W. and Roderer, Nancy K. (2009). Competence in the information professions: a comparative analysis and environmental scan. In: Positioning the Profession: the Tenth International Congress on Medical Librarianship, Brisbane, Australia, (1-15). August 31-September 4, 2009.

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Author Dalrymple, Prudence W.
Roderer, Nancy K.
Title of paper Competence in the information professions: a comparative analysis and environmental scan
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 15
Formatted Abstract/Summary The prominence of knowledge and information in increasingly global, technological societies are accompanied by challenges to the traditional spheres of professional competence. Three related disciplines—health informatics, health sciences librarianship, and health information management--share many of the same ideals and principles, yet the educational pathways to these professions are controlled by different accreditations and jurisdictions.

As a result, students seeking to prepare for careers in these domains find it difficult to select the program that best meets their needs, or even to understand and distinguish among them. Both clarity and visibility are necessary for the information professions to continue to inspire the trust of the publics they seek to serve.

This paper will report on a comparison of the competencies promulgated by professional groups in North America within these three professions, which influence the curricula used in educational programs that prepare entrants to these professions. It will further report on initiatives currently being explored to clarify and strengthen the information professions.

Questions will be raised as to what further delineation and focus is required for health sciences librarianship—should it align with other professions. What can the North American community learn from approaches taken elsewhere? As the answers to these questions will affect the future direction and position of the profession, this paper will conclude with reflections on approaches to optimizing the profession’s position in the current climate.
Subjects 0807 Library and Information Studies
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

 
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