Are the charts in the carts or the records in the trolley? Clinical librarianship, UK versus USA experiences

Harrison, Janet and Beraquet, Vera (2009). Are the charts in the carts or the records in the trolley? Clinical librarianship, UK versus USA experiences. In: Positioning the Profession: the Tenth International Congress on Medical Librarianship, Brisbane, Australia, (1-7). August 31-September 4, 2009.

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Author Harrison, Janet
Beraquet, Vera
Title of paper Are the charts in the carts or the records in the trolley? Clinical librarianship, UK versus USA experiences
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 7
Formatted Abstract/Summary This paper reports the findings of research investigating the activities of Clinical Librarians in both the UK and USA. It was conducted in 2007 and 2008 by an international team of researchers from the UK and Brazil. The aims of the project were to identify the similarities and differences between the UK and the USA Clinical Librarians in practice and their education and backgrounds. The objectives were to discover if the two co-horts are the same underneath the differing use of a common language, English, or are there genuine differences in their practices.

Given that the UK offers a state funded healthcare system and the USA does not it could be expected that these two groups of professionals operate differently. Are both groups operating in the same way, providing a similar service for clinicians? Can an international standard of Clinical Librarian service be established?

The scoping of the UK group has been completed; the scoping of the USA group is to be completed by the end of 2008.Will professionalism win out? Will it be globalization for the Clinical Librarians or localization? This project is both unique and timely as it will add to the body of literature that has identified Clinical Librarian practices in both environments. The results of this project will be presented in full in 2009.
Subjects 0807 Library and Information Studies
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

 
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