Information resources and their administration in a specialized field and for a specialized clientele. The emphasis is on the nature of the field, problems of collection development, bibliographic access, retrieval and use by clientele, and administrative issues in solving these problems. Specialized fields regularly examined are law, business, and health sciences.
Upon completion of this course, a student should have developed a basic understanding of the practice of health sciences librarianship, and be able to:
- select, evaluate and use the basic health sciences reference sources and bibliographic databases;
- understand the process of evidence based practice within health sciences and be able to select the "best evidence" within the literature to help solve problems;
- discuss and analyze key issues facing health sciences librarians today;
- demonstrate a knowledge of user groups within health sciences and the types of work environments for health sciences librarians.
An examination of major reference sources in health sciences, collections issues, literature searching specific to health sciences, evidence-based practice, teaching/bibliographic instruction, professional practice issues, consumer health, and an overview of the many health sciences environments in which librarians work and types of services they provide.
Lectures, discussions, readings, demonstrations, small-group work, guest lectures, hands-on learning, student presentations and case scenarios.
Pre-requisites may vary.
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