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Healthcare librarians and learner support: competencies and methods

Robinson, L., Hilger - Ellis, J., Osborne, L. , Rowlands, J., Smith, J. M., Weist, A., Whetherly, J. & Phillips, R. (2005). Healthcare librarians and learner support: competencies and methods. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 22(s2), pp. 42-50. doi: 10.1111/j.1470-3327.2005.00612.x


London Health Libraries (LHL) are undertaking a project, in order to develop the role of their library and knowledge services staff in supporting learners within the NHS in the London area [LHL Learner Support Project]. This paper reports on the first phase of the project, a literature analysis to provide guidance on the skills and competences needed for library and knowledge staff to perform this function. A variety of competences are identified, and structured in a model incorporating both training skills and general professional competencies. Library and knowledge staff will need themselves to have a high-level of information literacy and to be active lifelong learners. A ‘blended learning’ approach, involving e-learning together with other methods, is identified as the most appropriate way for skills to be acquired.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Learner support, information literacy, healthcare libraries
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Media, Culture & Creative Industries > Library & Information Science
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