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Clinical librarianship in the UK: temporary trend or permanent profession? Part I: a review of the role of the clinical librarian.

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posted on 08.03.2013 by Sally J.E. Sargeant, Janet Harrison
BACKGROUND: This paper is the first of a two-part series of articles presenting the role of the clinical librarian (CL) in the UK today. It situates the CL concept historically, and specifically reports the findings from a study in 2002 (Skinner, The Role of the Clinical Librarian in the UK. MSc Dissertation. Loughborough University: Department of Information Science). RELEVANCE: The impetus for the 2002 study was the awareness of an increase in job advertisements within the NHS for roles seeking to enhance the practice of evidence-based medicine, which included elements of clinical librarianship. Therefore the research was undertaken to establish whether this increase was coincidental, or the beginning of a new professional role for librarians. METHODS: A content analysis of CL job advertisements, examining job titles and duties was undertaken. Twenty-three advertisements were scrutinized, and these results are presented here. As a complementary investigation, a postal questionnaire was sent to a sample of practising CLs in the UK. RESULTS: Several duties can be classified as core to the role of the CL. However there is a great diversity of duties attached to this core, reflecting an absence of nationally accepted practice. CONCLUSION: Further work was necessary to assess current practice and how clinical librarianship can continue to grow at local and national levels. This is addressed in Part Two of this series.

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SARGEANT, S.J.E. and HARRISON, J., 2004. Clinical librarianship in the UK: temporary trend or permanent profession? Part I: a review of the role of the clinical librarian. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 21 (3), pp. 173 - 181.

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© Health Libraries Group

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2004

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Closed Access. This article was published in the Health Information and Libraries Journal [© Health Libraries Group] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-1842.2004.00510.x

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1471-1834

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