What are the most common problems faced by academic institutions in providing information to health & medicine students?
According to 2013 report from Outsell, Inc., on Health Information Markets in the U.S., many university libraries and the students they serve struggle with:
- Search failure rate
- Time constraints
- Determining quality of resources
- Too much information
Several of these challenges result from the evolution of digital culture and changes in the way that information is being discovered and consumed by students. In keeping up with these developments, library professionals are honing new skills and adapting their job duties to accommodate this increasingly dynamic environment:
- Librarians frequently serve as guides for health & medicine students navigating such an abundance of information and help users identify search tools that will provide them with the best research outcomes.
- In many cases, librarians are becoming more involved and integral to the research process for students, and operating less in traditional support or advisor capacities.
Hiram College in Ohio offers a B.S. program in Nursing (B.S.N.) along with a major in Biomedical Humanities (one of the few such undergraduate programs available in this field). Hiram is also starting up two new programs: one in Integrative Exercise Science and one in Public Health.
“Lots of initiatives for a small liberal arts college,” says Hiram librarian, Jeffery Wanser. Currently, Wanser serves as the library’s liaison for most of these programs.
“As part of my liaison duties, I provide library instruction to several Nursing classes,” he explains. “This includes database searching, and I take the students through the process of using each database (sometimes Medline too). Their primary goal is to find evidence-based practice for whatever they’re looking up, so I show them the strategies for finding what they need.”
One of the databases Hiram has available for students in healthcare is the Nursing & Allied Health Database from ProQuest. For a librarian in Wanser’s position, simplifying the process of connecting students with the information they need is as important as the quality of the information available.
This means content providers – like ProQuest – also have to be flexible and responsive to keep up with libraries’ changing needs and constantly strive to make librarians’ jobs easier.
“It seems that the interface for ProQuest Nursing has changed over the last couple of years, and I like it much better than I used to,” Wanser notes. “The thesaurus is easier to use, and it’s nice to have a choice between ProQuest’s thesaurus and the medical subject headings (MeSH) used by the National Library of Medicine.”
While other providers tend to focus solely on the information needs of professionals, the ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Database is best used for those preparing for a career in healthcare, teaching patient care, or engaged in nursing research. The variety of source types equips students, faculty, and researchers with the latest developments, best practice, and research in all areas of nursing practice.
ProQuest’s Health Research Premium Collection is a comprehensive resource for researchers, students, faculty, and healthcare professionals. Users will find biomedical content from MEDLINE®, built on a core of premier scholarly journals in full text such as The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Nature, and The BMJ.
By providing access to these collections, faculty and students can monitor the latest thinking to improve patient care with a diverse array of expertly curated content from renowned publishers via leading journals, ebooks, clinical training videos, instructional materials, case studies, dissertations and theses, and the following key resources.
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