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Collaborative research to develop a specialist, post-graduate competency-based education curriculum and continuing professional development structure for health librarians in Australia

Ritchie, Ann, Hallam, Gillian C., Hamill, Cheryl, Lewis, Suzanee, Foti, Melanie, O'Connor, Patrick, & Clark, Catherine (2010) Collaborative research to develop a specialist, post-graduate competency-based education curriculum and continuing professional development structure for health librarians in Australia. In Cooperation and Collaboration in Teaching and Research : Trends in Library and Information Studies Education : IFLA-ALISE-EUCLID Satellite Meeting, 8-9 August 2010, University of Borås, Borås, Sweden. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Through a grant received from the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), members of Health Libraries Australia (HLA) are collaborating with a researcher/educator to conduct a twelve month research project with the goal of developing an educational framework for the Australian health librarianship workforce of the future. The collaboration comprises the principal researcher and a representative group of practitioners from different sectors of the health industry who are affiliated with ALIA in various committees, advisory groups and roles.

The research has two main aims: to determine the future skills requirements for the health librarian workforce in Australia; and to develop a structured, modular education framework for specialist post-graduate qualifications together with a structure for ongoing continuing professional development.

The paper highlights some of the major trends in the health sector and some of the main environmental influences that may act as drivers for change for health librarianship as a profession, and particularly for educating the future workforce. The research methodology is outlined and the main results are described; the findings are discussed with regard to their implications for the development of a structured, competency-based education framework.

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ID Code: 37958
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: It is currently uncertain where all, or selected, papers presented at the IFLA-ALISE-EUCLID satellite meeting will be formally published. Further details will be provided once a decision has been made.
Keywords: Health libraries, Health librarianship, Competences, Library education, Continuing professional development, Australia
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Library and Information Studies not elsewhere classified (080799)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Schools > Information Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 The Authors
Deposited On: 15 Oct 2010 10:04
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 03:06

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