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Title:Working in the Health Information Profession: Perspectives, Experiences and Trends. Project WHIPPET.
Author(s):Sen, Barbara A.; Chapman, Elizabeth L.; Villa, Robert
Subject(s):Health professionals
information skills
job roles
Abstract:Project WHIPPET funded by the European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL) aims to understand the diversity of information roles in the health sector. A pilot survey was distributed at the EAHIL workshop, Stockholm (2013). Ninety-eight questionnaires were distributed and 47 completed responses were received (48% response rate). The results demonstrate the continued use of the terms `library' and `librarian'. Key roles are teaching and training, literature searching, and management. A wide range of skills and attributes are needed to carry out these roles. Soft skills were mentioned most frequently, followed by LIS skills, management, and IT skills. Skills development needs were identified, with IT and new technologies cited most frequently, followed by management and pedagogical skills. Issues relating to budgets and finance were identified as a major challenge. Other challenges included staff issues, new technologies, keeping up-to-date and promoting services. Impact is primarily through teaching, research support and effective service management. The issues will be explored through a wider survey and analysis of focus groups and interviews. The findings will support future planning, training and development within the profession.
Issue Date:2014-03-01
Citation Info:Sen, B. A., Chapman, E. L., & Villa, R. (2014). Working in the Health Information Profession: Perspectives, Experiences and Trends. Project WHIPPET. In iConference 2014 Proceedings (p. 933 - 940). doi:10.9776/14321
Series/Report:iConference 2014 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Poster
Other Identifier(s):321
Publication Status:published
Peer Reviewed:yes
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 is held by the authors of individual items in the proceedings. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-02-28

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