Liberty Chapter Reading Club

 Join the Liberty Chapter Reading Club for a series of stimulating hour-long online discussions of articles selected by facilitators Helen-Ann Brown Epstein and Marie Ascher.

These events are open exclusively to current members of the Liberty Chapter. Registration is free. Sessions are held online. Online meeting info is sent to those registered for the event one day before the journal club.

Upcoming Reading Clubs

    • 04/02/2024
    • Online, a meeting link will be sent to registered attendees via email the week before the session

    Registration is free and open only to members of the Liberty Chapter
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    Marie Ascher


    The impact of libraries and informationists on patient and population care: a mixed-methods study.

    Shannon C, Freeman J, MacEachern M, et al.  J Med Libr Assoc. 2024;112(1):5-12. doi:10.5195/jmla.2024.1520


    Objective: While several studies have examined the effectiveness of librarian interactions with clinicians and impact of librarians on patient care, no studies have explored a library’s effects on population care. The goal of this study was to investigate the library’s impact on both patient and population care.

    Using a sequential exploratory mixed-methods design, we first interviewed a small set of clinicians and researchers active in patient and population care. Based on the themes that we discovered through coding the interviews, we created a survey that was sent to faculty in the health sciences and the health system.

    Results: We collected data from a representative sample of our population. We discovered that all respondents value the library and informationists, using our services most for teaching, publishing, presenting, and professional development.

    Conclusion: We now have data to support our value to our population and to show where we can do more work to improve the use of our services. Our study shows the value of doing a mixed-methods sequential exploration in which themes that are important to our user community were identified prior to launching a large-scale survey.

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