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Elevating Nursing Librarianship: Assessing Trends in Distance Librarian Services for Advanced Practice Nursing Programs

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Objectives : With the increasing popularity of distance education among universities and busy students, many Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) programs have shifted to become either online or hybrid programs. To meet the research and instruction needs of these students, some nursing librarians are using technology for virtual research and instruction.
Methods : This study was designed to assess the extent to which nursing librarians in North America are providing virtual research and instruction services for APN students. An IRB-approved survey with ten objective questions was developed to determine how librarians are providing services for APN students at their universities. It was announced in October 2017 through several health sciences librarian listservs. The survey ran for four weeks. Data were analyzed using Qualtrics and Excel.
Results : Eighty complete responses were received. The majority of respondents (66%) indicated that their universities' APN programs were conducted in a hybrid format and the same percentage also indicated that they generally provide library instruction in person. Most librarians indicated that they have provided research assistance through some virtual method (phone or email) and some have also used online chat (11%) and video chat (9%). A strong majority of librarians (95%) indicated that they feel comfortable using technology to provide research assistance and instruction.
Conclusions : Many opportunities exist for nursing librarians to use technology to provide virtual research assistance and library instruction. Greater promotion of these alternate methods can supplement traditional in-person services, providing greater flexibility for the busy schedules of graduate nursing students. Some outreach may be necessary to highlight the advantages of virtual services.

Gregg A. Stevens, AHIP

Health Sciences Librarian
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, New York

Gregg A. Stevens, MSLS, MST, AHIP, is a Health Sciences Librarian at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York. He is the liaison to the university’s School of Nursing, collaborating closely with nursing students and faculty, as well as with the nurses in the university hospital. Before 2017, he worked as a Health Sciences Librarian at Mercer University in Atlanta. He is an active member of MLA and its New York/New Jersey Chapter, where he was recently became Treasurer-Elect. He is ending his term as a convener of MLA’s LGBTQ Health Sciences Librarians Special Interest Group (2017–2019). He was selected as a participant in MLA’s Rising Star program in 2016–2017.


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Elizabeth G. Hinton, AHIP

Instruction and Research Librarian
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Jackson, Mississippi

Elizabeth G. Hinton, MSIS, AHIP, is Instruction and Research Librarian and Assistant Professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Rowland Medical Library. She is library liaison to the School of Nursing, where she holds a secondary faculty appointment and serves as a core member of the School’s JBI Centre of Excellence. Ms. Hinton is active in both the Medical Library Association and the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association, and is currently Project Director for the Rising Stars (MLA), chair of the Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section (MLA), and is Chapter Council Representative-Alternate (SC/MLA). Her professional interests include systematic reviews, library and educational assessment, and measuring scholarly output.


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Roy Eugene Brown, AHIP

Research and Education Librarian
Virginia Commonwealth University
North Chesterfield, VA


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