Professionalism & Leadership

Paper: Program Description Abstract

Building Library Capacity with a Newly Accredited Graduate Medical Education Program

Monday, May 6
5:20 PM - 5:35 PM
Room: Columbus AB (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Background : Building library capacity at newly accredited libraries can be challenging as there are numerous physical, financial and cultural challenges. Establishing budgets, and academic priorities are critical components of enhancing a medical and research library. Designing library services to support newly accredited programs are daunting yet achievable. This abstract focuses on preliminary steps required to quickly organize and deliver effective library collections and services at a recently ACGME accredited teaching hospital located in Southern California.
Description : The process of developing library services to graduate medical education faculty, staff and students starts with the constuctivist adult learning theory. This theory relies on the assumption that adults are motivated to learn based on personal intrinsic factors. Each learner is seeking to apply learned knowledge to experiences. Adult learners enrolled in medical training programs are seeking evidence based resources that affirm their knowledge and experiences as Medical students.

Medical Libraries in academic medical centers play an important role with epistemology which involves the nature of learning. This abstract will focus on how to transition a Medical Library in a Community Hospital Library to an active Research Library that supports the academic needs of over 80 medical residents.
The constructivist learning theory provides the framework from which to base effective library services.
Conclusion : At the end of the presentation, attendees will:

be able to identify elements of the Constructivist Adult Learning Theory
be able to apply Constructivist Adult Learning theory to academic medical libraries
be able to prioritize core elements that enable effective library support to newly established programs

Janet Lindsay Hobbs, AHIP

Manager, Library Services
Ventura Community Memorial Health System
Ventura, California

Janet L Hobbs, MBA, MLS, AHIP

Janet works at Community Memeorial Health System in Ventura, California as the Medical Library Services Manager.

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