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Grant-Funded Research Activities in Academic Health Sciences Libraries 2012-2017 and Opportunities for Career Preparation

Sunday, May 5
5:20 PM - 5:35 PM
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Objectives : To keep pace with the expanding scope and technological complexity facing the research enterprise, Librarians face challenging questions about the skills and knowledge necessary to participate in grant-funded research (GFR). Since limited data about these questions exist, UNC Health Sciences Library (UNC HSL) designed two surveys to investigate librarian engagement in GFR and the skills needed to meet future opportunities.
Methods : The UNC HSL developed two survey questionnaires on the skills and knowledge librarians require for GFR participation (i.e., UNC IRB#18-1642), with a survey population that included all librarians and administrators working at health sciences libraries or medical libraries in North America. In August 2018, one survey was sent to the library directors who are members of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) and another survey was administered to librarians who are members of the Medical Library Association (MLA). Both surveys were active for four weeks to collect data.
Results : The two complementary surveys received 129 total responses, with 50 from AAHSL and 79 from MLA. Results illustrated that 74% of the responding AAHSL library directors reported that their libraries had participated in GFR projects in the past five years, and 35% of the responding MLA librarians indicated that they had opportunities to participate in GFR. In the GFR projects, two significant external collaborators were School of Medicine and Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program Hubs. The skills that librarians identified as critical for future GFR projects included grant searching/writing, data management/analytics, and systematic review expertise.
Conclusions : Our study reveals that majority of health science librarians are interested in participating in GFR activities. However, their opportunities to become involved have been limited due to lack of time, limited opportunities to gain necessary skills, limited staffing, knowledge of how to engage with grant opportunities, and lack of awareness by potential collaborators about the breadth of librarian expertise. In addition, this study identified core skills that librarians will need to develop during the next five years in order to capitalize on and participate in GFR activities.

Nandita S. Mani, AHIP

Associate University Librarian & Director, Health Sciences Library
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Nandita S. Mani, PhD
Associate University Librarian for Health Sciences & Director, Health Sciences Library
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Nandita S. Mani is the Associate University Librarian for Health Sciences and Director of the Health Sciences Library
As AUL & Director, Mani oversees one of the nation’s leading health affairs libraries. The UNC Health Sciences Library (HSL) is the primary library for the University’s schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. It also serves the UNC Medical Center and the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC), a statewide program for clinical education and health services.

She provides leadership and general administration of the HSL, which includes leading a workforce of over 55 FTE, oversight of a budget with annual expenditures of approximately $8 million, planning and policy formulation around collection development programs, facilities, infrastructure, technology innovation, cooperative activities, and outreach to the five Health Affairs schools and the hospital. She participates in fundraising and revenue development including contracts, grants, and other sources. In addition, participates in university-wide programs and committees and represents the library system regionally, nationally, and internationally. She is also an active member of the UNC International Affairs Advisory Committee.

Mani is also serving a 10 yr term as Managing Editor for Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease, is an Assistant Editor for Consumer Health on the Internet, and has published in the areas of information science and instructional design and technology. Her grants participation spans the areas of chronic kidney disease, technological innovation integration, and online learning.


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