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Lightning Talk: Research Abstract

Survey of Credit-Bearing Library Courses for Health Sciences Students

Sunday, May 5
5:15 PM - 5:20 PM
Room: Columbus KL (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Objectives : This research project aims to present an overview of credit-bearing courses offered by librarians at Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) member institutions. This research project is funded by a Medical Library Association (MLA) Research, Development, and Demonstration Project grant.


Methods : The grant team developed and distributed a national survey administered via REDCap to health science libraries that are AAHSL member institutions in the United States (U.S.). This cross-sectional survey aims to investigate prevalence, content covered, credits offered, barriers, successes, and other details about credit-bearing library courses offered by librarians at AAHSL institutions. Additional data will be collected using semi-structured interviews of institutions that offered credit-bearing library courses during the 2017-2018 academic year. Semi-structured interviews will be thematically analyzed using qualitative methods. The team pilot tested the survey with academic librarians not included in the study population to confirm the validity and reliability of the survey.


Results : This survey was completed by 40 of 150 U.S. AAHSL institutions, resulting in a 27% survey completion rate. Preliminary results indicate that during the 2017-2018 academic year, 17 institutions (42.5% of survey respondents) stated that they offered library-sponsored courses to students for academic credit, 8 institutions (20%) stated that they did not offer such courses but planned to in the future, and 15 institutions (37.5%) stated that they did not offer such courses and do not plan to. The greatest barrier in planning and teaching such courses is lack of time. Topics taught in library-sponsored courses include literature searching (26%), evidence-based practice (20%), citation management (18%), followed by a variety of other topics. 79% of courses were taught in-person, followed by 18% asynchronous online, and 3% synchronous online.


Conclusions : The grant team will conduct semi-structured interviews of institutions that indicated that they offered credit-bearing library courses during the 2017-2018 academic year in order to confirm that these courses are indeed credit-bearing library-sponsored and not offered through a specific college’s curriculum. More detailed data pertaining to content covered, barriers, successes and other information will be obtained through these interviews. The grant team will use these results to evaluate the utility of credit-bearing library courses.

Emily Brennan

Research and Education Informationist
Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
Charleston, South Carolina

Emily Brennan, MLIS, is a Research Informationist in the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Library. She is the liaison to the College of Medicine students and faculty, as well as hospital nurses and residents. As a member of the hospital’s Value Institute, she provides literature reviews for hospital guidelines, evidence briefs, and clinical decision support tools.

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Emily P. Jones, AHIP

Research and Education Informationist
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina

Emily Jones is a Research and Education Informationist at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Libraries. Emily has been with MUSC since 2017 and she currently serves as the liaison to the College of Pharmacy.

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Christine Andresen

Research & Education Informationist
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina

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Irene Lubker, AHIP.

Research and Education Informationist
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina

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