Health Sciences and Information Literacy Librarian Moravian College Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Background: During the last few years, a small liberal arts college added master degree programs in Nursing, Speech and Language Pathology, Athletic Training, and a Doctorate of Athletic Training. Prior to hiring the health sciences librarian (HSL), reference librarians supported the new programs in addition to their workloads. Programs are being developed in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and a post-masters certificate in Family Nurse Practitioners. The business plans for the new programs included the addition of a health sciences librarian.
Description: Prior to the HSL starting, CINAHL was upgraded to Full Text, Cochrane Library, PsychArticles, UpToDate and SportDiscus were added, along with a few e-journals; and the ILS was migrated. Subscriptions existed to Libguides, Web of Science, and PsycInfo. The HSL has responsibility to assess the collection and present recommendations to cost effectively support these programs.
Upon hire, the HSL evaluated the interlibrary loan (ILL) requests, book collection, and database usage. From the data, a cost-effective plan was implemented, which included additional e-journal subscriptions and working with the electronic resources librarian to identify linkage errors that occurred during the ILS move. Analysis showed that the print collection was outdated, while the e-book collection was more current. The HSL has developed a structured information literacy curriculum to support the health sciences (HS) that includes library sessions, LibGuides.
Conclusion: Changes made by the HSL increased e-journal use and decreased ILL. Other increases occurred in HS information literacy sessions and website usage. The revenue stream from the new programs will not be robust until approximately 2025. Conversations have begun and will continue with faculty to determine priorities in collection development. The HSL is working closely with the library director on budgetary issues.
The HSL expanded online modules published to the course management system to support online learning. Future plans are continued support of HS programs and outreach to faculty; scaffold information literacy; and incorporate EBP skills into classes.