Vital Pathways for Hospital Librarians
Vital Pathways | Myths and Truths About Library Services | Magnet Designation Resources |
Report Status Change | Additional Resources
The MLA Vital Pathways Task Force was charged to review existing data and trends
in the status of hospital librarians, collect data on the links between libraries
and quality and financial outcomes, and develop an action plan for MLA to use
this information to influence hospital decision-makers and key leaders in the
health care field.
The following resources are a first step in helping hospital librarians communicate
with other leaders in their institutions about the true value of librarians
and library services.
From saving hospitals thousands of dollars per year to saving patients’ lives, hospital librarians help fulﬁll many mission-critical roles in today’s hospital. These roles include those of expert searcher, educator, community outreach provider, promoter of the practice of evidence-based medicine, disseminator of best medical practices and best business practice information, effective user of information technology, webmaster, patient safety information provider, and supporter of innovation and research. This executive summary describes critical roles for hospital librarians from a white paper to be published in the October 2009 Journal of the Medical Library Association.
Myths and Truths About Library Services
Developed by the Colorado
Council of Medical Librarians (CCML) Advocacy Committee and MLA, 2006. CCML
members included: Margaret Bandy, AHIP, Jenny Garcia, AHIP, Stephanie Weldon,
AHIP, and Karen K. Wells.
What myths do your administrators believe? Do they think that patient care
can remain high quality without library services? Do they believe everything
is available for free on the Web, or that technology has replaced librarians?
Perhaps they think that closing your library will save money. Counter these
and other common myths with this presentation, which you can revise to meet
your specific needs.
This extensive bibliography provides citations to bolster your presentation.
This white paper explores the myths and truths about the need for librarians
and library services. Used with permission;
This work is licensed under a Creative
Commons Attribution 2.5 License.
Brochure: Medical Librarians Raise the Hospital Bottom Line | Word
| Rich Text Format
This brochure is available for you to download, adjust, and brand with your
own library information. Inform your administrators how you as a medical librarian
impact patient safety, cost savings, and more.
Need tips on approaching your hospital administrator? This brochure provides
talking points you can use to counter standard "we can save money by
eliminating / downsizing / outsourcing the medical library."
Magnet Designation Resources
The Medical Library Association wants to track and respond to major changes
that are occurring in medical libraries. We ask librarians to report
both positive and negative changes to their libraries. You may also request
that MLA contact the institution'sl administrator about the change. The information
that is reported will be kept confidential; individual librarians and institutions
will not be identified and only aggregate data about changes in medical libraries
will be reported by MLA.
Summary of Hospital Library Status Submissions as of September 2013
- Journal of Healthcare Quality Interview with Maulik S. Joshi, DrPH
Dr. Joshi addresses the definition of healthcare quality as set forth by the Institute of Medicine and focuses on the role of health care and research librarians in improving health care.
- National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), New England Region, Hospital
Online orientation and promotional toolkits; the promotional toolkit is designed
to aid hospital librarians in promoting their services to hospital administrators
and to the various communities within their organization.
- MLA Health Information Literacy
The Medical Library Association (MLA), through a $250,000 two-year contract
from the National Library of Medicine (NLM),conducted research into hospital-based
health care provider and administrators’ awareness and understanding
of health information literacy and its value in support of patient care.
- Brochure: The Hospital Librarian:
Your Competitive Edge
, developed by the Task Force on Vital Pathways for Hospital Librarians Steering
Committee, 2008. Members include M. J. Tooey, AHIP, Chair; Jean P. Shipman,
AHIP; Margaret M. Bandy, AHIP; Dixie A. Jones, AHIP; Joanne G. Marshall, AHIP,
FMLA; Mary F. Protsman, AHIP; Katherine Stemmer-Frumento, AHIP; and Carla
J. Funk, CAE
- Bibliography on Roles of Health Sciences Librarians: 1987 - 2008
, developed by the Task Force onVital Pathways for Hospital Librarians Medical Education Committee, 2008-09. Memebrs include Diane G. Schwartz, AHIP, Chair; Paul M Blobaum,
Linda Garr Markwell, AHIP,
Laurie L. Thompson, AHIP, Jean P. Shipman, AHIP , board liaison; and Carla J. Funk, CAE.
- Role of Health Sciences Librarians in Patient Safety, an MLA Position Statement
MLA Position Statement that addresses why librarians must be involved in the patient safety initiatives of their organizations, with partnership opportunities and roles for librarians.
For further information or to help us improve these resources, please contact
Carla Funk, firstname.lastname@example.org,