Health Sciences Library Administration & Practice 010

What will we be covering in this course?

    * Management of health sciences libraries
    * Health sciences environment, ethics and information policies
    * Instructional and research services in a health sciences setting
    * Information resources in nursing, medical, pharmaceutical and allied health fields
    * Evidence-based medicine and the health sciences librarian
    * Searching PubMed and other biomedical resources
    * Collaboration, networks and societies
    * Career paths for health sciences librarians

Health sciences librarianship offers many exciting career paths in hospitals, academia, government, corporations and special libraries. We will explore the skills, resources, management and trends of today's health sciences library. Readings will include the information requirements of health care professionals, patients, consumers and researchers. Lectures and readings will provide knowledge of print and electronic resources, technology and trends. Leadership case studies, marketing and interviewing skills will also be covered in readings and assignments. The course will include coverage of PubMed database and its medical subject headings. An in-depth medical database searching class is offered in SIRLS, generally once a year. The National Library of Medicine, consortia, professional societies and collaboration in support of excellence will be reviewed.

Course Format: This course will be taught virtually using D2L on the Web. Lectures will be posted twice a week with discussion forums set up for each lecture. You will be expected to actively participate in online discussions, posting a comment, question or reply at least once for every lecture. There is no required textbook for this course. Assigned readings will be available electronically.

How to contact me: I am physically located in the Arizona Health Sciences Library, Room 215OP. I am available through UA email Monday-Friday. I am also available, by appointment, either in office or by telephone. My office phone number is 520.626.6438, but the best way to reach me is through UA email or Once the course begins, I will ask you to use the d2l email located on the course website. I will make every effort to respond to your email messages and telephone calls promptly.

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Course Description: 

"Overview of health sciences library management, information resources, library services, health sciences environment and career paths. Includes Evidence-Based Medicine which promotes scientific literature in the clinical decision making process and electronic resources present in today's health sciences library. 3 credits"

Course Objective: 

Upon completion of the course, students should understand and be able to demonstrate working knowledge of: health sciences information services and management of health sciences libraries. Students should understand the principles and practices related to providing accurate, timely, relevant, cost effective information to health professionals, patients and healthcare consumers. Students will also have knowledge of collaboration, networking and career paths in health sciences librarianship.

Required Course Materials: 

There is no required text to buy. All readings will be available electronically. Some assigned readings will be accessed online through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed database which provides access to biomedical literature. All reading assignments will be posted on D2L in the Course Content document "Assigned Reading." For some readings, you will be given a direct link to the article. For other assigned readings, you will be provided with information on how to access the journal articles from the Arizona Health Sciences Library Web page.

The following journals and professional associations support health sciences library administration and practice. They are not required for this course.


Journal of the Medical Library Association ; Medical Reference Services Quarterly ; Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association; Health Information and Libraries Journal


Medical Library Association ; Special Libraries Association American Medical Informatics Association


Course Requirements: 

There are four components that go into the final course grade:

Requirement    Percentage of Final Grade
Participation                         20%
Exercises                              30%
Midterm Project                    25%
Final Project                          25%

Participation: Online discussion of course lectures and readings will take place in D2L discussion forums. You will be required to post a thoughtful comment at least once for every lecture. Further information on discussion forums and use of email will be located on D2L.

Exercises: Six exercises will be assigned during the course. Each of the exercises will incorporate an aspect of lectures on PubMed database searching and/or searching other medical resources.
Midterm Project: You have been hired to evaluate the website of a large medical library. In a 4-5 page paper, you will review all aspects of the library’s website, including access to book, database and journal collections, and services offered. More information on this assignment is available in the course outline.

Final Project: The final project will consist of a set of literature searching exercises. The final project is designed to integrate various PubMed searching techniques and evidence-based medicine fundamentals acquired in lectures and course readings.

Course Grading: 

Grade Breakdown
Requirement                 Percentage of Final Grade
Participation                                   20%
Exercises                                        30%
Midterm Project                              25%
Final Project                                   25%

Assignment of Course Grades:
Course grades will be assigned as follows:
A=90+ (Superior Work)
B=80-89 (Very Good)
C=70-79 (Marginally Satisfactory)

Students are required to submit all assignments and exercises. Work submitted late will lose ten (10) points. Any requests for extended time for assignments, such as medical reasons, must be approved by the instructor on a case by case basis.
F=0-69 (Failed to meet requirements)

Course Policies: 

Academic Code of Integrity
Students are expected to abide by the University of Arizona Code of Academic Integrity (one theme of which is that The guiding principle of academic integrity is that a student's submitted work must by the student's own.) If you have any questions regarding what is acceptable practice under this Code, please ask an Instructor.

Accommodating Disabilities
The University has a Disability Resource Center. If you anticipate the need for reasonable accommodations to meet the requirements of this course, you must register with the Disability Resource Center and request that the DRC send me, the Instructor, official notification of your accommodation needs as soon as possible. Please plan to meet with me by appointment to discuss accommodations and how course requirements and activities may impact your ability to fully participate.

Assignment Policies
The classroom environment for this virtual course is D2L.
Complete assigned readings by the end of the day on which they are scheduled.
Actively participate in class discussions by posting at least one thoughtful comment for each lecture.
Specific due dates for all readings, exercises and projects will be posted on D2L. The midterm and final projects must be completed on or before the assigned date.

Incomplete Grade:

University of Arizona Academic Policies: 
(Policy updated May 26, 2004: circumstances when the “I” grade is not to be awarded; June 12, 2007:  circumstance for filing General Petition.)

The grade of I may be awarded only at the end of a term, when all but a minor portion of the course work has been satisfactorily completed. The grade of I is not to be awarded in place of a failing grade or when the student is expected to repeat the course; in such a case, a grade other than I must be assigned.  Students should make arrangements with the instructor to receive an incomplete grade before the end of the term.

Instructors are encouraged to use the Report of Incomplete Grade form as a contract with the student as to what course work must be completed by the student for the I grade to be removed and replaced with a grade. On the form, the instructor states:  (1) which assignments or exams should be completed and when; (2) how this work will be graded; and (3) how the student's course grade will be calculated. Both the instructor and student sign this agreement and both should retain copies.
After the course work is completed, the instructor should assign the appropriate grade on a Change of Grade form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar for processing. After processing, the new grade will be included in the calculation of the GPA.

If the incomplete grade is not removed by the instructor within one year (the last day of finals one year later), the I grade will convert to a failing grade. For undergraduate courses, the one-year limit may be extended for one additional year if, prior to converting to an E, the extension is approved by the instructor and the dean of the college in which the student is registered. This extension requires the instructor and dean's signature on a Petition for Extension of Course Work.  Notification of the dean's approval or denial is to be provided to the student by the dean's office.  A copy of the approved or denied Petition must then be forwarded from the dean's office to the Office of the Registrar, Administration 210, for appropriate processing.  Once the I has converted to an E, a one-year extension will only be considered if the student submits an appeal to the University General Petition Committee.  Additionally, a request for an extension of time beyond 2 academic years of the original course enrollment requires approval by the General Petition Committee.  For courses taken for graduate credit, such approval may be granted only by the Graduate College.

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