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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Complementary competencies: public health and health sciences librarianship

Complementary competencies: public health and health sciences librarianship

This article (which is available in full text for free) from the Journal of the Medical Library Association (93(3): 338–347) by Marcus A. Banks, Keith W. Cogdill, Catherine R. Selden, and Marjorie A. Cahn, sought to identify opportunities for partnership between the communities of public health workers and health sciences librarians.

The authors "reviewed competencies in public health and health
sciences librarianship, and drawing on historical and contemporary experience, this paper presents an initial framework for forming collaborations between health sciences librarians and members of the public health workforce."

As the paper points out there are a range of "correspondences" which exist between many of the public health informatics competencies and the skills essential to being a successful health sciences librarian.

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