This year’s winner of the Login Paper Prize, an award sponsored by Login Canada and administered through the Canadian Health Libraries Association / Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC), is the following paper by three UBC MLIS students. The paper will be published in the fall edition of the JCHLA/JABSC. Congratulations to Mary, Ariel & Iris!
Emerging roles for health librarians in electronic medical records (EMRs) and data management
Mary Corbett, MA, MLIS Candidate
University of British Columbia
Ariel Deardorff, BA, MLIS Candidate
University of British Columbia
Iris Kovar-Gough, MA, MLIS Candidate
University of British Columbia
To examine current and developing roles for health librarians in electronic medical record (EMR) initiatives in British Columbia and elsewhere in Canada.
Searches were conducted in the library and information science databases (LISTA, LISA), biomedical databases (MEDLINE, CINAHL, EMBASE) and on the web for grey literature.
Canadian health librarians can draw on their core competencies and experience in e-science librarianship to contribute to EMR initiatives.
EMRs are growing more popular in Canada. Health librarians have previously participated in EMR implementation and data management and have demonstrated that opportunities are available to be involved in these areas. Examples from e-science librarianship, such as building data dictionaries and data management plans and infrastructure, give further direction to health librarians’ involvement in EMRs. Overall, Canadian health librarians have a unique set of skills to play key roles in developing EMR initiatives.
To become involved in EMR projects, health librarians must develop their core competencies and informatics skills to be partners with clinical researchers. Health librarians can learn from e-science librarianship about curating, managing, aggregating and disseminating data (with the appropriate information security) in research. In consideration of the current roles of librarians in EMRs and the emerging roles and practices identified by e-science librarianship, we urge librarians to consider how they can contribute to EMR initiatives across Canada.
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