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Health Informatics Educational Offerings through ALA-Accredited LIS Programs

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posted on 24.01.2020 by Rebecca Raszewski, Jamie Dwyer, Tina Griffin
Librarians who pursue a Health Sciences Librarianship career may need an understanding of Health Informatics for their work with health care professionals. Health sciences librarianship courses and degrees are available in most American Library Association-accredited Library and Information Science programs, but Health Informatics educational offerings within Library and Information Science programs have not been previously examined in the Library and Information Science literature. American Library Association-accredited programs' websites were examined to determine the availability of Health Sciences Librarianship and Health Informatics educational offerings (e.g. courses, degrees) because American Library Association accreditation is a globally recognized accreditation standard. The institutions’ Carnegie Classifications and programs’ iSchools statuses were also included in the analysis for benchmarking purposes. Library and Information Science programs may use the data from this study for benchmarking against other programs to compare their programs to peers, if there are gaps in their educational offerings, or to examine opportunities for expanding their current Health Informatics educational offerings and meet professional competencies.



Raszewski, R., Dwyer, J., & Griffin, T. (2019). Health informatics educational offerings through ALA-accredited LIS programs. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 60(1), 62-82.