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dc.contributor.authorLessick, S
dc.contributor.authorPerryman, C
dc.contributor.authorBillman, BL
dc.contributor.authorAlpi, KM
dc.contributor.authorDe Groote, Sandra L.
dc.contributor.authorBabin, TD, Jr.
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-13T14:33:32Z
dc.date.available2016-06-13T14:33:32Z
dc.date.issued2016-04
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationLessick, S., Perryman, C., Billman, B. L., Alpi, K. M., De Groote, S. L. and Babin, T. D., Jr. Research engagement of health sciences librarians: A survey of research-related activities and attitudes. Journal of the Medical Library Association. 2016. 104(2): 166-173. DOI: 10.3163/1536-5050.104.2.015.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1536-5050
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10027/20745
dc.descriptionThis is a copy of an article published in the Journal of the Medical Library Association © 2016 Medical Library Association Publications.© The Authors.en_US
dc.description.abstractIntroduction: The extent to which health sciences librarians are engaged in research is a little-studied question. This study assesses the research activities and attitudes of Medical Library Association (MLA) members, including the influence of work affiliation. Methods: An online survey was designed using a combination of multiple-choice and open-ended questions and distributed to MLA members. Responses were analyzed using descriptive statistics, content analysis, and significance testing. The authors used statistical tools and categorized openended question topics by the constant comparative method, also applying the broad subject categories used in a prior study. Pearson’s chi-square analysis was performed on responses to determine significant differences among respondents employed in three different institutional environments. Results: Analysis showed that 79% of respondents read research articles at least once a month; 58% applied published research studies to practice; 44% had conducted research; 62% reported acting on research had enhanced their libraries; 38% had presented findings; and 34% had authored research articles. Hospital librarians were significantly less likely than academic librarians to have participated in research activities. Highly ranked research benefits, barriers, and competencies of health sciences librarians are described. Conclusions: Findings indicate that health sciences librarians are actively engaged in research activities. Practice implications for practitioners, publishers, and stakeholders are discussed. Results suggest that practitioners can use published research results and results from their own research to affect practice decisions and improve services. Future studies are needed to confirm and extend these findings, including the need for intervention studies to increase research and writing productivity.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipMLA Research Section for funding access to the online survey platform, SurveyMonkey.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherMedical Library Associationen_US
dc.subjectLibraries, Medicalen_US
dc.subjectLibrary Surveysen_US
dc.subjectResearch Reporten_US
dc.subjectLibrary Science Researchen_US
dc.titleResearch engagement of health sciences librarians: a survey of research-related activities and attitudes.en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US


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