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Tuesday, May 17 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Poster Session 3: Poster Board Number 149

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Poster Board Number: 149
Title: The T-shaped Librarian Rethinks Librarians’ Roles in Hospital Settings
Objective: At MLA ’06 we presented a poster, “From Artsy to Zany: Hospital Library Committee Participation,” to identify committees in which hospital librarians were currently participating to offer ways librarians could increase their visibility. We will assess how these roles have changed in the last five years.
Methods: During MLA ’10, Daniel H. Pink discussed the T-shaped employee, who has both depth of specialized knowledge and breadth of reach. In A Whole New Mind, he discusses the “boundary crossers” who “develop expertise in multiple spheres.” The results of our previous poster celebrated 327 T-shaped, boundary-crossing hospital librarians who reached out to a wide range of departments in their hospitals by serving on committees. We propose that hospital librarians are continuing to “rethink” their roles and are demonstrating their value to their hospitals in even more ways than we discovered in 2006. A survey of hospital librarians and their current participation in committees will be conducted. Survey results will be reviewed by a biostatistician and shared with our colleagues so they might discover ways that hospital librarians are rethinking their involvement in their institutions by serving on committees or taking other leadership roles, thereby improving their visibility and proving their value.
Results: The survey is complete, and there were 339 respondents. The data are under analysis, and results will be shared at the meeting.
Conclusions: Conclusions will be shared at the meeting.
Authors: Rebecca A. Birr, AHIP, Library Director, Health Sciences Library, Maricopa Integrated Health System, Phoenix, AZ; Kathy Zeblisky, AHIP, Medical Librarian, Health Sciences Library, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix, AZ; April Aguinaga, Medical Librarian, Health Sciences Library; David Drachman, Biostatistician, Department of Research; Maricopa Integrated Health System, Phoenix, AZ

Tuesday May 17, 2011 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Exhibit Hall A - Minneapolis Convention Center

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