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||Meeting the unique information needs of clinical and translational researchers: assessment, preparation, and intervention
||Tennant, Michele R.
Lyon, Jennifer A.
Norton, Hannah F.
Botero, Cecilia E.
||Medical Library Association
||Meeting the Unique Information Needs of Clinical and Translational
Researchers: Assessment, Preparation, and Intervention
Michele Tennant, AHIP, Assistant Director, Biomedical and
Health Information Services, and Bioinformatics Librarian,
Health Science Center Libraries and UF Genetics Institute;
Jennifer A. Lyon, AHIP, Clinical Research Librarian, Biomedical
and Health Information Services, Health Science Center
Libraries; Rolando Garcia-Milian, Basic Biomedical Sciences
Librarian/Liaison, Biomedical and Health Information Services,
Health Science Center Libraries; Hannah F. Norton, AHIP, Reference
and Liaison Librarian, Biomedical and Health Information
Services, Health Science Center Libraries; Cecilia E. Botero, Associate
Dean, George A. Smathers Libraries, and Director, Health
Science Center Libraries; University of Florida–Gainesville
Objectives: To provide effective services to clinical and translational
(CT) researchers, it is vital that librarians understand this
community’s unique information needs. This presentation describes
a multifaceted user needs assessment focused on University
of Florida (UF) CT researchers and their information needs
related to clinical research, bioinformatics, and data management.
Training for librarians in subjects crucial to this population is also
Methods: UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)
comprises over 600 faculty researchers from disciplines as
diverse as medicine and journalism. Librarians at UF’s Health
Science Center Library explored the information needs of this
research community utilizing a multimodal approach. Online assessments,
focused discussions, and interviews related to clinical
research, bioinformatics, and data management were administered
in 2012. In 2011, librarians at Clinical and Translational
Science Awards (CTSA)-awarded institutions were surveyed
regarding services they provide to such researchers, and in 2012 this survey was expanded to include librarians at institutions with
or without CTSA funding.
Results: Study results suggest that few researchers are aware of
even the basic services that librarians can provide, let alone those
specifically related to CT research. Librarian contributions to the
CTSA renewal process, assessment of research impact, and assistance
in the systematic review process were cited by researchers
as valuable services for the library to offer. Roles suggested by
librarians included support for research collaborations, community
engagement efforts, bioinformatics resource instruction, and
data management planning. Responses from librarians suggest
that most are in the exploratory phase related to services identified
Conclusions: Study results suggest numerous new roles for
librarians in relation to CT research. Training in these areas will
be essential in order to provide these services, and the UF Health
Science Center Library has recently afforded its librarians a number
of training opportunities in these areas. Initial interventions to
support researchers include librarian membership on the CTSI’s
Regulatory Knowledge and Research Support Committee and
librarian integration into the CTSI curriculum for new clinical
researchers. Further work includes the planning and development
of a slate of bioinformatics-related courses and integration into
data management planning activities.
||Collected for University of Florida's Institutional Repository by the UFIR Self-Submittal tool. Submitted by Michele Tennant.
This project has been funded in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, under Contract # HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C