An Embedded Librarian: What it could mean to health care professionals

Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center has introduced an embedded librarian position as part of the research team that attends the morbidity & mortality and difficult problem sessions. These sessions are designed for specific, difficult, and complicated cases in which the patient is examined by multiple doctors and fellows, followed by a discussion of treatment options. The advantages of having the librarian as an integral part of the research team are to reinforce evidence-based practice by preparing literature reviews, create Google Scholar Alerts for individual clinicians, and introduce developing technologies and online access to non-traditional resources. This is not the first and only example of an embedded librarian program in the health care setting.

  • Brahmi FA, Kaplan FT. Embedded librarian as research team member. The Journal of hand surgery. 2017 Mar 1;42(3):210-2.

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