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Title: The role of academic medical librarians in Malaysia
Authors: Santra, Namita
Keywords: Academic medical librarian
Medical Librarian
Library service
Medical librarianship
Librarian task
Issue Date: Oct-2004
Publisher: University of Malaya
Abstract: Information technology, rapid growth of information, and availability of information in different types and formats have changed librarians' tasks and users' perception of library services. New skills and knowledge are seen necessary if medical librarians are to define and strengthen their roles in this new information environment. Rooted in the core competencies of librarianship, these new skills and knowledge call for an understanding of the subject domain to engage in tasks that are knowledge-based and evidence-based. This study was conducted among the academic medical librarians of Malaysia to find out the activities they were engaged in, their awareness of the skills and knowledge of the emerging roles, and their education and training needs. Interview method was used to collect data from among the librarians attached to various academic medical libraries of Malaysia. Results indicated that activities performed were mostly based on the core activities of general librarianship with instructional roles increasingly becoming part of the librarians' tasks. Awareness of the skills and knowledge of the emerging roles was not high. Training and education to specialize in the field was limited. It was concluded that academic medical librarians by virtue of working in a medical library acquired familiarity of medical information sources and services, but without formal training and background in medical librarianship were not experts in their domain. Lack of demand, information and training led to lack of awareness of the development taking place in medical librarianship. Opportunities for further training and education can establish a specialist group who will have the expertise in medical information services.
Description: Dissertation (M.L.I.S.) -- Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology, University of Malaya, 2004
URI: http://dspace.fsktm.um.edu.my/handle/1812/684
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