The health sciences librarian as knowledge worker

Valerie Florance, Nina W. Matheson

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TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT, ECONOMIC constraints, and changing expectations about ownership of, and compensation for, intellectual property, challenge librarians to demonstrate more forcefully the value of their contributions to their institutions. Knowledge work in the library setting is defined as the development of products and services designed to meet client information needs. In an academic setting, client information needs revolve around the activities of scientific communication. Health sciences libraries have begun to change in fundamental ways to meet this challenge, redefining their missions, re-educating their staff, and re-engineering their programs. Examples are drawn from the Welch Medical Library and other academic health sciences libraries to demonstrate different strategies for achieving a competitive edge in the campus information environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)196-219
Number of pages24
JournalLibrary Trends
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 1 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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