LIBR 534: Health Information Sources and Services

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Course Goal

The goal of LIBR534 is to provide students with a foundation in health sciences librarianship.

Course Blackboard/Vista

Vista will only be accessible to MLIS students enrolled in LIBR534. It provides a mostly private space and obvious counterpoint to the open discussions/sharing on Twitter - which, of course, are mostly public. Also open and public is our LIBR534 delicious account.

Working groups

Syllabus - LIBR534


Course Objectives

At the end of the course, students will have a foundation in:

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Search bibliographic databases (ie. MEDLINE, PubMed, EMBASE, search tools);
  • Provide reference services using biomedical databases, print and electronic sources - including blogs, and wikis;
  • Address the specific information needs of health library groups;
  • Analyze evolving information needs in biomedicine, including scholarly publishing and communication;
  • Design end-user instruction, and mediated-search services for academic and
    clinical medicine (students and faculty), government, industry, health consumers;
  • Discuss the value of health libraries in supporting academic and clinical activities;
  • Discuss national and international trends, and web 2.0 media supporting health libraries.

Sample topics covered in LIBR534

Class schedule

Class 1 (September 2nd, 2008) to Class 12 (November 25th, 2008)


  • See LIBR534 2008 groups

Assignment I - due September 30th, 2008 (15%)

Assignment II - due October 14th, 2008 (15%)

Group paper (25%) - due November 12th

Group peer review (25%) - due November 25th

Participation mark for LIBR534 (20%)


Format of course

One lecture session per week, and IT Labs in selected weeks.

Required and recommended reading

Readings are assigned for each class from the wiki. Seminal articles are included in each week also.

Use of this wiki

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