240526 Partnering for accreditation: Librarians helping meet the information needs of the Public Health Accreditation Board standards

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Joey Nicholson, MLIS MPH , NYU Health Sciences Libraries, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY
Nancy Schaefer, MLIS , Health Science Center Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
The Public Health Accreditation Board's new accreditation competency #10 focuses on finding and using evidence in the planning of processes, programs and interventions. Whether or not this has been standard operating procedure in your organization, new tools and resources and new methods of accessing them make this fertile ground for in-service CE and presentations at state or local professional meetings. This poster uses information gathered from librarians who have attended the APHA annual meeting over the past ten years to indicate the types of teaching/learning experiences and venues that have been used and the audiences that have benefited from public health directors and practitioners engaging librarians for updates and trainings on information sources and their access. As the corpus of public health evidence grows, public health educators face increasing responsibility to refer students to quality sources and researchers to refer to them in their own work. Your local librarian—particularly one who has attended state or national public health association meetings—either has a finger on quality, reliable resources or has methods of getting that information and sharing it with you. Based on this research, librarian engagement with public health professionals helps agencies and institutions meet and exceed accreditation standards, facilitates students and researchers in locating quality sources, and holds the possibility of identifying more cost-effective and productive services grounded in scientific evidence.

Learning Areas:
Communication and informatics
Other professions or practice related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe the role of a librarian in meeting evidence-based accreditation standards. List three types of educational activities in which librarians have provided information/training on evidence-based/information resources for public health students/faculty/practitioners. Explain the importance of partnering with an information professional to meet information based standards. Describe a type of library training that might work in your institution or organization.

Keywords: Accreditation, Evidence Based Practice

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be an abstract author because I chair a committee that funds public health librarians to attend APHA and become engaged with their constituents.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.