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knowledge management in health science librarianship Kalikadevi G BadigerLibraryAssistant, University of Agricultural Sciences,Dharwad-580 [email protected]

com Mallikarjuna BadigerExecutive IKC,  Jubilant BiosysLimited,Yashwnthpur,Bangalore- [email protected] AbstractAnexciting and unstable and unsettling environment is influencing the healthsciences information management professions in how day practice, whom theyserve, where they practice, what service they provide, and the composition ofthe health information professions. Tremendous advances in medicine and healthcare have been taken place and will continue during the next century. However,provision of quality health care to all may be more difficulty as control ofhealth care management networks is visualized. Networks increasingly focus oncost containment issues sometimes at the expense of quality care.

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The challengefor information professions is to deliver traditional information services bothin person and in electronic version. Finally, this paper discusses the shortcoming of knowledge in handling health libraries and implication and suggestions.Keywords: knowledge Management;Health libraries; application of knowledge management; information management1. Introduction       The rapid changing in informationcommunication technology and advances in technology allow librarians to provideeffective research, and instructional service to dealt with these to the usershealth librarianship is required knowledge and skills to update day to daychanging scenario in the digital environment. The rapid increase in medicalinformation poses several challenges for keeping up-to-date with the latestdevelopments in the field. Information searches can be difficult without abasic knowledge of the way information is organized and indexed.

In preparingscientific studies and in making clinical decisions, the key issue is toeffectively scrutinize previous literature. That is why familiarity withmedical information sources and the ability to use them effectively isimportant. In a rapidly developing science, journals are an important channelfor disseminating new information, and they are the primary publication mediumfor professional and scholarly communication in medicine in specific and anyscientific field in general. Often it is understood that the searches are varyrandom and at times need some education in searching and in the formulation oflogical search strategy. Adequate training in information-searches leads to anincrease in the development of more sophisticated electronic informationresources. The explosion of information, the emergence of evidence-based care,new internet-based technologies, rapid growth of online bibliographic databasesand shifts to electronic publication practices means that knowing how toconduct effective information searches is that much more sought after needs ofthe users.

Health librarianship should be aware of recent trends that impactthe purpose, policies, programs and activities of the organization that shapehealth care information system.2. Knowledge Management in Health Science            The medical practice is moving fromdiagnostics to prognostics and on the micro evidences and to evidences basedmedicine. The growth of number of medical bibliographic databases and otherresearch sources all underline the importance of being able to search forup-to-date information effectively in the present context. The demand fromsimple bibliographic references is changing to the full text and with the mostrelevant and specific content.

The recent concept of “knowledge managementservices” visualized by many database vendors is the evidence as how newfacilities and services are sought by the end users. Because of an increasingamount of information, the constant updating and revision within the disciplinehas become imperative and a variety of innovative services are now madeavailable to those seeking information and must precisely define what kind ofinformation they are looking for and from which sources the information neededmay be found and where they are located.2.

Objective of the StudyTheobjectives of the present study are:·        To identify the attitude skills andknowledge of health science professionals in meeting the user needs both inelectronic and print environment.·        To study the methodologies adopted bythem for providing information.·        To study the various knowledge level in provinghealth sciences information to the health sciences professionals.·        To evaluate the usefulness of the informationservices to the faculty members.·        To measure the ability of knowledge in dealingthe e-resources to the users.·        to study the knowledge gaps in participation ofvarious methods including professional developments.4.

 Research Methodology      Thepresent study, questionnaire method was used for data collection. TheQuestionnaire methods were adopted to collect the information to understandingof an area which research intended to collect data from the respondent. Total20 colleges were selected by researcher and was sent as an email attachment andpost to all the library professional staff. In addition to responding togeneral questions the participants were asked about the knowledge and skills inthe subject, relating to day to day managing the library services.

Sample size: A sample from the 20collages affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University of health                           Science and dividedgeographically namely Belgaum, Gulbarga, Mysore and Bangalore. Samples from allthe collages of regions were taken to find out the opinion about the knowledgeand skills by the library profession. The table (1) illustrates thedistribution of knowledge and skills designation wise.

5.Data Analysis            Thefinding of the study are summarized and presented here with tables.Table1: Distribution of knowledge and skills designation wise Subjects Chief Librarian Senior Librarian Librarian Deputy Librarian Assistant Librarian Total Medical 8(36%) 2(8%) 1(4%) 1(4%) 5(20%) 17(68%) Dental 2(8%) 1(4%) 3(4%) – – 5(20%) Others 1(4%) 1(4%) 1(4%) – – 3(12%) Total 11(44%) 4(16%) 4(16%) 1(4%) 5(20%) 25(100%)  The above tableshows that 68% of the total population under study consists of medical, 20%dental, 12% of those belongs to other category.  Table2: Distribution of knowledge and skills on Experience Subjects 1-5 Years 6-10 Years 11-20 Years 20+Years Medical 2(8%) 2(8%) 5(20%) 8(32%) Dental – 1(4%) 2(8%) 2(8%) Others – – 2(8%) 1(4%) Total 2(8%) 3(12%) 9(36%) 11(44%)  Table2 shows that 32% respondents belong to medical librarians and 8%, dental and 4%dental.

It shows majority of respondents are medical fields.  

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