knowledge management in health science librarianship
Kalikadevi G Badiger
Assistant, University of Agricultural Sciences,
Executive IKC, Jubilant Biosys
exciting and unstable and unsettling environment is influencing the health
sciences information management professions in how day practice, whom they
serve, where they practice, what service they provide, and the composition of
the health information professions. Tremendous advances in medicine and health
care 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 of
health care management networks is visualized. Networks increasingly focus on
cost containment issues sometimes at the expense of quality care. The challenge
for information professions is to deliver traditional information services both
in person and in electronic version. Finally, this paper discusses the short
coming of knowledge in handling health libraries and implication and suggestions.
Keywords: knowledge Management;
Health libraries; application of knowledge management; information management
The rapid changing in information
communication technology and advances in technology allow librarians to provide
effective research, and instructional service to dealt with these to the users
health librarianship is required knowledge and skills to update day to day
changing scenario in the digital environment. The rapid increase in medical
information poses several challenges for keeping up-to-date with the latest
developments in the field. Information searches can be difficult without a
basic knowledge of the way information is organized and indexed. In preparing
scientific studies and in making clinical decisions, the key issue is to
effectively scrutinize previous literature. That is why familiarity with
medical information sources and the ability to use them effectively is
important. In a rapidly developing science, journals are an important channel
for disseminating new information, and they are the primary publication medium
for professional and scholarly communication in medicine in specific and any
scientific field in general. Often it is understood that the searches are vary
random and at times need some education in searching and in the formulation of
logical search strategy. Adequate training in information-searches leads to an
increase in the development of more sophisticated electronic information
resources. The explosion of information, the emergence of evidence-based care,
new internet-based technologies, rapid growth of online bibliographic databases
and shifts to electronic publication practices means that knowing how to
conduct effective information searches is that much more sought after needs of
the users. Health librarianship should be aware of recent trends that impact
the purpose, policies, programs and activities of the organization that shape
health care information system.
2. Knowledge Management in Health Science
The medical practice is moving from
diagnostics to prognostics and on the micro evidences and to evidences based
medicine. The growth of number of medical bibliographic databases and other
research sources all underline the importance of being able to search for
up-to-date information effectively in the present context. The demand from
simple bibliographic references is changing to the full text and with the most
relevant and specific content. The recent concept of “knowledge management
services” visualized by many database vendors is the evidence as how new
facilities and services are sought by the end users. Because of an increasing
amount of information, the constant updating and revision within the discipline
has become imperative and a variety of innovative services are now made
available to those seeking information and must precisely define what kind of
information they are looking for and from which sources the information needed
may be found and where they are located.
2. Objective of the Study
objectives of the present study are:
To identify the attitude skills and
knowledge of health science professionals in meeting the user needs both in
electronic and print environment.
To study the methodologies adopted by
them for providing information.
To study the various knowledge level in proving
health sciences information to the health sciences professionals.
To evaluate the usefulness of the information
services to the faculty members.
To measure the ability of knowledge in dealing
the e-resources to the users.
to study the knowledge gaps in participation of
various methods including professional developments.
4. Research Methodology
present study, questionnaire method was used for data collection. The
Questionnaire methods were adopted to collect the information to understanding
of an area which research intended to collect data from the respondent. Total
20 colleges were selected by researcher and was sent as an email attachment and
post to all the library professional staff. In addition to responding to
general questions the participants were asked about the knowledge and skills in
the subject, relating to day to day managing the library services.
Sample size: A sample from the 20
collages affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University of health Science and divided
geographically namely Belgaum, Gulbarga, Mysore and Bangalore. Samples from all
the collages of regions were taken to find out the opinion about the knowledge
and skills by the library profession. The table (1) illustrates the
distribution of knowledge and skills designation wise.
finding of the study are summarized and presented here with tables.
1: Distribution of knowledge and skills designation wise
The above table
shows that 68% of the total population under study consists of medical, 20%
dental, 12% of those belongs to other category.
2: Distribution of knowledge and skills on Experience
2 shows that 32% respondents belong to medical librarians and 8%, dental and 4%
dental. It shows majority of respondents are medical fields.