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Discussion: Current and Future Roles of Health Sciences Librarians

As part of the series, Clinical Information, Librarians and the NLM: from Health Data Standards to Better Health, on Thursday, September 20, 2018, webinar participants were invited to discuss the following questions:

  • Where do you see health sciences librarians in the near future? What roles will we fill?
  • How do we equip ourselves to fill new roles? What tools do we need? What strategies can we use to get a seat at the table?

Joining and informing the session were our colleagues and special guests, Barbara Platts and Julie Hughbanks:

Barbara Platts leads the Knowledge Management Services department at Munson Healthcare in Traverse City, Michigan. Barbara’s background is as a hospital librarian. Her team provides clinical information services to improve patient care. Over the last several years, Barbara’s role at Munson has expanded to include contributing to the policy and management of clinical information flow, within and outside of the electronic health record system, as part of care teams and hospital committees.

Julie Hughbanks manages the medical library at Parkview Health System, serving northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio. A librarian position at Parkview involves secondary research, systematic review support, application training, mobile health integration, webpage development, and committee involvement. Julie’s position as Library Manager also includes special projects working with Parkview Epic/Informatics team including developing Parkview-specific definitions, business rules, and queries for data aggregation/mining using the Epic electronic health system. She also serves on the Enterprise Metrics Steering Committee.

Webinar materials:

This handout complements a poster Barbara is presenting at the Michigan Health Sciences Libraries conference on October 11th and 12th. It provides a summary of her department's various outreach and integration programs.


Last Reviewed: November 25, 2019