Librarians collaborating to teach evidence-based practice: exploring partnerships with professional organizations

Kerry Dhakal


Objective: The study sought to determine if librarians are collaborating with nurses and professional nursing organizations to teach evidence-based practice (EBP) continuing education courses, workshop, classes, or other training activities.

Methods: A 15-question survey was sent to 1,845 members of the Medical Library Association through email.

Results: The survey was completed by 201 consenting respondents. Some respondents (37) reported having experience teaching continuing education in collaboration with professional health care organizations and 8 respondents, more specifically, reported having experience teaching EBP continuing education courses, workshops, classes, or other training activities in collaboration with professional nursing organizations.

Conclusions: The survey results suggest that librarians do not have a systematic approach as a community of practitioners to seek out collaboration opportunities with professional nursing organizations to teach EBP continuing education courses, workshops, classes, or other training activities.


Surveys and Questionnaires; Education; Evidence-Based Practice; Continuing Education; Continuing Nursing Education; Instruction; Librarians; Professional Nursing Organizations; Professional Healthcare Organizations; Interprofessional Relations

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