Updating professional development for medical librarians to improve our evidence-based medicine and information literacy instruction





Evidence-Based Medicine, Information Literacy, Medical Education


Medical librarians lack professional development opportunities in the critical appraisal of biomedical evidence. An update to our professional development opportunities could support our efforts to teach critical appraisal of biomedical evidence during evidence-based medicine or information literacy instruction. If we enhance our understanding of latent influences on evidence quality—such as changes to Food and Drug Administration regulations, predatory or deceptive publishing practices, and clinical trial study designs—we can improve our value to medical education and hospital systems.

Author Biography

Joseph Costello, Informationist, Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

Joe Costello is an Informationist at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine as of November, 2015. Joe’s background includes: combat veteran, poetry editor, library information services technician, and telecommunications infrastructure technician. Joe provides instruction and service in the field of evidence-based medicine, health literacy, advanced searching, and critical analysis of scientific literature. His research interest are at the intersection of: narrative analysis, trauma, and motivation. Joe has a BBA in Telecommunications & Information Management from Western Michigan University and a MS in Information Studies from The University of Texas – Austin.


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