Report from the Medical Library Association’s InSight Initiative Summit 3: Bridge Building: What Bridges to Build and How
Keywords:Access to Information, Libraries, Publishers, Information Seeking, Medical Library Association
AbstractAt the Medical Library Association’s Insight Initiative Summit 3, held June 12–13, 2019, academic and hospital librarians joined with publishing industry partners to identify vexing problems in publishing and accessing health sciences information. Through a mixture of panel discussions with health sciences faculty, librarians, and information providers; small-group problem-solving exercises; and large-group consensus-building activities, the summit program invited participants to appreciate each other’s viewpoints and propose a collaborative project leading to tangible outcomes that could ultimately benefit end users. Several vexing problems were identified, including poor communication and mistrust between librarians and publishers, complexities in product pricing structures and licenses, and users’ difficulties in accessing and using vetted information resources. However, librarians and publishers agreed that building a better shared understanding of users’ needs and behavior would be the most useful bridge toward regaining trust, establishing more effective partnerships, and designing and delivering quality information resources that are easily accessible and maximally useful to health sciences researchers, educators, clinicians, and students.
Akers KG. Report from the Medical Library Association’s InSight Initiative Summit 2: meeting the evolving information needs of library stakeholders. J Med Libr Assoc. 2019 Apr;107(2):137–50. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5195/jmla.2019.669.
Popovich NG, Okorie-Awé C, Crawford SY, Balcazar FE, Vellurattil RP, Moore TW, Schriever AE. Assessing students’ impressions of the cultural awareness of pharmacy faculty and students. Am J Pharm Educ. 2018;2(1):6161.
Bosch SJ. Periodical and serial prices, and North American academic books: average price and price indexes. Libr Book Trade Almanac. 2018;353–8, 362–76, 386–9.
Bosch SJ, Albee B, Henderson K. Death by 1,000 cuts: periodicals price survey 2018. Libr J. 2018 Apr 23;143(7):28–33.
Skochelak SE, Stack SJ. Creating the medical schools of the future. Acad Med. 2017 Jan;92(1):16–9.
American Medical Association. Turn med ed on its head [Internet]. The Association; 2016 [cited 10 Nov 2019]. <https://www.ama-assn.org/sites/ama-assn.org/files/corp/media-browser/public/ace/ace-innovation-booklet.pdf>.
Student Doctor Network. Is it possible to avoid textbook use in medical school? [Internet]. The Network; 17 Apr 2016 [cited 10 Nov 2019]. <https://forums.studentdoctor.net/threads/is-it-possible-to-avoid-textbook-use-in-med-school.1194346/>.
Wikipedia. Remix culture [Internet]. [cited 10 Nov 2019]. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remix_culture>.
Michigan State University. Just in time medicine [Internet]. The University [cited 10 Nov 2019]. <https://www.justintimemedicine.com/>.
Michigan State University Libraries. Health sciences image resources [Internet]. The Libraries [cited 10 Nov 2019]. <https://libguides.lib.msu.edu/healthsciencesimages>.
Michigan State University Libraries. Creating stable links to medical ebooks: introduction [Internet]. The Libraries [cited 10 Nov 2019]. <https://libguides.lib.msu.edu/link2medebooks>.
National Information Standards Organization. Shared e-resource understanding (SERU) [Internet]. The Organization [cited 10 Nov 2019]. <https://www.niso.org/standards-committees/seru>.