Academic journal article Journal of the Medical Library Association

Standards for Hospital Libraries 2007

Academic journal article Journal of the Medical Library Association

Standards for Hospital Libraries 2007

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Hospital Libraries Section Standards Committee

Margaret Bandy, AHIP

bandym@exempla.org

Chair

Jacqueline Donaldson Doyle, AHIP, FMLA

jddoyle@email.arizona.edu

Anne Fladger, AHIP

afladger@partners.org

Katherine Stemmer Frumento, AHIP

katherinef@greenhosp.org

Linné Girouard, AHIP

lgirouard@tmh.tmc.edu

Sheila Hayes, AHIP

sheila.hayes@hcahealthcare.com

Diane Rourke, AHIP

dianer@baptisthealth.net

BACKGROUND

The Medical Library Association's (MLA's) "Standards for Hospital Libraries" were developed in 2002 as a guide for hospital administrators, librarians, and accrediting bodies to ensure that hospitals have the resources and services to effectively meet their needs for knowledge-based information (KBI) [I]. A revised version was published in 2005 [2]. In approving the original and revised versions of the standards, the MLA Board of Directors recommended that the Standards Committee of the Hospital Libraries Section (HLS) continually evaluate the standards and revise them as necessary to reflect changes in the health care environment and MLA priorities.

In March of 2005, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Hospital Internet Access Task Force issued a final report and made several recommendations, one of which was to work with the HLS Standards Committee to add a "technology standard" to the "Standards for Hospital Libraries" [3]. This new standard would define the minimum levels of technology needed for hospital libraries to function in their role as providers of KBI resources.

The HLS Information Technology Committee drafted a technology standard and forwarded it to the HLS Standards Committee and the NN/LM Hospital Internet Access Task Force chair for review and comment. In addition to reviewing the draft standard, the HLS Standards Committee wrote a statement of intent to accompany the standard. In May 2007, standard 11: IT resources are available to support the library's mission of providing KBI resources and services was approved by the MLA Board at its annual meeting. Other changes include the following:

* clarified "clinical staff" to include nurses and allied health personnel in standard 7,

* updated the bibliography,

* added references to the new MLA educational policy statement, Competencies for Lifelong Learning and Professional Success, and

* removed references to the Brandon/Hill list and added references to Doody's Core Titles.

The MLA Board also recommended that the revised standards should be called "Standards for Hospital Libraries 2007" and that the publication history be indicated.

The complete "Standards for Hospital Libraries 2007" are also available on the Hospital Libraries section website as well as PubMed Central.

REFERENCES

1. Gluck JC, Hassig RA, Balogh L, Bandy M, Doyle JD, Kronenfeld MR, Lindner KL, Murray K, Petersen JA, Rand DC. Standards for hospital libraries 2002. J Med Libr Assoc 2002Oct;90(4):465-72.

2. Hassig RA, Balogh L, Bandy M, Doyle JD, Gluck JC, Lindner KL, Reich B, Varner D. Standards for hospital libraries 2002 with 2004 revisions. J Med Libr Assoc 2005 Apr;93(2):282-3.

3. Hoist R. Final report. National Network of Libraries of Medicine Hospital Internet Access Task Force [web document]. National Network of Libraries of Medicine, 2005. [cited 1 Dec 2006] .

SYNOPSIS OF STANDARDS

MLA's "Standards for Hospital Libraries 2007" have been developed as a guide for hospital administrators, librarians, and accrediting bodies to ensure that hospitals have the resources and services to effectively meet the hospital's KBI needs.

Specific KBI requirements include that the library be a separate department with its own budget. KBI in the library should be directed by a qualified librarian who functions as a department head and is a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals. …

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