A Practical Guide for Informationists - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081020173

A Practical Guide for Informationists

1st Edition

Supporting Research and Clinical Practice

Authors: Antonio Derosa
Paperback ISBN: 9780081020173
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 1st April 2018
Page Count: 100
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As more and more organizations and academic institutions re-evaluate the role of the Reference Librarian (and possibly move to the updated title of Informationist), general guidelines and standards of practice are needed to support the individuals in these positions. This practical text will strive to guide new Informationists to a successful career and to build the evidence surrounding this savvier, more technically advanced, and domain-focused role in modern day information centers and libraries.

The broad scope of this book will allow it to serve as an invaluable toolkit for healthcare professionals, researchers and graduate students in information management, library and information science, data management, informatics, etc., interested in a career in healthcare. Further, it can serve as a textbook for courses in medical reference services/medical informatics in MLIS programs.

Key Features

  • With the constantly shifting demands and information needs of library users in various settings (research libraries, health libraries etc.), the Informationist needs to be abreast of the newest and most accessible ways of supporting their users. This text will offer examples (e.g. case studies) of ways of delivering information services to end users
  • The book includes recommendations, evidence, and worksheets/take-aways/templates to be repurposed and adapted by the reader
  • Aimed at the broad area of healthcare and research libraries


Information Professionals (in any sector of healthcare/medicine and research libraries in general) or the graduate student in information management, library and information science, data management, informatics, etc., interesting in a career in healthcare

Table of Contents

I. Research Informationist vs. Reference Librarian
II. Know your Resources
III. Know your Users
IV. Training, Education, and Outreach
V. Delivering Meaningful Results: Part A – Beyond Mediated Literature Searching
VI. Delivering Meaningful Results: Part B – Current Awareness
VII. Delivering Meaningful Results: Part C – Bibliometrics and Analytics
VII. Being an Evidence-Based Practice Superstar
IX. Future Perspectives for Research Informationists


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About the Author

Antonio Derosa

Throughout his tenure he has assisted clients with their research through embedded/liaison means by offering targeted training, EBM support via systematic reviews, general consultation, bibliometric/impact metric evaluation, data management, competitive intelligence, current awareness, productivity/workflow support, and publishing guidance. The author’s skills and past experience put him in a unique position to speak about the budding role of the Informationist as a librarian-in-context as it pertains to scholarly research output.

Affiliations and Expertise

Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY.