Pitt IMLS Grant for Online Post-Master’s Degree Certificate in Health Sciences Librarianship
Posted on behalf of Barbara A. Epstein, Director, Health Sciences Library System serving the University of Pittsburgh (PITT) and UPMC. PITT is one of MAR’s resource libraries.
We are very pleased to announce that the School of Information Sciences (the iSchool) and the Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) at the University of Pittsburgh have been awarded a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The three-year grant, for $911,311, will support the development of a “Post Master’s Degree Certificate of Advanced Studies in Health Sciences Librarianship,” to be managed jointly by the iSchool and HSLS.
The program will offer specialized preparation for professional positions in health sciences libraries through online coursework, an applied research project, mentoring experiences, and attendance at a national conference. The grant from IMLS will support the costs of curriculum development and evaluation, online course delivery infrastructure, and student recruitment. In addition, the grant will provide tuition scholarships for 27 students located throughout the United States. Students will enroll in the program beginning in May 2010.
Coursework will address such issues as evidence-based medicine, teaching and instruction in a health care setting, clinical librarianship, expert searching in medical resources, and integration of information resources in electronic health records. Students, admitted in cohorts of 12-15, will complete the 15-credit program within one year. Students will plan and complete a 3-credit applied research project at their home institution under the guidance of a professional mentor. For full information about the grant, please visit http://www.ischool.pitt.edu/news/article/IMLS-grant.php.