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Health library study indicates $9 return for every dollar invested

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Here is something you can pass on to your administration so they can better understand the value of the library and the work we do.


*A study released today suggests that hospitals, government departments, associations and other organisations involved in healthcare gain a $9 return for every dollar they invest in health libraries.

Health Libraries Inc (HLInc) and Health Libraries Australia (ALIA HLA, a national group of the Australian Library and Information Association) commissioned award-winning firm SGS Economics and Planning to survey health libraries across the nation and from this to assess the return on the annual investment in these services to their organisations. The results provide a snapshot of the continued outstanding value of health libraries against a backdrop of significantly greater usage but declining investment. Patient and medical staff numbers and hospital expenditure are increasing, while health library budgets, space and staffing levels are decreasing. HLInc chair Jane Edwards and ALIA HLA convener Ann Ritchie said, ‘The investment in library and information services is small in the scheme of things – just 0.1% of recurrent expenditure in Australian hospitals. The report suggests that a modest increase in spending would allow for significant incremental benefits.’

The indicative finding of $9 for every $1 invested is likely to be even higher. SGS assessed the benefits provided directly to health library users, including time saved and value of ‘out-of-pocket’ expenses such as journal subscriptions. However, the user focus of the study omitted the return on investment in terms of patient care, and SGS said ‘it is highly likely that the benefits of industry libraries outweigh their costs considerably’.

This economic value assessment supports the findings of the ALIA/HLInc /Questions of Life and Death, an investigation into the value of health library and information services /report, published last year. Library//and information service users were asked how they believed their use of the service over the last year had helped them – 83% said it had helped them improve health outcomes for their patients and 76%//said it had changed their thinking and improved their diagnosis or treatment plan.

The full report /Worth every cent and more: an independent assessment of the return on investment of health libraries in Australia /with supporting materials can be found here


For more information, contact: Erin York, Communications Manager, ALIA 02

6215 8225, or Sue McKerracher, Executive Director, ALIA 0404 456749.

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Call for book Chapters: The New Librarianship

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

This is a call for book chapters for The New Librarianship, a book that will focus on new roles and responsibilities for librarians in the digital environment, as well as new skill sets, new partnerships, and other exciting endeavors.  The book will be published by Scarecrow Press.

Topical areas suggested include:

  • information stewardship
  • research evaluation metrics
  • new skills and new roles
  • open access
  • scholarly publishing
  • the library as publisher
  • involvement, engagement, connection with patrons/customers
  • training
  • embedded librarianship
  • research data management and services
  • grant writing
  • virtual reference, instruction, etc.
  • e-science
  • innovative uses of technology
  • library mobile apps
  • information visualization
  • ILMS redefined
  • data literacy, media literacy, multi-literacy
  • institutional repositories
  • sustainable and effective assessment
  • exciting and innovative partnerships outside of and within the library
  • user-generated content
  • data curation
  • innovative uses of metadata standards and interoperability
  • new models for library services
  • mega-collaborations (shared print, shared services, etc.)
  • marketing/outreach services
  • “green” libraries
  • creating/reinventing new spaces in libraries
  • web-scale discovery tools
  • folksonomies

These are only a few of the topics that will be explored in this        book.  The editor is looking for case studies, thoughtful and        insightful opinions, and innovative new services and models for moving libraries forward.

 To submit book chapter proposals, please submit an abstract of approximately 100 words and a title for the chapter to Dr. Brad Eden at Deadline for proposals is November 25, 2013.  Deadline for accepted chapters to be submitted to the editor would be May 1, 2014.


Bradford Lee Eden, Ph.D

Dean of Library Services

Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, Indiana


NN/LM – FREE Extreme Weather Disaster Summit

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region will be hosting a half-day Emergency Preparedness Summit at University of Massachusetts Medical School on Friday November 22, 2013 from 8:30am-4:30pm.

The theme is Extreme Weather.  With a large percentage of New England being located along the northeastern seaboard the potential for floods, hurricanes, blizzards and other weather related events that occur in our communities.  This event is for librarians, public health workers and emergency management personnel or anyone else who is interested in attending and participating.

The current speaker line up is:

  •  David Clemons: Director, Worcester Emergency Management
  • Liz Foley, Medical Reserve Corps
  • Cindy Hahn, American Red Cross

This event is free.   A light breakfast and validated parking will be available. Lunch is on your own (two onsite cafeterias to choose from).

You will also have a choice of two different CE courses to register for:

  • Going to Extremes: Health Information Resources for Severe Weather Conditions
  • Improving Library Disaster Readiness workshop 

Registration for the Summit and CE classes is available at


Contact Meredith Solomon,; 508-856-5964

MLA Estelle Brodman Award

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

The MLA Estelle Brodman Award annually recognizes a mid-career academic medical librarian who demonstrates significant achievement, the potential for leadership, and continuing excellence.  Recipients receive a certificate and a cash award of $500.  The nominations are due to MLA by November 1.

Complete information and nomination forms can be found at  

If you have questions, please contact me.


Lin Wu

Chair, MLA Estelle Brodman Award Jury
Reference Librarian
University of Tennessee Health Science Center Library
877 Madison Avenue, Room 216
Memphis, TN 38163
Tel: (901) 448-1667
Fax: (901) 448-7235
Toll-free: 877-747-0004 
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