Jocelyn A. Rankin

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BACKGROUND The informationist programme at the Library of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD, USA has grown to 14 informationists working with 40 clinical and basic science research teams. PURPOSE This case report, intended to contribute to the literature on informationist programmes, describes the NIH informationist programme,(More)
OBJECTIVE An information needs study of clinical specialists and biomedical researchers was conducted at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to inform library services and contribute to a broader understanding of information use in academic and research settings. METHODS A random stratified sample by job category of 500 NIH scientists was surveyed(More)
PURPOSE A systematic literature review was conducted to synthesize what is known about informationists, highlight program models, and suggest areas for future research. METHODS Articles retrieved through database searching were reviewed for relevance. Informationist case reports were identified and coded according to an attributes checklist. Data from(More)
BACKGROUND To encourage evidence-based practice, an Annals of Internal Medicine editorial called for a new professional on clinical teams: an informationist trained in science or medicine as well as information science. OBJECTIVES The study explored the effects of informationists on information behaviors of clinical research teams, specifically, frequency(More)