Evidence-based librarianship: what might we expect in the years ahead?

Health Info Libr J. 2002 Jun;19(2):71-7. doi: 10.1046/j.1471-1842.2002.00369.x.


Objective: To predict the possible accomplishments of the Evidence-Based Librarianship (EBL) movement by the years 2005, 2010, 2015 and 2020.

Methods: Predictive. The author draws upon recent events, relevant historical events and anecdotal accounts to detect evidence of predictable trends.

Results: The author develops a set of probable predictions for the development of EBL. Although incomplete evidence exists, some trends still seem discernible.

Conclusion: By 2020, EBL will have become indistinguishable from mainstream health sciences librarianship/informatics practices.

MeSH terms

  • England
  • Evidence-Based Medicine / trends*
  • Forecasting
  • Libraries, Medical / trends*
  • Library Science / trends*