Health sciences libraries in the United States: new directions

Health Info Libr J. 2017 Dec;34(4):307-311. doi: 10.1111/hir.12199. Epub 2017 Oct 21.


This article is the third in a series in this regular feature. The intention of the series is to look at important global developments in health science libraries. These articles will serve as a road map, describing the key changes in the field and exploring factors driving these changes. The present article by the current president of the Medical Library Association outlines two important developments in the United States. The topics chosen for consideration are national initiatives in the United States impacting health sciences libraries and librarians and enhanced roles for U.S. health sciences librarians in providing support for research. J.M.

Keywords: United States of America (USA); case studies; competencies; library and information professionals; national strategies.

MeSH terms

  • Global Health / trends*
  • Humans
  • Libraries, Medical / trends*
  • Research Support as Topic / methods*
  • Research Support as Topic / trends
  • Review Literature as Topic
  • United States