B – New roles for health sciences librarians

Martin EL. Shaping opportunities for the new health sciences librarian. Journal of the Medical Library Association 2013;101(4):252-253
(doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.101.4.004)

This Editorial briefly summarizes some aspects related to the new health sciences librarian roles, that are described in articles published in a recent issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association. The effects of today’s new economy have accelerated a new cycle of change in the roles of health science librarians, who should have the following characteristics: a subject expertise combined with information science training, an expert ability to retrieve and access information including data sets, digital tools, and social media outlets; an ability to play a role in the entire scholarly communication process.