There are three relevant articles in the new October issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association.
Creating shared campus experiences: the library as culture club
J Med Libr Assoc. 2013 October; 101(4): 254–256. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.101.4.005
Librarians identify strongly with users, understand institutional culture and politics, have a commitment to academic and intellectual values, and show a readiness to collaborate with people within and outside of the institution 1. Their neutral and apolitical interactions with faculty and academic leaders are a critical strength. These are strengths that position librarians to be effective arbiters of the intellectual and cultural needs of a campus. With no particular agenda and the ability to see the big picture, librarians can assume the role of trusted third party in discussions between and among differing interests for the good of the campus.
Expanding roles in a library-based bioinformatics service program: a case study
J Med Libr Assoc. 2013 October; 101(4): 303–309. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.101.4.012
The bioinformatics service program was established at the Norris Medical Library in 2005. As part of program development, the library assessed users’ bioinformatics needs, acquired additional funds, established and expanded service offerings, and explored additional roles in promoting on-campus collaboration.
Library-based clinical and translational research support
J Med Libr Assoc. 2013 October; 101(4): 326–335. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.101.4.017
There has been a shift in the workflow at academic biomedical research and clinical care centers to promote more efficient clinical and community implementation of bench discoveries. Strong financial support for this effort is provided by the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs) from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), awarded to about sixty biomedical research institutions constituting the CTSA Consortium 1. CTSAs offer an opportunity to speed the translation of bench discoveries to improved human health by transforming the research enterprise at the local, regional, and national levels. These efforts include large-scale infrastructure projects, institution-wide coordination and provision of services, incentives to facilitate collaboration and team-based science, and education programs designed to train the next generation of researchers.