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The Current Status and Needs Assessment of Continuing Education for Medical Librarians in Taiwan

Author(s): Tzu-Heng Chiu

Journal: Journal of Library and Information Science Research
ISSN 1990-9128

Volume: 6;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 69;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Medical librarians | Professional development | Continuing education | Needs assessment | Taiwan

In Taiwan, there is very few professional medical librarians has medical subject education background, and most of those who are LIS backgrounds has never taken medical librarianship related courses while at school. These issues highlight the importance of continuing education of Taiwanese medical librarians. This study adopts questionnaire survey method to explore the current status and needs of continuing education for medical librarians in Taiwan. The questionnaires were totally sent out 240 copies, and recovered 196 copies. The returned ratio is 81.7%. At the end, the author presents 6 findings, and proposes suggestions to the professional medical organizations and associations, library and information science schools, and medical library directors. Hope these findings could be references for planning continuing education in the future.

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