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This guide contains data from the May 2017 questionnaire for the Public Health chapter of the 26th edition of Magazines for Libraries.

Goal: To determine which journal titles public health faculty consider to be most relevant.

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This poster was presented at  the 2017 South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association and the 2017 Delta Omega Poster Contest

Background

Magazines for LibrariesTM is a ProQuest reference and collection development resource designed to help librarians select core titles for library journal collections. Public Health chapter entries selected for the 24th edition contained the evidence to build the knowledge base to advance the study and practice of public health. Titles included those

•Recommended by previous editors of the chapter
•Selected by the Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Medical School Top 25 public health journals
•Cited by the Core Journals Project of the Public Health/Health Administration Section of the Medical Library Association
•Most frequently cited in the 2003–2005 issues of the American Journal of Public Health1
•Listed in the Literature and Guidelines page of Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce (PhPartners.org)
•Recommended by the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine faculty

 

In June, 2017, Matas Librarians Laura Wright, MS, MPH and Elaine Hicks, MS/LIS, MPH, MCHES,  co-authored the Public Health Chapter for the 26th edition of Magazines for LibrariesTM.  This opportunity provided an opportunity to improve the selection process.

Expansion of the population surveyed for the 24th edition helped to ensure that the journals selected covered the main titles needed to develop a concise but comprehensive public health journal collection. Linking areas of practice and research and core competency to titles assures that titles collected responds to information needs of patrons.

The Tulane University Institutional Review Board determined the survey did not constitute human subject research, and did not require IRB approval.

Method

A six-item survey was refined which asked faculty to

•Identify School, Department, Program and/or Center
•State ASPPH area of research/practice
•State ASPPH core competency
•Verify titles identified in the  24th edition
•Suggest new titles

 

Consumer health librarians in the South Central region of the National Network of Library of Medicine whose institutions included a school or department of public health were invited to distribute the survey to public health faculty members. The survey was available between 11:30 am May 12 - 11:55 pm May 24, 2017.

Reports were distributed to consumer health librarians in December, 2017.

 

Survey results were analyzed in Excel.

Laura Wright

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Results

Conclusion

Expansion of the population surveyed for the 24th edition helped to ensure that the journals selected covered the main titles needed to develop a concise but comprehensive public health journal collection.Linking areas of practice and research and core competency to titles assures that titles collected responds to information needs of patrons.

Acknowledgements

Cheryl LaGuardia, MLIS, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University, and Editor, Magazine for LibrariesTM

Shari Clifton, Professor | Head, Reference  | University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center | University of Oklahoma

Catherine Pepper, MLIS, MPH, Associate Professor | University Libraries and Coordinator of Library Field Services | Medical Sciences Library | Texas A&M University

Alysha Sapp, MLIS| Nursing & Nurse Anesthesia Librarian | Mary Counts Burnett Library | Texas Christian University

Barbara S. Ballew M.S.Ed., M.A.L.S., AHP | Senior Director, Outreach/Extramural Services | Libraries of the Health Sciences | Texas | Tech University Health Sciences Center

Susan Steelman, MLIS | Professor | Head of Education & Reference Services | Univ. of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library | Univ. of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

References

  1. Rethlefsen, M. L., & Wallis, L. C. (2007). Public health citation patterns: An analysis of the American Journal of Public Health, 2003-2005. Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA, 95(4), 408-415.
  2. ASPH Education Committee. (2006). Master’s degree in public health core competency development project.
  3. Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. (2017). Areas of study.

Research, Education and Public Health Librarian

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