ID: 225 / Workshop F-03: 1
Topics: Benchmarking + Advocacy
Keywords: library services, health governance
The Value of Librarians for Health Governance
1HealthConnect International, Croatia; 2Korjonen Consulting, UK
Governance in the health sector refers to a wide range of steering and rule-making related functions carried out by governments and decision makers as they seek to achieve national health policy objectives. Health governance (HG) can be presented by its eight sub-functions: accountability, partnerships, formulating policy/ strategic direction, generating information/ intelligence, organizational adequacy/ system design, participation and consensus, regulation, transparency.
Each sub-function has a related set of tools that are used to enable them (e.g. accountability - performance measurement tools and activities; partnerships - cross-cutting information education systems; formulating policy/ strategic direction - policies, operational guidelines, training manuals, protocols; generating information/ intelligence - health technology assessments, health impact assessment).
All the sub-functions require many different competencies, with a great emphasis on evidence and information governance, which are traditional fields of librarians’ expertise. However, many stakeholders are unaware of how health and hospital libraries are contributing with specific activities and what the trends are in library support for health/clinical governance in Europe. How are library services incorporated in support of these sub-functions and tools? How can these activities be made more visible to decision-makers and how can we measure the impact?
Learning outcomes : Participants will learn the main tools that enable HG sub-functions and how to analyze their library services in relation to those tools (using the suggested model). They will work out a list of main types of library activities in support of each HG sub-function, and be able to define methods of measuring impact.
Type of interactivity : A group work, with participants divided into 4 groups, and each group working on two HG sub-functions: suggesting related types of library activities that support them, and providing real world examples from their practice. Then each group will present the results to all the participants, with other groups providing additional examples and activity types. After the final list of activity types is agreed, the participants will be offered a list of impact measures used in library research to decide which could be used to show the impact of those activities on HG to complete the model.
Level : Intermediate
Target audience : Librarians from a variety of health organisations (hospitals, university medical and public health libraries, Health Minstry/National Agency, university teaching hospitals, research institutes)
Preparation for the session : Yes
Biography and Bibliography
Helena Korjonen, PhD, Korjonen Consulting
Helena has over 25 years’ experience as an information professional and researcher in pharmaceuticals, clinical research and public health in both industry and not-for-profit environments. She has experience in programme management, fundraising, developing new knowledge and information tools, researching information needs and behaviour, and undertaking complex literature reviews in public health. She has done research in the prevention of non-communicable diseases, sustainability and environmental matters and food science.
Irina Ibragimova, PhD, HealthConnect International
Irina has 40 years’ experience as a library and information professional, first in the Russian State Library, and then working on ICT for health projects internationally (in the countries of the former Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe, and Africa). She has experience in developing training curriculum and providing on-site workshops and distance training courses on information search and retrieval, evidence-based practice in health care and social work, and library and information management. She has developed and delivered 34 distance training courses in English and in Russian.