Integrating the hospital library with patient care, teaching and research: model and Web 2.0 tools to create a social and collaborative community of clinical research in a hospital setting

San-José-Montano, Blanca and García-Carretero, Rafael and Varela, Manuel and Martin-Pozuelo, María-Paz Integrating the hospital library with patient care, teaching and research: model and Web 2.0 tools to create a social and collaborative community of clinical research in a hospital setting. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 2010, vol. 27, n. 3, pp. 217-226. [Journal article (Paginated)]

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Background: Research in hospital settings faces several difficulties. Information technologies and certain Web 2.0 tools may provide new models to tackle these problems, allowing for a collaborative approach and bridging the gap between clinical practice, teaching and research. Objectives: We aim to gather a community of researchers involved in the development of a network of learning and investigation resources in a hospital setting. Methods: A multi-disciplinary work group analysed the needs of the research community. We studied the opportunities provided by Web 2.0 tools and finally we defined the spaces that would be developed, describing their elements, members and different access levels. Model description: WIKINVESTIGACION is a collaborative web space with the aim of integrating the management of all the hospital’s teaching and research resources. It is composed of five spaces, with different access privileges. The spaces are: Research Group Space ‘wiki for each individual research group’, Learning Resources Centre devoted to the Library, News Space, Forum and Repositories. Conclusions: The Internet, and most notably the Web 2.0 movement, is introducing some overwhelming changes in our society. Research and teaching in the hospital setting will join this current and take advantage of these tools to socialise and improve knowledge management.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Hospital libraries; Educational models; Information dissemination; Social support; Patient care; Web 2.0; Collaborative community.
Subjects: C. Users, literacy and reading. > CD. User training, promotion, activities, education.
D. Libraries as physical collections. > DK. Health libraries, Medical libraries.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HT. Web 2.0, Social networks
L. Information technology and library technology
Depositing user: Dr Jose M Tenias
Date deposited: 30 Sep 2016 18:34
Last modified: 30 Sep 2016 18:34


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