New value and impact articles

We have added a number of value and impact related articles to our list of useful publications.

This includes: Brettle A, Maden M, and Payne C (2016) The impact of clinical librarian services on patients and health care organisations, Health Information & Libraries Journal, Early view, DOI: 10.1111/hir.12136

Key messages:
• Clinical librarians (CLs) provide a valuable service which impacts on direct patient care, improves quality and saves money within healthcare organisations.
• Each literature search provided by a clinical librarian contributes to multiple outcomes of importance to the healthcare organisation
• New roles for clinical librarians can involve providing information relating to business development, finance and legal issues
• Interrelated methods of evaluation illustrate the wide range of impacts and the nature of how these are made
• Future use of the tools provided will help build a significant and comprehensive international evidence base on the effectiveness and impact of health library services (The appendices include the full interview schedule and questionnaires).

It is essential to recognise that CLs can only make a contribution rather than a direct impact to many health care outcomes due to the many other factors involved in caring for patient. As demonstrating the direct impact of CL services on patient care is extremely difficult to prove, studies should determine if CLs make a contribution to patient care rather than a direct impact

The outcomes used to demonstrate impact within this study were carefully selected to be specific and reflect a wide range of organisational objectives. NHS priorities and objectives: decision making and evidence-based practice; patient-centred care and health outcomes; quality of care; service development; continuing professional development (CPD); efficiency, financial or risk management. The largest impacts were found in the areas of continuing professional development, decision-making and evidence-based practice.

All the recommended elements of a quality impact study, were incorporated including: independent researchers, anonymity of respondents, survey of whole sample, use of the CIT, sample of interviews, personalised request to complete survey and reminders as well as examining actual and future impacts. The questionnaire showed all the outcomes to which the information had contributed but provided no context or explanation. This approach is likely to be confirming what librarians already know about their practice, but at the same time, this method provides a means of categorising the evidence in ways that decision makers can understand. The interviews were successful in capturing impacts that were not immediately noticeable to the clinician, and the conversation as the interview progressed made the wider contribution apparent.

Other articles:
Barbrow S and Hartline M (2015) Process mapping as organizational assessment in academic libraries, Performance Measurement and Metrics. Performance Measurement and Metrics, 16(1), 34-47

Brooks SV and Bigelow S (2015) Preparing students for research: faculty/librarian collaboration in a pre-doctoral physical therapy research course. Health Information & Libraries Journal, 32: 332–338. doi: 10.1111/hir.12123

Bryant SL, Stewart D, Goswami L and Grant MJ (2015) Knowledge for Healthcare: the future of health librarianship. Health Information & Libraries Journal, 32: 163–167.

Butler K and Byrd J (January 2016) Research Consultation Assessment: Perceptions of Students and Librarians Journal of Academic Librarianship 42(1), 83–86

Halpin E, Rankin C, Chapman EL Walker C (Mar 2015) Measuring the value of public libraries in the digital age: What the power people need to knowfalse. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 47(1), 30-42.

Hájek P and Stejskal J (Mar 2015) Modelling public library value using the contingent valuation method: The case of the Municipal Library of Prague Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 47(1), 43-55,

Gaspar Pinto L (2014) Library performance continuum and the imperative of meta-evaluation, Performance Measurement and Metrics. 15(3), 86-98

Lessick S (2015) Enhancing library impact through technology, J Med Libr Assoc. 103(4), 222–231

Tewell TC (2015) Use of library services can be associated with a positive effect on first-year students’ GPA and retention, Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 10(1)

Zaugg H (2015) Using a library impact map to assist strategic planning in academic libraries, Library Leadership and Management, 29(3)

(If you have trouble accessing any of the articles above, please contact me at


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