Biomedical librarians select, collect, organize,
access, and retrieve information to meet the informational needs
of their library's users. These libraries include medical libraries
in universities, hospitals, research centers and in companies
that emphasize health sciences related research and development.
Knowledge of health sciences literature, information-seeking behavior
of health sciences professionals, information technology, and
library management is essential for this concentration. Biomedical
librarians search online and print resources for needed information,
and create specialized governmental publications. They may also
compile bibliographies or subject guides for selected topics.
Some biomedical librarians are also responsible for teaching end
users how to make use of electronic information resources, while
others actively participate in research efforts or in the strategic
planning of a corporation. Students with this concentration may
choose to pursue a career in the libraries enumerated above. In
addition, they may find positions in associations for health sciences
professionals, science academies, and other special libraries.
The CUA School of Library and Information Science
offers a variety of courses that focus on biomedical information.
Each student will take four required core courses along with appropriate
mid-level and advanced courses. The student will consult with
his/her advisor to determine which courses will best meet his/her
personal and professional needs. Required core courses for all
In addition to the required core courses,
students can build a concentration in biomedical information by
choosing among the following specialty and elective courses:
Organizations of interest to students
in Biomedical Information
Professional associations for law librarians
are important sources of information about the profession, continuing
education opportunities, scholarship support, and networking.
Most have student membership rates. For further information contact:
Medical Library Association
Six North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60602-4805
Internet resources of interest to students
in Biomedical Information
This is an electronic discussion list for medical and health sciences librarians. Practical and theoretical issues, new ideas, questions, announcements, and concerns specific to health sciences libraries are discussed.
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