As UMB’s IPE Day 2017 (April 5) fast approaches, there is some exciting news from the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC). A January 2017 press release announced the inclusion of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) as an institutional member. This announcement acknowledges the potential contributions of librarians and their expertise to IPE teams.
Since the arrival of Dr. Jay Perman, with his passion for, and interest in, interprofessionalism, HS/HSL faculty librarians have become critical members of the IPE strategic planning initiative and, from the very start, members of the IPE Day and IPE Faculty Development planning committees. The only place we haven’t served is on an actual IPE team. As knowledge experts, what can librarians contribute? While each of the health professions brings their own expertise, not everyone can know everything; librarians bring the evidence to support enhanced clinical decision-making. We are also extremely knowledgeable about credible consumer health information that, when clearly and simply written, can support patients after they leave the healthcare setting. And we assist student learners to search the literature efficiently and effectively.
If you are still a little skeptical about including a library faculty member on an IPE team, consider applying for an award or seed grant from UMB’s Center for Interprofessional Education and including a library faculty member as a member of the IPE team. It’s a great way to try an experiment and get some money to do it! Contact me if you are interested, and I will put you in touch with the right people at the HS/HSL.