What is a "Liaison Librarian?"
The Liaison Librarians at PCOM play an important role in promoting medical research and scholarly communications. Services include literature searches, study design, research methodology, structured abstracts, clinical question development, and assist in preparation of posters, presentations, and publication of papers.
- Evidence-Based Practice
Librarians instruct students and faculty on developing an effective research question, critical appraisal skills, and efficiently searching and evaluating the literature for evidence to support clinical and community decision-making.
Bibliometrics are used to measure the global impact of research articles through citation analysis. Types of impact measures include PlumX Metrics and the author h-index.
The library can assist you with free enrollment in ORCID to solve author disambiguation, and support the promotion of research and publication activities following best practices.
- Health Literacy Health literacy has an influence on positive patient outcomes. The Health Literacy clerkship enables medical students to recognize the impact of health literacy in the clinical environment. The library is an integral part of the education of future Osteopathic Physicians, some of whom will serve rural and medically underserved communities.
- Preservation and DigitalCommons@PCOM
The PCOM Archives and Special Collections preserves institutional records of the College and the Osteopathic profession. The DigitalCommons@PCOM is a repository that showcases student and faculty research, theses, dissertations, and capstone projects. The “Selected Works” pages highlight the outstanding scholarly output of PCOM research faculty.
The library offers REDCap, a HIPAA compliant application to support data capture and surveys for research; and partners with annual research day planning activities. Interdepartmentally, the library works with the Research and Community Relations Departments to advance opportunities for community based student research and clerkship opportunities. For example, the library receives funding to participate in community outreach efforts.