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Interprofessional Education and Medical Libraries

Partnering for Success

Edited by Mary E. Edwards

This book describes the variety of interprofessional education (IPE) programs in both didactic and clinical settings, and how librarians are partnering to further the success of these programs and expand the notion of “interprofessional” beyond the typical health professions.
Chapters describe library involvement in planning, development, design, and evaluation of their institutions in the education of a variety of healthcare professionals on teamwork in healthcare, also known as interprofessional care (IPC) in an interprofessional, team-based setting. IPE focuses on topics including understanding the training and roles of various health professionals (physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, mental health practitioners, etc.), the importance of teamwork, working in healthcare teams, the role of patient safety and healthcare teams, and other areas related to an interprofessional approach to health care. To prepare future health care professionals for work in a clinical setting that increasingly features IPC and to fulfill accreditation requirements, medical and health colleges across the nation have created IPE programs.
Just as librarians are involved with other aspects of the education of our students, librarians are involved with IPE. Descriptions and evaluations of this work is being presented at professional conferences, but this is the first book to cover the topic.

Interprofessional Education and Medical Libraries: Partnering for Success from the prestigious Medical Library Association provides a brief introduction to IPE and features descriptions of how librarians are involved with IPE at their institutions, paying particular attention to librarians’ roles in the planning, design, development, and evaluation of their institutions’ IPE programs. While several chapters focus on the role of the medical librarian in IPE programs, to broaden the potential audience and impact, the book includes other perspectives of IPE.

Highlights include content on topics ranging from foundational concepts (history of IPE programs, theoretical and pedagogical foundations of IPE, accreditation, assessment) to case studies from high profile IPE programs and specific examples from practice. IPE programs in both didactic (non-clinical) and the clinical setting are included.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 220Size: 6 1/2 x 9 1/4
978-1-4422-6389-5 • Hardback • July 2016 • $95.00 • (£65.00)
978-1-4422-6390-1 • eBook • July 2016 • $90.00 • (£60.00)
Mary E. Edwards is the Reference and Liaison Librarian at the University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries, where she has worked since 2004. Dr. Edwards holds a MLIS degree from the University of South Florida and in 2011 she earned a doctorate (EdD) in Educational Technology from the University of Florida. Dr. Edwards’ research interests include medical education topics (how health science students employ self-directed learning strategies), instructional design in libraries, online teaching and learning, and new literacies including media, digital, and information.
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Mary Edwards, Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig, and Paullette Haun


The History of Interprofessional Education
Robyn Dickie
Theories Underlying Interprofessional Education: a Pragmatic Approach
James Ballard

Pedagogical Perspectives on Interprofessional Education
Andrea Pfeifle and Amy V. Blue

Interprofessional Education as Organizational Change
Alan Dow, Colleen Lynch, John Cyrus, and Tanya Huff

Designing an Interprofessional Education Program from Planning to Implementation
Jean P. Shipman, Susan Chase-Cantarini, Rebecca D. Wilson, and Alice I. Weber

Engaging Service Learning in Interprofessional Education: The University of Florida Experience
Erik W. Black, Nichole Stetten, and Amy V. Blue

Interprofessional Education and Patient Care: Supporting Patient Safety
Karen McDonough and Brenda Zierler

Medical Libraries Supporting Interprofessional Education
Laruen M. Young, Susan B. Clark, Connie K. Machado, Elizabeth G. Hinton, and Mitzi R. Norris
Clinical Medical Librarians and Interprofessional Practice
Lisa Travis and Skye Bickett

Assessing Interprofessional Education
Erin Blakely and Brenda Zierler


About the Editors and Contributors

Interprofessional Education and Medical Libraries: Partnering for Success is an excellent primer for faculty, administrators, and librarians considering implementing IPE or expanding their IPE offerings. I believe it also provides a valued refresher for experienced IPE practitioners. The chapter on organizational change is particularly useful because implementing IPE can prove to be quite challenging for institutions.The case studies offer practical examples that could serve as models for other institutions
David A. Nolfi, Health Sciences Librarian and Library Assessment Coordinator, Gumberg Library, Duquesne University

Interprofessional Education and Medical Libraries, edited by Mary Edwards, MLS, EdD, provides insight on many of the dimensions that comprise interprofessional education. Chapters offer historical perspectives, underlying theory, pedagogies, practical application, assessment and rich descriptions of hands-on experiences. Each of these dimensions includes contexts such as inclusion of medical libraries, patient safety, service learning in the community and the humanities. This volume is critical to those interested in rounding out their understanding of IPE, and in particular those who want to plan one or more IPE activities in their learning environment.
Casey B. White, Harrison Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor & Associate Dean for Medical Education Research and Instruction, University of Virginia