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Tuesday, October 10 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Clinical Medical Librarian Licensure: Pros and Cons

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John Bramble and Clare Hamasu, University of Utah, and Emily Eresuma and Shawn Steidinger, Primary Children’s Medical Library

In hospitals and clinics, anyone who “touches” a patient has a license authorizing them to do so...from the phlebotomist to the cardiologist, from the genetic counselor to the social worker and so on. Everyone, except the clinical medical librarian, that is. The question of requiring a license to practice clinical medical librarianship is a topic worth discussing. This poster will explore the first step in this discussion, understanding the positives and negatives of occupational licensure. The main purpose of licensure is ensuring health and safety protections to consumers. Licensure has benefits, especially for workers, one being protection from competition by limiting fields to those who demonstrate they have the essential knowledge and skills to practice their profession. Licensure, however, comes with substantial costs. Evidence suggests many of the requirements for licensure do not match the actual skills needed to practice. Further evidence shows licensure may increase the costs for goods and services, restrict employment opportunities, and cause difficulty taking skills to another state. Should licensure be required for clinical medical librarians? This poster will inform your point of view.


Tuesday October 10, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Black and Gold Room Tiger Hotel

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