Identifying Research Support Needs of Members of the Canadian Health Libraries Association / Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada




health librarians, research, Canada, CHLA/ABSC


Introduction: The CHLA/ABSC Special Committee on Research undertook this project to identify potential  ways in which the Association could support its members in undertaking research. The goal was to inform future CHLA/ABSCresearch-related service and program offerings. A literature review revealed limited publication related to health librarians' research needs.  Method: The Committee developed and distributed an online survey to CHLA/ABSC’s membership. The questions related to demographics, previous research engagement or experience, current research support, work-related research requirements and expectations, barriers and enablers for conducting research, desired research support (topic and format) from CHLA/ABSC, and types of programs that would benefit members the most. Both qualitative and quantitative data were collated and analysed.  Data from open-ended questions were examined to identify relevant themes. Results:  Survey participants (45) were nearly equally divided between academic health libraries and hospital libraries. Forty-three members responded to the English survey, while two responded to the French version.  Results showed that the barriers to research, and the research supports needed are similar for both academic health librarians and hospital librarians. Results showed a strong desire for methodological and statistical training. Conclusion: Through this study CHLA/ABSC members identified several kindsof preferred research support.  CHLA/ABSC can use these findingsto guide the selection and delivery of furthercontinuing education products, as well as the development of specific research support services such as a peer-review program, a research question and answer blog and research mentorship; and also improve communications around CHLA/ABSC’s research services.

Author Biographies

Sandra Melody Campbell, University of Alberta Library

Sandy Campbell is a health librarian at the John W. Scott Health Sciences Library of the University of Alberta.

Kelly Hatch, Western University

Kelly Hatch is Acting Director of the C.B. "Bud" Johnston Library at Western University.

Nazi Torabi, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto

Nazi Torabi is an Information Specialist With the Scotiabank Health Sciences Library at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.


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How to Cite

Campbell, S. M., Hatch, K., & Torabi, N. (2018). Identifying Research Support Needs of Members of the Canadian Health Libraries Association / Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada. Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association / Journal De l’Association Des bibliothèques De La Santé Du Canada, 39(1), 3-15.



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