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Objective: An underexplored area in Library and Information Science (LIS) is the development of educational offerings and partnerships in Health-Related Informatics (HRI) (e.g., bioinformatics, clinical informatics, health informatics). The purpose of this study is to identify which disciplines are collaborating in HRI education and how partnerships developed.

Methods: This study was conducted in two parts: a website review and survey. Seventy-seven North American ALA-accredited and iSchool member websites were searched between November 2019-March 2020 for HRI-related educational offerings and which academic units were involved. Two hundred sixteen individuals involved in LIS and/or HRI education were contacted for a 40-question survey that included: their roles and responsibilities regarding HRI education; the alignment of this education with strategic plans or competencies; and how HRI partnerships developed. The survey also asked those who were not currently partnering in HRI education which factors influenced their circumstances.

Results: 352 HRI educational offerings existed within ALA-accredited or iSchool programs. A total of 38 (17.5%) responded to the survey. For almost two-thirds of these, there was no indication of partnership in that education (213/352, 60.5%). LIS or iSchool involvement in HRI is just under one-third of all offerings (111/352, 31%). “Health or healthcare” informatics (35) or “biomedical or bioinformatics” were the most common types of HRI offered from the website review and survey.

Conclusions: Opportunities exist for LIS programs to form HRI educational partnerships that will provide richer educational offerings for LIS students and health sciences librarians.


Informatics, higher education, health sciences, Library and Information Science, iSchools

Data Availability

The data and related materials are available in INDIGO, the institutional repository for the University of Illinois Chicago. (Website data: 10.25417/uic.19163753. Survey instrument: 10.25417/uic.19161983. Survey data: 10.25417/uic.19164125.)

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Tina Griffin, University of Illinois at Chicago, Information Services and Research, 1750 W Polk St, Chicago, IL 60612; tmcg@uic.edu

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AppendixA_1228_Griffin.pdf (648 kB)
Method Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria and Limitations for Website data

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Survey Instrument

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