2017/2018 Learning Partnerships Host Organizations have been announced!!!!!
"This fellowship was a transformational experience for us! In this era of exploding knowledge, understanding and implementing strategies for knowledge management is essential for all kinds of organizations." – Executive Vice President and CEO, Lucinda Maine AACP, 2/2016
"Wonderful program. There are not enough such immersion opportunities for librarians." – Neil Rambo, UW Health Sciences Libraries, 9/22/06 It is with pleasure that we announced the two host organizations for the 2017/2018 Learning Partnership program!
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Pediatrics. The UAB Department of Pediatrics recently established an Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) Program to formally promote evidence based practice and advance quality improvement initiatives. The Sewell Fund Fellow will join physicians, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, clinical nutritionists, and trainees of all levels on family-centered rounds daily. This multidisciplinary team will immerse trainees and medical health providers in an environment that is conducive to provide the best clinical care for patients and to establish a two-way relationship to educate current and future medical providers and information specialists.
Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine Technology Incubator. During the inaugural year of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, the mission of the Health Technology Incubator is to unite communities to solve health care problems regardless of their location by helping rapidly develop and deploy technologies that strengthen the ability of health care providers to care for patients. The Sewell Fund Fellow will work with teams of patients, providers, industry experts and technologists to help translate innovative ideas into real-world tools, technologies, and processes. The Sewell Fund Fellow will be part of the team that fuels medical technology startup companies and empowers innovators to mastermind solutions that help better serve patients and communities.
The purpose of the Learning Partnerships is to place experienced librarians and information professionals within leading health care or research organizations in order for both partners to gain a better understanding of how best information sciences can be effectively applied in each environment. The Fund believes that this experience will facilitate a bridging of cultures resulting in a more creative and effective application of information science in the health care arena. The Sewell Fund support covers salary and incidental expenses for these twelve-month Learning Partnership fellowships.
While the application period for Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund Learning Partnerships is closed, please keep reading to learn how your organization can apply in the future!
The Sewell Fund Learning Partnership program was designed to provide funding for a medical or health care librarian or information scientist to spend approximately a year in the environment of a host organization.
Host organizations present a learning environment, a series of activities, and access to organizational leaders which will allow the librarian or information scientist to more fully understand the nature of the organization's work, its decision-making processes, the clients served and the health care issues addressed. The selected librarians or information specialists participate in team settings designed to utilize the librarian's skills and knowledge in non-traditional ways. Immersion is the goal and expanded knowledge the anticipated result for both partners.
As they come to identify with the host clients in a work setting, librarians will broaden their perceptions and deepen their understanding of the clients' goals, thinking, knowledge base and methodology. Client hosts will receive assistance from a skilled librarian capable of helping in both non-traditional and traditional library activities. The host will also gain insight into information management techniques and librarian capabilities. The partnership will also inform the librarian partner about health sciences topics and current research methodology or practice protocols. Both partners will learn how their skills and knowledge can be more effectively integrated to increase the quality of research or health care.
To apply for consideration as a Host Organization, applicants must meet the following criteria:
Your organization must be involved in health sciences service delivery, research or product development and can be a nonprofit organization, a public agency, or a private sector company.
Have a project and a team of employees responsible for outcomes that would benefit from the wide range of skills of an experienced mid-career health sciences librarian or information scientist (the Sewell Fund Fellow).
An environment which would allow the Sewell Fund Fellow to be immersed in your organization's work, learn from your leaders more about the health sciences issues of importance to your organization, and allow the Fellow to contribute in a substantive way to the success of your organization.
Organizations that do not currently have a library or librarian(s) are especially encouraged to apply.
In return for hosting a Sewell Fund Fellowship, your organization will receive a grant (in the past it has been $70,000) to cover the salary and health benefits of the Fellow and operational expenses, such as provision of a computer, attendance at conferences and other educational opportunities. The next round of host organization applications are anticipated to be due April 30, 2018.
If you are a health sciences librarian or information specialist who is interested in being considered for selection as a Sewell Fund Fellow, information will be available here in June.
To read about past Learning Partnerships, click here.
The Sewell Fund Trustees typically fund one Learning Partnership each year. Learning Partnership grants are usually announced in early June. Funding is for no more than a 12-month period with no ongoing funding implied.
Anticipated Outcomes from our Learning Partnerships
Librarians should identify with their clients rather than look at clients’ needs merely intellectually from the library/information services perspective.
Librarians should be advocates for end users to the traditional library staff, assisting the latter in identifying with the clients and gaining a “We” rather than a “They” perspective.
Librarians should be prepared to improve or extend their services in a variety of ways such as: a) Developing, promoting, and administering programs to satisfy the client’s needs in libraries or information centers, b) as experienced intermediaries, providing improved services directly to the client in any appropriate setting, c) doing research or development on methods of satisfying those needs, e.g. through artificial intelligence in advanced search engines for the client’s use, and d) becoming more comfortable with the familiar specialty could lay excellent groundwork for showing the import of having an information specialist as a member of the client’s team.
Becoming an “informationist” in a particular area is valid for those librarians whose personalities and training are “more specialist than generalist.”(2,3)
Hosts, besides gaining from the improved perceptions and services of the librarians, should have gained a better understanding of the many ways the librarian can facilitate their work.
Hosts should be more facile with the newer information technologies,
Hosts should be better able to formulate queries or analyze problems that require a search for information in their solution.
Hosts should better understand how to analyze their own information needs as a first step in satisfying them. They should then be aware of when the next step will be turning to the library and/or a librarian.
(1) Institute of Medicine. Crossing the quality chasm: a new health system for the 21st century. [Web document]. Washington, DC; National Academy Press, 2001. http://www.nap.edu/books/0309072808/html/). (2) Davidoff E, Florance V. The informationist: a new health profession? [editorial] Ann Int Med 2000 Jun 20;132(12):996-8. (3) Rankin JA, Grefsheim SF, Canto, CC. The emerging informationist specialty: a systematic review of the literature. J Med Libr Assoc 2008 Jul;96(3):194-206. [Back to Top]