LIA240 - Health Libraries and Resources

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Subject Title
Health Libraries and Resources

Subject Description
Learn about key health information resources in all formats and identify the features and issues of different types of health libraries. Develop skills in searching the major indexes, electronic databases and the World Wide Web to find quality information to meet the reference needs of your varied clients.

Credit Status
This is a credit subject offered online through the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. The history of health libraries.

2. The features of and issues faced by different types of health libraries.

3. The information needs of different types of health library users.

4. The key collection development issues faced in health libraries.

5. The key health sciences publishers in a variety of formats.

6. The importance of interlibrary loan process in providing access to health information.

7. The key features of the reference interview in a health library context.

8. The key health resources in various formats.

9. The skills required to search the major health indexes and databases.

10. The skills required to search the internet for quality health information.

11. The key sources and resources for finding drug information.

12. The key sources and resources for dining health statistics.

13. 'The key sources and resources for keeping current an ever changing field.

14. Strategies for searching for a job in a health library.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

LIT150 or equivalent knowledge

Intro to Libraries (LIBRLT110) and Information Work I (LIBRLT220). OSSD general or advanced level with a pass standing in Grade 12 English at the general level OR successful completion of Mature Student Test. Library related experience is strongly recommended.

Topic Outline

Introduction to the APA Bibliographic Style

  • Introduction to Health Libraries
  • Standards for Health Libraries in Canada & A Brief Introduction to Medical Terminology
  • Acquisition of Resources - 1
  • Acquisition of Resources - 2
  • Reference Services and Resources
  • Bibliographic Health Databases - 1
  • Bibliographic Health Databases - 2
  • Internet Resources
    • Consumer Health Information (CHI) / Patient Education Libraries
    • Drug Information Resources
    • Health Statistics
    • Career Opportunities and Keeping Current

Mode of Instruction
This is an online subject with access to website and course resources. 

Prescribed Texts

  • Health Libraries and Resources Course Manual

Reference Material

Required Supplies

  • Internet access and computer
  • Latest version of First Class (Embanet) software 

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Since this is a professional credit subject, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding legible, neat, documents. Keyed material should be correctly formatted and grammatically correct as a result of accurate proof reading, proper spelling and punctuation. 

In recognition of the significance of proper language skills in the workforce, marks are deducted for language errors on all tests, assignments and exams and a student can be failed on the basis of language errors alone (i.e. spelling, grammar, word usage, sentence and paragraph structure, etc.) 
Marks will be deducted for late assignments unless other arrangements have been made with the instructor, prior to the due date.

Students must attain a grade of at least 50% to pass the course. 

Grading is based on the following marking scheme: 

6 Assignments    100%

All Academic policies of the College at which you registered apply.  This includes, but is not limited to, policies related to grading, supplemental exams, deferred exams and accommodations.

Approved by: Sandra Noble