Training needs of the health sciences librarians in Greece
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The aim of this study is to determine the training needs of the Greek health sciences librarians. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected from 48 questionnaires and individual semi-structured interviews with three librarians. The results indicated the need for continuing education of the health sciences librarians. Most of librarians have not attended any training course in medical librarianship and have not subject knowledge in health sciences field. Respondents indicated that the preferred subjects for their training were “databases and medical sources on the Internet” and “methodology of medical information retrieval”. More than 80% regarded that the updating knowledge and skills was the most important motivation for participation in a training course. The Greek health sciences librarians need further training in health sciences databases, medical information sources, teaching methodology and subject knowledge in health sciences field. They want to be trained mainly by open and distance learning. However, the lack of providing any continuing education from the professional organizations reduces the possibilities for their training.
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