Thank you for visiting the “eScience Portal for Librarians.” The “eScience Portal” is no longer being maintained by the University of Massachusetts. This regional resource has been adapted by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and is sustained by the network of regional medical libraries across the country. Please visit https://nnlm.gov/data for up-to-date data services and resources supported and vetted by the National Libraries of Medicine. We look forward to your continued involvement in the programming in the New England Region and beyond. If you have questions, please contact Mary.Piorun@umassmed.edu.

Informationist

Informationist
Definition: 

An Informationist service merges the knowledge and expertise of a health care professional with the information retrieval skills of a librarian. If the Informationist does not have the expertise of a health care professional, they often have advanced training or a degree in a science area. The advantage to having the Informationist service is to fully integrate a professional with expert knowledge of library resources and discipline-specific subject expertise into the clinical setting. As an example of Informationist practices, the library at the National Institutes of Health Library train their librarians in advanced biostatistics, epidemiology, genetics, evidence-based medicine, clinical research ethics, principles and practice of clinical research, and analysis of clinical or research articles to be better prepared to work within a clinical or biomedical research team.