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Med Ref Serv Q. 2014;33(1):60-74. doi: 10.1080/02763869.2014.866487.

A community of practice: librarians in a biomedical research network.

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a University Libraries , University of South Dakota , Vermillion , South Dakota , USA.

Abstract

Providing library and reference services within a biomedical research community presents special challenges for librarians, especially those in historically lower-funded states. These challenges can include understanding needs, defining and communicating the library's role, building relationships, and developing and maintaining general and subject specific knowledge. This article describes a biomedical research network and the work of health sciences librarians at the lead intensive research institution with librarians from primarily undergraduate institutions and tribal colleges. Applying the concept of a community of practice to a collaborative effort suggests how librarians can work together to provide effective reference services to researchers in biomedicine.

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24528265
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10.1080/02763869.2014.866487
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