Task Force on the Health Sciences: Charge
The recently integrated health sciences libraries comprising the former UMDNJ joined the Rutgers University Libraries in July 2013
posing an opportunity to examine how the combined collections, services and technologies currently serve the new cohort of biomedical
and health sciences faculty, students and staff. The committee will include a review of services provided by the former UMDNJ
libraries, as well as those currently provided to the health sciences by RUL. Particular attention to the constituents currently
included as part of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences that were not part of legacy UMDNJ will be a focus (School of Pharmacy,
College of Nursing and Institute for Health Care Policy and Aging Research). With the addition of the new health sciences schools (2
medical schools, graduate school of biomedical science, dental school, schools of health professions, nursing and public health), a
report on the current status of library services to these users will be written with recommendations on aligning current and
recommending new, or modified areas for improving services, collections and technologies to best support the growing health and life
sciences emphasis for the Rutgers University Libraries and its users.
The task force under this charge shall:
- Use a variety of methods to collect data on information-seeking behaviors from faculty and students in health and life sciences
academic programs. Conduct interviews with health sciences faculty and students (both legacy UMDNJ and RU) to ascertain feedback on
current access to library resources and services and how these can be made more meaningful, with particular regard to clinical care and
- Gather and review best practices from academic health sciences libraries which are part of general academic library systems with
emphasis on CIC and per institutions to inform recommendations and current practice.
- Assess impact of new systems and services on users of health sciences content and communicate concerns to the relevant task forces
and committees within RUL.
- Keep abreast of new developments and services associated with delivery of information services to the health sciences and introduce,
as appropriate, for implementation at RUL.
- Insure that marketing and publicity of library collections and services to constituents in the health sciences is at a high level.
Promote using communication channels such as libraries websites and listservs targeted to the RBHS community.
- Review the status of collection development with emphasis on location and duplication, and make recommendations for potential change.
- Submit periodic reports and recommendations
Approved: October 2013