Hypothesis 2020-01-21T11:04:40-05:00 Erin Foster & Carol Perryman Open Journal Systems <p><em>Hypothesis</em> is the official journal of the&nbsp;Research Caucus of the Medical Library Association.&nbsp;The journal is open access and peer-reviewed with the purpose of providing the MLA Research Caucus and other MLA members with an outlet for research and research-related content. This includes research papers, project and program decriptions, and letters to the editor.</p> Editorial 2020-01-21T11:00:33-05:00 Carol L. Perryman Erin D. Foster 2019-12-03T00:00:00-05:00 Copyright (c) 2019 Carol L. Perryman; Erin D. Foster Introducing Hypothesis: Failure 2020-01-21T11:00:53-05:00 Heather N. Holmes 2019-12-03T00:00:00-05:00 Copyright (c) 2019 Carol L. Perryman Library renovation 2020-01-21T11:02:33-05:00 Elaine Wells <p>The journey started at a 2016 meeting of the college’s Learning Resources Committee, which I chair as Library Director, A student representative casually commented that our Library looked “dated”.&nbsp; Not that we actually WERE dated, we have electronic resources, 24/7 remote access, printers, scanners, wireless, and a state-of-the-art Library Management System.&nbsp; However, through the eyes of our young student, the Library looked “like something from the 1970s.”&nbsp; Anyone who has lived through that decade’s will know that was not meant as a compliment.&nbsp; The student’s criticism prompted the Dean of Academic Affairs, who sat in on the meeting, to ask when the Library had had its last “facelift.”&nbsp;&nbsp; That was an easy one to answer - as far as I knew…never.&nbsp; And I’ve been here over 20 years.</p> <p>Just like that, a renovation was born.&nbsp; How hard could this be?&nbsp; I would query the students on what a suitable update might look like, get a budget, buy some new furniture, and go back to the business of being a librarian rather than an interior designer.&nbsp; Spoiler alert:&nbsp; not so fast.</p> 2019-11-17T00:00:00-05:00 Copyright (c) 2019 Elaine Wells MLA 2019 Research Caucus Research Awards 2020-01-21T11:01:53-05:00 MLA Research Caucus 2019-11-17T00:00:00-05:00 Copyright (c) 2019 MLA Research Caucus Hypothesis Research Training Quality Award 2020-01-21T11:00:06-05:00 Erin D. Foster Carol L. Perryman 2019-12-03T00:00:00-05:00 Copyright (c) 2019 Erin D. Foster; Carol L. Perryman Benchmarking study of hospital libraries 2020-01-21T11:01:13-05:00 Angela Spencer Elizabeth Mamo Brooke L. Billman <p><strong>Objectives</strong>: To assess the current landscape of hospital libraries by collecting benchmarking data from hospital librarians in the U.S. and other countries. Since the last MLA benchmarking survey in 2002 hospital libraries have faced significant changes including downsizing, position and library elimination, and hospital mergers. This survey will provides information to inform the development and implementation of effective advocacy for hospital libraries.<strong><br> Methods</strong>: A web-based, anonymous survey was designed to collect information from hospital librarians representing stand-alone hospitals and hospital systems. The 57-question survey was distributed via select list servs, targeting the US and Canada but open to any country. The topic areas covered hospital/health system, library, and library staff demographics; library characteristics and scope of service; interlibrary loan and document delivery; library funding; and library budget. Hospital library benchmarking surveys, including the previous MLA surveys, were reviewed and applicable questions were added.<strong><br> Results</strong>: There were a total of 180 respondents but the total number of responses for each question varied. Select results are as follows: of the responding libraries, 67.2% were part of a hospital system; 24.4% had merged with or were bought by another hospital or health system and, of those, 77.1% had acquired 1-5 hospitals in the last 10 years; 77.9% were not for profits; over half (55.2%) had &lt;5,001 FTE in the organization; 56.9% had one library; 47.7% had 1 FTE librarian, 34.9% had 2-5; 82.1% did not or were not able to use social media; 60.7% didn’t have strategic plans; 66.1% belonged to a consortium; 48.2% provided up to 250 search requests a year; 66.3% did not receive funding outside of their organization; 32.5% had budgets for print books totaling less than $1,000; 30.1% had budgets, excluding salaries, of less than $100,000 and 9.7% had budgets over $1M.<strong><br> Conclusions</strong>: These findings contribute to the field’s knowledge of hospital library demographics as well as the services provided. The results suggest implications for hospital librarians regarding staffing levels and the depth of services within their unique settings, especially within the context of rapidly expanding health systems.</p> 2019-11-21T19:01:11-05:00 Copyright (c) 2019 Angela Spencer, Elizabeth Mamo, Brooke Billman Research Roadmap Part 2 2020-01-21T11:04:40-05:00 Katherine G. Akers Kristine M. Alpi Jonathan D. Eldredge Heather N. Holmes Kimberly R. Powell Margaret A. Hoogland <p>Part 2 of 2 from the Research Roadmap session presented at the Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association in 2018.</p> 2019-11-17T00:00:00-05:00 Copyright (c) 2019 Katherine G Akers, Kristine M Alpi, Jonathan D Eldredge, Heather N Holmes, Kimberly R Powell, Margaret Hoogland A year in review 2020-01-21T11:02:13-05:00 Margaret A. Hoogland <p>The Medical Library Association-Research Training Institute (MLA-RTI) is an opportunity for librarians to get hands-on experience and mentoring from faculty experts on how to design, execute, present, and publish the results of a one-year research project.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 2019-11-17T00:00:00-05:00 Copyright (c) 2019 Margaret Hoogland