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Master of Science in

Virtual Medical Librarianship

 

Since virtual world demands innovative roles and skills from Medical Librarians, the Virtual School has touched the importance of medical librarianship in virtual world.  As our institutions engage in new online learning and community spaces, the roles of the medical librarian have shifted to encompass these new environments.

In virtual world, while the fundamental goals of service, support, collection development, reference, and outreach remain the same, the scope of audience and delivery of health information in support of these goals takes on a vastly different form.

Medical librarians provide access to resources in a variety of formats, ranging from traditional print to electronic sources and data. Medical librarians work closely with a variety of personnel within the library to accomplish day-to-day tasks. They also collaborate with colleagues in a variety of institution-related tasks, such as fundraising, marketing, business, and information technology systems.

The objectives of Virtual Medical Librarianship in this School is to design and manage websites, Internet blogs, distance education programs and digital libraries, to  conduct outreach programs to public health departments, consumers, off-site students and unaffiliated healthcare providers and finally Virtual Medical Librarianship creates the opportunity for those who cannot attend face-to-face classes.

 

Course Structure

Utilizing many different methods of teaching based on students' class participation, the program actualized as a partial attending course. The face-to-face classes in each semester will be offered in the first and last part of the semester, maximum 4 days for each course, according to the course structure determined in the Department. It should be noted that all exams will be paper-based.

Generally speaking, each department will offer 12 to 14 units in each semester and the students of Virtual School should take a minimum of  6  units  per term.( The Department’s confirm is needed.)

Please be considered that the maximum years of study authorized by the School will be 6.

Before enrolling in the course, you are advised to read the Master of Virtual Medical Librarianship handbook entry for information on course overview, objectives, structure, major and minors, subject options and entry requirements.

Admission Requirements

I.          General Requirements

The applicants can take part in the exam under the following conditions:

·        Having physical and mental health

·        Being eligible according to I.R.I regulations

·        Possessing educational and disciplinary measures and regulations of the School.

Note 1: Handicapped can’t work with computer are not allowed to take the exam.

II.       Special Requirements

1.  Educational Status

1.1.     Applicants with B.Sc. degree in all fields can take part in the exam.

Note 1: The applicants with equivalent degrees or course certificate are not allowed to take the exam.

Note 2: Applicants who do not possess the level of qualifications outlined above such as invalided documents, the process of their admission will be failed.

1.2.     The senior are allowed to take the exam only when they terminated their studies at the time of registration.  

2.  Commitments

The admitted applicants have no duty service commitment to Tehran University of Medical Sciences.

3.  Admission

3.1.     The entrance exam will be paper-based, decentralized and it will be taken under the supervision of Vice-Chancellor for Education of Tehran University of Medical Sciences.

3.2.     The exam is conducted in two phases:

Stage I: The preliminary paper-based examination consists of tests. It should be noted that in the preliminary examination, the number of candidates selected for the interview is twice the number of vacancies.

StageII: Officially called the "Interview", the object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in Virtual School by a board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to evaluate the personality of a candidate. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only a candidate's intellectual qualities, but also social traits and interest in current affairs.

 Some of the qualities to be judged are critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgment, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, and intellectual and moral integrity.

The interview is not intended to be a test either of the specialized or general knowledge of the candidate, which has been already tested through written papers. Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study, but also in the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own state or country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of all well-educated youth.

The candidates are requested to bear in mind:

·        The minimum marks of 55% in preliminary exam and 45% in interview are necessary for each applicant.

·        Candidate just applied but not appeared at the exam is not an attempt.

·        If you don’t attend the secondary exam, interview, it is expected to record a grade of ‘X’ which means Absent Fail, and in this case the interview will not be repeated.

·        In case of disqualification or cancellation of candidature, the fact of appearance of the candidate at the examination is not an attempt.

·        The entire process from the notification of the Preliminary examination to declaration of the final results takes roughly 4 months.

 

3.3.     Applicants’ abilities in computer skills (IT basic conceptions, ICDL, and basic communication skills) are counted for those who have passed preliminary exam.

Note1: Applicants who have passed the preliminary written test, should take both interview and computer skills exam.

Note2: The result of Computer Skill exam is not taken into account, hence; the minimum mark is necessary to participate in the course. 


3.4. Exam Resources

Resource

Course

v  Rahmatolah Fattahi,Mehdi Taheri, “Cataloging:the Principals and Methodes”, last edition.

v  Fatemeh Rahadoust, “The Philosophy of Librarianship” , last edition

v  Anne M. Mitchell and Brian E. Surrat,  “Cataloging and Organizing Digital Resources: Manual for Librarians”,  latest edition

v  American Library Association and CLA , “Anglo American cataloging Rules”, latest edition

v  Edward Ewans, “Management Basics for Information Professions”, latest edition

v  David Haynes, “Metadata for Information Management and Retrieval”, latest edition

v  U.S. National Library of Medicine, “Medical Subject Heading”, www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh

v  U.S. National Library of Medicine, “NLM Classification”, www.nlm.nih.gov/class

v  U.S. National Library of Medicine, “Pub med.”, www.ncbi.nlm. gov/pubmed

v  National databases used in universities of medical sciences in Iran and persian scientific journals (Journal of Information Sciences, Librarianship and IT, Science and Information Technology) in last three years

Knowledge of Librarianship

(coefficient 3)

v  Abbas Hori, “An Overview on Information and Informationist”, last edition

v  Hossein Diyyani, Mohammadreza Davar Panah, “The Concepts and Methods of Information Retrieval in Computer Systems at Iranian Libraries”,  last edition

v  Merida L. Johns, “ Information Management for Health Care Professions”, latest edition

v  Michael Thelwal, “Introduction to Webometrics: Quantitative Web Research for the Social Sciences”, latest edition

v  Ronald Rousseau, “Publication and Citation Analysis as a Tool for Information Retrieval”, latest edition

v  Margherita Pagan / Boccioni University, “Encyclopedia of Multimedia Technology and Networking”, latest edition

v  Robert Kiley, “Medical Information on the Iinternet: A guide for Health Professionals”, latest edition

v  Miranda l. Pao, “Concepts of Information Retrieval”, latest edition

v  Jean Aitchison, Alan Gilchrist and David Bawden, “Thesaurus Construction and Use: A Practical Manual”, latest edition

v  And other similar resources at universities having this major

Medical Information Sciences and Technology

(coefficient 3)

v  Brenda Wegmann, Miki Prijic Knezevic, Marilyn Bernstein, Mosaic II: Reading, McGraw-Hill/Contemporary; last edition.

v  And other similar resources in master courses

General Language (coefficient 2)

 

3.4.     Generally the number of vacancies in this field is 15. The first 30% of the vacancies are belong to the staff of Ministry of Health and Medical Education or other medical institutions under the supervision of TUMS, hence; the applicants should obtain 80% of the last admitted applicant mark.

 

 

 

 

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