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Health Sciences Interest Group Resources

Membership List

Nursing Information Literacy Framework Working Group membership (2018-2021):

  • Bethany S. McGowan (co-chair), MLIS, MS; Assistant Professor and Health Sciences Information Specialist, Purdue University,

  • Laureen P. Cantwell (co-chair), MSLIS; Head of Access Services & Outreach, Colorado Mesa University,

  • Jamie Conklin, MSLIS; Health Sciences Librarian & Liaison to Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,

  • Shannon Johnson, MLS; Director Library Academic Services, Purdue Fort Wayne, 

  • Sandra C. McCarthy, MLIS, MA; Faculty Librarian, Washtenaw Community College, 

  • Julie Planchon Wolf, MLIS; Research & Instruction/Nursing & Health Studies Librarian, University of Washington Bothell & Cascadia College,

  • Rebecca Raszewski, MS, AHIP; Associate Professor & Information Services & Liaison Librarian, University of Illinois at Chicago,

  • Maribeth Slebodnik, BSN, MLS; Research & Learning Librarian, University of Arizona Health Sciences Library,



We spent much of  2018 gathering information. We conducted a literature review to better understand how nursing faculty approach information literacy instruction. The findings from the review were then used to design a survey for nursing faculty, which we launched at each of our 10 institutions.


We've spent much of 2019 analyzing the information we gathered in 2018.

We began 2019 by dividing the working group—one sub-group analyzed the data generated from the nursing faculty surveys and the other conducted a comprehensive literature review. Our preliminary findings were presented to librarians at the 2019 Medical Library Association Meeting in Chicago, IL and via a webinar sponsored by the ACRL Information Literacy Frameworks and Standards Committee titled, "Virtual Discussion Forum: Developing Disciplinary Companion Documents to the ACRL Framework."

And, to help more widely share our findings we decided to publish in journals with target audiences of librarians and nurses. We submitted a research article to the Journal of the Medical Library Association, which was accepted for publication in December 2019; and a narrative literature review is currently being edited and prepared for submission to the Journal of Nursing Education.

We are currently on Steps 6/7 of the ACRL Checklist for Developing and Reviewing Framework Companion Documents: (6) consult with subject specific library associations and (7) consult with related faculty and associations.

To address step 6, we are launching a survey for librarians who work with nurse educators and have been invited by the ACRL HSIG to host a webinar, both in early 2020. We have also submitted an update on our working group’s progress, with a call for comments, for publication in the February 2020 edition of the ACRL: College and Research Library News. A similar update was published in the October 2019 Medical Library Association: Nursing and Allied Health Resources & Services Newsletter (in PDF format). These are great opportunities to share our progress and solicit librarian feedback.

To address step 7, we are tracking the progress of the American Association of Colleges of Nurses’ Essentials Revision Task Force and await their forthcoming draft of revised nursing Essentials.


In 2020, we spent the first half of the year interviewing librarians, analyzing the data generated from librarian feedback, and contemplating the impact of the forthcoming AACN Essentials draft document. We are going to compare several standards, then we will draft the companion document. The document draft will be submitted to the current HSIG convener for an initial review and revised as needed. Several additional rounds of revisions will proceed, see the checklist for details.

Our nursing faculty survey article is forthcoming: