An Overview of Information Instruction in Hospital Libraries in Spain

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María Sobrido-Prieto
Alice M Stokes
Uxía Gutiérrez-Couto
Antonia María Fernández-Luque


Introduction: Information instruction is essential to providing support for clinical care, teaching and research in hospitals. In the international literature, little has been published about this function of hospital libraries in Spain. This study examines the education activities of Spanish hospitals.
Methods: A questionnaire about staff, education activities and institutional recognition was distributed via email to Spanish hospital libraries. The data was analysed in February 2023.
Results: 84% of libraries provide education activities. The average number education staff is 1.3. Common instruction topics are database searching, citations, researcher identity and scientific journals (quality, impact and publication standards). 83% of libraries are part of the undergraduate medical curriculum, 67% are involved in graduate medical education, and 30% are part of the institutional research plan.

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Sobrido-Prieto M, Stokes AM, Gutiérrez-Couto U, Fernández-Luque AM. An Overview of Information Instruction in Hospital Libraries in Spain. J Eur Assoc Health Info Libr [Internet]. 2024 Mar. 17 [cited 2024 Jun. 19];20(1):22-7. Available from:
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María Sobrido-Prieto, Universidad de La Coruña

Profesora Contratada Doctora Departamento de Ciencias de la Salud

Alice M Stokes, University of Vermont

Alice Stokes, University of Vermont Library Associate Professor, University Libraries

Uxía Gutiérrez-Couto, Complexo Hospitalario Universitario de Ferrol- Hospital Arquitecto Marcide

Bibliotecaria da Ãrea Sanitaria de Ferrol

Antonia María Fernández-Luque, Biblioteca del Hospital Universitario Regional de Málaga