The future of health libraries in New Zealand

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Kareen Carter


The New Zealand Health Sector is in a period of extreme pressure and change, not least the libraries within the sector. The aim of this article is to give an overview on the Health Library landscape in New Zealand, and its role in developing a strong
health workforce; particularly considering upcoming changes to the District Health Board (DHB) structure arising out of the Health and Disability System Review (2020).

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Author Biography

Kareen Carter, Health Sciences Librarian, Wellington Medical & Health Sciences Library

Kareen Carter is Health Sciences Librarian and library manager at the Wellington Medical and Health Sciences Library, a campus library of the University of Otago and clinical library of the Capital & Coast District Health Board.
During 2020/21 Kareen was a participant in the LIANZA Evaluation and Impact programme, basing her associated project on a future library service; within that she surveyed the DHB Library managers to elicit their knowledge and viewpoint on what a future health library might look like.