There are significant changes taking place in education for the health sciences. Roles for librarians within that environment are also being altered substantially. This paper examines the background for these changes, and describes some of the opportunities and challenges offered to librarians for a strong role in defining and implementing educational initiatives. Examples of specific programs are listed.
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The University of Minnesota Libraries is partnering with the libraries at Iowa State University, University of Indiana, and the University of Wisconsin in a three year project funded by the De- partment of Education, entitled "Application of Knowledge Man- agement Concepts to the Interdisciplinary Area of Biotechnology." The broad area of biotechnology poses particular problems for information management, cutting across agriculture, medicine, veterinary sciences, and the pure sciences. As previously noted, much of the new research is not in traditional formats. The project will apply concepts of knowledge management and IAIMS to the published and electronic resources in biotechnology, providing access to researchers and students via the Internet through the development of navigation tools and expert systems. It will help faculty integrate these tools into the teaching of selected courses following a problem-solving curriculum model.