Elevation through reflection: closing the circle to improve librarianship


  • Jolene M. Miller Director, Mulford Health Science Library, and Assistant Professor, Library Administration, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4422-2708
  • Stephanie Friree Ford Manager, Library Resources, Mental Health Sciences Library, McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0841-8412
  • Anna Yang Science Librarian, University Library, California Health Sciences University, Clovis, CA




Reflective Practice, Reflective Writing, Reflection, Medical Librarians, Health Sciences Librarians, Practice Improvement


Reflective practice is a strategy promoted as a way to improve professional performance and to develop expertise. Intentional reflection on work situations can lead to improved understanding of a specific situation, identify strategies for similar situations in the future, and uncover assumptions that hinder service to patrons. Research has identified lack of knowledge to be a barrier to health sciences librarians engaging in reflective practice. This article introduces the use of intentional reflection at work: what it is, how it helps, and how it can be applied in librarianship. It also provides practical advice on how to choose a format, how to use a model to guide reflection, and how to incorporate it into work.


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