2010 DPHT Strategic Plan

PHT Strategic Plan

The current Strategic Plan was presented December 26, 2009 and approved June 13, 2010.

At the Spring 2013 meeting in Philadelphia the Board met and crafted the following statements:

Vision/Mission: PHT Community aspires to be the community of experts and executives that creates and integrates actionable information and insights to make strategic business decisions for the business of health care.

Goals:  In pursuit of this vision, we will:

1) develop our membership, helping improve skills and helping members promote themselves.  Rich Campbell, PHT Chair 2014
2) Promote the value of the profession.   Mary Chitty, PHT Past Chair 2014.

If you have any questions about the Strategic Plan or would like to help us move forward with the goals, please contact them.


Promoting Information Professionals and their Value 

Reevaluating the Role of the Research Librarian Rya Ben-Shir and Alexander Feng, BioIT World Sept 2011
One newly recruited scientist being introduced to his new employers’ research librarian stated: “When our research librarians were all eliminated, as many departments as could found a way to convert an open position to hang on to at least one of them for their own group. … A project creating and accessing the competitive landscape for a new compound we were considering in-licensing went from a couple of hours when done by a research librarian to weeks when I was left to do it”

 A research librarian will ask the right questions—even the ones no one has thought to ask—and knows which databases and resources will yield the most objective and complete information to advance key projects, and place that information into context. Research librarians bring out the best in the skills of others. They encourage the team to freely share information among themselves, and more importantly, test their ideas and hypotheses against the world of scientific and business information. The ability to draw on the expertise of others and perform detailed research improves your projects’ chances of success. Last but not least, a research librarian improves a company’s bottom line.” 

“The commentary reviews recent trends in eliminating research librarians and describes the negative impact to life sciences corporations, both as a result of the lack of the human resources and as a result of the increased dependence on free resources.”  Alex Feng

Health Libraries Inc, Health Libraries Australia, SGS Economics and Planning, Worth every cent 
Health libraries have been found to return $9 for every $1 invested. 

Financial Times/SLA The Evolving Value of Information Management

Data Scientist: Sexist Job of the 21st Century, Thomas Davenport, Harvard Business Review, Oct 2012  [free registration] Companies are now wrestling with information that comes in varieties and volumes never encountered before. If your organization stores multiple petabytes of data, if the information most critical to your business resides in forms other than rows and columns of numbers, or if answering your biggest question would involve a “mash up” of several analytical efforts, you’ve got a big data opportunity. Can info pros be part of this?

ROI @ LAU LIBRARIES, Cendrella Habre Director, Riyad Nassar Library Lebanese American University Beirut, 9th Annual AMICAL Meeting & Conference April 4 – 7, 2012 American University of Sharjah  Library valuation and Return on Investment

Making yourself indispensable, Harvard Business Review, Oct 2011   [free registration.] Doing more of what you already do well yields only incremental improvement. To get appreciably better at it, you have to work on complementary skills.

I’ll have the lasagna please, Cindy Shamel, SLA Future Ready 29 Jan 2011  To add value, the info pro will want to apply skills and experience to filter, analyze, and summarize the findings, formatting them in a way that meets the immediate need of the requester.

Unexpected value of research in biomedical business: Value of Independent Information Professionals., Liga Greenfield and Cynthia Shamel, ASIS Bulletin Oct/Nov 2010 . Consider how the information professionals described here add value in unexpected ways to the projects and enterprises with which they work.

What are the sweet spots for information professionals? How can we best leverage our expertise in search, query formulation, unstructured text and data quality and curation to add value and alert others to our skill sets? Have you found other useful and persuasive articles to add to these?

I’ve found books by Chip and Dan Heath on change management very useful.  See especially their free resources  available with email submission.  Mary Chitty   mchitty@healthtech.com


The Strategic Plan is intended to provide the Division with a road map for the future and serve as a communication tool for our membership. It is also intended to help us focus on our highest priorities and most important tasks and to hopefully, help us eliminate low-value activities and processes. All Division activities and decisions from this point forward must support our Strategic Plan and to this end the P&HT Board reviews the Plan on an ongoing basis.