I recently received a request to report on library support for a potential new Doctor of Nursing Practice program with nurse anesthesia and adult/gerontology nurse practitioner tracks.
Apparently there are a number of NC schools seeking to offer a DNP program (see News & Record story). That makes sense, given the AACN position on moving the terminal degree for advance nursing practice from master's level up to a doctorate.
Of course, we're interested in comparing our library stuff to the stuff at libraries already supporting this kind of program. I started with the established DNP programs suggested by the faculty member - Duke University, University of Maryland, etc.
Now, I know that our library resources are great. And value for dollars spent on databases, journals, etc.? A-MAZING. (One of our administrators is currently organizing a cost/use analysis requested by UNC General Administration for our library PLUS other libraries in one of our consortia. b/c he kicks a** at that stuff).
But I'm getting a serious case of library envy when comparing our collection and human resources to schools that charge upwards of $43,000/year.
Since I have some time, I'd rather start at the other end - benchmark nursing resources at libraries similar to ours. Get that kick-a** feeling back before checking out the heavy hitters.