In addition to professional expertise, participants identified personal qualities they felt were important for REHL success.
Some participants compared their REHL work with previous experiences as hospital or academic librarians.
But when I'm at [my REHL job], I am involved in a project from beginning to end, I am part of the team, I can see what goes on through the whole lifecycle.
Role evolution was a theme in the narratives of many REHL careers.
Champions were also important to supporting ongoing REHL integration into a research group.
In many cases, it was important for an REHL to also become her own champion.
Several years into her REHL position, Heidi explained, "You can never sort of sit back and say, Okay, that's it.
REHL successes were recognized verbally and in writing in the research environment.
Barbara described wondering if she would still be able to obtain a "real library job, should she need to apply for one in the future after years of REHL work:
Despite not attending much library-oriented CE, interview participants widely recognized the value of librarian peers, and those with local REHL colleagues found them quite useful.
Some participants attributed the upswing in REHL work to the increased competitiveness of health research funding.
While there was consensus that the REHL life was not for everyone, interview participants emphasized that they loved the work.