Log on for a Late Night Librarian

A project that gives health professionals late-night access to librarians’ expertise by using an instant messaging (IM) link between the UK and Australia has won a prestigious International Information Industry Award.

‘Chasing the Sun’, a partnership between South West Information for Clinican Effectiveness (SWICE) and South Australian Health Services Libraries’ Consortium (SAHSLC), allows clinicians in one country with urgent questions about patient care to page an online librarian in the other at times of the night when the library would normally be shut.

Although only two locales are currently participating, the program hopes to expand in scope to include additional countries, for example Canada and New Zealand. Story from E-Health Insider.