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Medical Libraries

Does Using the Library Make you a Bad Doctor?

Submitted by Closed Stacks on Tue, 03/22/2011 - 08:36
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I can see why some people might think that by using the library you are saying you’re bad doctor. Because visiting the library means you are admitting you don’t know the answer. Some doctors are like that; they refuse my help because they won’t admit they don’t know or that they aren’t sure. But do you, as a patient, want that doctor?

Full Post at Closed Stacks: http://www.closedstacks.com/?p=3285

Operation Medical Libraries in War Torn Afghanistan

Submitted by birdie on Wed, 09/01/2010 - 08:41

The New York Times reports on the growth of 'Operation Medical Libraries', an effort to restock Afghanistan’s hospitals, clinics and universities with medical textbooks. It began modestly in 2007 with a plea for books from a U.C.L.A. medical graduate serving in the Army and has since been embraced by 30 universities and hospitals, more than a dozen professional organizations and scores of individual doctors and nurses.

Toronto's Sick Kids Hospital Loses Public Librarian

Submitted by birdie on Fri, 03/19/2010 - 08:43

From The Star: Toronto Public Library is pulling its part-time librarian from the Reading Room at the Hospital for Sick Children.

"We’re worried, but we understand that Toronto Public Library has been hit with a budget that doesn’t allow them to continue their services across the city at the same level,” says Dr. Bruce Ferguson, the hospital’s director of community health systems. “The first thing we (will) do is talk about how we can maintain services for patients and families.”

Health Encyclopedia from Drexel University College of Medicine

Submitted by Jay on Sun, 09/13/2009 - 15:15

Drexel University College of Medicine's new Health Encyclopedia is a user-friendly guide that puts facts, photos and multimedia of more than 3,000 diseases and conditions at your fingertips. Click your way through causes, symptoms and treatment options. Make a doctor's appointment with our Find A Physician search.

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Protesters Demand to be Heard about the Closing of the Rapid City Hospital Library

Submitted by birdie on Mon, 06/15/2009 - 10:33

Follow up on a story we posted last week about the Rapid City Regional Hospital removing its librarian and closing its library (I like to think that maybe LISNews contributed to what LJ is calling the 'backlash'...)

Library Journal reports: Rapid City Regional Hospital (RCRD), SD, has ended public access to its medical library and fired its longtime medical librarian, provoking a negative reaction to the decision.

In response to a story in the Rapid City Journal June 9, some 70 people wrote about their displeasure with the hospital, bringing up salient points about the nature of libraries and librarians.

Unfortunately, closing libraries is an increasingly common occurrence in the private sector. But in this case, the public has been affected, and they’re making sure their displeasure is heard.

"A library is about INFORMATION, not about books," wrote one poster. "Librarians are skilled in helping people connect with the INFORMATION they need, AND they help to make the information accessible too," she continued.

Many posters made well-informed arguments for the profession. A past hospital employee wrote, "[Other hospitals] understand that the librarian is the key to making these electronic resources work, finding the best resources to buy, at the best prices, continuously teaching users and making the databases work well for the employees, doctors, and patients."

Progressive Librarians Guild Calls for Elsevier to End Corrupt Publishing Practices

Submitted by kmccook on Tue, 05/12/2009 - 17:51

Progressive Librarians Guild Calls for Elsevier to End Corrupt Publishing Practices and for Library Associations to Take Advocacy Role on Behalf of Scientific Integrity

Progressive Librarians Guild. May 12, 2009.
Drafted by Progressive Librarians Guild Coordinating Committee members and approved by the Progressive Librarians Guild
Coordinating Committee May 12, 2009.