The Changing Library: What Clinicians Need to Know

I love this article from the Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine:

The Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine
Vol. 73(6) October 2006 pgs. 857-863.
“The Changing Library: What Clinicians Need to Know”
by Pauline S. Beam, Laura M. Schimming, Alan B. Drissoff and Lynn K. Morgan


Over the last two decades, changes in technology have allowed academic medical center libraries to bring the world of biomedical information to the physician’s computer desktop. Because digital libraries have grown so rapidly and in so many ways, some clinicians may be uncertain about the services and resources that are available to them. This article explains how clinical faculty can best utilize their library to support their research and patient care. It addresses some of the most common myths about the “new” medical library, and it highlights innovations in library resources and services that can help physicians to better access, use and manage medical information.

Some of the myths featured include:

  • Myth #1: Everything Is Online
  • Myth #2: Everything Online is Free
  • Myth #3: MEDLINE is Difficult to Use
  • Myth #4: Google Can Replace MEDLINE Databases

There’s lots of great stuff here. Go read it.

(Ruth Lebowitz posted a note about this article to MEDLIB-L over a week ago, but I didn’t get to it until today. Thanks, Ruth!)

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