Asbury Park Press profiles Hospital Librarian

Robin Siegel of Howell, the librarian at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold Township (Freehold, NJ) is profiled by the Asbury Park Press.

Not a ground-shaking item, but it sure is nice to see a reasonably good description of what a Hospital Librarian does.


“I’m here to answer questions,” Siegel said, “for anybody in the hospital,” meaning for doctors, nurses and other staff members, along with patients and their families.

Information requests from the last few months included those for recipes for pureed food (requested by the hospital’s food services department), suicide statistics (a nurse giving a presentation), chemotherapy protocols (a pharmacist), breast cancer in men (a doctor) and whether chicken soup has a positive role in health care (a nurse).

Regarding chicken soup — yes, there are studies backing that up, Siegel said.

When she is researching for a doctor, for example, the doctor can spend time actually doctoring. Then, Siegel turns over the research to the doctor.

“I don’t come up with a recommendation; I (simply) give them the literature,” Siegel said.

As Robb Mackes wrote on MEDLIB-L, “Robin (and her patrons) did an excellent job in proving the value and the worth of a hospital library.”

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