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Health Libraries as Joint Use Libraries: Serving Medical Practitioners and Students

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Title: Health Libraries as Joint Use Libraries: Serving Medical Practitioners and Students
Author(s): Dorrington, Linda
Subject(s): Joint use libraries Library cooperation Medical libraries Health information
Abstract: Libraries, whether medical or healthcare, in higher education (HE) institutions or the National Health Service (NHS), provide services to all types of healthcare students and professionals. Many of these are delivered through contracts, in the form of service-level agreements, between the two key organizations. The challenge to librarians is ensuring that users are provided with access to the resources they need and the skills to use those resources to the benefi t of a patient-centered environment. External drivers such as developments in education, a continuously modernizing health service, and new technology have infl uenced the development of services. Issues regarding the access to electronic information for the different user groups still exist. Librarians have to support the differing user groups, who may have varying levels of computer and library skills, and provide skills training on a wide variety of resources from their own institution and from nationally provided content.
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info: In Library Trends 54 (4) Spring 2006: 596–606.
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
ISSN: 0024-2594
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright 2006 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2008-02-20

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