Health Sciences Libraries Group

The Electronic Resources Librarian in the Health Sciences Library: An Emerging Role.
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The role of libraries in the health ..

From its beginnings in the late 1960s through the middle of the 1980s, computer-based searching was nearly the exclusive province of medical librarians specially trained in this skill. Training included not only instruction in the somewhat arcane syntax of the command-based language, but, more importantly, a thorough grounding in the knowledge of the specialized subject headings used in the databases themselves and the policies that governed the application, manipulation, and coordination of the individual data fields. Although the National Library of Medicine's MEDLINE database was often the first database with which medical librarians became familiar, they were able to transfer their searching skills and analytic expertise to other databases that soon became available via commercial vendors or via internal computer systems. The formal online training programs sponsored by NLM also served as a form of credentialing system for medical librarians responsible for providing mediated subject searches at their respective institutions. During this early period, physicians, researchers, and students who wished to take advantage of the power and convenience of computer searching were in most cases required to consult a trained librarian. The librarian's responsibility was to refine and clarify an initial research or clinical issue so that it could be effectively translated into the language and logic of a retrieval system. The process of refinement and clarification was repeated as often as necessary to achieve useful search results and could involve the active participation of the researcher or clinician during the search planning and online interaction phase.

"The Electronic Resources Librarian in the Health Sciences Library: An Emerging Role".
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Role of expert searching in health sciences libraries.

This digital library project is part of an integrated effort by the Monteverde Institute to provide full text access to Monteverde-based information that will assist researchers, practitioners, and students focusing their work in the Monteverde Zone.

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This course explores how race, gender, and sexuality shape (and are shaped by) LIS as a profession and practice. Socially constructed theories of race, gender and sexual identity will be critically examined in different contexts as they intersect, overlap and impact LIS institutions, information use, technology practices, and the design of information resources and services in the processes of creation, organization, and dissemination of information in library and information professions.

This digital collection provides a sample of the materials available at the USF Libraries.
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Research Advancement in Health Sciences Librarianship Award

The nation's health sciences librarians must continue to play a significant role in the expert retrieval and evaluation of information in support of knowledge- and evidence-based clinical, scientific, and administrative decision making at all health institutions. The nation's health sciences librarians also have a responsibility to train future health sciences practitioners and other end users in the best retrieval methods for knowledge-based practice, research, and lifelong learning and to help them identify which information needs should be addressed by expert searchers.

Carilion Clinic Health Sciences Libraries

Health care professionals and biomedical research personnel generally do not have this combined set of skills and knowledge. It remains the province of highly trained and experienced librarians and is applicable to other important areas requiring expert consultation and training such as:

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The USF Libraries Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center is becoming an internationally recognized center for the quality of its collections, research, teaching, and community engagement.

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Recognizing an important opportunity to unify the University of South Florida’s wide-ranging genocide studies initiatives and to contribute to global education and action, the USF Libraries have created a global interdisciplinary center to understand and prevent genocide, with particular emphasis on the Holocaust, Armenia, and the Great Lakes Region of Africa.