hospital libraries


Summary: Information centers primarily serving the needs of hospital medical staff and sometimes also providing patient education and other services.

Top Publications

  1. DeWitt J. The challenging world of hospital librarians. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93:5 pubmed
  2. Hill T. Time was, time is now, and time is past: electronic document delivery and hospital librarians. Natl Netw. 2003;28:14-5 pubmed
  3. Coats T, Sutton S, Vorwerk C, Cooke M. In an emergency--call the clinical librarian!. Emerg Med J. 2009;26:321-3 pubmed publisher
    ..This paper reviews the role of the clinical librarian in the emergency department. ..
  4. Wakeley P, Foster E. A survey of health sciences libraries in hospitals: implications for the 1990s. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1993;81:123-8 pubmed, combined with an assessment of key environmental factors affecting hospitals, can provide guidance to hospital libraries as they face the challenges of the 1990s...
  5. Frisse M. The commerce of ideas: Internets and Intranets. Acad Med. 1996;71:749-53 pubmed
  6. Bridges J. Moving a hospital library. Med Ref Serv Q. 2009;28:77-87 pubmed publisher
    Many hospital libraries suffer from being poorly housed. This article describes a successful effort to find better space for a hospital library...
  7. Gresehover B. Bibliographic instruction in the hospital library. Med Ref Serv Q. 1994;13:93-7 pubmed
  8. Rourke D, Samsundar D, Shalini C. Author! author!: creating a digital archive of publications in a hospital library setting. Med Ref Serv Q. 2005;24:87-93 pubmed
    ..This paper will include a look back at the event's past, present efforts to develop an archival database, and future plans to make articles available electronically to users, copyright permitting. ..
  9. Haas V. One small community hospital library's successful outsourcing of document delivery: an ongoing study. Med Ref Serv Q. 2000;19:19-30 pubmed
    ..Following is a discussion of one small community hospital's decision to outsource document delivery services as a result of staffing changes and the expansion of additional library programs. ..

More Information


  1. Dudden R, Coldren S, Condon J, Katsh S, Reiter C, Roth P. Interlibrary loan in primary access libraries: challenging the traditional view. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 2000;88:303-13 pubmed
    ..In addition to validating the important contributions made by primary access libraries to the national ILL system, baseline data that can be used to benchmark current practice performance are provided. ..
  2. Shearer B, Seymour A, Capitani C. Bringing the best of medical librarianship to the patient team. J Med Libr Assoc. 2002;90:22-31 pubmed
    ..This series of articles was developed in an effort to provide thoughtful consideration of the "informationist" model and to present new ways to look at the core competencies that define the profession. ..
  3. Børdahl P, Hem E. [From Problemata Aristotelis to the handbooks of Döderlein. The old book collection of the Rikshospitalet, a center of knowledge and a research tool]. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2001;121:3588-91 pubmed
    ..This library offers an exceptional opportunity in Norway for studying the development of medical knowledge and practice over two centuries. ..
  4. Thirion B, Darmoni S, Benichou J. Reading factor: a bibliometric tool to manage a virtual library. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2001;84:385-9 pubmed
    ..The measurement of the reading factor is highly automated, practical and efficient. It appears as a new tool for electronic collection management by librarians, well fitting with economical data. ..
  5. Beaumont A. Implementation of e-learning and the teaching hospital: a local perspective. Health Info Libr J. 2005;22 Suppl 2:66-70 pubmed
  6. Babish J. Consumer health library Websites--great marketing tools. Natl Netw. 2003;27:6-7 pubmed
  7. Plutchak T. Determining value. J Med Libr Assoc. 2002;90:273-5 pubmed
  8. Cheng G. The 'market' for medical and health information in transition: the case of the Hong Kong Hospital Authority libraries. Health Libr Rev. 1996;13:69-80 pubmed
    ..The future challenges in store for the information professional are examined. ..
  9. Bardyn T, Young C. Migration to an electronic journal collection in a hospital library: implications for reference service. Med Ref Serv Q. 2007;26:27-44 pubmed
    ..This article describes the process and develops a model for use by other hospital libraries, with commentary on the impact on reference services to library users...
  10. Klein M. Adapting IAIMS to a hospital library level. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1989;77:357-65 pubmed
    ..b>Hospital libraries can incorporate IAIMS features and promote an institutional framework of interconnecting communication ..
  11. Jones D. Jabberwocky vs effective communication. Natl Netw. 2002;27:5-6 pubmed
  12. Shultz S. The uses of history in a hospital library. Med Ref Serv Q. 2009;28:268-74 pubmed publisher
    ..Included are some suggested historical resources that may help shed light on a project's medical and scientific antecedents. ..
  13. Harlow J. Information is power. Hosp Health Netw. 2003;77:88 pubmed
  14. Devaney A, Outhwaite H. Learning resource needs of UK NHS support staff. Health Info Libr J. 2005;22:253-61 pubmed
    ..Many have had unfavourable experiences. Lack of access to computers and information technology (IT) training contributed to the group favouring written communication. More work needs to be done on essential skills for all staff. ..
  15. Hilton Boon M. How well are we doing in supporting evidence-based health care? The 'Information Mastery' perspective. Health Info Libr J. 2005;22:290-3 pubmed
  16. Fallis W, Shaw Daigle C. Take 5: Bringing research and library services to front-line staff in a community hospital. Can Nurse. 2007;103:10-1 pubmed
  17. Gluck J, Hassig R. Raising the bar: the importance of hospital library standards in the continuing medical education accreditation process. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 2001;89:272-6 pubmed
    ..Some hospital libraries have been able to maintain a healthy status quo, while others have had proposed cuts reconsidered by ..
  18. Weise F, McMullen T. Study to assess the compensation and skills of medical library professionals relative to information technology professionals. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 2001;89:249-62 pubmed
  19. Clinton J. Happy anniversary! Consortium for Health Information & Library Services. 1976-2001. Natl Netw. 2002;26:7-9 pubmed
  20. Babish J. CHI services: Planetree--a patient-centered care concept. Natl Netw. 2002;26:11-2 pubmed
  21. Todd Smith B, Markwell L. The value of hospital library benchmarking: an overview and annotated references. Med Ref Serv Q. 2002;21:85-95 pubmed
  22. McClure L. A curious mind. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93:197-8 pubmed
  23. Smith H, Bukirwa H, Mukasa O, Snell P, Adeh Nsoh S, Mbuyita S, et al. Access to electronic health knowledge in five countries in Africa: a descriptive study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2007;7:72 pubmed
    ..Internet use is common, but awareness of free-access initiatives is limited. HINARI and other initiatives could be more effective with strong institutional endorsement and management to promote and ensure access. ..
  24. Lacy E, Leslie S. Library outreach near and far: programs to staff and patients of the Piedmont Healthcare System. Med Ref Serv Q. 2007;26:91-103 pubmed
    ..This article illustrates the steps that were taken to create these services within Piedmont Healthcare's growing system. ..
  25. Banks D, Shi R, Timm D, Christopher K, Duggar D, Comegys M, et al. Decreased hospital length of stay associated with presentation of cases at morning report with librarian support. J Med Libr Assoc. 2007;95:381-7 pubmed
    ..MR, in association with a computerized literature search guided by the librarians, was an effective means for introducing evidence-based medicine into patient care practices. ..
  26. McKnight M. Professional hospital librarians--doing better what we've always done well. Natl Netw. 2002;26:1, 4 pubmed
  27. al Ogla S. A study of hospital and medical libraries in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1998;86:57-62 pubmed
    The study reported examined the status of hospital libraries, their sponsoring organizations, their staff, the academic qualifications of the head of the library, collection size, available space, buildings, and services...
  28. Babish J. CHI Services: evidence based medicine for consumers. Natl Netw. 2002;27:9-10 pubmed
  29. Gluck J, Hassig R, Balogh L, Bandy M, Doyle J, Kronenfeld M, et al. Standards for hospital libraries 2002. J Med Libr Assoc. 2002;90:465-72 pubmed
    The Medical Library Association's "Standards for Hospital Libraries 2002" have been developed as a guide for hospital administrators, librarians, and accrediting bodies to ensure that hospitals have the resources and services to ..
  30. Marriott R. Let's stick together: collaborative purchasing of electronic journals in the National Health Service. Health Info Libr J. 2008;25:218-24 pubmed publisher
    ..NHS librarians working together can leverage collective benefits for users through collaborative purchasing. ..
  31. Goundry P. Changes in the National Health Service and the effects on the hospital library service: case study based on the Cumberland Infirmary. Health Libr Rev. 1995;12:261-6 pubmed
    ..It explores the importance of external factors such as location and proximity to other professional groups and questions the survival of the multidisciplinary hospital library. ..
  32. Yeoh J, Morrissey C. Selection of library services by post-registration nursing, midwifery and health visiting students. Health Libr Rev. 1996;13:97-107 pubmed
  33. Mi M, Eames C. Patient parent education and hospital librarians. Natl Netw. 2004;29:14-5 pubmed
  34. Tomba P, Vigano A, Menarini C, Picci P. From a 16th century monastery to a 21st century orthopaedic hospital. BMJ. 2006;333:1328-30 pubmed
  35. Tooey M. A pathway for hospital librarians: why is it vital?. J Med Libr Assoc. 2009;97:268-72 pubmed publisher
    By the mid 2000s, reports of hospital librarians losing jobs and hospital libraries closing were rife. In 2005, Vital Pathways: The Hospital Libraries Project was established by 2005/06 MLA President M.J...
  36. Osanjo T. Free access to journals gives Kenyan science a boost. Bull World Health Organ. 2006;84:691-2 pubmed
  37. Macias Chapula C. A descriptive study of ninety-two hospital libraries in Mexico. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1995;83:66-70 pubmed
    This work reports on the existing situation of ninety-two hospital libraries, located at Mexico's Social Security Institute (IMSS)...
  38. Plutchak T. Building a body of evidence. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93:193-5 pubmed
  39. Harrison J, Sargeant S. Clinical librarianship in the UK: temporary trend or permanent profession? Part II: present challenges and future opportunities. Health Info Libr J. 2004;21:220-6 pubmed
    ..The importance of using best evidence to support patient care is a message that is slowly becoming the norm in the NHS and the CL role in this practice is demonstrated by this study. ..
  40. Plutchak T. Means, not ends. J Med Libr Assoc. 2004;92:293-5 pubmed
  41. Snowball R. 'Find the evidence'--reflections on an information skills course for community-based clinical health-care staff at the Cairns Library, Oxford. Health Info Libr J. 2002;19:109-12 pubmed
  42. Brawn T. Consumer health libraries: what do patrons really want?. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93:495-6 pubmed
  43. Cuddy T. Value of hospital libraries: the Fuld Campus study. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93:446-9 pubmed
    ..Feedback also demonstrated other areas where LIS contributes to the mission and goals of the organization and how these align themselves with Abels et al.'s taxonomy. ..
  44. Pittman T, O Connor M, Millar S, Erickson J. Patient education: designing a state-of-the-art consumer health information library. J Nurs Adm. 2001;31:316-23 pubmed
    ..In the article, the authors discuss Massachusetts General Hospital's state-of-the-art consumer health information library, including how the project was planned, organized, and implemented. ..
  45. Harvey S. S.C.A.L.E.--spiritual care at life's end: a multi-disciplinary approach to end-of-life issues in a hospital setting. Med Ref Serv Q. 2001;20:63-71 pubmed
    ..All of these factors led to the development of an inter-disciplinary team to examine the issue of end-of-life care at TSMC. ..
  46. McKnight M. Hospital library increases space, staff and budget. Natl Netw. 2004;29:19 pubmed
  47. Tomlin A. OPL. Myths and legends 101. Natl Netw. 2002;26:7-8 pubmed
    ..Librarians themselves are not immune to this condition. Herewith are some of my favorites, in no particular order. ..
  48. Booth A. Using research in practice. Health Info Libr J. 2004;21:70-3 pubmed
  49. Murphy J. Globalization: implications for health information professionals. Health Info Libr J. 2008;25:62-8 pubmed publisher
  50. Kupferberg N, Jones Hartel L. Evaluation of five full-text drug databases by pharmacy students, faculty, and librarians: do the groups agree?. J Med Libr Assoc. 2004;92:66-71 pubmed
    ..Although there are many online drug databases to consider, present findings offer strong support for eFacts, Lexi-Drugs, and DRUGDEX. ..
  51. Annis S. A recruitment and retention study of staff working in National Health Service libraries in the north-west of England. Health Info Libr J. 2003;20:232-4 pubmed
  52. Jacobson S. Reorganization: premises, processes, and pitfalls. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1994;82:369-74 pubmed
    ..The process was beneficial overall. While some errors and confusion occurred, these are seen as opportunities for learning and evidence of the library's new atmosphere of creativity and experimentation. ..
  53. Rand D, Dudden R. Benchmarking implementation task force. Conference report. Natl Netw. 2002;27:16-7 pubmed