library materials


Summary: Print and non-print materials collected, processed, and stored by libraries. They comprise books, periodicals, pamphlets, reports, microforms, maps, manuscripts, motion pictures, and all other forms of audiovisual records. (Harrod, The Librarians' Glossary, 4th ed, p497)

Top Publications

  1. Mailer L. The UK's SMARTAL Project: St MARTin's College health students Access to Learning resources whilst on placement. Health Info Libr J. 2006;23:110-7 pubmed
    ..The findings proved to be very similar to those of the HENSAL project. ..
  2. Principi P, Villa F, Sorlini C, Cappitelli F. Molecular studies of microbial community structure on stained pages of Leonardo da Vinci's Atlantic Codex. Microb Ecol. 2011;61:214-22 pubmed publisher
    ..The retrieval of these potential biodeteriogens and microorganisms related to human skin suggests the need for a continuous and rigorous monitoring of the environmental conditions, and the need to improve handling procedures. ..
  3. Trinder V. Success stories from the library accreditation process in health-care libraries in England. Health Info Libr J. 2006;23:149-53 pubmed
  4. Appleton L. Examination of the impact of information-skills training on the academic work of health-studies students: a single case study. Health Info Libr J. 2005;22:164-72 pubmed
    ..This can have very positive effects on both student perceptions and experiences and standards of teaching and learning. ..
  5. Bhatti M. Union catalogues of health-sciences journals in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) of the World Health Organization (WHO). Health Info Libr J. 2005;22:215-9 pubmed
  6. Ramer S. Site-ation pearl growing: methods and librarianship history and theory. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93:397-400 pubmed
  7. Wood F, Siegel E, Dutcher G, Ruffin A, Logan R, Scott J. The National Library of Medicine's Native American outreach portfolio: a descriptive overview. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93:S21-34 pubmed
    ..Both papers highlight the importance of solid reporting and evaluation to optimize project results and programmatic balance and priorities. ..
  8. Baird I, Peacock D, Dobbins S, Walton G. Exploring health pre-registration students use of learning resources whilst on clinical placement: replication of case study at Northumbria and Teesside Universities, UK. Health Info Libr J. 2006;23:286-90 pubmed
  9. Fanner D, Urqhuart C. Bibliotherapy for mental health service users Part 2: a survey of psychiatric libraries in the UK. Health Info Libr J. 2009;26:109-17 pubmed publisher
    ..In order to implement change, information providers across the National Health Service (NHS) will need to work collaboratively to overcome attitudinal and institutional barriers, including the key issue of funding. ..

More Information


  1. Higginbottom P. The use of Ovid local holdings messages: one library's experience. Med Ref Serv Q. 2000;19:17-25 pubmed
    ..Topics covered include how the function works, how it was implemented, how it is updated, the impact of electronic journals, and benefits and drawbacks of use. Also included are suggested enhancements to the system. ..
  2. Shen B. Ecologies, outreach, and the evolution of medical libraries. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93:S86-92 pubmed
    ..As medical libraries evolve and reach out to previously underserved communities, an ecological approach can serve as a useful organizing framework for the forces shaping this evolution. ..
  3. Dervin B. Libraries reaching out with health information to vulnerable populations: guidance from research on information seeking and use. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93:S74-80 pubmed
  4. Common L. Studying: ways to survive and thrive. RCM Midwives. 2007;10:466-7 pubmed
  5. Ebenezer C. New look for library services. RCM Midwives. 2004;7:486-7 pubmed
  6. Glover S, Dema R, Yangzon P, Sonam K, Gleghorn C. A review of health and access to health information in Bhutan. Health Info Libr J. 2006;23:290-3 pubmed
  7. Richardson R, Richards D. Designing a search strategy for locating self-help books for people with depression. Health Info Libr J. 2006;23:294-5 pubmed
  8. Wallace L, Turner L, Ballard J, Keenum A, Weiss B. Evaluation of web-based osteoporosis educational materials. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2005;14:936-45 pubmed
    ..Web-based osteoporosis information is written above the reading ability of most American adults, and much of it lacks adequate quality. ..
  9. Childs S, Blenkinsopp E, Hall A, Walton G. Effective e-learning for health professionals and students--barriers and their solutions. A systematic review of the literature--findings from the HeXL project. Health Info Libr J. 2005;22 Suppl 2:20-32 pubmed
  10. Turtle K. A survey of users and non-users of a UK teaching hospital library and information service. Health Info Libr J. 2005;22:267-75 pubmed
    ..Further research is required, especially concerning the information needs of allied health and scientific staff. There is a need for stock expansion. A marketing strategy is required to capture the interest of potential users. ..
  11. Walton G. Negotiation in health libraries: a case study of Health Information and Libraries Journal and open access publishing. Health Info Libr J. 2005;22:161-3 pubmed
  12. Norton M, Vardaman A. Maintaining quality document delivery service with off-site storage facilities. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93:394-7 pubmed
  13. Dollar D, Gallagher J, Glover J, Marone R, Crooker C. Realizing what's essential: a case study on integrating electronic journal management into a print-centric technical services department. J Med Libr Assoc. 2007;95:147-55 pubmed
    ..The library is taking advantage of new technologies such as an electronic resource management system, and library workflows and procedures will continue to evolve as technology changes. ..
  14. Lindquester G, Burks R, Jaslow C. Developing information fluency in introductory biology students in the context of an investigative laboratory. Cell Biol Educ. 2005;4:58-96 pubmed
    ..Following this course, students should be better prepared for more advanced and independent study. ..
  15. Wulff J, Nixon N. Quality markers and use of electronic journals in an academic health sciences library. J Med Libr Assoc. 2004;92:315-22 pubmed
    ..Facilitating direct connections between citation databases and the corresponding journal articles regardless of platform or publisher will support scholarship and quality health care. ..
  16. Jackson R, Baird W, Davis Reynolds L, Smith C, Blackburn S, Allsebrook J. Qualitative analysis of parents' information needs and psychosocial experiences when supporting children with health care needs. Health Info Libr J. 2008;25:31-7 pubmed publisher
    ..These findings have important implications for professionals and service providers for the future delivery of information to parents of children with health care needs. ..
  17. Morris R. Online tables of contents for books: effect on usage. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 2001;89:29-36 pubmed
    ..The study also provides information professionals with some guidance on when enhancement of TOC is likely to be most effective in increasing the use of existing collections. ..
  18. Kontopantelis E, Springate D, Reeves D. A re-analysis of the Cochrane Library data: the dangers of unobserved heterogeneity in meta-analyses. PLoS ONE. 2013;8:e69930 pubmed publisher
    ..One solution is to test the sensitivity of the meta-analysis conclusions to assumed moderate and large degrees of heterogeneity. Equally, whenever heterogeneity is detected, it should not be ignored. ..
  19. Loria A, Arroyo P. Language and country preponderance trends in MEDLINE and its causes. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93:381-5 pubmed
    ..These are tentative conclusions that need confirmation. ..
  20. Parker R, Kreps G. Library outreach: overcoming health literacy challenges. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93:S81-5 pubmed
    ..It concludes by examining several strategies that libraries can adopt to overcome many health literacy challenges. ..
  21. Ugaz A, Resnick T. Assessing print and electronic use of reference/core medical textbooks. J Med Libr Assoc. 2008;96:145-7 pubmed publisher
  22. Cappitelli F, Pasquariello G, Tarsitani G, Sorlini C. Scripta manent? Assessing microbial risk to paper heritage. Trends Microbiol. 2010;18:538-42 pubmed publisher
    ..The potential of using a more advanced microbiological approach is highlighted. ..
  23. Beaumont A. Implementation of e-learning and the teaching hospital: a local perspective. Health Info Libr J. 2005;22 Suppl 2:66-70 pubmed
  24. Mancini C, Zedda M, Barbaro A. Health information in Italian public health websites: moving from inaccessibility to accessibility. Health Info Libr J. 2005;22:276-85 pubmed
    ..It seems that awareness of web accessibility issues is increasing among developers of health information websites because of law enforcement. Recommendations for future research and development are offered. ..
  25. Shaw Kokot J, de la Varre C. Using a journal availability study to improve access. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 2001;89:21-8 pubmed
    ..As the library proceeds in redesigning both the physical space and electronic presence, the collected data have provided valuable direction. ..
  26. Sterflinger K, Pinzari F. The revenge of time: fungal deterioration of cultural heritage with particular reference to books, paper and parchment. Environ Microbiol. 2012;14:559-66 pubmed publisher
    ..In order to prevent fungal contamination or to treat already contaminated objects an integrated approach including climate control, material-specific cleaning and application of carefully selected biocides is necessary. ..
  27. Maheswari U. Document delivery service at a Scottish primary care hospital library: Maria Henderson Library, Glasgow. Health Info Libr J. 2005;22:286-90 pubmed
  28. Sathe N, Grady J, Giuse N. Print versus electronic journals: a preliminary investigation into the effect of journal format on research processes. J Med Libr Assoc. 2002;90:235-43 pubmed
  29. 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. ..
  30. Booth A, Levy P, Bath P, Lacey T, Sanderson M, Diercks O Brien G. Studying health information from a distance: refining an e-learning case study in the crucible of student evaluation. Health Info Libr J. 2005;22 Suppl 2:8-19 pubmed
    ..The multimedia case study has met many of its original aims in providing greater cohesion for core modules and encouraging greater levels of interaction and multidisciplinary collaboration. ..
  31. Crawley Low J. Collection analysis techniques used to evaluate a graduate-level toxicology collection. J Med Libr Assoc. 2002;90:310-6 pubmed
  32. Ottoson J, Green L. Community outreach: from measuring the difference to making a difference with health information. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93:S49-56 pubmed
    ..Nevertheless, a participatory approach is more likely to make the evaluation findings useful, ensure that program knowledge is shared, and make outreach valuing transparent. ..
  33. Levy P. Supporting e-learners in healthcare. Health Info Libr J. 2005;22 Suppl 2:1-7 pubmed
  34. McIntosh K. Information, immunization and the information professional. Health Info Libr J. 2008;25:79-80 pubmed publisher
  35. Bandy M, Doyle J, Fladger A, Frumento K, Girouard L, Hayes S, et al. Standards for hospital libraries 2007: Hospital Libraries Section Standards Committee. J Med Libr Assoc. 2008;96:162-9 pubmed publisher
  36. Siegel E, Wood F, Dutcher G, Ruffin A, Logan R, Scott J. Assessment of the National Library of Medicine's health disparities plan: a focus on Native American outreach. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93:S10-20 pubmed
  37. Schott M. PubMed enhancements: fulfilling the promise of a great product. Med Ref Serv Q. 2004;23:1-11 pubmed
    ..These new features offer the possibility of true desktop access for library patrons. Not only will patrons appreciate these new features, but their use in libraries will literally change what we do, who does it, and how it is done. ..
  38. Shultz M, Kies S. Materials employed by medical students preparing for subject examinations: supporting collection development. J Med Libr Assoc. 2008;96:158-61 pubmed publisher
  39. Nwagwu W. Effectiveness of sources of HIV/AIDS awareness in a rural community in Imo State, Nigeria. Health Info Libr J. 2008;25:38-45 pubmed publisher
    ..Information awareness programmes should be selected according to the needs of social groups and the most effective information sources concentrated upon. ..
  40. Dolgin B, Bulatov V, Schechter I. Non-destructive assessment of parchment deterioration by optical methods. Anal Bioanal Chem. 2007;388:1885-96 pubmed
    ..The samples were independently assessed by traditional microscopy methods. We conclude that the proposed optical method qualifies well as a non-destructive tool for rapid assessment of the stage of parchment deterioration. ..
  41. Candler C, Uijtdehaage S, Dennis S. Introducing HEAL: the Health Education Assets Library. Acad Med. 2003;78:249-53 pubmed
    ..By using state-of-the-art Internet technologies HEAL enables educators across the country to efficiently search and retrieve teaching materials from a variety of sources. ..
  42. Smith K. Laws, leaders, and legends of the modern National Library of Medicine. J Med Libr Assoc. 2008;96:121-33 pubmed publisher
    ..The leaders of the library and its major advocates--including Dr. Michael DeBakey, Senator Lister Hill, and Senator Claude Pepper-together contributed to the creation of the modern NLM. ..
  43. Woodward W. The Library's new strategy. Biologist (London). 2002;49:48 pubmed
  44. Ebenezer C. RCM midwives journal: electronic access. RCM Midwives. 2004;7:479 pubmed
  45. Friedman C. "Smallball" evaluation: a prescription for studying community-based information interventions. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93:S43-8 pubmed
    ..Many in informatics see powerball studies as the only legitimate form of evaluation and so expect powerball studies to be done. These expectations should be revised in favor of smallball studies. ..
  46. Crudge S, Hill M. Electronic journal provision in a health-care library: insights from a consultation with NHS workers. Health Info Libr J. 2006;23:87-94 pubmed
    ..Furthermore, the success of regional document supply schemes may be compromised if large numbers of health-care libraries replace print holdings with similar electronic journal bundles. ..
  47. Wu Y, Ho T, Shyu S, Lin B. Discrete particle swarm optimization with scout particles for library materials acquisition. ScientificWorldJournal. 2013;2013:636484 pubmed publisher
    ..The results are statistically analyzed, and it is evinced that the proposed DPSO is an effective approach for the studied problem. ..
  48. Cuddy T, Marchok C. Controlling hospital library theft. J Med Libr Assoc. 2003;91:241-4 pubmed
    ..The January 2002 inventory resulted in meeting our goal of zero missing books and videocassettes. We work to maintain that goal. ..
  49. Atlas M. Ethics and access to teaching materials in the medical library: the case of the Pernkopf atlas. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 2001;89:51-8 pubmed
    ..The results of a survey of academic medical libraries concerning their treatment of the Pernkopf atlas are reported, and the ethical implications of these issues as they affect the responsibilities of librarians is discussed. ..
  50. Marriott R. Access to learning resources for students on placement in the UK: what are the issues and how can we resolve them?. Health Info Libr J. 2005;22:262-6 pubmed
    ..Resolution will depend on close, regular liaison and can be assisted by negotiation of a clear Service Level Agreement. ..
  51. Dutcher G, Hamasu C. Community-based organizations' perspective on health information outreach: a panel discussion. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93:S35-42 pubmed
    ..It was confirmed that librarians and libraries have an important role in diminishing health disparities by improving access to health information. ..
  52. Mackay D, Hardy S. Learning and teaching resource discovery in the Health and Life Sciences--partnership and interoperability. Health Info Libr J. 2005;22 Suppl 2:70-4 pubmed
  53. Sutton A, Booth A, Ayiku L, O Rourke A. e-FOLIO: using e-learning to learn about e-learning. Health Info Libr J. 2005;22 Suppl 2:84-8 pubmed