library services


Summary: Services offered to the library user. They include reference and circulation.

Top Publications

  1. Weightman A, Williamson J. The value and impact of information provided through library services for patient care: a systematic review. Health Info Libr J. 2005;22:4-25 pubmed
    An updated systematic review was carried out of research studies looking at the value and impact of library services on health outcomes for patients and time saved by health professionals...
  2. Léon G, Ouimet M, Lavis J, Grimshaw J, Gagnon M. Assessing availability of scientific journals, databases, and health library services in Canadian health ministries: a cross-sectional study. Implement Sci. 2013;8:34 pubmed publisher
    ..of (1) a purposive sample of high-ranking scientific journals, (2) bibliographic databases, and (3) health library services in the fourteen Canadian health ministries...
  3. Schwartz D, Blobaum P, Shipman J, Markwell L, Marshall J. The health sciences librarian in medical education: a vital pathways project task force. J Med Libr Assoc. 2009;97:280-4 pubmed publisher at the graduate and undergraduate levels and worked with national organizations to integrate library services, education, and staff into the requirements for training medical students and residents...
  4. McDuffee D. AHEC library services: from circuit rider to virtual librarian. Area Health Education Centers. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 2000;88:362-6 pubmed
  5. Pearce Smith N. Teaching tip: using the "Who wants to be a millionaire?" game to teach searching skills. Evid Based Nurs. 2007;10:72 pubmed
  6. Carr A. Confronting the challenges of HIV/AIDS information dissemination: report of the one-day HIV/AIDS Information Summit. J Med Libr Assoc. 2004;92:273-5 pubmed
  7. Duncan V, Fichter D. What words and where? Applying usability testing techniques to name a new live reference service. J Med Libr Assoc. 2004;92:218-25 pubmed
    ..Using user-centered design methodology helped ensure that the new live reference service was visible and used and demonstrated the effectiveness of the user-centered design approach for adding new services to an existing Website. ..
  8. Banks M. Connections between open access publishing and access to gray literature. J Med Libr Assoc. 2004;92:164-6 pubmed
  9. Rockliff S, Peterson M, Martin K, Curtis D. Chasing the sun: a virtual reference service between SAHSLC (SA) and SWICE (UK). Health Info Libr J. 2005;22:117-23 pubmed
    ..This service is the first of its kind between health libraries in the world and offers potential for future worldwide expansion. ..

More Information


  1. Dee C, Newhouse J. Digital chat reference in health science libraries: challenges in initiating a new service. Med Ref Serv Q. 2005;24:17-27 pubmed
    ..In addition, tips for successful operation and evaluation of services are discussed. ..
  2. Booth A. On the shelf?: how unused is your reference collection?. Health Info Libr J. 2006;23:154-7 pubmed
  3. Huber J, Snyder M. Facilitating access to consumer health information: a collaborative approach employing applied research. Med Ref Serv Q. 2002;21:39-46 pubmed
  4. Scherrer C, Jacobson S. New measures for new roles: defining and measuring the current practices of health sciences librarians. J Med Libr Assoc. 2002;90:164-72 pubmed
    ..Adding these three measures to those already being collected will provide a more accurate and complete depiction of the services offered by academic health sciences librarians. ..
  5. Mani N. "Library-on-the-go": utilizing technology to provide educational programming. J Med Libr Assoc. 2008;96:230-2 pubmed publisher
  6. Tao D, McCarthy P, Krieger M, Webb A. The Mobile Reference Service: a case study of an onsite reference service program at the School of Public Health. J Med Libr Assoc. 2009;97:34-40 pubmed publisher
  7. Eldredge J, Heskett K, Henner T, Tan J. Current practices in library/informatics instruction in academic libraries serving medical schools in the Western United States: a three-phase action research study. BMC Med Educ. 2013;13:119 pubmed publisher
    ..Medical educators, particularly curricular leaders, will find opportunities in this study's results for more productive collaborations with the librarians responsible for library and informatics training at their medical schools. ..
  8. Crawford S, Halbrook B, Kelly E, Stucki L. Beyond the online catalog: developing an academic information system in the sciences. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1987;75:202-8 pubmed
    ..Ongoing research and development and the future of the online catalog are also discussed. ..
  9. Volk R. Expert searching in consumer health: an important role for librarians in the age of the Internet and the Web. J Med Libr Assoc. 2007;95:203-7, e66 pubmed
    ..Expert searching remains an important role for librarians working with consumer health information seekers. ..
  10. Kurup V, Hersey D. The perioperative librarian: luxury or necessity?. Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2007;20:585-9 pubmed
    ..New outcome measures to define the 'success' of clinical medical librarian programs need to be formulated, and economic considerations need to be factored into these programs. ..
  11. Mayer S. A librarian's guide to providing resources for pet owners. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2008;232:1464-7 pubmed publisher
  12. Chattopadhyay A, Tannery N, Silverman D, Bergen P, Epstein B. Design and implementation of a library-based information service in molecular biology and genetics at the University of Pittsburgh. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006;94:307-13, E192 pubmed
    ..The service's workshop offerings will expand to include emerging bioinformatics topics. A frequently asked questions database is also being developed to reuse advice on complex bioinformatics questions. ..
  13. van Loo J, Leonard N. Fifteen hundred guidelines and growing: the UK database of clinical guidelines. Health Info Libr J. 2006;23:95-101 pubmed
    ..The Guidelines Finder is one of the most visited resources within the National Library for Health and is successful in answering information needs related to specific patient care, clinical research, guideline development and education. ..
  14. Shah C. Case study: library usage at an Indian medical college. Health Info Libr J. 2011;28:77-81 pubmed publisher
    ..Although the majority of students were satisfied with the library facilities, the study suggests that more needs to be done to promote self-directed learning. JM. ..
  15. Royall J, Lyon B. Sea-change or change challenge? Health information access in developing countries: The U.S. National Library of Medicine experience. Afr Health Sci. 2011;11:457-63 pubmed
    ..Information and technology are not static elements in the equation for better access. They must function together, creating a dialectic in which they transform and inform one another and those whom their combination touches. ..
  16. Stevenson P. Evaluating educational interventions for information literacy. Health Info Libr J. 2012;29:81-6 pubmed publisher
    This article considers how information literacy training initiatives delivered by health library services are evaluated...
  17. MacDonald J, Vallance D, McGrath M. An evaluation of a collaborative bibliotherapy scheme delivered via a library service. J Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs. 2013;20:857-65 pubmed publisher
    ..The results of this large sample evaluation support the proposal that library-based bibliotherapy can be effective in the treatment of mental health problems. ..
  18. Zipperer L, Sykes J. The role of librarians in patient safety: gaps and strengths in the current culture. J Med Libr Assoc. 2004;92:498-500 pubmed
  19. Corry A. Utilization of library outreach services by dental school alumni, 1988-1998. J Am Dent Assoc. 2001;132:76-82 pubmed
    ..Information-seeking behaviors are an important part of the active clinical practice and may become more important as evidenced-based dentistry becomes more prevalent. ..
  20. Walton G, Bissessur R, Cooper R. Survey of library and information use by health-care students. Health Libr Rev. 1993;10:57-74 pubmed
    ..They also show the level of student confidence and the services used. The implications of the study for future provision are considered. ..
  21. Fuller D, Hinegardner P. Ensuring quality Website redesign: the University of Maryland's experience. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 2001;89:339-45 pubmed
    ..Users felt invested in the project, and the committee received valuable feedback. This process led to an improved Website and higher visibility for the library on campus. ..
  22. Dee C, Rankin J, Burns C. Using scientific evidence to improve hospital library services: Southern Chapter/Medical Library Association journal usage study. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1998;86:301-6 pubmed
    ..Although the small sample size precluded definitive results, the study's findings constituted a baseline of data that can be compared against future studies. ..
  23. Dorsch J. BIOETHICSLINE use by medical students: curriculum-integrated instruction and collection development implications. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1997;85:147-53 pubmed
    ..This study suggests that the integration of bibliographic instruction and the coordination of collection development with students' curricular needs lead to increased and more competent use of information resources. ..
  24. 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. ..
  25. Reiss M, Reiss G. [Internet--an introduction]. Wien Med Wochenschr. 2000;150:225-9 pubmed
    ..Internet basic resources are electronic mailing (e-mail), discussion groups, file transfer, and browsing the World Wide Web (WWW). ..
  26. Leman H. Promoting and tracking the use of hospital library web services by outside entities. Med Ref Serv Q. 2010;29:175-82 pubmed publisher
    ..g., medical, academic and public libraries, offices of research administration). Included are concrete suggestions to help hospital librarians in their efforts to encourage adoption of their Web service by other institutions. ..
  27. Glitz B, Flack V, Lovas I, Newell P. Hospital library service and the changes in national standards. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1998;86:77-87 pubmed
    ..As part of its continuing efforts to monitor library services within its region, the University of California, Los Angeles Biomedical Library, Regional Medical Library for ..
  28. Alao I. Students and overdue books in a medical library. J Med Libr Assoc. 2002;90:294-7 pubmed
    ..The need for an extended loan period will require further investigation, while the judicious use of other overdue measures to complement providing for renewals is recommended. ..
  29. 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. ..
  30. Saxton J, Owen D. Developing optimal search strategies for finding information on herbs and other medicinal plants in MEDLINE. J Altern Complement Med. 2005;11:725-31 pubmed
    ..Tables containing MeSH terms for medicinal plants and useful print and electronic resources are included. ..
  31. Wiesenthal D. The future role of the health sciences library in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1993;81:129-34 pubmed
    ..Results indicate that both groups believe libraries serve an integral role in VA medical centers and that library services cannot be provided as successfully off site...
  32. Dee C. Chat reference service in medical libraries: part 2--Trends in medical school libraries. Med Ref Serv Q. 2003;22:15-28 pubmed
    ..Anecdotal comments from medical school library staff provide insights into chat reference service. ..
  33. Harris M. The librarian's roles in the systematic review process: a case study. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93:81-7 pubmed
    ..As an organizer and analyzer, the librarian must effectively manage the articles and document the search, retrieval, and archival processes. ..
  34. Scherrer C. Reference librarians' perceptions of the issues they face as academic health information professionals. J Med Libr Assoc. 2004;92:226-32 pubmed
    ..Implications for library education and continuing professional development are presented. ..
  35. Marriott R. Access all areas: opening up NHS libraries in Trent. Health Info Libr J. 2004;21:262-5 pubmed
  36. Marlborough H. Using dental library services. Dent Update. 1996;23:20-4 pubmed
    ..Although methods of storing, accessing, retrieving and disseminating information are changing, libraries and librarians are central to the information exchange. ..
  37. Mortensen H, Alexander J, Nehrenz G, Porter C. Infection control professionals' information-seeking preferences. Health Info Libr J. 2013;30:23-34 pubmed publisher
    ..Study results indicated ICPs who used the assistance of medical librarians and/or hard copy or electronic resources for EBM research perceived such sources to be valuable for obtaining infection control information. ..
  38. Booth A. Implementing EBLIP: if it works in Edmonton will it work in Newcastle?. Health Info Libr J. 2008;25:154-7 pubmed publisher
  39. Seo J, Park J, Kim H, Ki H, Park J, Park M, et al. Korean medical libraries and professional associations: changing services and roles. Health Info Libr J. 2008;25:142-9 pubmed publisher
  40. Kamel Boulos M, Roudsari A, Gordon C, Muir Gray J. The use of quality benchmarking in assessing web resources for the dermatology virtual branch library of the National electronic Library for Health (NeLH). J Med Internet Res. 2001;3:E5 pubmed
  41. Chichester S, Wilder R, Mann G, Neal E. Incorporation of evidence-based principles in baccalaureate and nonbaccalaureate degree dental hygiene programs. J Dent Hyg. 2002;76:60-6 pubmed
    ..The nonbaccalaureate respondents also demonstrated less application of EB findings to clinical situations, including actual patient treatment. ..
  42. Davies B. The ASVIN Project: a study of electronic and printed veterinary science journals in the UK and Ireland. Health Info Libr J. 2002;19:21-32 pubmed
    ..It looks at some of the issues relating to e-journals, expressing the benefits and concerns that many librarians are experiencing, such as licensing arrangements, archiving and general management issues. ..
  43. Bryant S, Gray A. Demonstrating the positive impact of information support on patient care in primary care: a rapid literature review. Health Info Libr J. 2006;23:118-25 pubmed
    ..There is relatively limited research evidence of the impact of information, and library services, in primary care, in comparison with hospital settings and the research available is generally reliant on ..
  44. Norton M, Vardaman A. Maintaining quality document delivery service with off-site storage facilities. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93:394-7 pubmed
  45. Bernal N, Schneider J. Hospital librarianship: a proactive approach. Med Ref Serv Q. 2002;21:65-73 pubmed
  46. Urquhart C, Thomas R, Ovens J, Lucking W, Villa J. Planning changes to health library services on the basis of impact assessment. Health Info Libr J. 2010;27:277-85 pubmed publisher
    Various methods of impact assessment for health library services exist, including a toolkit developed for the UK...
  47. Tennant M, Auten B, Botero C, Butson L, Edwards M, Garcia Milian R, et al. Changing the face of reference: adapting biomedical and health information services for the classroom, clinic, and beyond. Med Ref Serv Q. 2012;31:280-301 pubmed publisher
  48. Grandage K, Slawson D, Shaughnessy A. When less is more: a practical approach to searching for evidence-based answers. J Med Libr Assoc. 2002;90:298-304 pubmed
    ..Librarians can play a significant role in evaluating the ever-increasing variety of these synthesized resources, placing them into the searching hierarchy, and training clinicians to search from the top down. ..
  49. Adamson M, Bunnett B. Planning library spaces to encourage collaboration. J Med Libr Assoc. 2002;90:437-41 pubmed
    ..The identification of collaboration as the major theme of the library and the institution's strategic directions drove renovation decisions and resulted in a facility that supports and promotes this concept. ..
  50. Warren K. From information statics to information dynamics. The developing world has no alternative. Infect Dis Clin North Am. 1995;9:367-75 pubmed
    ..In contrast, the developing world is largely bereft of such institutions, and has the unique opportunity to leap unencumbered by the static past into the far more efficient and dynamic electronic future. ..
  51. Duhon L, Jameson J. Health information outreach: a survey of U.S. academic libraries, highlighting a midwestern university's experience. Health Info Libr J. 2013;30:121-37 pubmed publisher
    ..Even as virtual services become more commonplace, librarians involved in HIO should consider also increasing their visibility by collaborating with others on campus. ..
  52. Glitz B, Lovas I, Flack V. The changing status of hospital libraries 1984 to 1989: characteristics and services in Region 7 of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1992;80:179-84 pubmed
    ..L.S. The libraries that provide all of a set of predefined core services and resources decreased from 61% in 1984 to 44% in 1989. Libraries with M.L.S. staff were more likely to have core services than those without professional staff. ..
  53. Li M, Chen Y, Clintworth W. Expanding roles in a library-based bioinformatics service program: a case study. J Med Libr Assoc. 2013;101:303-9 pubmed publisher