I recently wrote a blog post for NEJM Resident 360 (NEJM subscription required) about how residents can better utilize librarian services. How to Take Advantage Your Medical Librarian, details a few of the common ways librarians can help doctors during their residency program and beyond. As a medical librarian, I know there are a lot of other things we can do for residents and other healthcare professionals. There are medical librarians who are doing different types of services, reaching out to provide information in creative ways, and doing things beyond the walls of the library that help our healthcare professionals in ways I have never dreamed.
So this post is sort of a “shared” post. I would like any medical librarian to either comment below, tweet, or email* me the ways you help your healthcare professionals. Healthcare professionals can be anyone (doctor, student, nurse, researchers, social work, pastoral care, hospital administration, etc.) that work with biomedical information, patients or families of patients, or who help fellow healthcare professionals in their jobs.
I will kick things off:
- Create online journal club portals for nurses, enabling them to get CEs
- Acquire spiritual & religious resources from other libraries to help pastoral care
- Track every article written in a journal with an impact factor by the institution’s researchers & authors and provide those statistics, citation analysis, and collaboration impact to individuals and departments within the institution.
- Help create treatment and care guidelines within the institution and with national associations.
Don’t leave me hanging…. contact me and I will add them to the bullet list. IF you have online documentation (research, website, article) give me the URL and I will link to that within the bullet point.
If you are a member of MLA use my email contact in the MLA directory