Who’s afraid of the digital library ?

For those members of CILIP ( Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals ) who have access to either the paper copy or online version of CILIP Update there is a very good article in the October 2013 issue by Wayne Sime, Director of Library Services at the Royal Society of Medicine, UK.

He says that medical librarians should not fear that their roles, professional expertise or physical libraries are in danger of being swallowed up in the wake of digitisation. In fact, the coming of the digital library offers medical librarians great opportunities, as they move towards becoming trusted advisers both in the library and on the hospital ward, helping clinicians to find reliable information.

” The implementation of electronic resources, including recent products such as ClinicalKey, which has seen more than 3,000 journals including the Lancet titles and around 1,500 books accessed directly online, has increased the footfall through the library dramatically. In fact in 2006, 16,000 people came through our doors, and this year we are expecting over 30,000 visitors. Not only is this a record number of visitors for the library but also satisfaction rates for the library service are at an all time high “.

Who says libraries belong to the past ?

Nigel Palmer                  Phi

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About nigepalphi

I am a trustee of Partnerships in Health Information. I was librarian of the Health Education Council in London from 1969 to 1972, then librarian of St Mary's Hospital Medical School from 1972 to 2002.
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