[From HIFA]Dear Neil,
I think libraries are indeed very much necessary for the dissimulation of health related information, particularly to cover the needs of health care workers in the field. True, scientists can find anything on Google, but health care workers and medical practitioners in Africa (or anywhere else) may not have the wherewithal, the time or the bandwidth to rapidly find pertinent information, guidelines or practical videos in an emergency situation.
Libraries and specialized content providers or aggregators can do the footwork, scrutinize millions of documents for relevancy, categorize and present just a short selection of the most germane articles to download and to keep for future reference.
All the user in the field has to do is to build up his personal knowledge base that allows him to quickly locate required information again in the mass of material that inevitably accumulates on his system over time.
John W. Miescher
HIFA profile: John Miescher works with BizGraphic in Switzerland. miescher AT bizgraphic.ch