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Health Sciences Librarianship

Edited by M. Sandra Wood

This comprehensive textbook of health sciences librarianship provides the library student and new librarian with the background and skills necessary to handle day-to-day activities and provide quality services in a health sciences library or a more general library serving students and practitioners in the health professions.

The book has 16 chapters, each authored by an experienced medical librarian and is organized logically into 4 sections:

  • The Profession,
  • Collection Services,
  • User Services, and
  • Administrative Services.

Each chapter contains photographs, figures, tables, and charts illustrating the essential concepts introduced.

Overseen by a 3-member editorial board of leading professors in medical librarianship programs, this authoritative text provides students, beginning, and experienced librarians with a comprehensive overview of state-of-the-art medical librarianship.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 472Size: 7 1/2 x 10 1/4
978-0-8108-8812-8 • Hardback • May 2014 • $138.00 • (£90.00)
978-0-8108-8813-5 • Paperback • May 2014 • $83.00 • (£54.95)
978-0-8108-8814-2 • eBook • May 2014 • $82.99 • (£54.95)
M. Sandra Wood, MLS, MBA, AHIP, FMLA is Librarian Emerita, Penn State University Libraries. She was a librarian at the George T. Harrell Library, The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, College of Medicine, Pennsylvania State University, Hershey, PA, for over 35 years, specializing in reference, educational, and database services.
By James Shedlock
By Gale G. Hannigan and Jonathan D. Eldredge
Biomedical Research
Jonathan D. Eldredge and Gale G. Hannigan
Holly Phillips
Modern Collection Development
Collection Development Policies
Putting Policy into Practice
Resource Budgets
Keeping Current
Megan Del Baglivo, C. Steven Douglas, and María M. Pinkas
Nancy R. Glassman
Marie Ascher
Virtual Reference Services
Lee A. Vucovich
Searching Biomedical Research Databases
Supporting Evidence-Based Practice
Conducting Expert Searches
Michele R. Tennant
Outreach for Visibility
Andrew Creamer, Elaine R. Martin, and Donna Kafel
Maureen “Molly” Knapp
Web-Based Learning
Everly Brown, Na Lin, and Megan Wolff
Kay Hogan Smith
Diana Cunningham
Stewart Brower
Margaret E. Henderson
Transformation of Health Sciences Librarianship
Expanded Roles in Research
Clinical Librarians and Hospital Libraries
Alternative Roles and Activities
The Changing Health Sciences Library Organization
Study Questions

About the Editor and Contributors
Health Sciences Librarianship gives a rich foundation to new professionals while also offering updated and expanded knowledge and background for seasoned medical librarians. . . . The book will strengthen the knowledge base and understanding of most health sciences information professionals and provide a richer frame of reference to enhance other professional reading. The book offers meaningful commentary, synthesizes theory and practice, and creates a cohesive and coherent textbook. A copy of Health Sciences Librarianship belongs in the hands of every health sciences librarian today.
Medical Reference Services Quarterly

Overseen by a three-member editorial board of leading academics in medical librarianship programmes, this authoritative text provides students, as well as beginning and more experienced librarians, with a comprehensive overview of state-of-the-art medical/health sciences librarianship in addition to offering a broad professional overview.
Australian Library Journal

A basic guide to the evolving field of health sciences librarianship, this work is comprehensive and contains information for those practicing in an academic setting, hospitals, or other health care settings. . . .This work will be of interest to students and practitioners in health sciences librarianship.
American Reference Books Annual

As a result of the changes in the health care environment and technology, the services, resources and roles of the health science librarian have evolved. Health Sciences Librarianship edited by M. Sandra Wood provides clear, authoritative, and helpful information addressing those changes and how they apply to health sciences librarianship.
Michelle A. Kraft, MLS, AHIP, Author of The Krafty Librarian blog