This book is a valuable resource for those working as, working with, or aspiring to be clinical librarians. The information in the book provides case studies, samples, and evidence for the importance and utilization of the clinical medical librarian (CML) in a range of settings and scenarios. While the handbook covers this information within the context of an urban academic medical center with multiple librarians on staff, the format and presentation of the content in each chapter provides enough discussion and detail of the process to make these case studies applicable to varying types of hospitals, medical environments, and libraries. I highly recommend this book for those interested in clinical medical librarianship. The broad scope of content, practical advice, and firsthand experience and knowledge provide a unique insight into the role of and diverse opportunities for CMLs.
Aimed with a clear goal of arming library students, practicing librarians, and health care workers with an over-view of the medical librarian profession, The Clinical Medical Librarian’s Handbook is an excellent entry-level read that speaks to the constant evolution of the field. Each chapter is designed to provide background information, applicable case studies or interviews, and suggestions for moving forward... Even those who have been practicing in the medical librarian field are able to read this book and think about topics in new ways... Read this book if you are in library school considering becoming a clinical medical librarian, if you are a practicing librarian seeking to ramp up client support, a health care worker interested in how to best collaborate with your existing library, or an individual hoping to build a medical librarian pro-gram. The Clinical Medical Librarian’s Handbook is a quick and informative read that will teach you about the roles of a medical librarian, how to teach clinical resources, the power of patient-centered care, and where a librarian fits into the team.
[T]his book is written by those with a wealth of experience, intended for an audience who belong anywhere along the spectrum of CML programs; from those considering the creation to those entrenched who are looking for inspiration to innovate and refresh their services. For the new medical librarian, this book is a great primer for what can be done in a large hospital setting.