Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section Program at MLA’11

June 20, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Posted in Meetings, Professional Development | Leave a comment
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[Submitted by Robin B. Devin, University of Rhode Island Library]

As a health sciences librarian at a university which offers many allied health majors, but does not include a medical school, I find that the section programming at MLA that is often most relevant to my needs is the program sponsored by the Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section.  This year at MLA the section sponsored a program titled “Evidence-based Collection Development in the New Millennium: Doing Better What We Have Always Done Well.”

The first presentation, “Gathering the Evidence for E-book Collection Development: A Survey of Academic and Clinical Library Users,” reported on a survey of e-books use at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  They found that more than half of their respondents were using e-books.

The second presentation, “An Evidence-based, Data-driven Approach to Building Useful E-book Collections,” reported on a method of evaluating e-book purchasing.  The study has done at Duke University Medical Center.  The study found that different criteria are needed in the evaluation of e-books compared to the factors used in the selection of print resources.

The third paper, “Rethinking Collection Development Strategies: Exploring Author Publications as Evidence for Journal Subscription Decisions,” explored publishing patterns by University of Utah authors.  Health sciences journals in which university-affiliated authors published were compared to the list of journals subscribed to by the library.

The last paper, “Specialty Board Reading Lists as Selection Guides,” reviewed recommended reading lists from the American Veterinary Medical Association Recognized Specialty Veterinary Organizations.  A comprehensive list of titles was complied to serve as a collection development tool for veterinary medicine libraries.

All of the presentations provided valuable tips on improving collection development techniques in this age of an increasingly complex publishing world.  I am extremely grateful to NAHSL for providing me the opportunity through the MLA Annual Meeting Grant program to attend this year’s conference.

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