Extreme outreach: having a librarian in the operating room areas

Hersey, Denise (2009). Extreme outreach: having a librarian in the operating room areas. In: Positioning the Profession: the Tenth International Congress on Medical Librarianship, Brisbane, Australia, (1-3). August 31-September 4, 2009.

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Author Hersey, Denise
Title of paper Extreme outreach: having a librarian in the operating room areas
Conference name Positioning the Profession: the Tenth International Congress on Medical Librarianship
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates August 31-September 4, 2009
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
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Formatted Abstract/Summary Objective:
To increase awareness and use of library-funded resources by physicians and residents who work in the operating room (OR) areas of a busy teaching hospital, and to promote the inclusion of medical librarians in clinicians’ information-seeking activities and curriculum decision making.

Methods:
In an effort to provide library assistance to clinicians typically unable to find time to get to the library, a medical librarian was available in the ORs for one hour, four days a week. Statistics were recorded on the types of inquiries she received and from whom. In addition to these data, a survey was distributed to those who used the service to determine if they were satisfied with the “perioperative librarian” service.

Results:
During the initial two and a half month period of the program, the librarian collected data from the reference interviews and the survey that indicated that anesthesiologists felt having a perioperative librarian was useful, and that they wanted the service to continue. She has since been added to curriculum committees, participated in resident interviews and orientations, coauthored articles with anesthesiologists and presented papers with them at their national meetings.

Conclusion:
Since the time that the perioperative librarian began working in the ORs, she has been invited to work more closely with the anesthesiology department faculty. Data from this experience indicates that having a librarian in the operating room area is important to the medical staff working there and a useful way to integrate librarians into hospital and academic departments.
Subjects 0807 Library and Information Studies
Keyword Yale University
Cushing/Whitney Medical Library
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

 
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