Raoul Kamadjeu, Kenya wrote: "What is the role of a hospital librarian in the day and age of the Internet? The question should be: do hospital have free WiFi hotspots for staff?"
I believe that today, whether a physical library exists or not in a hospital, the librarian has a still bigger role than ever before. I am a qualified librarian and in every workshop that I conduct on searching online resources, the feedback includes the following:
a) I wish I had learned these searching (and referencing) techniques earlier. I would have saved so many hours
b) Such training should be introduced right from the medical school days (that includes all other health sciences courses)
I teach these courses, but then there is so much more to teach - example citation indices, lots of different medical resources and more
Access to resources (through the Wifi or otherwise) - does not guarantee proper searching and usage of the large number of resources available today.
I do not work in a library any more and through the not-for-profit Trust that I run, we focus on teaching these skills to all branches of health science students and professionals
QMed Knowledge Foundation
A-3, Shubham Center, Cardinal Gracious Road
Chakala, Andheri East, Mumbai 400099, India
Tel: 91-22-40054474 Mob: +919867292230
HIFA profile: Vasumathi Sriganesh was a medical librarian in the 1990s. In the year 2007 she set up a Not-for-profit Trust, which she has named QMed Knowledge Foundation. Along with her colleagues in QMed she regularly conducts workshops in literature searching and reference management, as these skills have never been prioritized in medical education in India. She is also a regular faculty on these topics, in Research Methodology workshops all over the country. She hopes that the Foundation's activity will help the current generation of students value the need for correct and systematic literature searching as a component of the practice of Evidence Based Medicine. She also works with INFORMER (a student body) and the South Asian Cochrane Centre, whenever there are opportunities to help. The Union (IUATLD), and MECOR (of the American Thoracic Society) have incorporated QMed's literature searching workshops as part of their research training initiatives in India. Most recently the Campbell Collaboration has also invited QMed to incorporate their workshops in their training initiatives. vasu AT qmed.ngo