A Retrospective Cohort Study of Structured Abstracts in MEDLINE, 1992-2006 (BRIEF Communications) (Report)

A Retrospective Cohort Study of Structured Abstracts in MEDLINE, 1992-2006 (BRIEF Communications) (Report)

INTRODUCTION Structured abstracts contain distinct labeled sections (e.g., “RESULTS”). The MEDLINE/PubMed database incorporates English-language abstracts that appear in the journals that the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) indexes. If English-language structured abstracts appear in a journal that is indexed, the labels in these abstracts usually appear in all uppercase letters, generally followed by a […]

Assessment of Health Sciences and Science and Technology Librarian E-Science Educational Needs to Develop an E-Science Web Portal for Librarians (Brief Communications) (Report)

Assessment of Health Sciences and Science and Technology Librarian E-Science Educational Needs to Develop an E-Science Web Portal for Librarians (Brief Communications) (Report)

In 2007, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Joint Task Force on Library Support for E-Science issued its report outlining five goals to guide research libraries’ burgeoning endeavors in offering e-science services and initiatives [1]. Since 2007 and the ARL report, the library scholarly literature, including recent communications from ARL e-science task force member James […]

Professional Turnover in Academic Health Sciences Libraries: A One-Year Study (Brief Communications) (Report)

Professional Turnover in Academic Health Sciences Libraries: A One-Year Study (Brief Communications) (Report)

INTRODUCTION The library at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport (LSUHSC-S) had a professional staff of fifteen when one librarian retired in January 2007. Prior to his departure, the last professional vacancy had occurred three years earlier when three librarians left at the same time, two for library positions elsewhere and one […]

Academic Health Sciences Library Research Support (Brief Communications) (Report)

Academic Health Sciences Library Research Support (Brief Communications) (Report)

INTRODUCTION On September 3, 2003, the Medical Library Association adopted a policy statement on the role of expert searching in health sciences libraries. The policy highlighted the need for more thorough literature searching following the unfortunate death of a healthy research volunteer in a clinical trial that might have been prevented by a more complete […]

Analyzing the Impact of an Author's Publications (Brief Communications) (Report)

Analyzing the Impact of an Author’s Publications (Brief Communications) (Report)

INTRODUCTION Information professionals are called on to determine how best to measure the impact of an author’s articles, and citation counts are often regarded as one method for obtaining a quantitative expression of the utilization and contribution of a particular published paper. As Meho states, citation analysis assumes that influential works or scientists are cited […]

Characteristics and Content of Medical Library Tutorials: A Review (EC) (BRIEF Communications) (Report)

Characteristics and Content of Medical Library Tutorials: A Review (EC) (BRIEF Communications) (Report)

INTRODUCTION/BACKGROUND Online tutorials can be a useful facet of a library’s instructional strategies. According to the Instructional Technologies Committee of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), web tutorials should include interactive exercises such as simulations or quizzes [1]. These activities encourage active learning and allow students to respond to what is taught, while […]

Sources of Evidence to Support Systematic Reviews in Librarianship (EC) (BRIEF Communications) (Report)

Sources of Evidence to Support Systematic Reviews in Librarianship (EC) (BRIEF Communications) (Report)

INTRODUCTION Systematic reviews provide answers to focused clinical questions through a rigorous and comprehensive methodology designed to limit bias [1]. The search for evidence to answer these questions therefore should be as thorough as resources permit [2]. As in other fields, systematic reviews of library and information science topics can answer questions in the field […]