Balancing Between Two Goods: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and Ethical Compliancy Considerations for Privacy-Sensitive Materials in Health Sciences Archival and Historical Special Collections (Report)

Balancing Between Two Goods: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and Ethical Compliancy Considerations for Privacy-Sensitive Materials in Health Sciences Archival and Historical Special Collections (Report)

INTRODUCTION Special collections professionals in institutions with health sciences history collections balance on a legal and ethical tightrope of preserving and providing access to the historical record, while at the same time respecting the confidences of those whose lives are reflected in the records. Although a great deal of information is available on the topics […]

Introduction: Personal Recollections of the Contributions of Estelle Brodman: An Enduring Legacy for Health Sciences Librarianship.

Introduction: Personal Recollections of the Contributions of Estelle Brodman: An Enduring Legacy for Health Sciences Librarianship.

Estelle Brodman, PhD (1914-2007), remains one of the most illustrious and revered health sciences librarian leaders of all time, widely respected for her intellect, knowledge, publications, teaching, and mentoring. The genesis of this special focus issue was a proposal prepared by T. Mark Hodges, representing the Fellows of the Medical Library Association, and based on […]

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 […]

The Translational Sciences: A Rare Open Access Opportunity (Comment and Opinion) (National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy) (Viewpoint Essay)

The Translational Sciences: A Rare Open Access Opportunity (Comment and Opinion) (National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy) (Viewpoint Essay)

Health sciences librarians serve society by making needed health-related information available to our users. The Medical Library Association’s (MLA’s) slogan, “Professionals providing quality information for improved health”; the 2010 revised MLA Code of Ethics [1]; and the American Library Association’s code of ethics [2] all reflect our profession’s central purpose. One formal research study on […]