[Mla-cds] E-Collections for small rural hospital Libraries
Christine.Whitaker at uscmed.sc.edu
Mon Aug 22 12:01:41 CDT 2011
The newly published Medical Library Associations Master Guide To Authoritative Information Resources In The Health Sciences ( isbn 9781555707194) Is an attempt to fill the Brandon-Hill vacuum. It covers monographs and journals with some databases. It is quite pricy and covers all health Sciences, so it might not be cost effective for you.
Collection Development Librarian
School of Medicine Library
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
From: mla-cds-bounces at colldev.mlanet.org [mailto:mla-cds-bounces at colldev.mlanet.org] On Behalf Of Stacy Wein
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Subject: [Mla-cds] E-Collections for small rural hospital Libraries
I have been working in a small rural hospital library for 10 years. Since I started three big changes have occurred: Brandon/Hill is gone, transitions from print to e-collections are in progress and we are now a critical access hospital. We don't require a large library collection but I am no longer sure what we do need for our core collection. So many large e-collections are over kill for my patrons and the majority of books wouldn't get used. I presently base my collection on the five core services my hospital supports and Doody's core list suggestions for the print books and MDConsult, National Library alliance 's STATRef medical and nursing collections and Nursing Consult.
Is there any other resource to help me create a good core collection for books and journals both print and online? It is a bit tricky trying to get what I need with my small budget. I know there isn't one platform with all the answers but I sure would like to know if there is a better way than having so many places to find the library's collections.
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swein at chsi.org
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