Professional Resources for Librarians

This list is not intended to be comprehensive but rather representative of resources used and recommended for their collection development relevance by Collection Development Section members. The inclusion of resources in this list does not necessarily imply endorsement by the Medical Library Association or the Collection Development Section. Please send edits and additions to Amanda Chiplock.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Collection Development
General Resources
Policy Resources
Sampling of Web-Based Collection Development Policies

Consortia

Copyright

Discussion Lists

Electronic Library
Books
Databases
Journals
Licensing
Websites, Directories, Compilations

Library and Professional Associations / Conferences

Review Sources
General Reviews Sources
Scholarly Electronic Publishing
Initiatives for Access to Health Information
Special Collections and Archives


COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT

General Resources
AcqWeb
http://www.acqweb.org/
Provides links to information and resources of interest to librarians with acquisitions or collection development responsibilities. AcqWeb is not currently being maintained and contains out-of-date information. 

Basic Medical Library Management
http://nnlm.gov/rsdd/management/index.html
This web site is for both professional and non-professional librarians new to health or hospital libraries. It seeks to provide instant access to quality resources which will help the medical librarian meet the needs of the patron.

BookWire
http://www.bookwire.com/bookwire/bookwire.html
A comprehensive online portal into the book industry.

D-Lib Magazine
http://www.dlib.org/about.html
A solely electronic publication with a primary focus on digital library research and development, including but not limited to new technologies, applications, and contextual social and economic issues.

Doody's Core Titles (DCT)
http://www.doody.com/dct/
The purpose of DCT is to provide a comprehensive, timely, and authoritative list of book and software titles that represent essential knowledge for professionals or students, and that are highly recommended for libraries that serves some segment of the health sciences community. Subscription required.

Internet Library for Librarians
http://www.itcompany.com/inforetriever/
A portal designed for librarians to locate internet resources related to their profession. See sections: Acquisitions, Serials, and Collection Development; Archives, Preservation, and Special Collections.

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Resources by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
http://www.digital-scholarship.org/sepb/sepr/sepr.htm
Regularly updated bibliography of selected English-language articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing on the Internet.
Includes Categories: Digital Libraries, Discussion Lists, General Electronic Publishing.

Policy Resources
Collection Development for Electronic, Audiovisual, and Print Resources in Health Sciences Libraries
MLA DocKit #13
Linda Walton, Christa M. Modschiedler, Patricia M. Rodgers, BJ Scorre, Julie Schneider, Judith L. Rieke, and Hope Barton
Medical Library Association, 2004

Collection Development and Assessment in Health Sciences Libraries
Daniel T. Richards and Dottie Eakin
Current Practice in Health Sciences Librarianship, Volume 4
Medical Library Association and Scarecrow Press, 1997

The Medical Library Association Guide to Managing Health Care Libraries
Ruth Holst and Sharon A. Phillips
Medical Library Association and Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2000

Sampling Of Web-Based Collection Development Policies
The following list is a sampling of web-based collection development policies from North American health sciences libraries, included with permission of each library.

Academic Libraries:
Collection Development Policy
Health Sciences and Human Services Library

University of Maryland
http://www.hshsl.umaryland.edu/information/colldev.html

Collection Development Policy
OHSU Library

Oregon Health and Science University
http://www.ohsu.edu/library/depts/colldevcomm/cdcpolicy.shtml

General Collection Management and Development Policies
Dykes Library

University of Kansas Medical Center
http://library.kumc.edu/policy/policy3.htm

National / Government Libraries:
Collection Development Manual
The National Library of Medicine

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/tsd/acquisitions/cdm

Joint Collection Development Policy: Human Nutrition and Food
The National Agricultural Library

The National Library of Medicine
The Library of Congress
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/cd_hum.nut.html

Joint Collection Development Policy: Veterinary Science and Related Subjects
The National Agricultural Library
The National Library of Medicine
The Library of Congress
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/cd_vet_sci.html

Collections Policy Statements: Medicine
The Library of Congress

http://www.loc.gov/acq/devpol/medicine.pdf

Hospital/Association Libraries:
Collection development policies were sought from hospital and association libraries but none were found at the time this compilation was developed. Examples of such policies might be available through channels such as personal communication, MLA Sections and Special Interest Groups, and other avenues of professional networking.

CONSORTIA

International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC)
http://www.library.yale.edu/consortia/
Informal, self-organized group comprising consortia from around the world. Serves primarily higher education institutions by facilitating discussion among consortia on issues of common interest.

COPYRIGHT

Copyright Clearance Center (CCC)
http://www.copyright.com/
Largest licenser of text reproduction rights in the world, formed in 1978 to facilitate compliance with U.S. copyright law. CCC provides licensing systems for the reproduction and distribution of copyrighted materials in print and electronic formats throughout the world. Includes: Copyright Resources.

Medical Library Association (MLA)
Guidelines for Selecting Copyright Management Options

http://www.mlanet.org/government/positions/copyright_mgmt2.html

DISCUSSION LISTS

Selective list of discussion lists and groups of possible collection development interest.

ACQNET
http://www.acqweb.org/acqnet.html
Managed or edited listserv that aims to provide a medium for acquisitions librarians and others interested in acquisitions work to exchange information and ideas, and to find solutions to common
problems.

ERIL (Electronic Resources in Libraries)
http://listserv.binghamton.edu/archives/eril-l.html
A discussion forum for librarians to share the practical aspects of handling electronic resources. Examples of issues covered include: collection development policy, electronic journal holdings, use statistics, licensing and negotiation, product set-up and maintenance, instruction, and specific product issues. Participation in ERIL is limited to librarians and library assistant.

COLLDV-L (Library Collection Development List )
http://www.infomotions.com/serials/colldv-l/
Address for those wishing to subscribe: listproc@usc.edu
Moderated discussion list.

LibLicense
http://www.library.yale.edu/~llicense/mailing-list.shtml
An internet discussion list on the topic of Electronic Content Licensing for Academic & Research Libraries.

Medical Library Association sponsored or affiliated lists
For more information, visit:
http://www.mlanet.org/discussion/index.html
Of particular interest to collection development librarians may be:
MEDLIB-L
Open discussion for medical librarians. Sometimes news, announcements and alerts of collection development pertinence may first be posted and discussed in this forum.

Consider also joining Medical Library Association Section and Special Interest Group (SIG) discussion lists, particularly the Collection Development Section list (mla-cds). Visit their Websites from links listed at: http://www.mlanet.org/sections/index.html.

ELECTRONIC LIBRARY
Books
Sampling of sites that offer large collections of free access to medical textbooks, books, and dictionaries (via the Internet). For commercial vendors and full-text providers, refer to sources listed in “Websites, Directories, and Compilations”.

BookWire Directory
http://www.bookwire.com/bookwire/bookwire.html
Guide to the book resources of the Internet, containing categorized links to book sites around the world.

Online Books Page: Call Numbers Starting With R
John Mark Ockerbloom, editor
http://digital.library.upenn.edu/webbin/book/subjectstart?R
Links to free online books in medicine, including a number of classic texts.

National Academy Press Reading Room
http://www.nap.edu/topics.php?browse=1
See categories: Medicine / Public Health, Physical Sciences, Research Issues.

NCBI BookShelf
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=Books
National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) site providing access to online free counterparts of a growing number of well respected biomedical textbooks, particularly in the basic sciences. Note: Sometimes the latest edition is not (yet) available via this gateway.

Virtual Hospital
http://www.vh.org/
After 13 years of service, on January 1, 2006, Virtual Hospital / Virtual Children's Hospital, ceased operations due to a lack of funding. However, much of Virtual Hospital / Virtual Children's Hospital content remains available online --visit the link to find out where.

Virtual Pedatric Hospital
http://www.virtualpediatrichospital.org/
Digital library of pediatric information.

Databases
Note: Many government agencies, associations and publishers provide access (both free and for a fee) to databases of biomedical information.

NLM's Databases and Electronic Information Sources
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/databases/index.html
The U.S. National Library of Medicine provides a wide variety of resources related to the biomedical and health sciences, both past and present. The format of these resources varies: searchable databases and databanks, bibliographic citations, full text (when available), archival collections, and images.

Journals
DOAJ Directory of Open Access Journals
http://www.doaj.org/
Free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. All subjects and languages are covered. There are now more than 2000 journals in the directory.

HighWire
http://highwire.stanford.edu/
HighWire works with publishing partners to publish scholarly journals in electronic format, with links, images, searching capabilities. Site links to electronic journals: free, trial, free back issues, subscription and pay-for-view.

NASIG Resources
North American Serials Interest Group
http://www.nasig.org/resources/index.htm
Includes links to resources of interest to collection development and serials librarians- organizations, publications.

Periodici Elettronici Biomedici = Biomedical E-Journals
http://aib.it/aib/commiss/cnur/peb/peb.htm
Includes coverage of foreign titles and publishers and links to other lists of biomedical e-journals

PubMed Central (PMC)
http://pubmedcentral.nih.gov/
The U.S. National Library of Medicine's digital archive of life sciences journal literature. Access to PMC is free and unrestricted, including: Journal of the Medical Library Association and its predecessor: Bulletin of the Medical Library Association.

Licensing
Association of Research Libraries
http://www.arl.org/sc/licensing/index.shtml
Lists workshops and links to information resources.

LibLicense: Licensing Digital Information
http://www.library.yale.edu/~llicense/index.shtml

Medical Library Association
Resources on Electronic Licensing

http://www.mlanet.org/government/licensing/index.html

Websites, Directories and Compilations
Selective listing of compilations providing biomedical coverage of and links to Internet sites, electronic books and journals, and other primarily free information sources.

C&RL NewsNet Internet Resources
http://www.ala.org/acrl/resrces.html
An ongoing series of annotated Internet bibliographies (webliographies) from one of the American Library Association Divisions, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Topics covered include: Disabilities, Drug information.

Resources for Electronic Resource Management
http://www.joanconger.net/ERIL/resources.html

Internet Health Sites (Memorial University Libraries)
http://www.library.mun.ca/hsl/sites.php
A directory of resources compiled by librarians seeking to identify high quality health science sites, with reliable annotations.

NLM Resource Lists and Bibliographies: Current Bibliographies in Medicine
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/resources.html
Each National Library of Medicine (NLM) compiled bibliography in the series covers a distinct subject area of biomedicine of current popular interest. Most are prepared in support of a specific National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference, for each of which a Consensus Development Statement is also available.

PubList.com
http://www.publist.com/
An Internet-based reference for domestic and international print and electronic publications, including magazines, journals, e-journals, newsletters, and monographs.

Recommended Core Collection of Websites for Hospital Libraries (Univ. of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey)
http://www4.umdnj.edu/camlbweb/CoreCollection.htm
A comprehensive compilation of web-based resources for the hospital librarian created by hospital librarians.

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Resources
http://www.digital-scholarship.org/sepb/sepr/sepr.htm

Regularly updated bibliography of selected English-language articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet.

Virtual Hospital
http://www.vh.org/
After 13 years of service, on January 1, 2006, Virtual Hospital / Virtual Children's Hospital, ceased operations due to a lack of funding. However, much of Virtual Hospital / Virtual Children's Hospital content remains available online --visit the link to find out where.

Virtual Pedatric Hospital
http://www.virtualpediatrichospital.org/
Digital library of pediatric information.

LIBRARY AND INFORMATION PROFESSION: Associations / Conferences
Sampling of health information and other professional associations, conferences of collection development interest.

Acquisitions Institute at Timberline Lodge
http://www.libweb.uoregon.edu/events/aitl/index.html
Group of librarians, vendors and publishers, gather each year (usually in May) to discuss acquisitions issues in greater depth than possible in other larger forums.

American Library Association (ALA)
http://www.ala.org/
The most pertinent division to collection development librarians is: The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services.
http://www.ala.org/alcts/

American Medical Publishers Association (AMPA)
http://www.ampaonline.org/
Advances health sciences publishing and scientific communications worldwide. Website includes list of workshops that sometime include seminars co-sponsored with the National Library of Medicine.

Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences
http://www.alhhs.org/
Includes links to resources and tools, articles of relevance in publication called Watermarks.

Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)
http://www.alpsp.org/ngen_public/
Association representing the community of not-for-profit publishers and those who work with them to disseminate academic and professional information.

Charleston Conference: Issues in Book and Serial Acquisitions
http://www.katina.info/conference/
Informal annual gathering in November of librarians, publishers, and vendors of library materials in Charleston, SC, to discuss issues of importance.

Medical Library Association, Allied Groups and Other Resources
http://www.mlanet.org/resources/allied_lnks.html
Links to the Websites of health sciences information associations and organizations.

North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG)
http://www.nasig.org/index.htm
An independent organization that promotes communication and sharing of ideas among anyone working with or concerned about serial publications.

REVIEW SOURCES
Medical Professional Journals

Include book review sections:
JAMA
Lancet
New England Journal of Medicine.

Health Sciences Librarian Professional Journals
Include reviews of health sciences books and various online products:

Journal of the Medical Library Association
Available free online:
http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/tocrender.fcgi?journal=93

Medical Reference Services Quarterly

Biomedical Services and Sources of Reviews
See also “Vendors” list for health sciences book distributors. Their Websites may provide searching capabilities and some annotations or reviews to customers and/or to non-customers.

Doody's Review Service
http://www.doody.com/DEJ/
Subscription-based weekly e-mail bulletin provides reviews and ratings for newly published health sciences books. Reviews are written by subject experts.

AIDS Book Review Journal
http://www.uic.edu/depts/lib/aidsbkrv/
An electronic journal reviewing books, videos, journal titles, and other materials covering AIDS, safer sex, and sexually transmitted diseases, published irregularly by the University of Illinois at Chicago Library.

E-Streams
http://www.e-streams.com/
Free site providing electronic reviews of science and technology books covering engineering, agriculture, medicine and science. Reviewers are sought.

Medical Education Online
http://www.med-ed-online.org/
Free online journal that publishes reviews of books related to medical/health sciences education.

General Reviews Sources
AcqWeb
http://www.acqweb.org/
Provides links to information and resources of interest to librarians with acquisitions or collection development responsibilities. AcqWeb is not currently being maintained and contains out-of-date information. 

Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/
Free site providing reviews written by readers. Also sometimes includes reviews from Publisher's Weekly and professional journals.

Barnes and Noble
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/
Free site providing reviews written by readers.

Books in Print
http://www.booksinprint.com/bip/
Fee-based service but you can request a free trial.

Booklist
http://www.booklistonline.com/
Digital counterpart of the American Library Association's Booklist magazine. Reviews different types of resources, including reference books, electronic reference tools, and audiovisual materials. Searchable. Includes feature articles and bibliographies. For librarians, Booklist has a cumulative index not available in the print version.

Bookwire
http://www.bookwire.com/bookwire/bookwire.html
Provides links to review sources available online.

CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries
http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlpubs/choice/home.htm
A subscription-based publication geared to academic libraries. Reviews books, including medical titles. Available in print and/or online.

Scholarly Electronic Publishing
BioMed Central
http://www.biomedcentral.com/info/
An independent publishing house committed to providing immediate free access to peer-reviewed biomedical research.

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Resources
http://www.digital-scholarship.org/sepb/sepr/sepr.htm
Regularly updated bibliography of selected English-language articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources
that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet. Includes Categories: Digital Libraries, Discussion Lists, General Electronic Publishing.

Medical Library Association
Scholarly Publishing Issues

http://www.mlanet.org/resources/publish/pub_resources.html

Initiatives for Access to Health Information
Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI)
http://www.healthinternetwork.org/
HINARI provides access to more than 2,000 scientific publications for developing and transitional countries through the efforts of the World Health Organization (WHO) and some of the world's largest biomedical publishers. The site is accessible in English,
French, and Spanish. Institutions are required to register.

International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP)
http://www.inasp.info/health
INASP-Health is a cooperative network of organizations concerned with improving access to reliable information for health
professionals in resource-poor countries. Established by the International Council for Science (ICSU), INASP-Health provides a gateway to selected websites for health professionals, medical library communities, and publishers in developing and transitional countries.

Special Collections and Archives
See also: Medical Library Association History of the Health Sciences Website (http://mla-hhss.org/) and Collection Development Section’s Subject-Based Resource List: History of the Health Sciences.

Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences
http://www.alhhs.org/
Includes links to resources and tools, articles of relevance in publication called Watermarks.

Special Collections Web Resources
Association of College and Research Librarians, Rare Books and Manuscripts Section
http://www.rbms.nd.edu/links/spec_colls_web_resources.shtml
Includes information on/links to: discussion lists, book dealers, preservation resources, etc.