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Healthcare information delivery in public libraries: implications for academic reference librarians

Lothar Spang (Lothar Spang (ab1116@wayne.edu) is Reference Librarian, Adamany Undergraduate Library at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA.)
Lynda M. Baker (Lynda M. Baker (aa0838@wayne.edu) is Assistant Professor, Library and Information Science Program, at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA.)

Reference Services Review

ISSN: 0090-7324

Article publication date: 1 March 2000

Abstract

Changes in the US healthcare system in the past 20 years have meant increasing pressure on consumers to find their own healthcare information. Their search, amid an ever‐widening array of information resources, has profound implications for library reference services. A recent study of 350 public librarians in Michigan is, to date, the only investigation of librarian practices in health information provision in a large region of the USA. Examines services, queries, problems, librarian training and health collection resources. The findings have special meaning for academic librarians as they delineate their unique role in the health information system and, with public librarians, seek to devise effective means for responsive library service in today’s competitive health information resources environment.

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Spang, L. and Baker, L.M. (2000), "Healthcare information delivery in public libraries: implications for academic reference librarians", Reference Services Review, Vol. 28 No. 1, pp. 81-94. https://doi.org/10.1108/00907320010313867

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