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Digital libraries in a clinical setting: Friend of foe?

Adams, Anne and Blandford, Ann (2001). Digital libraries in a clinical setting: Friend of foe? In: Constantopoulos, Panos and Sølvberg, Ingeborg T. eds. Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2163. Berlin: Springer, pp. 213–224.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/3-540-44796-2
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Abstract

Clinical requirements for quick accessibility to reputable, up-to-date information have increased the importance of web accessible digital libraries for this user community. To understand the social and organisational impacts of ward-accessible digital libraries (DLs) for clinicians, we conducted a study of clinicians’ perceptions of electronic information resources within a large London based hospital. The results highlight that although these resources appear to be a relatively innocuous means of information provision (i.e. no sensitive data) social and organisational issues can impede effective technology deployment. Clinical social structures, which produce information — and technology — hoarding behaviours can result from poor training, support and DL usability.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 2001 Springer
ISBN: 3-540-42537-3, 978-3-540-42537-3
Extra Information: 5th European Conference, ECDL 2001 Darmstadt, Germany, September 4-9, 2001 Proceedings
Academic Unit/Department: Institute of Educational Technology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 21033
Depositing User: Users 9543 not found.
Date Deposited: 26 May 2010 16:01
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2012 09:17
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/21033
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