An outreach librarian projects impact upon successful digital library uptake

Adams, Anne (2003). An outreach librarian projects impact upon successful digital library uptake. In: HDL 2003: Healthcare Digital Libraries Workshop 2003 held in conjunction with ECDL 2003, 21 Aug 2003, Trondheim, Norway.

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Abstract

This paper reviews the implementation of digital libraries via communities of practice and an outreach clinical librarian. 26 In-depth interviews were conducted across 8 different clinical teams within a London based primary care trust. The interviews and an observational study of the team and information mediator collaborating during a drop-in session, took place over a 6 month period. The findings reveal how effective implementation procedures can produce a positive user motivation towards digital libraries and evidenced based medicine (EBM) that previously was perceived as a chore. An information facilitator implemented within the community which could adapt to and change practices according to individual and group needs was seen as empowering to both the community and the individual.

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