The Medical Library Association has declared October National Medical Librarians Month to celebrate the accomplishments of librarians working in the health sciences fields. Medical librarians assist health care providers, students, faculty, and members of the community locate and retrieve health information on a variety of topics. Medical librarians also organize resources so information seekers can better retrieve and use them.
Medical librarians are found in a number of different roles within the information setting such as Web designers, medical informatics experts, catalogers, instructors, reference librarians, and more. Furthermore, medical librarians work in a variety of settings from hospitals and academic health centers to universities and private industry.
The medical librarians at the Dana Medical Library are appointed as library faculty and serve the academic health center (UVM and Fletcher Allen Health Care) in three areas: educational mission, service and scholarship. Medical librarians at Dana meet their educational mission in a variety of ways: reference; instruction; cataloging; systems management; Web design; outreach and more. Each library faculty person also serves the larger university and library community by working on committees, planning conferences and speaking nationally. Librarians contribute scholarship to the field by presenting posters and publishing papers, mostly in the library literature but also in the fields of medical and health sciences education.
To learn more about the Dana medical librarians, visit the exhibit in the Library. To learn more about medical librarianship, visit the Medical Library Association’s home page at www.mlanet.org.