Academic journal article Journal of the Medical Library Association

A Guide to Developing End User Education Programs in Medical Libraries

Academic journal article Journal of the Medical Library Association

A Guide to Developing End User Education Programs in Medical Libraries

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A Guide to Developing End User Education Programs in Medical Libraries. Edited by Elizabeth Connor. Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Press, 2005. 244 p. $24.95. ISBN: 0-78900 -1725-3.

This book is a collection of eighteen case studies from almost every type of medical library. Librarians involved with end-user education, or about to create a plan for end-user education, will likely find at least a few ideas that will work in their environments. Programs that target medical, veterinary, physical therapy, pharmacy, and dental students; residents (hospital and academic settings); and other library patrons are included.

Each chapter is written in a structured format, making it easy to identify quickly the type of institution and the outcomes. The settings and all aspects of the education programs are described in detail. Chapters cover education plans that are used in undergraduate medical education and medical informatics curricula and plans not linked to a specific curriculum. Many cases incorporate evidencebased medicine training, especially in medical school curricula. Some institutions have developed innovative ways to deliver bibliographic instruction using the Web. The book focuses on technology, as these case studies concentrate on teaching some form of computer skill and/or use online teaching methods. Some examples include:

* creating a class assignment to build databases in Access (chapter 11)

* using iROCKET to facilitate instruction outside the classroom (chapter 17)

* developing online tutorials about library services (chapter 14)

The tables in each chapter offer a quick glance at program results and evaluation methods. …

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