Hospital librarianship: a proactive approach.

  • Bernal N
  • Schneider J
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In the current climate of accelerating change in healthcare in general and in hospitals in particular, it is crucial that hospital librarians adopt a proactive approach to the provision of knowledge-based resources and services. Librarians must position themselves to be highly visible within their organizations, with the goal of being viewed by top management as an indispensable component of the hospital's patient care, educational, and research programs. Discusses how the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital (JAHVH) Library Service has successfully adopted this approach. Points out that the JAHVH consists of two separate full-service libraries (a Medical Library and Patients' Library), as well as support for eight satellite outpatient clinics throughout central Florida. In addition to the traditional knowledge-based resources and services, the JAHVH Medical Library has increased its visibility in these ways: clinical medical librarianship, updating the traditional table-of-contents service, supporting the hospital's mission, committee membership, and reference support for quality improvement teams. In the area of Patients' Library Services, support has increased via: materials in a variety of formats, in-house produced pamphlets and pathfinders, a patient education newsletter, integration with therapeutic clinical programs, library orientations for employees, speaking to groups of patients, and the humor therapy cart.

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  • Continuing
  • Continuing: methods
  • Education
  • Florida
  • Health Care
  • Hospital
  • Hospital: organization & administration
  • Hospitals
  • Interdepartmental Relations
  • Libraries
  • Library Services
  • Library Services: supply & distribution
  • Medical
  • Nursing
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Patient Care Team
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Patient Education as Topic: methods
  • Professional Staff Committees
  • Quality Assurance
  • Veterans
  • Veterans: organization & administration

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  • Nancy Bernal

  • Janet Schneider

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