Dangerous Liaisons - UW Libraries

October 4, 2017

Hello from HSL: National Medical Librarians Month

Nikki Dettmar

October is National Medical Librarians Month, a time to celebrate and raise awareness of the important role that medical librarians have in healthcare, research, education, and the public’s health. Librarians from the Health Sciences Library (HSL) will be posting on Dangerous Liaisons this month and other UW Librarians are encouraged to learn more and share in some of their exciting work on Tuesday, October 24 from noon – 1:00 p.m. in Suzzallo 5 East (with snacks!).

Did you know that HSL’s website at https://hsl.uw.edu/ was designed specifically to meet the information needs of our diverse UW health sciences users? Their information seeking behavior tends to be different than many in the UW community in that they do not start at UW Libraries Search but go directly to HSL’s website to find journal articles from a small handful of common health sciences literature databases such as PubMed, CINAHL Complete, EMBASE, PsycINFO & Scopus.

For our healthcare providers and students from our 6 health sciences schools working with them, they seek quick access to healthcare resources databases and point-of-care tools. These are resources designed to help users to look up evidence-based information fast as they provide patient care, such as Micromedex, DynaMed and UpToDate. These are linked front & center on the HSL website.

HSL has also collected our resources in popular mobile-optimized toolkits arranged by our health sciences audiences in https://hsl.uw.edu/toolkits/ and also from prominent front page buttons from the HSL website. By taking a glance at how each of the toolkits is arranged, you can see some striking similarities and differences between them that are reflective of the different focus areas of our healthcare providers. Check them out and bring your questions to our session on October 24th, or don’t hesitate to connect with us at http://guides.lib.uw.edu/hsl/liaisons!