By Dawn Wilson
How do I appreciate my medical librarian? Let me count the ways!
- When I need a tutorial in RefWorks or PubMed
- When I can’t spell ophthalmology, pseudophakia, or glomerulonephritis
- When I need an article from another library
- When I need The Ladies Dispensatory manuscript from 1652
- When my off-campus access goes haywire
- When I need a fax machine or a tour of the rare book rooms
- When I need an archival thesis on the medical effects of nuclear bombs
- When I’m ready to have my own thesis bound
- When I need to know what is fair use copyright
- When I need to find drug interactions and contraindications
- When I want my open access paper included in the institutional repository
- When my PowerPoint slides won’t print
- When a family member needs consumer health information
- When I need a USMLE review book or more information for the Match
- When a 3-D model will help more than a flat page
- When I need a literature search or a systematic review
- When I need to know how many people have cited my article
- When I don’t know how to find a peer-reviewed article
Who is it that I call? I could call my mother, but she’d be supportive and not much else. Instead, I call on the library staff at the McGoogan Library of Medicine! They’re available 96.5 hours every week, in person, over the phone, via chat and email, too.
There’s a million ways to say thank you for all the library staff does, and October is the perfect time to say it. Happy National Medical Library Month!