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Reference Library Decision by Kimberly Reed

Reference Library Decision by Kimberly Reed



Presentation to department or manager concerning MERCK Medical Library and reference library needs.

Presentation to department or manager concerning MERCK Medical Library and reference library needs.



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    Reference Library Decision by Kimberly Reed Reference Library Decision by Kimberly Reed Presentation Transcript

      Reference Librarian
    • “THE MERCK”
      The MERCK Medical Library seeks to provide up to date information about medical and pharmaceutical topics. Contents of the MERCK Manuals are available free online, no registration is required. The MERCK Manual of MateriaMedica was first published in 1899 as an aid to physicians and pharmacists, because “Memory is treacherous.”
    • The MERCK and the Globe
      In the 20th century the MERCK Manual for Diagnosis and Treatment became the standard reference work for doctors and pharmacists .
      The MERCK is in every physician’s office. According to history, Albert Sweitzer carried a copy to Africa in 1913 and Admiral Byrd carried a copy to the South Pole in 1929. The MERCK became the bestselling medical text of all time, translated into over a dozen languages.
      Author(s): MERCK Research Laboratories, Whitehouse Station, NJ. Robert S. Porter, editor in chief; Justin L. Kaplin, MD, Senior Assistant Editor;
      Large editorial board and peer reviewed authorship.
      Individual MERCK manuals have named editors, editorial boards and review processes. Entries are like unsigned encyclopedia articles or outlines of topics.
    • The MERCK Index is the best authoritative encyclopedia of chemicals, drugs and biological available. A condensed version for the public was produced in 1997, the MERCK Manual Home Edition, that translated medical terminology into layman’s English.
      The number of MERCK manuals expanded over time to include specialized MERCKS, for example the MERCK Manual of Geriatrics, the MERCK Manual of Health and Aging, the MERCK Veterinary Manual and the MERCK/MERIAL Manual for Pet Health.
      All of these reference works are available free of charge in the online MERCK Manuals Online Medical Library.
    • Search A-Z, Sections & Symptoms
      The MERCK online medical library first allows you to select the appropriate MERCK Manual for your needs. In the classic MERCK Manual for Diagnosis and Treatment, the search index has three different options.
      Alphabetical search function
      Sections Search list that lists broad topics such as Eye Disorders, Pediatrics
      Symptoms search that alphabetically lists common symptoms
      I could browse the A-Z index and click back to the search options easily. Reference Guides are good too.
    • Currency and Offline Editions
      MERCK claims that information is as up to date as possible, with updated editions every couple of years. The MERCK Manual Minute is an emailed newsletter published twice a month giving users up to date information and news. You can subscribe to the Minute on the website.
      The MERCK Manuals are available in print editions, by PDA download, and free online. The MERCK Index has a companion CD. There is a new MERCK Manual Centennial Edition 2009 (Mobipocket) for download to a smart phone or personal communications device.
    • Links & Multimedia
      MERCK has multimedia or audio visuals links which may include as available illustrations, photographs, video clips, and podcasts. These audiovisual resources are only available in the online versions of the MERCK.
      Outside organization links include the Center for Disease Control, the National Institute for Health Clinical Trials.gov, Healthfinder from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Guideline Clearinghouse and National Institute of Health. In the middle of this list is a link to a MERCK resource, the MERCK MEDICUS that is a portal to medical textbooks and information for professionals. (Clever advertising)
    • Library Audience?
      Manuals vary in professional terminology and detail. The MERCK can be murky to a general lay reader.
      A high school library and any public library could benefit from the Home Edition and the Veterinary manuals; the classic MERCK is appropriate for a larger regional or county public library serving physicians and healthcare professionals, a college or university library, or specialized medical library.
      For the lay public seeking a simple and direct explanation and illustration, the MERCK Home Edition is one of the best texts available through the site.
      The veterinary MERCKS are easy to interpret and carry links to photographs and video of major problems for animals.
    • Conclusion
      The free online MERCK family resources provide the library with a reference gift carrying the highest level of authority.
      The MERCK can intimidate readers who have less than a college education, no science or medical technical background.
      Library should have print and electronic lay reader friendly resources as well as book mark the MERCK as an authoritative resource.