New technologies & possibilities for
one-woman medical library
Information Specialist, Institute for Oncology and Radiology of Serbia, Belgrade
Nowadays, modern libraries set more and more requirements to librarians in Health
Care Institutions. The most important thing is to keep up with all trends in medical
science following from new achievements in medicine. A librarian has to improve
skills constantly to find proper information for library users. This is not easy taking
into consideration all requests of medical professionals and developments in oncology.
The modern librarian is standing between two sciences with expanding roles -
information technology and medical science.
During the last 15 years living conditions in Serbia changed. Now, as a country in
transition, electronic services and databases with medical literature are provided by the
Ministry of Science and the National Library of Serbia.
Librarians have taken efforts to acquire skills in searching database and electronic
services to find a proper literature. All institutions in Consortia of libraries in Serbia have
the academic network with free access to numerous publishers and articles in full text.
Free access is provided via KoBSON (Konzorcijum Biblioteka Srbije za Objedinjenu
Nabavku) on the site of National Library of Serbia
Where to find the scientific information?
Electronic services with scientific literature and Open Access are not enough
for researcher’s needs.
New technologies are appearing daily and web 2.0 presents a new and almost unlimited
source for scientific information.
Librarians have a new role. To develop information science and to promote Science 2.0 y
using Library 2.0. But How to promote new websites or blogs? aking a widget of an
interesting website is the more attractive way to spread it than just adding a link. Besides
that it has simple possibilities for easy download.
Many scientific lectures are presented as a slideshow and posted at SLIDESHARE http://
www.slideshare.net/ . Institute for Oncology and Radiology also posted on slideshare
presentations from Annual Meeting of Oncology- KN2007 as a means of distributing
Medical websites which treat contents with medical issues, medical trials, prevention,
ethics…etc. offer useful information to medical professionals scientists and modern
medical librarians – librarian 2.0.
Discovering blogs as a new source of the recent medical information and many new
topics, creating a blog for the NCRC library brought me the new possibilities- to
distribute new information quickly from librarian to users. With a good feeling of an
independent publisher, and sweet obligation to update, NCRCbiblioteka blog
http://NCRCbiblioteka.blogspot.com start to exist. News and events, conferences,
bookfairs, new databases, but also search box, electronic services, Highlights in
Oncology, Guidelines and many other data found their place.
More and more presentations appear as a podcast.
How to make information visible to users?
At MICC2007 in Zagreb, I met Mr. Guus van den Brekel, and as we still don’t have web
site of library, his idea to make a librarytoolbar, resolved my biggest problem. We made
http://NCRCbiblioteka.toolbar.com together, with all important links, search box, top
oncology journals and electronic services.
The toolbar is available for download by every clinician that needs information at work
and at home. Long time seeking links on internet was replaced by only one click on
toolbar’s icon. With subscribing on RSS feeds, it update every time the publisher has a
new content in journals.
"RSS feeds" are special web addresses that alert you when chosen webpage, or e-
journals have been updated, without you having to visit the website itself.
Making a start page Netvibes with search box for searching literature providing literature
makes easer, pics posted on flickr are also good evidence of different kind of events.
Audiovisual lectures or just a part of them, we can post on youtube.com as many other
amusing evidence. I posted an interesting piece of classical music work of Grieg. but also
we can see many jokes or journal reports...as well as medical news!
Let’s play with web!
What does it mean to be solo librarian i.e. one woman
That position brings problems called isolation. Without replacement you are not able to
participate in conferences nor to attend courses. Only with participating in Annual
Meetings and conferences, sharing experience and following new trends in Continuing
Medical Education and new technologies as Web 2.0 and Library 2.0, being an
information specialist can be a creative and the most amusing profession.
The use of web2.0 and her sophisticated possibilities to distribute and share information
among the users of the modern libraries makes it possible let the one woman library exist
and keep customers informed about new information in an easy and accessible way.