Health science libraries and librarians – rewrite the expectations!

Health science libraries and librarians – rewrite the expectations!

Should the library be closed? This was a question I found in the main library file, when I joined theĀ  Hinduja Hospital as Librarian in March 1992. That was nearly three decades ago. The reason stated was - the library was not being utilized enough. Having just joined, the question seemed scary to me. How long would my job last - I thought to myself? It turned out that I stayed in the job for 3.5 years. By that time I had turned the library into a bee hive of activity, usage and more. And it is gratifying to remember…
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Infodemic – the avalanche! Who can help?

Infodemic – the avalanche! Who can help?

The library's role in countering infodemics Walker P. J Med Libr Assoc. 2021 Jan 1;109(1):133-136 The World Health Organization recently labeled the COVID-19 pandemic as an 'Infodemic'. As the term suggests, an infodemic translates to an aggressive growth in the amount of information available regarding a topic of interest, so much so that a potential solution becomes more and more convoluted. This article divulges the massive growth in COVID data. It reads that, as of the 28th of August 2020, a simple search with the keyword 'COVID-19' provides 47,405 results in PubMed; 1,717 yields on bioRxiv.org; 6368 on medRxiv.org, and…
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