From Books and Buildings to Information and Services
Nancy K. Roderer
Director, Welch Medical Library
Director, Division of Health Sciences Informatics
Professor, Schools of Medicine and Public Health
Johns Hopkins University
Monday, 16 January 2012
Presentation and Discussion
OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
6565 Kilgour Place
Dublin, OH 43017-3395
This presentation is free and open to the public.
Overview of Presentation
Technology has enabled remarkable increases in the volume of use of scholarly information, and medicine has been on the forefront of the expansion of access. Much of what the health scientist or practitioner needs is available online and is being used from offices, labs, clinics, etc.—that is, "wherever you are." The Welch Medical Library at Johns Hopkins University developed a strategic plan for a digital future in 2001/2 and adopted the tag line "wherever you are." Since that time, the library has been moving aggressively to the provision of digital information, complemented by librarians who also go to the user. While the new services are extensively used, these changes run counter to the traditional view of the library as books and buildings. In this presentation, Ms. Roderer will tell the story of the changes at the Welch Medical Library over the last ten years and discuss the potential implications of these shifts for other libraries.
Biography of Nancy K. Roderer, MLS, AHIP, ACMI
Ms. Roderer is a Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and serves as the Director of the Welch Medical Library and the Director of the academic Division of Health Sciences Informatics (DHSI). She has pursued her interests in understanding and facilitating information use and in integrated information management through both operational and research activities at Columbia, Yale and Johns Hopkins Universities. She teaches in the areas of library and information science and health sciences informatics, and is currently Co-Director of a National Library of Medicine-funded post-doctoral training program in informatics. Her recent research efforts address issues related to providing human support to users interacting with digital libraries.
Ms. Roderer is a graduate of the University of Dayton (Mathematics and Computer Science) and the University of Maryland (Library and Information Services and Computer Science). She is a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics.
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