Health Science Librarians

Sheryl Ramer is the director of a small, busy hospital library in a large, busy hospital at NYC HEALTH + HOSPITALS / Elmhurst, USA.
What is your favourite thing about being a librarian?
“We serve doctors, allied health professional, nurses, students, volunteers, and Other Staff — anyone with an ID is eligible to use the library.  I like identifying problems or opportunities that employees face, choosing products or services that fit the need, and then promoting the resources to those who need it.
For example, physicians and nurses are responsible for taking Continuing Education credits to maintain their licenses and certifications, and, of course, to improve patient care. I identified CE Direct (​), an online product that could fit their needs and I am promoting it to all hospital employees.
Even the distribution of the product interests me because necessity is truly the mother of invention: I really learned how to use Google forms because I needed an effective way to handle registrations for CE Direct. The best part of these products, though, is to hear how the product is really helping to continue education and improve patient care”.


Bernadette Colley is a solo Library Administrator at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.  She shares her thougths on being a librarian.

What is your favourite thing about being a librarian?

“Finding the ‘golden result’ – the article/search strategy that is exactly what the user was looking for, whether they knew about it or not”.


What do you like about being a librarian?

“I get a great deal of satisfaction from matching research to its intended audience – there’s a lot of relevant research that isn’t getting “found” and this is a shame.  I also like that it is an evolving profession and therefore challenging – no chance to ever become complacent”.

Anne Madden, Assistant Librarian, Library & Information Services, St. Vincent’s University Hospital,Dublin, Ireland.

Author: alawton

National Health Service Librarian for the Health Service Executive in Ireland

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