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Developing a general practice library: a collaborative project between a GP and librarian

Pearson, David and Rossall, Hannah ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9836-2795 (2003) Developing a general practice library: a collaborative project between a GP and librarian. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 18 (4). pp. 192-202.

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The authors report on a self-completed questionnaire study from a North Yorkshire based general practice regarding the information needs of its clinicians. The work was carried out with a particular focus on the practice library, and the findings identified that a new approach to maintaining and developing the library was needed. The literature regarding the information needs of primary care clinicians and the role of practice libraries is considered, and compared to those of the clinicians at the practice. Discussion follows on how a collaborative project was set up between the practice and a librarian based at the local NHS Trust library in order to improve the existing practice library. Difficulties encountered and issues unique to the project are explored, including training implications presented by the implementation of electronic resources. Marketing activities implemented are discussed, how the library will operate in its new capacity, and how ongoing support and maintenance of the library will be carried out. It is concluded that although scepticism still exists regarding librarian involvement in practice libraries, collaboration between clinicians and librarians is an effective approach to the successful development and maintenance of a practice library, and recommendations are therefore made for similar collaborative work.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1471-1842.2001.00341.x
School/Department: School of Science, Technology and Health
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/7711

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