Hospital librarianship in the United States: At the crossroads

Diane G. Wolf, Christine C. Chastain-Warheit, Sharon Easterby-Gannett, Marion C. Chayes, Bradley A. Long

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This paper examines recent developments in hospital librarianship in the United States, including the current status of hospital-based clinical library services. Several examples of hospital library services are presented that demonstrate some characteristics of struggling and thriving services. The implications of the informationist concept are considered. The continuation of the hospital librarian's primary role in support of patient care is explored, as core competencies are reexamined for relevancy in the new millennium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-48
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the Medical Library Association
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Informatics
  • Library and Information Sciences


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