American Journal of Information Science and Computer Engineering
Articles Information
American Journal of Information Science and Computer Engineering, Vol.2, No.2, Mar. 2016, Pub. Date: Jul. 15, 2016
Provision of Current Awareness Services and Selective Dissemination of Information by Medical Librarians in Technological Era
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Authors
[01] Chioma Euriel Uzohue, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Yaba, Nigeria.
[02] Japheth Abdulazeez Yaya, Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomoso, Nigeria.
Abstract
This paper examines provision of current awareness services and selective dissemination of information by medical librarians in technological era. Medical Librarians play a very essential role in the health sector. They provide educational resources to support health professionals and researchers to s8tay abreast of new developments in their area of interest especially on research, patients care, studies and teaching. Keeping up to date with latest information in this information intensive age has competitive advantages in as much as informed decisions are made as well as seeking authoritative health information. The paper starts its discussion with the Overview of medical libraries, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Libraries, then proceeds with a question why do we need Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI)? presents advantages of current awareness services (CAS) and SDI services, shows traditional methods of CAS & SDI, CAS and SDI services in ICT era, packaging of information to meet specific demands, and concludes with a call on medical librarians to ensuring that health care providers and health professionals should be taught how to use ICT tools to access authoritative, reliable, relevant, accurate, up to date, and timely published information or sources that meets their information needs both in research, learning and studies.
Keywords
Current Awareness Services, Selective Dissemination of Information, Health Professionals, Information and Communication Technology, Medical Librarians, Medical Libraries
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