Hospital Library Services Program Update

ImageIn June, METRO’s Hospital Library Services Program (HLSP) embarked on an exciting new program called MetroDoc in collaboration with the New York University School of Medicine Library. Through funding from the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation and HLSP funds, MetroDoc facilitates the transfer of materials among hospital and medical libraries throughout New York City and Westchester, increasing interlibrary access to vast collections of medical reference and research materials.

The HLSP’s 61 medical and health libraries are now able to electronically share their collections with other HLSP members through a dedicated Web-based server hosted by the Frederick L. Ehrman Medical Library at the NYU School of Medicine. Staff at the Ehrman Medical Library also developed the software being used to facilitate the electronic transfers.

“This program exemplifies how targeted support for technology can expand access to vital resources at libraries in METRO’s service area,” observes METRO Executive Director Dottie Hiebing. “MetroDoc enables rapid exchange of materials, facilitating an unprecedented level of collaboration among hospital and medical libraries in our area. We greatly appreciate the Macy Foundation’s support of this program. HLSP members are vital resources for clinicians, researchers, patients, and others who need ongoing access to state-of-the-art information on medical issues.”

To learn more about MetroDoc, contact HLSP Program Manager Joan Napolitano at hlsp@metro.org.

During the HLSP’s well-attended annual conference in June, Dr. Karen Brewer, Library Director of NYU Health Sciences Libraries, detailed the new MetroDoc initiative. Kathel Dunn, Associate Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (Middle Atlantic Region) updated conference participants on the Regional Medical Library for the Mid-Atlantic Region.

The HLSP conference also featured guest speaker Andrew C. White, Associate Dean of Libraries at Adelphi University and co-author of E-metrics for Library and Information Professionals: How to Use Data for Managing and Evaluating Electronic Resource Collections (Neal-Schuman Publishers). Mr. White discussed the use of E-metrics in the context of hospital libraries and attendees received a free copy of his book through funding from HLSP.

Sam Streed
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