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Medical Library Pathfinder

March 10, 2011

I would like to create a pathfinder on health geared towards the general public that could be used within the medical library at which I work.   Southwest Florida has a large elderly population that grows during the winter months.  Our medical library sees an influx of visitors during this time who seek to answer questions about medical conditions and certain diagnosis.  My aim would be to cover general “understandable” information for the end-user.  I want to include information on physicians and medical facilities within the southwest Florida area, general health and wellness for senior citizens, perhaps fitness classes geared towards this age group, and databases in which they can search for articles that are not written for physicians.  We get a lot of people using our databases but they end up bogged down in medical journals, meant for professionals.


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  1. March 11, 2011 10:19 am

    The ability to create useful pathfinders is an emerging skill that seems to reinforce the value of the librarian. I have found that pathfinders are extremely helpful and save a lot of time. As a user group, seniors are probably very likely to use and appreciate a service like the one you have described, as the web can be overwhelming to those who have just started to explore it.
    One question I have concerns maintaining and updating the information. Once the pathfinder is created, what resources of time & staff are required to keep it up to date, with functioning links, etc.?

  2. March 11, 2011 11:33 am

    Yeah, a fellow medical-minded librarian! Seniors in particular have a need for “understandable” health information, and although I don’t know much about pathfinders, it sounds like a great way to help guide this population in their searches. How computer savvy are your patrons? I’ll definitely be checking out your final project.

  3. clementmunns permalink
    March 17, 2011 11:02 pm

    Awesome, pathfinder and an under-served client base.

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