Date and Time:
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
8:00 AM EST(Washington, DC)
3:00 PM SAST (South Africa)
In 2008, the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library of The George Washington University made the decision to transition to an electronic collection. The serials collection was completely converted by 2010. The monograph collection is still in transition. Librarians from Himmelfarb Library will discuss why and how they transitioned to an electronic collection, its impact on the physical library, evolving library service models, and best practices for managing an electronic collection. Libraries throughout the world are undergoing similar transitions and making key decisions regarding collections, services and space. Himmelfarb librarians have had the opportunity to visit health sciences libraries in Eritrea and Malawi and witness the challenges faced in these countries. The presentation will be followed by what we hope will be a lively question and answer session where all attendees can share their experiences with electronic resources.
Alexandra Gomes, MSLS, MT is the Associate Director for Education, Information, and Technology Services of the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library at The George Washington University. In this role, she oversees the librarians and staff members in the reference, technology, and web services divisions. She also teaches medical and nursing students, helps staff the reference desk, and works on projects that can range from helping a faculty member with a systematic review to tracking annual library statistics. She has been an academic medical librarian since 1995 and has been at Himmelfarb Library since 1999.
Anne Linton, M.S., AHIP, is Director of the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, The George Washington University. She has served in that position since January 1998 and in various other positions at Himmelfarb since 1984. Ms. Linton also holds the rank of adjunct associate professor in the Department of Medicine and is a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals. She is a graduate of Georgetown and Drexel Universities. Her main areas of interest include access to electronic resources, health informatics, and information literacy.