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Reference Services Review

ISSN: 0090-7324

Online from: 1973

Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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The new black bag: PDAs, health care and library services

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Title:The new black bag: PDAs, health care and library services
Author(s):Jean P. Shipman, (Jean P. Shipman is the Director, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, VCU Libraries, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, USA.), Andrew C. Morton, (Andrew C. Morton is the Head of Access and Delivery Services, Boatwright Memorial Library, University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia, USA.)
Citation:Jean P. Shipman, Andrew C. Morton, (2001) "The new black bag: PDAs, health care and library services", Reference Services Review, Vol. 29 Iss: 3, pp.229 - 238
Keywords:Computer hardware, Health care, Information resources management, Library services
Article type:Technical paper
DOI:10.1108/EUM0000000005661 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Many health-care professionals are reaching for their palm-size computer or personal digital assistant (PDA) as their latest indispensable health-care instrument. How can libraries, librarians and information science professionals support further adoption of this popular peripheral tool? The Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, part of the Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries, has formed a health-care PDA Special Interest Group and sponsored a listserv to provide opportunities for informal communications. In addition, other health sciences libraries have provided instructional and program development support. Highlights such activities and programs to provide an overview of how PDAs are being used by health-care practitioners throughout the country. In addition, offers Internet home pages and articles that specifically address health-care applications of the PDA.

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