An editorial in this month’s issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (2007 Sep 15;120(4):1077-8, pubmed) discusses the “changing role of the library in plastic surgery.”
…This same librarian, it seemed, had an endless knowledge of reference texts, authors, and journal titles. Dewey decimal system aside, the librarian was truly an endless resource who garnered much attention and respect.
Now, it seems that times have changed. User access codes and online resources have replaced library cards. On a recent visit to the library, the senior author was surprised to find that the “attendant” behind the counter could do little more than give directions to an information specialist via telephone, who subsequently gave directions to an online access catalog; one needed to obtain a user number for such online access. Initially, this proved a frustrating endeavor, but things did work out. It seems the world-wise librarian had been replaced by the World Wide Web.
Ever feel this way? Don’t forget that our reference staff is here to guide you to the information you need–in person, or online, with usernames or with a walk to the journal stacks. Oh, and Scott Library makes Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery available to all Jefferson readers; get the full article here.
–your librarians (still here, ready to help you find what you need!)