Articles of interest in JMLA

Lauren Young fyi.jmla at GMAIL.COM
Wed Feb 1 15:43:22 EST 2012

The Journal of the Medical Library Association is pleased to announce the
publication of v.100(1), January 2012, a focus issue on applying
technologies in medical libraries. The issue contains the following
articles that we believe might be relevant and of interest to members of
the Web4Lib listserv:

*Creating a mobile subject guide to improve access to point-of-care
resources for medical students: a case study
*Boruff, J., Bilodeau, E.

"The mobile guide was conceived as a way to provide technical support for
set-up and use of the mobile point-of-care tools. If medical students were
able to easily access the subject guide from their mobile devices, the
authors believed the usage of the guide, and subsequently, the
point-of-care tools, would increase. By providing installation directions
as part of the guide, common technical hurdles would be addressed and use
of the mobile point-of-care tools would be facilitated.
This project's objectives were to:

   - create a guide that facilitates medical student access to
   point-of-care tools directly on their mobile devices
   - provide students with information allowing them to access and
   configure resources with little additional assistance from the liaison

*Usability study of a mobile website: the Health Sciences Library,
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, experience
*Yeh, S., Fontenelle, C.

"The HSL conducted a usability study comparing the optimized and the
HTML-based, non-optimized mobile websites to evaluate the usefulness of the
optimized site."

*The implementation of embedded quick response codes into library resources
to improve service delivery
*Barker, K. et al.

"Over the course of several months, the committee identified and
implemented five uses for QR codes in the library:

   - Link patrons directly to mobile resources, such as apps.
   - Propel patrons into a chat session with the roving technology support
   - Connect patrons to mobile-optimized instructions for a circulating
   - Provide contact information for both individuals and the library.
   - Connect patrons to more information about the various pieces of
   artwork that are housed in the library."

We invite you to visit us online to read these and other quality,
peer-reviewed articles. JMLA preprints are available to MLA members at, and current and archived issues are freely available to all
interested readers on PubMed Central:

Thank you!
Lauren M. Young, MLIS, MA
Associate Editor for Social Media Dissemination
Journal of the Medical Library Association
fyi.jmla at


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