ERIC Number: ED188586
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Ethics and Problems of Medical Reference Service in Public Libraries. Summary and Addenda to the September 1979 Bay Area Reference Center Workshop.
Powers, Audrey, Ed.
Participants in a workshop on the ethics and problems of medical reference service in public libraries generally concluded that people have a right to information concerning health and librarians should rely on common sense in answering medical reference questions and refrain from interpretation and diagnosis. Presentations included a report on a survey of the availability of medical libraries to the public, a talk and slide show by a physician stressing self-care, and a panel discussion whose members discussed their libraries in general and health-related reference services in particular, emphasizing individual approaches to medical reference questions. The final session was devoted to a Bay Area Reference Center survey on formal written policies for medical reference, a summary of which is attached. A Self-Care reading list of 62 titles and a Self-Care Credo are included along with six sources for pamphlets, a bibliography of 19 selected bibliographies, and 13 sources for reviews of nontechnical books on medical topics; descriptions of 11 indexing and abstracting services covering the medical literature; and a listing of five miscellaneous information sources. (RAA)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Francisco Public Library, CA. Bay Area Reference Center.