Sunday, December 26, 2010

Call for Papers: Applying Technologies in Medical Libraries

Call for Papers: Applying Technologies in Medical Libraries

Using technology to improve access to information has long been an integral part of medical and health sciences libraries. However today’s environment of rapidly changing software and hardware, social networking tools, and increasingly tiny and mobile devices presents special challenges for our libraries. To help our readers better understand and manage this environment, the Journal of the Medical Library Association is planning to devote an upcoming issue to papers that help us understand how health sciences libraries can use technologies to improve delivery of, and access to, medical and health sciences information.

We particularly welcome submission of case studies that describe how a particular institution used technology to solve a common problem confronting our libraries, as well as research papers that use quantitative or qualitative methodologies to evaluate the use of technology in health sciences libraries, and state-of-the-art reviews that look at some aspect of this issue. Papers should follow the guidelines on the JMLA Information for Authors website, ln addition to describing the application used, case studies should include a discussion of alternatives considered, data that supports an evaluation of the projects’ success in meeting stated goals, and a section on “lessons learned” that will aid other libraries who may be considering a similar application.

To appear in this issue, scheduled for January 2012, papers should be received no later than May 10, 2011. If you would like to discuss an idea for a paper, please contact me at

Susan Starr
Editor, JMLA