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From The CriticsReviewer: Andrea E. Lynch, MLIS (City of Hope)
Description: This book brings together an overview of health sciences librarianship with present practice and forecasting trends.
Purpose: The purpose is to reflect current and future practice and trends. It's meant to be used by both library students and entry-level and practicing health sciences librarians. It strives to be relevant now that it is published in print form.
Audience: The audience includes students, entry-level health sciences librarians, practicing health sciences librarians, and experienced librarians who are moving to this type of library. The editor has assembled leaders from various aspects of health sciences librarianship to contribute to this book.
Features: The areas covered range from an introduction of health sciences librarianship and a "setting the stage" section on the healthcare landscape to the inner workings of this type of library — managing collections through providing consumer health information services. The organization of chapters varies depending on the topic, but most sections have a summary, introduction, conclusion, and references. Some chapters include features such as "A Day in the Life," appendixes, and further reading. A glossary of terms, a compilation of the bolded words found throughout the book, ends the book.
Assessment: As a relatively new health and life science librarian, I find this book useful in my everyday activities.