Digital Libraries in a Clinical Setting: Friend or Foe?

  • Anne Adams
  • Ann Blandford
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2163)


Clinical requirements for quick accessibility to reputable, up-to-date information have increased the importance of web accessible digital libraries for this user community. To understand the social and organisational impacts of ward-accessible digital libraries (DLs) for clinicians, we conducted a study of clinicians’ perceptions of electronic information resources within a large London based hospital. The results highlight that although these resources appear to be a relatively innocuous means of information provision (i.e. no sensitive data) social and organisational issues can impede effective technology deployment. Clinical social structures, which produce information — and technology — hoarding behaviours can result from poor training, support and DL usability.


Digital Library Ground Theory Senior Staff Senior Clinician Junior Staff 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne Adams
    • 1
  • Ann Blandford
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer Science DeptMiddlesex UniversityLondonU.K.

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