Digital Libraries in a Clinical Setting: Friend or Foe?
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- Adams A., Blandford A. (2001) Digital Libraries in a Clinical Setting: Friend or Foe?. In: Constantopoulos P., Sølvberg I.T. (eds) Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries. ECDL 2001. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 2163. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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.
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