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Library Web site a big hit with 50
The days when students and staff had to physically enter the MUSC
Library, shuffle through the card catalog and scour dusty shelves for
educational materials are long gone. While the hard copies of these
resources still are available in the great halls of the library, most
people access the same literature online.
The library’s main Web site, http://www.library.musc.edu,
is so popular that it obtained its 50 millionth hit last month. The
site also is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
“The 50 million hits represent a change in culture and in how we
deliver the goods we’ve always delivered,” said Thomas Basler, Ph.D.,
Libraries and Learning Resource Centers director and Department of
Library Science and Informatics chair. “The switchover was seamless.
Now it’s just second nature.”
Traditional resources, such as the library catalog, journals and books,
are offered online. The library also provides databases, drug and
consumer health information, search engines, links to other libraries,
and various clinical tools.
Online offerings give students, faculty and researchers a greater
selection. A collection of 2,000 paper journals has increased to a
compilation of 20,000 electronic journals. In addition to the main
health and science journals, the library now carries electronic
journals in other subjects including law and statistics.
While 50 million hits is quite an achievement, staff predicts fewer
visitors to the official Web site as more clinicians visit
library-affiliated niche sites directly instead of going through the
library’s main page. “It will take longer to get the second one (50
millionth hit) than the first, because we are changing the way we look
at stuff,” Basler said. “These are all Web sites that we’ve designed
for particular departments. These subject-based pages have specialized
searches, tools and resources.”
Web-based resources also enhance collaboration between universities.
Librarians at MUSC and the University of South Carolina contribute
content for the Library Resources Web site for the South Carolina
College of Pharmacy (SCCP), http://www.library.musc.edu/sccp.
In a similar project, librarians and Web developers constructed a site
for the Clemson/MUSC partnership in bioengineering education and
Other library-affiliated sites include the South Carolina Physician’s
Virtual Library, http://docs.library.musc.edu;
and the Terrorism site, http://terrorism.library.musc.edu.
Extensive outreach initiatives also benefit from the MUSC library
program. For example, the library’s consumer health site, Hands on
offers health and wellness information and a directory of health
services called Go Local-South Carolina. It is managed by Nancy
McKeehan, a Department of Library Science and Informatics professor and
assistant director of Libraries for Systems.
For more information on the library’s main Web site or its affiliated
sites, contact Thomas Basler at email@example.com or 792-9211. Questions
regarding Hands on Health can be sent to Nancy McKeehan at
Friday, July 18, 2008
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