Gone are the days of relying on date stamps and barcodes – Western Sydney Local Health District’s (WSLHD) medical libraries now use high-tech computer software and applications to source, locate, record and order medical books or journals.
Westmead Hospital’s library recently celebrated one year since it underwent a transformation to offer 24/7 access to the library for staff and eligible students.
This included the installation of new computers, meeting rooms, two simulation training rooms, and a pathology tutorial room with hundreds of medical specimens thanks to the combined efforts of WSLHD’s Research and Education Network and the University of Sydney.
Westmead Hospital library manager Linda Mulheron has worked in the library for more than 33 years and seen many changes over that time.
“The advancements in technology allow all of our library staff to use the most sophisticated systems to support staff with their clinical work, research and teaching,” Linda said.
“These days staff and students can download mobile apps to access clinical resources, and they can also use the library computers.
“Our library staff are bringing library services to the wards to help staff locate and access evidence-based information without leaving their department.”
Cardiology fellow and PhD student Dr Siddarth Trivedi has been using the Westmead Hospital library for more than nine years.
“The library now looks amazing including the consultation rooms, catalogue, computers, new seating and study areas,” Siddarth said.
“One of the greatest assets of the library is the wonderful staff. They go above and beyond the extra mile to ensure all requests are filled.
“I couldn’t have completed my studies and research without their support and help.”
In addition, the facility provides online services for research and clinical management at your fingertips.
The library subscribes to thousands of journals, books and e-resources on behalf of staff and students, almost all of which can be accessed remotely as well as onsite.
Medical libraries are located at most hospitals within WSLHD including Auburn, Blacktown and Mount Druitt and Cumberland hospitals.
Membership is free for WSLHD staff and students. For more information on library services, visit the Libraries webpage.