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Medical Librarians: Who are they and what do they do?

October is Medical Librarians Month and for this month, we would like to share what Holman Biotech Commons librarians can help with in patient care, research, and information management.

An infographic diagram showing how a medical librarian or health information professional can help with research

What does a medical or health sciences librarian do?

Health sciences librarians are information professionals, librarians, or informaticists who have special knowledge in quality health information resources. They have a direct impact on the quality of patient care, helping physicians, allied health professionals, administrators, students, faculty, and researchers stay abreast of and learn about new developments in their fields.

What ways can medical librarians help students, staff, and faculty at Penn?  

Expert Search & Analysis: Librarians can help craft a search or point to resources to help with analysis.

Improved Outcomes: Librarians can find data sources to improve outcomes.

Instruction & Training: Librarians can train students, residents, nurses and postdocs to search databases on how to conduct efficient ways to create health information searches.

Skilled Information Management: Librarians are experts in database selection!

Vetted AI-Generated Information: This newly necessary task is one that librarians are happy to help you with! Please visit our website where you can find out more about it.




October 24, 2023