Booker Health Sciences Library

About the Booker Health Sciences Library

The Booker Health Sciences Library was formed from the collections of the former Medical Library and the Ann May School of Nursing Library to provide resources in print, non-print and electronic formats to meet the information, education and research needs of the Meridian Health community, including physicians, house staff, nurses, other health care professionals, managers, administrators, employees, students, patients and their families. The Booker Health Sciences Library is open to the public and includes a consumer health collection, featuring a home delivery service.

The Booker Health Sciences Library was made possible through generous gifts from the Jane H. and J. Marshall Booker Charitable Foundation, the Mildred H. Rosa Charitable Trust, Jean and Don Lass, the Jersey Shore University Medical Center medical/dental staff and the Nurses for Knowledge Campaign.


Collection
The collection numbers over 5,000 books, 8,000 bound journal volumes and 2,000 audiovisuals. The library subscribes to approximately 350 periodicals.


Computers
There are 13 computers for patron use on a first-come, first-served basis. Each computer has Internet access, bibliographic databases in medicine (MEDLINE), nursing (CINAHL), health administration (HealthSTAR), bioethics, evidence-based medicine, consumer health , Microsoft's Word (word processing), Excel (spreadsheet), PowerPoint (presentation), and DxPlain (clinical decision support software).


Awards
In late 2004, the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science awarded the Booker Health Sciences Library housed at Jersey Shore University Medical Center the 2004 Blue Ribbon Consumer Health Information Recognition Award for Libraries.


Home Delivery
One of the most unique consumer services offered by the Booker Health Sciences Library is the home delivery program. Simply call, fax, or email the library your consumer health question. In response, the library staff will put together a packet of credible, reliable information and mail it to your home, free of charge. That's one of the reason's the library was the only library in New Jersey to earn the 2004 Blue Ribbon Consumer Health Information Recognition Award from the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science.


Borrowing
Borrowing privileges are extended to persons with a current Meridian Health security badge and need to be checked out during staff hours. Books and audiovisuals may be borrowed for two weeks. Journals may not be borrowed. Renewals are permitted, provided no one else has requested the item. Items may be returned to the library or placed in the book drop outside the library. Patrons who lose or damage library items must pay full replacement costs plus processing costs.


Photocopier
Self-service photocopier is available for patron use. Single copies of a journal article or book chapter may be made on the library photocopier, in accordance with the Federal Copyright Law.


Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary loan privileges are extended to persons with a current Jersey Shore University Medical Center security badge. Materials not available in the library may be obtained from another library through interlibrary loan. Requests are electronically submitted to other libraries and delivered to us by mail, courier or facsimile in cases of clinical emergency.


Reference
Library staff are trained to search the journal literature, locate and retrieve information and provide assistance with the library's collection and resources.


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