About the Library

The Annette and Irwin Eskind Biomedical Library (EBL), a unit of Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Informatics Center, is the hub of the medical center's information services and resources. With a staff of over 40, the EBL provides access to materials to support the patient care, healthcare education, and biomedical research missions of Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

EBL's collection development philosophy focuses on enabling information use at the point of need. EBL provides an extensive digital library of electronic journals, books, databases and other resources, in addition to over 200,000 print volumes. To preserve biomedical history, EBL provides a unique collection of rare books, photographs and historical items in its Historical Collection, and has begun making one-of-a-kind items globally available through the Turning the Pages technology. The Medical Center Archives serves as a repository for manuscripts and institutional records that reflect the history of the medical center and the history of medicine.

The library is committed to service as well as leading edge research into information management and utilization and has developed numerous innovative programs which integrate information into workflow. These include the Clinical, Patient, and Research Informatics Consult Services which place information specialists at the patient bedside or the research bench where they identify and meet information needs. To enable informed patient decision-making, EBL provides links to consumer health information explaining diseases/conditions and lab findings/vital signs within the medical center's online patient portal, MyHealthAtVanderbilt, and the medical center's electronic medical record system, StarPanel.

EBL also facilitates the Vanderbilt community's understanding of information resources and use through customized training sessions and asynchronous assistance services. In addition to fostering information use and knowledge creation within the medical center, the EBL provides a challenging yet supportive learning environment in which its staff build their service provision skills through a formal training program and engagement with the EBL's learning culture.

EBL is dedicated to furthering the professional development and knowledge base of library and information professionals. The Clinical and Research Informatics Consult Services serve as examples of informationist models and allow librarians to develop in-depth knowledge of clinical medicine and molecular biology/genetics as well as critical appraisal and finely honed searching skills. EBL's training and service infrastructure supports this level of advanced practice. As part of its mission to further the development of the profession, EBL served as the editorial home of the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) from May 2005--May 2008. Through the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, the EBL is partnering with Meharry leadership to serve as consultants for advancing the services of the Meharry Medical College Library.