About the Library - Synopsis

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The Annette and Irwin Eskind Biomedical Library Synopsis

The Eskind Biomedical Library (EBL) is a modern 78,000 net square foot facility, dedicated in April 1994. The construction of this award-winning library building was made possible by a gift from Vanderbilt Alumnus Irwin Eskind and his wife, Annette. The library provides access to materials and services to support Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in achieving its teaching, research, and service missions. To facilitate information access at the point of need, EBL’s practice philosophy centers on the provision of electronic resources related to medicine, nursing, and the biosciences and services that integrate evidence seamlessly into VUMC workflow.

EBL’s comprehensive and multidimensional Digital Library offers instant and targeted access to over 10,000 full-text electronic resources, a number that is continually expanding. As of 2013, the electronic collection included 6,000 electronic journals and almost 4,000 core and specialty medical and nursing textbooks. The collection also includes key bibliographic databases (e.g. PubMed, CINAHL, ScienceDirect), full-text healthcare resources (e.g. UptoDate, Micromedex, Zynx, Mosby’s Nursing Skills), and pharmacogenetics and personalized medicine databases (e.g. Pharmacogenetics Knowledge Base and OMIM). Customized portals such as the Research Digital Library and the Nursing Digital Library provide targeted information resources and services to specific VUMC communities.

In keeping with the EBL collection philosophy of prioritizing electronic materials to facilitate immediate, around-the-clock access, the library’s print holdings are limited to a small and shrinking collection of items that are unavailable electronically or of historical value. The remaining physical collection is cataloged in Acorn, the web-based catalog for the Vanderbilt library system. EBL provides expanded user access and serves as a resource in the national biomedical community through participation in a variety of consortia, including the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and the Consortium of Southern Biomedical Libraries. Resources not held by the library are easily accessible through Document Delivery Services (DDS), for which users can place orders 24/7 through an online request form.

The Historical Collections Room houses a unique collection of rare books, photographs, and historical items, and the Medical Center Archives holds manuscripts and institutional records reflecting the history of the Medical Center and the history of medicine. The historical collection also has an online presence through the Special Collections Digital Library, which provides electronic access to select exhibits and resources including VUMC Through Time, the photographic archive for the medical center.

The library has established a Patient Informatics Consult Service (PICS) program to provide VUMC patients and their families with the latest in health information, including comprehensive information packets tailored to patient needs. General consumer information is available within the library through EBL’s consumer health materials collection. The in-house developed Consumer Health Digital Library also facilitates patient access to widely used resources such as MedlinePlus along with tools unique to the Medical Center such as the My Health at Vanderbilt portal.

Through synchronous services (Zoho Chat, Librarian On Call, and Learning Site) and asynchronous (Library Information Desk, SearchDoc) services, staff expertise is available electronically 24/7. Online knowledge modules provide 24-hour interactive instruction in health science resources and bibliographic management tools. Other services include circulation of books, management of reserve materials, reference and research services, and individual and group training.

Last updated: September 9, 2014