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Bull Med Libr Assoc. Jan 2001; 89(1): 1–7.
PMCID: PMC31698

The road not taken

Judith Messerle, Francis A. Countway Librarian for the Boston Medical and Harvard Medical Libraries1

Abstract

The annual Janet Doe Lecture was established in l966 to honor Janet Doe, emerita librarian of the New York Academy of Medicine. The lecture focuses on either the history or philosophy of health sciences librarianship. This lecture addresses three fundamental values of the field, highlighting basic beliefs of the profession that are at risk: privacy, intellectual property rights, and access to quality information. It calls upon readers to make the everyday choices required to keep the value system of health sciences librarianship in place. Robert Frost's poignant poem ”The Road Not Taken” provides the metaphor for examining choices in an information economy.


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