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J Med Libr Assoc. 2006 Jan;94(1):61-6.

Developing a virtual community for health sciences library book selection: Doody's Core Titles.

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  • 1Northwestern University, Galter Health Sciences Library, 303 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611, USA. j-shedlock@northwestern.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this article is to describe Doody's Core Titles in the Health Sciences as a new selection guide and a virtual community based on an effective use of online systems and to describe its potential impact on library collection development.

SETTING/PARTICIPANTS/RESOURCES:

The setting is the availability of health sciences selection guides. Participants include Doody Enterprise staff, Doody's Library Board of Advisors, content specialists, and library selectors. Resources include the online system used to create Doody's Core Titles along with references to complementary databases.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION:

Doody's Core Titles is described and discussed in relation to the literature of selection guides, especially in comparison to the Brandon/Hill selected lists that were published from 1965 to 2003. Doody's Core Titles seeks to fill the vacuum created when the Brandon/Hill lists ceased publication. Doody's Core Titles is a unique selection guide based on its method of creating an online community of experts to identify and score a core list of titles in 119 health sciences specialties and disciplines.

RESULTS/OUTCOME:

The result is a new selection guide, now available annually, that will aid health sciences librarians in identifying core titles for local collections.

EVALUATION METHOD:

Doody's Core Titles organizes the evaluation of core titles that are identified and recommended by content specialists associated with Doody's Book Review Service and library selectors. A scoring mechanism is used to create the selection of core titles, similar to the star rating system employed in other Doody Enterprise products and services.

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16404471
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PMCID:
PMC1324773
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