From novelty to necessity impact of the PDA experience on medical libraries

Peg Burnette, Jo Dorsch

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Handheld computers are quickly becoming a ubiquitous tool in medicine. Factors that have spurred the rapid adoption of this technology in medicine include convenience and ease of use, mobility, and the enormous library of medical applications now available. Health sciences libraries in both hospitals and academic medical centers are actively promoting and supporting PDAs as a natural extension of their services. Medical libraries have quickly adopted this technology to deliver medical information in a non-traditional way. This paper discusses approaches being used to incorporate PDAs into library services and examines the impact of those approaches on the medical reference librarian.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-98
Number of pages16
JournalReference Librarian
Issue number93
StatePublished - Apr 21 2006


  • Handheld computing handheld products
  • Library services
  • Medical Libraries
  • Medical reference
  • Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)
  • Wireless access

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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