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)
Title of host publicationNew Directions in Reference
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9780203726051
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012
Externally publishedYes


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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