The response of clinical medical librarians to the COVID-19 pandemic: a case study

Abstract


The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world with a large part of the population in lockdown for months. Given the need medical teams have for information, clinical medical librarians have played an important role in searching for the best scientific evidence. The objective of this paper is to describe the role of librarians in Brazil during the pandemic in public and private hospital libraries and in the Health Technology Assessment Service. This is a case study report of the work of clinical medical librarians during the COVID-19 pandemic. The paper is drawing on experience from three clinical medical librarians acting in the private hospital, philanthropic hospital and Health Technology Assessment Service in the city of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The report describes the activities of clinical librarians in providing clinicians with information on how to care for patients with COVID-19. In Brazil clinical medical librarians play an important role in supporting medical teams by identifying reliable sources of information and assisting with research.

Author Biographies

Amanda Damasceno de Souza, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Doutorado em andamento em Gestão e Organização do Conhecimento pela UFMG. Mestre em Ciência da Informação pela Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (2016). Especialista em Gestão Estratégica da Informação pela Escola de Ciência da Informação da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (2013). Graduada em Biblioteconomia pela Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (2005). Membro do Comitê de Ética e Pesquisa do Hospital Felício Rocho (2016-2019). Vice-Coordenadora do Comitê de Ética e Pesquisa do Hospital Felício Rocho (desde 2020) Atuação no grupo de pesquisa Representação do Conhecimento, Ontologias e Linguagem (ReCOL). Atualmente é Bibliotecária do Hospital Felício Rocho no Núcleo de Ciências da Saúde Felício Rocho.
Anna Carolina Leite Cota, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Master student in Knowledge Management and Organization (Information Science) at Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Mariana Ribeiro Fernandes, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
PhD student in Knowledge Management and Organization (Information Science) at Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Clinical Medical Librarian at UNIMED-BH
Published
2020-10-02
How to Cite
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Souza A, Cota A, Fernandes M. The response of clinical medical librarians to the COVID-19 pandemic: a case study. JEAHIL [Internet]. 2Oct.2020 [cited 28Oct.2020];16(3):12-7. Available from: http://ojs.eahil.eu/ojs/index.php/JEAHIL/article/view/405
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