Take an overview of the history of the health sciences in the West. Explore history with a concentration on medicine, a discussion of dentistry, and a look into nursing. Identify major names, issues, discoveries, and publications. Place these major pieces in a coherent historical context for the use of the health information professional.
Most medical librarians are faced with history of medicine questions by patrons such as a practitioner researching the history of a disease or a genealogist searching for a medical forbear. Even if you don't have a large history of medicine reference collection, there are solutions. Learn to identify important print resources and reference books, to seek out specialized collections, and to find free or low-cost Internet and Web resources.
This four hour course is designed to introduce the basic theories, principles and practices of archival administration. The heaviest area of concentration is on developing skills for processing, arranging and describing archival material. When these concepts are understood and applied, other archival techniques such as reference, access, preservation and security follow rather naturally. The course also briefly addresses appraisal and disposal of materials. A glossary of basic archival terminology, a resource list, and a selected bibliography are provided and discussed.
The course is designed for librarians with little or no formal training in archival techniques, and assumes a situation in which they have new and/or additional responsibilities for the organization and access of institutional records or other archival material. This course is also valuable to those with a general interest in archives who seek to enhance and broaden professional skills.