Innovation drives Welch's
Nancy Roderer, director of the William H. Welch Medical Library,
says that in her line of work, innovation is essential.
A medical library reliant on books and journals
lined up on stacks, Roderer says, is an antiquated operation. Her
customer base requires the absolute latest facts, figures and
theories, and all within the touch of a finger. With that in
mind, Roderer envisions the dawn of the "virtual library" where a
visitor can peruse the institution's full catalog from any remote
site--a reality, she says, that is fast approaching.
"These days we find that our users often don't
come to the library physically; they come to it electronically,"
says Roderer, who took her post a year ago this month. "They
access from a computer the books, journals, databases that are
available here. In some people's minds, they don't need a library
anymore. But what is really happening is they have a new kind of
Intersession offers 'real world'
Whisper a message in someone's ear. Then tell that person to pass
on the information to someone else. In turn, that person will
tell yet another... . Well, you know the rest. It is a familiar
game, the end result of which is often a garbled message that
barely resembles the original.
Linda DeLibero, an instructor in The Writing
Seminars, says games like this are being played out on a large
scale nearly every day. Yet, instead of "a message," it's hard
news that is being passed on. DeLibero says, in the case of the
recent presidential election, trying to find out what actually
happened largely depended on whom you asked, or more precisely,
to what media outlet you went.
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