Mayo Clinic Library Orientations — An Annual Affair

August 3, 2011 at 11:12 am

Annually the Library participates in the orientation process of new Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education (MSGME) Residents and Fellows.  In March an invitation is sent to all MSGME Education Coordinators. The combined number of participants in programs is approximately 400 incoming students. The library orientation calendar is arranged to fit the specific requests of the coordinators. The library involvement takes place the last week of June and the first week of July. We average about 200-220 participants in the two week period with a few late arrivals handled in late July. The emphasis is on mediated services and access to resources and primarily the electronic resources. Orientation sessions are set up to be completed in an hour with one librarian hosting each session. The groups are limited to no more than 15-18 with an ideal size of 8-10. A hands-on electronic portion of the session is conducted in the Library Computer Lab in the Plummer Library. The focus of this part of the orientation is on electronic resources — databases, e-requests for documents, electronic journals and textbooks. Participants are also introduced to databases that broaden their resource disocvery experience beyond PubMed such as — Mayo Authors Database, a legacy database of Mayo scholarship since 1871, Scopus and Web of Science. Participants are often amazed with the multitude of resources and mediated services such as literature research and electronic document delivery provided by the Library. A short tour of the Library completes the orientation and provides a physical location for future use including key service points, traditional collections, and workstations. Our message to them is that the library is a key service organization interested in their individual success at Mayo Clinic and beyond.

Dottie Hawthorne
Outreach Librarian

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