The problem I discussed at a meeting this morning, is this - once the library is gone - it is virtually impossible to bring it back.  

Patti Reynolds

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Per Michelle's "I think we need a study to see what actually happens when the librarian is gone.  We have enough anecdotal evidence to choke a horse, what we need is the hard stats, financial implications, etc." If anybody is aware of such a study, *please* share, thanks. Somebody asked the same question on MEDLIB-L last January and I don't recall any replies/summaries. The following article is a case study of a library closure but it focuses on how the collection and services were absorbed by other branches of this same health library system -- not the financial implications, etc. of a (hospital) library/librarian departure.

Czechowski, L., Barger, R., Fort, M., & Maxeiner, G. (2010). Letting Go: Closing a Branch Library of the Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh. Library Resources & Technical Services, 54(3), 153-163.

Mark Vrabel, MLS, AHIP, ELS
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Oncology Nursing Society
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