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>I'm interested in learning what reviewing sources are used by CHI
>librarians (and all information specialists who purchase heavily in the
>area of CHI) to make decisions about print materials.  I know that Alan
>Rees' Consumer Health Information Sourcebook is invaluable.  I'd like to
>hear suggestions beyond that.  For example, do you check reviews in
>American Journal of Nursing or Library Journal?  What journals have you
>found most useful for reliable reviews?
hanks for your feedback.
 
In developing our Resource Center for cancer patients here, I made a number
of trips to the local public library for reviews.  We took initial
suggestions from numerous people in our Cancer Services division, from
recommended reading lists published by various groups (Amer CA Society, Natl
Coalition Cancer Survivorship, Y-Me, etc.), support group participants,
etc., etc.  Then I searched Book Review Index, and also InfoTrac's Health
Resource Center (if you search under the author's name, you will frequently
find reviews).  I pulled reviews from Library Journal, Booklist, Choice,
Publishers' Weekly (sometimes -- their angle is more commercial).  And yes,
we watch reviews in JAMA, NEJM, J Nat Cancer Institute and so on.  A
friendly relationship with your local public librarians is often really
helpful; I  browsed their shelves and then supported with print reviews to
back up our choices.  In this particular project, each and every book had to
be approved by five different people (laypeople and health professionals)
even *after* the reviews were scanned before the book was added to the
collection.  This turned out to be *way* more time-consuming than we would
have liked, but that was what the administrator in charge wanted.
 
Have fun!
 
Julie Stielstra
 
 
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