NEW YORK NURSE: July/August 2011
In today’s world of evidence-based practice, Magnet Recognition and point-of-care systems, there is an increased emphasis on digital information resources designed to improve nursing practice and positive patient outcomes. Libraries have become an integral partner in this digital information world. The NYSNA Library is no exception. Connected to the world via firstname.lastname@example.org, library staff responds to hundreds of questions every year from association staff, members and non-members on practice and labor-related issues that ultimately provide nurses with information that empowers their practice. Using various databases, such as CINAHL [Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature], PubMed [National Library of Medicine], and Lexis/Nexis [News and Law], library staff email searches and documents around the world. These databases coupled with the increased sophistication of the Internet allow staff to answer complex questions for members as a benefit of their membership, sending them database searches, electronic documents, links to web resources and access to unfamiliar public databases that might assist for their future needs.
— Warren Hawkes, Director, Library/Records Management