LI 835 Information Transfer in the Disciplines
Dr. Susan Ward Aber

Emporia State University
Emporia, Kansas, U.S.A.

December 12, 2007...

Final class projects are going online and can be accessed at Contact me with any comments or concerns at Thanks for a great semester and the best to all of you in future classes and career!

November 28, 2007...

This course announcement is to elaborate on details your last project and provide a reflection on the intended goals for this semester. Additional instructions have been sent to you and given below as well.

Your final project is the format of your choice and should be at least 5 pages in length. While you have received general directions to synthesize and compare your experiences in information transfer in the disciplines, you can use the following points as a guide...

* briefly describe the 2 academic disciplines you investigated
* reiterate the setting(s) as well as the methods used to collect information
* identify any sources or resource formats the faculty referred to in course preparation and instruction
* report findings of how library and librarian assisted the process
* list difficulties mentioned by faculty in information transfer within the classroom
* summarize faculty frustrations or joys with students in completing assignments involving the library or otherwise
* relate faculty perceptions of their academic library services and collections
* list any other facilities or collections faculty relied upon (i.e., personal, departmental, public library, etc)
* summarize the ways you believed librarians could collaborate or assist faculty in their teaching in the specific areas you examined.

The second part is to create a pathfinder or bibliography for one of the two courses you investigated that could aid faculty or student. Or you could review a book and write about a specific topic you are interested in that relates to information transfer. If you choose the pathfinder or bibliography, it could be in response to a faculty suggestion of information needs (e.g., resources containing information on famous historical physicists.) or could be a generalized listing of useful course/discipline specific government/educational websites & digital library, weblogs & podcasts, listservs, as well as print or electronic reference sources in the academic library such as course/discipline related databases, indexes & abstracts, dictionaries & encyclopedias, almanacs, atlases, archives, oral history, biographical sources, directories, statistical sources, guides & handbooks, yearbooks, maps & other cartographic materials, audio-video resources and equipment. One example is given below.

If I had interviewed a faculty member who taught a biology course geared toward nursing, I could investigate a few resources specific to that campus library, as well as search for online resources. The listing below is modified from an article by Miriam Laskin & Elisabeth Tappeiner, Internet resources for nurses and nursing students A sampling of sites, C&RL News April 2006, p. 230-233.

Pathfinder for Nursing and Medical Resources

1. NLN Gateway - U.S. government medical & health sources -

2. National Institute of Nursing Research – nursing research in clinical and community settings:
3. PubMed – index to 15 million Medline citations dating back to the 1950s:
4. Pubmed Central – index to 160 life sciences, open access & full text journal literature:

Authoritative resources for nurses, nursing students, and health concerned consumers
5. Medline Plus
– a medical encyclopedia with synthetic and herbal supplement information, current news on health, and tutorials form the National Library of Medicine & the National Institutes for Health, in both English and Spanish (
6. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention – an A to Z index: with health and safety topics, public health image library, and the state/national health and disease data sets.
7. Healthfinder – directory maintained by the National Health Information Center, US Dept of Health & Human Services, with of 1,500 government, nonprofit, and educational listings:
8. National Institutes of Health-Health Information – directory with information on health issues and patient types:

Nongovernmental resource directories:
9. Hardin MD
– University of Iowa, a medical directory from Hardin Library for Health Sciences,
10. Google Health Co-op: project that allows subject experts to create annotations with links to the Google Health database,
11. Mayo Clinic: Tools for Healthier Lives,

Study aids for nursing students:
12. Gray’s Anatomy of the Human Body
, a classic with online info at or a Wikipedia entry explaining the resource,'s_Anatomy
13. Human Anatomy Online,
14. McGill University Virtual Stethoscope,
15. Medical Images Databases on the Internet from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio,
16. Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy,
17. Physical Exam Study Guides,
18. RN Central,
19. RxList,

Nursing associations, online forums, and discussion lists:
20. American Nurses Association (ANA)
21. National Coalition of Ethnic and Minority Nurse Associations (NCEMNA),
22. National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses (NFLPN),
23. Nursing Discussion Forums:
24. Nursing Email Discussion Lists:
25. Skepticism in Nursing Discussion forum:

At the end of the semester, you can reflect on this course and think about your own upcoming or current career in librarianship. Each of you had expectations for this course and for the future, I hope you will all have this opportunity to teach a course to colleagues or students yourself. Thanks for your support this semester, and I wish you all the best!

For more information contact the course instructor, S. W. Aber, e-mail: Last update: December 12, 2007.

Copyright 2007 Susan Ward Aber. All rights reserved.