In response to frequent use of mobile devices among medical students, Dana Medical Library at the University of Vermont provided mobile resource support to medical students preparing for clerkships. The librarians offered group instruction, individual assistance, and an online subject guide. These activities were assessed through evaluations, web statistics, and a survey. Survey questions gathered data on access to mobile devices, use of library-licensed mobile resources, and benefits and barriers to use in the clinical setting. The majority of survey respondents believed access to mobile resources improved their clerkship experience and contributed to comparable educational experiences across clerkship sites. Researchers found that library support impacted student perception of the value of mobile resources in the clerkship experience.


This is an electronic version of an article published in Medical Reference Services Quarterly, Volume: 33, Issue: 02, pages 179 - 194. Medical Reference Services Quarterly is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02763869.2014.897519


Academic health sciences libraries, clerkships, handhelds, library instruction, medical education, medical students, mobile devices

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