Mayo Clinic Libraries offers traditional library services such as circulation, electronic document delivery and interlibrary loan, as well as online database training, evidence-based medicine training, expert literature research for staff and students, consultation on online retrieval strategy, in-depth reference and consultation services, current literature alerting, and scanning, all without charge to staff or students.

Other services include a database-driven intranet site and online requests for library services. A professional medical bookstore and specialized libraries and archives enhance Mayo Clinic Libraries' ability to provide exceptional services to staff and students.

Research assistance

Mayo Clinic Libraries staff members identify and provide staff and students with electronic and print reference lists (many with full text) of scholarly publications for their professional needs. Whether the need is urgent, or for long- or short-term projects, library staff responds with phone calls, email or in-person consultations.

This complete scholarly reference experience is offered in clinical care, research, education and quality for purposes such as learning about complex and unusual cases, key decision-making, institutional support of litigation, scholarship funding, grant support, best practices, and finding evidence-based literature on any subject.

Electronic document delivery

Mayo Clinic staff and students can request to receive copies of library articles and book chapters electronically by email or via hard copy to their offices, free of charge.

To make the document delivery system even more useful, library staff explores emerging hardware and software combinations. We work diligently to constantly improve the quality of our copies, such as with high-resolution color scans suitable for Optical Character Recognition and Adobe Acrobat markup.

Interlibrary loans

Mayo Clinic Libraries is an active participant in national library resource-sharing programs, including the National Network of Libraries of Medicine's DOCLINE and OCLC international document delivery system. Through these national systems as well as state and regional loan systems, Mayo Clinic Libraries can obtain material not owned or licensed by a Mayo library from a variety of library collaborators and commercial sources.

Classes and tutorials

Mayo Clinic Libraries offers staff and students various classes and online tutorials to improve information retrieval and information management skills. Library staff offers different venues for training, from hands-on classrooms to brief "How Do I" Web pages and tutorials.

Examples include material on essential library skills, an introduction to Mayo Clinic Libraries resources, accessing and navigating electronic journals, basics of Ovid MEDLINE, resources beyond MEDLINE, introductory and advanced evidence-based medicine, and effective Google searching. Individualized project-based consultations also are available upon request.

June 17, 2015