Editor’s Note: Doody’s Special Topics Lists (DSTL) were born out of a desire to develop lists of books on a regular basis addressing timely, multidisciplinary topics to meet the information needs of health communities across the globe. With the help of our Library Board of Advisors, we recruited an outstanding diverse Editorial Board, whose members are tasked with 1) selecting timely, pertinent, interdisciplinary topics (“special topics”) based on issues facing the health information community and 2) identifying passionate, knowledgeable librarians to serve as List Selectors who are ultimately responsible for the composition of each Doody’s Special Topics List. With gratitude, this month we present the profile of Catisha Benjamin of Children’s Hospital Colorado, an inaugural member of the Doody’s Special Topics Lists Editorial Board and Librarian Selector for Doody’s Core Titles.
Where do you currently work and what is your position?
I work for the Clinical and Research Library at Children’s Hospital Colorado. I am the Manager of Library Services.
Provide a one sentence description of your library and its services.
The Clinical and Research Library provides services such as literature searches, systematic reviews, interlibrary loans, and library training to doctors, nurses, and other medical staff as needed.
When did you start in medical librarianship? What was your position? With what institution?
I started as a medical librarian in July 2015, entering as the Manager of Library Services for the Clinical and Research Library at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Name two of the most important issues facing medical librarianship today.
Two of the most important issues facing medical librarianship today are funding and library support. It is hard to receive funding if it designated for other areas. Medical libraries are constantly having to update information, which also can be an issue of funding. Support also falls into this area, due to the need to ask for funding and not being able to receive funding to support the library. If we are not able to receive funding, we cannot update resources in a timely manner.
Why have you volunteered to serve as a Librarian Selector for Doody’s Core Titles and on the Editorial Board of Doody’s Special Topics Lists?
I love learning about other resources out there, and I feel Doody’s always has updated resources we can use for our library. I also have had great experiences with Doody’s and like to assist in any way I can.
What is one thing you want to make sure all librarians know about Doody’s services?
Doody’s provides great lists that can update any medical library collection! I can’t wait until we receive the funding to do so!