DAHSL: Developing Academic Health Sciences Libraries


a collaboration to create the 21st century academic health sciences library…

Update from Dave Boilard at FIU

Hello Colleagues,

The Medical Library at the “Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine,” Florida International University is now open for business. The College of Medicine’ s (COM) inaugural class numbers 43 excited students. Orientation began on August 3rd. Classes start next Monday.

The Medical Library (not yet named) is currently located inside the university library building, and is expected to remain there through 2012. The library’s reporting line is directly to the Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the COM, with a dotted line to the FIU Dean of Libraries. In the next 4-8 years, the medical library will evolve into a health science library to support the emerging Medical Center on campus. For this year, we have four professional librarians and four support staff (plus students).

The collections are 99.9% digital and are licensed for all of FIU.  Students have online access to over 4,000 journals and 800 books in the medical and health sciences through FIU and the Florida Center for Library Automation. The only print materials are the required textbooks, and gifts of older materials. It will be an interesting experiment.

The new COM website should go ‘live’ on Wednesday, and we are pleased to have a spot on the home page (bottom). On subsequent pages, the library has persistent placement in the Quick Links. I’m afraid I do not have a link to offer right now.

The Medical Library has joined DOCLINE, so feel free to add us to an appropriate cell.

Special thanks go to Barbara Shearer and her medical librarians at Florida State University, Nadine Dexter, the FIU university and law librarians, and to other colleagues too numerous to mention in Florida and around the country for their assistance.  Now we’ll see what happens.


David W. Boilard
Director, Medical Library
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine – GL 324
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th St.
Miami, FL 33199
(305) 348-0643 phone
(305) 348-0631 fax


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