The medical library is the primary source for biomedical information for the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed) community and provides customized access to electronic resources that directly supports medical education, clinical care, research, and service.
The medical school librarians support the WMed community by:
- Providing instruction in bibliographic research methods, evidence-based medicine, health literacy and ethical scholarship including avoidance of plagiarism and respect for copyright.
- Building collections to support the curriculum and profession of medicine. The focus is on electronic resources that are available anytime, anywhere on any device.
- Developing instructional materials, research guides, and web tutorials to support mastery in information literacy.
- Providing reference services for students, faculty, residents and staff including training in literature searching, citation and data management and document delivery. Librarians will regularly visit learning environments outside of the library supporting students and faculty in their classrooms, clinics, labs and study sessions.
- Promoting experiential learning through embedded librarian participation on clinical and research teams. Actively participate in weekly morning reports and journal clubs.
Our services and space:
The medical school librarians are located in the Information Commons space at the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus in downtown Kalamazoo and by appointment in the Victor A. Berglund, M.D. Medical Library at the Oakland Drive Campus. The medical librarians can also meet and provide information consults with WMed employeed faculty and residents at other WMed locations, the Family Health Center, and the hospitals by appointment.
The Information Commons features individual and group study areas, reading spaces, access to computer equipment and printing, as well as a reference area for information consultations with a medical librarian. All WMed community faculty, employees and currently enrolled students are welcome to access our space and resources. All of the library's resources are remotely accessible to community faculty, employees and currently enrolled students with your WMed network login and password. Databases, journals and books can be accessed through the library's website.