Medical Librarian - Electronic Collections Development Faculty of Medicine, UNAM Mexico, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Background: The UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico for its initials in Spanish) Digital Medical Library is an important element of the library system of the University and the Faculty of Medicine, since it offers a wide range of academic programs to students, not only from the country but also from the region that come to do specialty programs. The objective is to provide an overview of the development of the Digital Medical Library (DML) focused on the collections offered to the students and the training done by professional librarians covering the use and access to information resources in order to contribute to their best medical education possible.
Description: The development of the Digital Medical Library (DML) is described, since its creation in 1998 until the most recent update of the webpage in 2018, and it can be represented in mainly four stages. Each phase of the development and evolution shows the digital collections offered to the different users or patrons at each different moment, highlighting the threats and challenges faced which did not allowed to reach the huge community spread all over the country, due to internet access in the country, technology available, enrollment deadlines and costs of resources. All experiences gained from the four main stages of the DML, surveys conducted, as well as the feedback received from the Faculty of Medicine community (including authorities) have allowed the continuous improvement and development of the DML, always having in mind the purpose to fulfill the users information needs.
Conclusion: Digital libraries are evolving entities, therefore their continuous development is imperative in all medicine schools. Throughout the years, the DML has been improving, according to information and technology updates, particularly it has focused on the collections for the students and their programs. This evolution has allowed the DML to be considered one of the best medical libraries in the country, however, there is more work that still needs to be done. Librarians are aware of it and they work every day with new initiatives to gain a better digital library that results attractive and useful to the entire community. Finally the actual coronavirus pandemic has forced the DML to improve its services more than ever and that is what we are working on right now.