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Opportunities in the palm of your hand: The challenges of handheld computing for libraries and information services
ALIA 2004 biennial conference (2004)
  • Andrew Heath, University of Queensland
  • Lisa Kruesi, University of Queensland
  • Kaye Lasserre, University of Queensland
  • Heather Todd, University of Queensland
  • Sarah Thorning, University of Queensland
Abstract
Since the late 1990s there has been considerable growth in the use of Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) to support the clinical information needs of health professionals and medical students. Information at the point of need has been made possible by handheld computers. PDAs are currently being used for: • accessing clinical information products such as drug information, medical dictionaries, textbooks, clinical guidelines and medical calculators • managing personal information (e.g. schedules and contacts) • storing and retrieving study materials, class notes and readings • recording patient case notes Through funding provided by the Australian Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, the University of Queensland (UQ) Cybrary in partnership with the UQ School of Medicine, is undertaking a project to evaluate the use of PDAs by students and staff located in the Medical School’s Rural Clinical Divisions. A Project Coordinator is leading a team of clinicians, librarians, information technology representatives, medical education officers and medical students who have worked together to evaluate the technology and resources. During 2003 to 2004 approximately 100 PDA’s have been be distributed to students and staff. This paper reports upon the experience of this innovative application of technology in medical education, provides results from the Project’s evaluation and describes the impact this technology has had on access and the use of information. Issues and challenges for library and information services that have emerged during the Project will also be examined, including stakeholder consultation, hardware and software selection, evaluation and licensing of information resources, technical support and training issues.
Keywords
  • Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs),
  • education,
  • medical,
  • graduate,
  • computers,
  • handheld,
  • program evaluation,
  • rural health
Publication Date
September 21, 2004
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Heath, A., Kruesi, L., Lasserre, K., Todd, H. and Thorning, S. (2004). Opportunities in the palm of your hand: the challenges of handheld computing for libraries and information services. Paper presented at the ALIA 2004 biennial conference, Gold Coast, Australia.

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Citation Information
Andrew Heath, Lisa Kruesi, Kaye Lasserre, Heather Todd, et al.. "Opportunities in the palm of your hand: The challenges of handheld computing for libraries and information services" ALIA 2004 biennial conference (2004)
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