Interviewer: I'm Neil Bradman and
today I'm speaking to Beverly Murphy,
President of the Medical Library
Association about the future of
the medical librarian
in the age of digital.
Thank you very much for sparing the time.
Perhaps to provide some context,
may I ask you what you do in your
regular day job when you're not
the president of the MLA, and
what the route was that
you took to get there?
Ms. Murphy: Thank you Neil for inviting
me, in my regular job here at the library
I'm the assistant director for
digital content for
the medical library's website,
I'm what they call the 'web diva' or
'web goddess', either one of those
titles can be used for the website.
I'm also the hospital nursing liaison for
the health system nurses,
there are about 5,000 nurses in
the health system and I'm the person that
they contact when they want to do
their quality improvement projects,
their nursing residencies, or
if they want to get promotions through
the clinical ladder here at Duke.
I'm just a regular reference librarian,
so I rotate with the reference
staff here in the library doing various
student activities that they do as well.
I've been here for 36 years, so
I wear a lot of hats in my
day-to-day role here in the library.
Interviewer: Fundamental to
the issues that we're going to be facing
in the future, it seems to me
the question is: how much of
the knowledge that the medical