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Core Title List Project

Core Title List Project

For the past several months, Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library has been working to update its Core Title List, a list of books that are considered required or essential reading for students, faculty, and other members of the Himmelfarb community. This includes titles required on syllabi from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the Milken Institute School of Public Health, as well as additional books recommended by individual departments. The Core Titles list allows the library to easily check for new editions, as well as allowing us to check titles’ usage and determine which books merit multiple copies or ebook licenses. The updated List is also providing expanded representation for titles required by the Nursing and Public Health programs.

We started by collecting syllabi for all courses across SMHS, Nursing, and SPH and we spent much of the summer establishing which required and recommended titles we owned and working to acquire those we didn’t. We then sent current title lists to departments for review. These lists were pulled from Himmelfarb’s research guides, which we use to advertise foundational books, owned by the library and organized by specific department. Department faculty were asked to review and suggest changes to these lists. This project provided an updated list of titles to inform purchasing decisions going forward.

But what does all of this mean for our users? It means updated (and more user-friendly) title lists on department-level research guides. Some of these updated lists have already been published: see the Anesthesiology guide, the Health Policy guide, and the Epidemiology and Biostatistics guide for examples of what to expect elsewhere. Additionally, the new Core Title List means that the library will be able to keep better tabs on which books are relevant for our users and have more copies (print copies and ebook licenses) available for our users.

Yet another way that Himmelfarb is working to meet our community’s needs!