Library and Information Science

Library and Information Science ISSN: 2435-8495
三田図書館・情報学会 Mita Society for Library and Information Science
〒108‒8345 東京都港区三田2‒15‒45 慶應義塾大学文学部図書館・情報学専攻内 c/o Keio University, 2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan
Library and Information Science 87: 25-46 (2022)

原著論文Original Article

健康医療情報サービスを組織化する病院の市民公開講座における患者図書室の資料展示のエスノメソドロジー的分析Organizing a Health Information Service: An Ethnomethodological Study of a Patient Library’s Exhibition at a Public Lecture in a University Hospital

慶應義塾大学大学院文学研究科図書館・情報学専攻Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Keio University ◇ 〒108–8345 東京都港区三田2–15–45 ◇ 2–15–45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108–8345, Japan

受付日:2021年8月28日Received: August 28, 2021
受理日:2022年2月16日Accepted: February 16, 2022
発行日:2022年6月30日Published: June 30, 2022




Purpose: This research examines the exhibition by a patient library at a public lecture in a university hospital and explicates the methods by which the patient library carries out health information services under a major shift in medical care system. The examination focuses on the practices of health librarians who organized the exhibition and is conducted from an ethnomethodological perspective.

Methods: During the fieldwork conducted in public lectures at the hospital, field notes were taken and materials including book lists were gathered. Approximately 90-minutes interviews were also conducted with the health librarians, who were asked questions about the exhibition’s objectives and the methods by which they select books for exhibition and prepare book lists.

Results: The exhibition was organized through the following sequence of practices: selecting books for exhibition, preparing a book list, and exhibiting selected materials. In selecting books, the librarians enable the lecture participants to understand the diseases of interest from multiple perspectives by reading different books in combination or choose specific books for obtaining information that they need according to their individual conditions or purposes. By preparing book lists, they give directions to participants on how they can effectively make use of exhibited books. These two practices can be regarded as constituting the librarian’s methods of curation and instruction to provide information services.

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