Although this PhD candidate’s blog post has some points about the functionality of PubMed, her resistance towards using a medical librarian is one we should take note of. I am sure that she is not alone in thinking that databases should be tailored to her needs. She is a student at Harvard Medical School and observing the library web site, I see no liaison librarians. Perhaps if she did have some, she would be more comfortable using them and they could educate her about the vast amounts of data that are accomodated in PubMed. It is true that PubMed could be more intuitive, but she needs to realize that the providing for access and retrieval of information is a profession in itself.
How can we educate scientists better?