Doody’s Special Topics Lists

In October of 2020 we introduced Doody’s Special Topics Lists, our newest licensing opportunity and enhancement to Doody’s Review Service and Doody’s Core Titles.


At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Doody Enterprises published a COVID-19 Book List to the Doody’s Collection Development Monthly blog. The aim of this list was to offer bibliographic and expert review information for titles that may be helpful to first responders, clinicians, nurses, public health professionals and the librarians that serve them at the point of need. The list is comprised of 51 titles in public health, infectious diseases, emergency medicine, hygiene, respiratory medicine, and other fields that are most relevant to the pandemic response. The list is updated with new titles on a regular basis.  

The response to this book list has been overwhelmingly positive, from both health information providers and librarians. Industry partners helped share the list with new audiences and some even integrated it into their own workflows and product offerings. This experience prompted us to develop lists of books on a regular basis on timely multidisciplinary topics to meet the information needs of health communities across the globe.

Doody’s Special Topics Lists

And thus, the idea behind Doody’s Special Topics Lists sprang to life. With the help of our Library Board of Advisors, we recruited an outstanding diverse Editorial Board (see list below). The job of the Editorial Board is two-fold: first, they’re tasked with selecting timely, pertinent topics based on issues facing the health information community. These interdisciplinary subjects become the “special topics” to which this new venture refers. Second, the Editorial Board identifies librarians with subject matter expertise in each topic to serve as List Selectors. These Selectors are ultimately responsible for the composition of each Doody’s Special Topics List.

How it Works

Starting in October 2020, we will publish a new Doody’s Special Topics List each quarter. The inaugural topic is Health Equity. The quarterly lists are available for free to subscribers to Doody’s Review Service and Doody’s Core Titles.

Our licensing partners will receive each list’s data file on the first business day of each new quarter (October 1, January 1, April 1, July 1). Interested licensees can learn more by visiting our Licensing page.

Editorial Board

We are delighted to work with our Editorial Board members:

Catisha Benjamin, Manager of Library Services, Children’s Hospital Colorado
Sandra Halliday, Health Sciences Librarian, Queen’s University Library
Janet Hobbs, Medical Library Services Manager, Community Memorial Health System
Barbara Ruggeri, Life & Health Sciences Librarian, Carroll University
Susan Swogger, Library Branch Manager, A.T. Still University Memorial Library – Missouri
Martin Wood, Director, Maguire Medical Library, Florida State University College of Medicine

List Selectors

Health Equity (October 2020)

Sandra Halliday, Health Sciences Librarian, Queen’s University Library
Shannon Jones, Director of Libraries, Medical University of South Carolina
Hannah Rutledge, Director, Biomedical Library, University of Pennsylvania