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
Karen O’Grady, Nursing, Health Care Informatics & Allied Health Librarian, Helen K. and James S. Copley Library, University of San Diego
Barbara Ruggeri, Manager, Advocate Aurora Library, Advocate St. Luke’s Medical Center
Susan Swogger, Director of Collection Development & Acquisitions, David W. Howe Memorial Library, University of Vermont
Martin Wood, Director, Maguire Medical Library, Florida State University College of Medicine

Former Board Members

Janet Hobbs, Medical Library Services Manager, Community Memorial Health System (2020-2022)

List Selectors

Clinical Research & Knowledge Sharing in the Health Sciences (October 2022)

Lindsay Blake, Clinical Services Coordinator, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Robyn Rosasco, Head of Research Services, Charlotte Edwards Maguire Medical Library, Florida State University
Erika Sevetson, Director of Health and Biomedical Library Services, Brown University

Climate Change & Its Effects on Health (July 2022)

Carrie Grinstead, Regional Medical Librarian, Providence St. Joseph Health
Kristen LaBonte, Research & Engagement Librarian, University of California – Santa Barbara
Elaine Walker, Scholarly Communications Librarian, The University of Alabama

Health Insurance & the Cost of Health Care (April 2022)

Susan Harnett, Medical Information Services Librarian, Borland Library, University of Florida
Irma Singarella, Associate Professor & Health Sciences Librarian, Baptist Memorial Health Care Library, University of Memphis
Emily Vardell, Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Management, Emporia State University
Abe Wheeler, Health Sciences Librarian, Michigan State University Libraries

Rural Health (January 2022)

Jeff Coghill, Head of Outreach Services, Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University; Director of Eastern AHEC Library Services
Lisa Milchman, Assistant Director, Norwich Public Library
Cecily Tubbs, Electronic Resources & Systems Librarian, Stratton Taylor Library, Rogers State University

Vaccinations (October 2021)

Kathleen Carter, Research and Education Librarian, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine Libraries
Marie St. Pierre, Medical Librarian/Informationist, Clinical and Research Library, Children’s Hospital Colorado
Susan Swogger, Director of Collection Development & Acquisitions, David W. Howe Memorial Library, University of Vermont

Health Literacy (July 2021)

Christian Minter, Community Engagement and Health Literacy Librarian & Head, Circulation Services, Leon S. McGoogan Health Sciences Library, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Emily Petersen, Family Health Librarian, Health Literacy Program, Children’s Hospital Colorado
Judy Stribling, Assistant Director, Clinical Services & Manager, Myra Mahon Patient Resource Center, Weill Cornell Medicine

Health Professionals & Stress (April 2021)

Tallie Casucci, Assistant Librarian, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah
Melissa Funaro, Clinical Research & Education Librarian, Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library, Yale University
Amber Stout, Medical Librarian, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Telehealth (January 2021)

Kelsa Bartley, Education & Outreach Librarian, Louis Calder Memorial Library, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Emily J. Hurst, Interim Director and Associate Dean, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University
Terri Johnson, Medical Informatics Librarian, Florida State University College of Medicine

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