By Jolene Miller, MLS, AHIP
The Mulford Library has been part of the University of Toledo Libraries since the merger of the Medical University of Ohio and the University of Toledo in July 2006. We primarily serve academic and clinical programs that are located on the University of Toledo’s Health Science Campus, including Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy and the UT Medical Center. We also serve the College of Health Science and Human Service, which is located on Main Campus.
The Mulford Library had its beginnings in 1967. Founding librarian Ronald M. Watterson and a small staff organized the first Medical College of Ohio Library at the William Roche Memorial Hospital on South Detroit Avenue in Toledo. Our current building, centrally located on the Health Science Campus, was designed by Don M. Hisaka and Associates, Architects. The Library was dedicated on May 15, 1975.
In the 1990s, the Library began transitioning into an ever-more digital environment. While we still continue to purchase print materials, we provide access to many online books, journals, and other resources, providing easy access to information for distance learning students, students on clinical rotations in other institutions, as well as faculty labs, clinics, and offices.
In 1998, the Mulford librarians were granted faculty status in an unusual manner. Our librarians hold faculty status in non-library academic departments, such as Nursing, Family Medicine, and Physical Therapy. This has allowed for partnerships that otherwise might not have been realized, including service on curriculum and admissions committees, service as a scholarly project coordinator, and assisting in the development of new courses and services to the Medical Center.
The Library is internationally known for its "Instructions to Authors" portal started by librarian Sheryl Stevens and maintained by her and librarian Gerald Natal.
We hold a number of interesting art pieces including two Chinese Fu dogs, whose heads the students occasionally rub for good luck on an exam; a bust of Johannes Von Mikulicz-Radecki presented by the Toledo Surgical Society; a collection of studio glass donated by Dorothy Price; and the MCO Time Capsule. In addition, each year the students who have taken gross anatomy honor and remember those who donated their bodies to scientific study by presenting a memorial piece to the Library. “Model and Drawing,” a painting by Adam Grant, was the first to be donated, followed by a needlework piece, a quilted wall hanging, and numerous memory albums. Families of those who have donated their bodies to the anatomy program often come to the library to view these items.