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Both NIH Library GMLs and in formationists train clients in the use of information resources.
Because informationists are integrated into the clients' workplaces, ongoing face-to-face consultations and team participation on special projects are more prominent than for GMLs.
Library activities such as budgeting, supervision, document delivery, and information technology are the domain of GMLs. For example, NIH Library librarians test Web 2.0 technologies to promote information services and to provide quick information access using the latest iPads, iPhones, Android telephones, and other technologies.
The end products, the actual materials or presentations given to the client, may differ between GMLs and informationists.
The GMLs' products tend to be comprehensive, to include all possible needed information.
The general medical librarian (GML) has been described as the "purveyor of medical information" .
Generally, the contexts are also different: The GML works responsively across specialties, while the informationist works narrowly in topic-specific domains.
For example, a careful analysis of a library's evolving role may show that a majority of its activities correspond to the GML's role, while a certain amount of its activities correspond to the informationist's role.
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