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3.  The Health Information Specialist: A New Resource for Hospital Library Services and Education Programs * 
Growing pressures for more effective education programs at community hospitals demand better and more responsive hospital library resources and services. It is suggested that, with a modest amount of additional training and support, a community hospital librarian can play a key role in (1) improving the effectiveness of the hospital's library services and resources, (2) assisting hospital educators with the task of developing, implementing, and evaluating education programs, and (3) facilitating coordination of health information resources and services with all aspects of hospital education programs. An expanded, more active role, that of the Health Information Specialist, is suggested for hospital librarians. A one-week training program for librarians and special orientation for hospital educators and administrators plus followup field consultation for all three is described and proposed as an implementation strategy to provide the background and impetus needed to help hospital librarians evolve and expand their functional role into that of a Health Information Specialist.
PMCID: PMC198793  PMID: 4466504
4.  The Place of the Hospital Library Consortium in the National Biomedical Communications Network * 
The National Library of Medicine has issued a policy statement outlining expectations of more self-sufficiency at the Basic Unit level than was required during earlier programs under the Medical Library Assistance Act. A consortium of hospital libraries is presented as one viable alternative for meeting NLM's expectations that hospital libraries serve the primary and most immediate information needs of their own constituencies. The Biomedical Communications Network is reviewed so that hospital administrators and librarians will have a more thorough understanding of the system which they should now enter as contributors rather than as recipients only. A Network configuration illustrating the interaction of Basic Units functioning in consortia relationships is presented, and general areas for sharing are discussed.
PMCID: PMC198792  PMID: 4466503
PMCID: PMC198696  PMID: 16017654
PMCID: PMC197728  PMID: 16017624
PMCID: PMC197694  PMID: 16017611
PMCID: PMC198640  PMID: 16017594
PMCID: PMC198694  PMID: 16017653
PMCID: PMC200769  PMID: 16017513
13.  User Services Offered By Medical School Libraries in 1968: Results of a National Survey Employing New Methodology * 
The breadth and depth of services that ninety-two medical school libraries offer to individual users were ascertained by interviewing the heads of these libraries, employing a standardized inventory procedure developed earlier (Bulletin 56:380-403, Oct. 1968). Selected aspects of the descriptive data obtained on services to faculty and to medical students are presented and commented upon. Comparisons with the findings of earlier surveys suggest that increases in the staffs and budgets of medical school libraries over the past two decades have gone largely to supporting a rapidly increasing volume of service, rather than to any striking increase in the breadth and depth of services. To facilitate summarization and comparisions among libraries the descriptive data were weighted and converted to quantitative measures; the weighting scheme was established by a group of five academic medical librarians to reflect the relative values the group assigned to different services. One of these quantitative measures, the percentage score for overall services relative to the optimal library, summarizes a library's services in a single figure. On this measure, medical school libraries ranged from 38 percent to 87 percent; the median overall score was 63 percent. Results of some exploratory analyses are described; these analyses attempted to find explanations for the observed differences among libraries and among geographical regions on the quantitative measures. Present and potential uses of the survey data for managerial and research purposes are discussed. One of the most important of these uses is in establishing and implementing standards—activities which should be carried out by the library profession itself—and recommendations are made for a program of such activities that is appropriate for the Medical Library Association.
PMCID: PMC197502  PMID: 5496234
14.  NERMLS: The First Year * 
The Countway Library, Boston, was the nation's first Regional Medical Library under the Regional Medical Library Program of the NLM. New England Regional Medical Library Service (NERMLS) began in October 1967 and is the outgrowth of traditional extramural services of the Harvard and Boston Medical Libraries (constituents of the Countway). During the first year over 27,000 requests were received of which 84 percent were filled. Some problems of document delivery (and their solution) are recounted. Other activities were: a limited amount of reference work; distribution of a Serials List; and planning for a region-wide medical library service. Proposals call for consultation and education, regional reference service, and improved document delivery service. Emphasis is placed on the role of the Community Hospital as a center for continuing education and the need to strengthen and assist hospital medical libraries. With the Postgraduate Medical Institute, Boston, NERMLS assisted in the compilation of a small physician-selected medical Core Collection which would serve as a minimum standard collection for community hospital libraries.
PMCID: PMC200860  PMID: 5823504
15.  The Impact of the Behavioral Sciences on the Collecting Policy of Medical School Libraries * 
The scope of medical science has broadened to embrace subject areas in the behavioral and social sciences. Medical school curricula have responded to this trend, and the response is inevitably making itself felt in the medical school library. One medical school library's efforts to identify significant library materials in this area are presented as an example of a technique and as an indication of an order of magnitude. A master list of appropriate journal titles is appended.
PMCID: PMC198100  PMID: 14119295

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