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2.  Required Reading 
PMCID: PMC226489  PMID: 16017789
5.  Dean Behavior 
PMCID: PMC226520  PMID: 16017793
7.  Book Reviews 
PMCID: PMC226490  PMID: 16017787
8.  Praise from a Regular Reader 
PMCID: PMC226488  PMID: 16017788
13.  Books Received 
PMCID: PMC226654
18.  Hospital library resources in Massachusetts: data collection and analysis. 
Hospitals in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts were surveyed to establish some ranges and baseline statistics for hospital medical information resources. The data were evaluated in terms of theoretical compliance with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals standards as well as the more specific proposed appendices to the Canadian Standards for Hospital Libraries. The study quantifies hospital library resources and services in a state with a substantial number of acute care facilities. Of the study universe, 67.6% were judged as meeting either the revised JCAH or the Canadian criteria. The central finding is that the 100- to 299-bed institutions reflect a significant number of deficiencies when evaluated against either quantitative or nonquantitative standards. Further areas of study are suggested.
PMCID: PMC226644  PMID: 6934016
19.  Dual pricing of health sciences periodicals: a survey. 
A survey of dual pricing practices among publishers of health-related journals identified 281 periodicals with an average price differential of over 100% between individual and institutional subscription rates. Both the practice itself and the amount of the differential are increasing, indicating that journal subscriptions of health sciences libraries increasingly provide the financial support necessary for the publication of health sciences journals. Dual pricing is also correlated with copyright royalties. The problems that dual pricing creates for health sciences libraries' budgets are due in part to uncritical purchasing by libraries. Increased consumerism on the part of health science librarians is recommended.
PMCID: PMC226643  PMID: 7437588
20.  The librarian's life, scholarship and librarianship. 
Librarians must be more than custodians of the record or merely managers of information services if they are to understand their role and to participate in the life of scholarship. There are many approaches to this understanding including the historical, the social, the psychological and the epistemological. It can also be sought through a study of the sociology of knowledge and a study of the ways in which changes in communication technology in writing and printing have impacted on scholarship in the past. This may also provide us with the means of preparing for the impact of new computer technology on the scholarship of the future.
PMCID: PMC226642  PMID: 7437587
21.  Where there is no vision the people perish. 
Forces are already in motion that will change the future of health sciences librarianship. In addition to changes in academic health centers, changes in the publishing industry, the mode of delivering information by librarians, the use of computers to manipulate and make information available, the user's access to information, and communications technology are briefly described. The author proposes that health sciences librarians can participate in the creative process of constructing their professional future by being informed, expanding cooperative efforts, planning, ceasing a romanticized view of the profession, and becoming achievers rather than sustainers.
PMCID: PMC226641  PMID: 7437586
22.  Correction 
PMCID: PMC226650  PMID: 16017795
23.  Journal Notes 
PMCID: PMC226655  PMID: 16017798
25.  A Simple Objective Method for Determining a Dynamic Journal Collection *† 
In order to determine the content of a journal collection responsive to both user needs and space and dollar constraints, quantitative measures of the use of a 647-title collection have been related to space and cost requirements to develop objective criteria for a dynamic collection for the Treadwell Library at the Massachusetts General Hospital, a large medical research center. Data were collected for one calendar year (1977) and stored with the elements for each title's profile in a computerized file. To account for the effect of the bulk of the journal runs on the number of uses, raw use data have been adjusted using linear shelf space required for each title to produce a factor called density of use. Titles have been ranked by raw use and by density of use with space and cost requirements for each. Data have also been analyzed for five special categories of use.
Given automated means of collecting and storing data, use measures should be collected continuously. Using raw use frequency ranking to relate use to space and costs seems sensible since a decision point cutoff can be chosen in terms of the potential interlibrary loans generated. But it places new titles at risk while protecting titles with long, little used runs. Basing decisions on density of use frequency ranking seems to produce a larger yield of titles with fewer potential interlibrary loans and to identify titles with overlong runs which may be pruned or converted to microform. The method developed is simple and practical. Its design will be improved to apply to data collected in 1980 for a continuous study of journal use. The problem addressed is essentially one of inventory control. Viewed as such it makes good financial sense to measure use as part of the routine operation of the library to provide information for effective management decisions.
PMCID: PMC226645  PMID: 7437589

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