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A model for creating a virtual library in Iranian universities of medical sciences

Mehdi Alipour-Hafezi (Department of Psychology and Education Sciences, Allameh Tabataba’i University (ATU), Tehran, Iran)
Hamidreza Radfar (Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies, Tehran, Iran)
Behrooz Rasuli (Iranian Research Institute for Information Science and Technology (IranDoc), Tehran, Iran)
Majid Nabavi (Department of Knowledge and Information Science, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran)
Mohsen Haji Zeinolabedini (Department of Information Science and Knowledge, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran)
Afsaneh Dehnad (School of Health Management and Information Sciences, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran)
Shirin Mohamadzadeh (Department of English Language, Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran)
Leila Nemati-Anaraki (Department of Medical Library and Information Sciences, School of Health Management and Information Sciences, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran)

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 2 September 2019

Issue publication date: 16 October 2018

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to propose an integrating model for creating virtual libraries in Iranian universities of medical sciences.

Design/methodology/approach

This study was conducted with an analytic survey method. The statistical population comprised 66 Iranian universities of medical sciences, of which 59 libraries participated in the study. A researcher-made checklist was used for data collection. To ensure the accuracy of data, interviews and, in some cases, observations were also performed. Statistical estimates, including frequency, percentage, cumulative frequency and diagrams, were used for data analysis, and the system analysis method was used for modeling.

Findings

Results demonstrated that the library software programs of the studied universities of medical sciences do not have desirable interoperability capabilities. Only Azarsa program can exchange information with other systems. In terms of metadata and its standards, the studied libraries use programs with various standards, with MARC and Dublin Core standards being the most frequently used ones in the studied sample.

Originality/value

The model proposed here for integration is a hybrid model which can translate metadata standards and use the Z39.50 and OEI protocol to transfer data.

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Acknowledgements

The present study was supported and funded by Vice-Chancellor for Research and Technology, Iran University of Medical Sciences IR.IUMS.REC 1396.32498 Code. The authors thank all the personnel of this university for providing the infrastructure for conducting the present study.

Citation

Alipour-Hafezi, M., Radfar, H., Rasuli, B., Nabavi, M., Haji Zeinolabedini, M., Dehnad, A., Mohamadzadeh, S. and Nemati-Anaraki, L. (2018), "A model for creating a virtual library in Iranian universities of medical sciences", The Electronic Library, Vol. 37 No. 4, pp. 636-649. https://doi.org/10.1108/EL-01-2019-0017

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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