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Article
Publication date: 1 April 1946

W.R. LE FANU

The only comprehensive list of British medical libraries hitherto available has been that in The Aslib directory 1928, and there is an extended account of those in London…

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The only comprehensive list of British medical libraries hitherto available has been that in The Aslib directory 1928, and there is an extended account of those in London in Reginald Rye, The students' guide to the libraries of London (3rd ed., 1927), pp. 362–77. The new list, here put forward, is intended to bring the information from those two books of reference up to date, after nearly twenty years. British libraries are briefly listed among ‘Medical libraries outside North America’ in the Medical Library Association's A handbook of medical library practice, ed. Janet Doe, Chicago, American library association 1943, chapter 1, appendix 2, pages 41–64. The meagre information in that list, if contrasted with the detailed documentation of American and Canadian libraries in successive issues of the American medical directory, accentuates the need for us to know ourselves better. Several, perhaps many, medical librarians have had to compile lists of kindred libraries for their own convenience. A list which I had thus prepared seemed to Aslib to offer adequate basis for a Directory of British medical libraries, and in order to complete it Aslib issued a questionnaire in the autumn of 1944 to libraries known to possess medical collections and to hospitals, medical societies, and medical institutions throughout the British Isles. The information obtained from the generous response to this questionnaire is epitomized in the list which follows. I am responsible for all omissions and errors and I hope that those who detect any will supply corrections and additions so that this preliminary list may be revised and become a definitive Directory.

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Journal of Documentation, vol. 2 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0022-0418

Article
Publication date: 16 January 2009

Christine Wamunyima Kanyengo

The purpose of this paper is to take stock of the current state of information resources and approaches used to meet collection development needs at the University of

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to take stock of the current state of information resources and approaches used to meet collection development needs at the University of Zambia Medical Library.

Design/methodology/approach

A case study methodological approach accompanied by a review of the literature, annual reports and official documents was used

Findings

The findings indicate that the UNZA Medical Library has not had adequate funding since the early 1980s and its collection cannot meet the information needs of its users without the support of other organizations.

Practical implications

Dwindling financial resources are a scenario that is common to libraries all over the world but more pronounced in Sub‐Saharan Africa, where libraries have seen major reductions in their funding levels over time. The library has devised alternative strategies, other than funding from the parent institution, for meeting its collection development requirements.

Originality/value

Lessons learned over time and best practices that can be of use to other libraries that are facing funding problems are highlighted.

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Collection Building, vol. 28 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0160-4953

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Publication date: 22 June 2021

Malihe Dalili Saleh, Maryam Salami, Faramarz Soheili and Soraya Ziaei

This study aimed to present a model for the use of augmented reality (AR) in the libraries of universities of medical sciences. The goal was to introduce the applications…

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Purpose

This study aimed to present a model for the use of augmented reality (AR) in the libraries of universities of medical sciences. The goal was to introduce the applications, advantages, opportunities and challenges of AR.

Design/methodology/approach

This study adopted a qualitative approach, had an applied goal and was based on data theory. The statistical population comprised 20 experts in the field of AR, and the data were collected based on in-depth semi-structured interviews until achieving theoretical saturation. A model was proposed after open coding and the formation of the main categories, and the use of AR in the development of libraries of medical universities was discussed.

Findings

The category of application consisted of strengthening education, promoting users' information literacy, finding resources, user guidance, gamification, educational justice, helping management, enriching resources, providing new services and economic savings. The advantages were library services, sociocultural excellence, educational level, software potential and helping the librarian. The challenges were technical, economic and cultural barriers. Libraries can attract many users by enacting effective policies, using technology and enriching the content of resources. AR can greatly assist library management and improve the librarians' and users' professional activities.

Research limitations/implications

The limitation of this study was that some experts could not participate in the interviews.

Originality/value

The results of this study are beneficial for managers, librarians, students and researchers. The use of AR in libraries is essential for achieving fourth-generation libraries. AR will be a necessity for the libraries of medical universities.

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Library Hi Tech, vol. 40 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0737-8831

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Article
Publication date: 1 May 1987

On April 2, 1987, IBM unveiled a series of long‐awaited new hardware and software products. The new computer line, dubbed the Personal Systems 30, 50, 60, and 80, seems…

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On April 2, 1987, IBM unveiled a series of long‐awaited new hardware and software products. The new computer line, dubbed the Personal Systems 30, 50, 60, and 80, seems destined to replace the XT and AT models that are the mainstay of the firm's current personal computer offerings. The numerous changes in hardware and software, while representing improvements on previous IBM technology, will require users purchasing additional computers to make difficult choices as to which of the two IBM architectures to adopt.

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M300 and PC Report, vol. 4 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0743-7633

Article
Publication date: 26 September 2018

Aboozar Ramezani, Seyed Javad Ghazimirsaeed, Fereydoon Azadeh, Mohammad Esmaeilpour Bandboni and Mohammad Hossein YektaKooshali

The purpose of this paper is to assess the quality of Iranian university libraries.

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to assess the quality of Iranian university libraries.

Design/methodology/approach

This first systematic review and meta-analysis were based on the PRISMA guidelines by searching in national and international databases from 2003 to January 2017 with standard Persian and English keywords. Data searching, extracting and quality appraising were completed by two researchers, independently. Any unexpected documents were assessed by a third expert researcher. Data were extracted in accordance with the “Strength of the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology” checklist after the final selection of appraised documents. Random effects size based on Cochrane test and I2 were used for combining the obtained results from different studies together by considering the heterogeneity of studies.

Findings

Based on the meta-analysis conducted in 25 (6.42 percent) included studies, the total sample size was estimated. According to three dimensions of LibQUAL, findings of current information control, affect of service and the library as a place were estimated as 5.37 [CI95%: 5.02, 5.73], 6.91 [CI95%: 5.56, 6.26], and 5.46 percent [CI95%: 5.2, 5.73], respectively. Also, mean of service adequacy and superiority gap are equal to 0.07 [CI95%: −0.22, 0.36] and −2.06 [CI95%: −2.89, −1.23], respectively. There was a significant correlation between three dimensions of service quality and service superiority gap of LibQUAL and geographical regions of Iran (p<0.01). Also, a significant correlation was found between the gaps of services and three aspects of LibQUAL model and published years through a meta-regression test (p<0.01).

Practical implications

The results obtained from the present study showed that users are relatively satisfied with the quality of services provided by Iranian university libraries. An improvement in the quality of library services can promote the scientific level of universities.

Originality/value

The results of the present systematic review and meta-analysis study demonstrate a vital connection between primary research studies and decision-making for policymakers in Iranian university libraries to increase quality services.

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Performance Measurement and Metrics, vol. 19 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1467-8047

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Article
Publication date: 1 April 1995

Erica E. van der Westhuizen and E. Stan Miller

There are few veterinary libraries or information centres in sub‐Saharan Africa, on average one to two per country. This scarcity makes cooperation all the more vital. For…

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There are few veterinary libraries or information centres in sub‐Saharan Africa, on average one to two per country. This scarcity makes cooperation all the more vital. For successful cooperation, effective communication structures are a prerequisite. These structures are not only necessary for library staff but for the faculty members they serve as well, in their communication with colleagues in related research fields or veterinary extension projects. (1) The steps taken by the Veterinary Science Library of the University of Pretoria to promote electronic communication in particular, in order to render a more effective information service to its clients and others beyond South Africa's borders are described namely: — the use of the Internet listserv VETLIB‐L; — the use of the non‐university networks SANGONET and HealthLink mainly for community outreach projects; — making the University of Pretoria Academic Information Service's own network, ROMINFO, available to non‐university persons via dial‐in facilities; — the creation of a unique electronic forum facility by the Faculty of Veterinary Science and the Library in conjunction with the CSIR's NIBS, called VETAFRICA, mainly for practising veterinarians needing information. (2) Veterinary lecturer involvement in teaching and research is increasingly dependent on Veterinary Computer‐Mediated Communications (VC‐MC), in Africa and globally. A sampling of some of the dynamically expanding information sources globally available to online veterinary teams and animal health workers, as well as a starter list of contact details of currently available online veterinary faculties, libraries and institutions in Southern Africa, is provided.

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The Electronic Library, vol. 13 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-0473

Article
Publication date: 1 April 1990

Tovah Reis

Argues that the increasing number of publications and thecorresponding decline in library resources have meant that interlibrarylending and document supply are becoming…

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Argues that the increasing number of publications and the corresponding decline in library resources have meant that interlibrary lending and document supply are becoming more important as Israeli libraries shift their emphasis from collections and become more access oriented. Describes the tools available for co‐operation in Israeli libraries and details the searching aids, methods of ordering, sources and fees for interlending and document supply. Mentions the unfortunate lack of statistics for Israeli supply transactions.

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Interlending & Document Supply, vol. 18 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-1615

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Article
Publication date: 1 July 2003

Mohammed Reza Davarpanah

This paper examines the contemporary university library system in Iran. The eight key factors studied are: library systems, resources and collection building, technical…

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This paper examines the contemporary university library system in Iran. The eight key factors studied are: library systems, resources and collection building, technical processing, services, information technology applications, co‐operation and exchange of information resources, administration and staffing, and financial administration. While examining these variables, the problems being faced by university libraries are also discussed and suggestions for dealing with them are offered.

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Library Review, vol. 52 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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Article
Publication date: 1 April 1993

Glenda Myers

Medical libraries have been involved with automated services for over a century, beginning with the association of John Shaw Billings, the Director of the Library of the…

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Medical libraries have been involved with automated services for over a century, beginning with the association of John Shaw Billings, the Director of the Library of the Surgeon‐General's Office of the US Army and Herman Hollerith, founder of the Computing‐Tabulating‐Recording Company, which eventually changed its name to IBM. In the early 1960s, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) began development of MEDLARS, the first successful large‐scale online bibliographic information retrieval system. More recent developments include use of CDROM discs for searching databases, full‐text online and CDROM medical journals and experiments in document delivery such as ADONIS. Currently, the proliferation of medical end‐users, combined with the need for rapid publication of medical data, has led to the first attempt at electronic publishing in the form of the Online Journal of Current Clinical Trials. The Internet, a global computer network of networks, is now being used to transmit up‐to‐date medical information to practitioners worldwide, while satellite systems such as SatelLife provide the means to transmit health care information to rural areas in developing countries. This paper provides an overview of electronic health information systems currently available, and discusses their implications for the dissemination of information for medical practitioners within the context of the health care infrastructure in South Africa.

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The Electronic Library, vol. 11 no. 4/5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-0473

Article
Publication date: 8 July 2014

Claire Creaser, Susanne Cullen, Ruth Curtis, Nicola Darlington, Jane Maltby, Elizabeth Newall and Valerie Spezi

The purpose of this paper is to bring together the findings of two studies investigating the value of academic libraries to teaching and research staff in higher education…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to bring together the findings of two studies investigating the value of academic libraries to teaching and research staff in higher education institutions. The Working Together (WT) project was an international study, funded by SAGE Publishing, investigating the value of academic libraries for teaching and research staff in the USA, UK and Scandinavia. The Raising Academic Impact (RAI) project was an initiative of the University of Nottingham (UoN) aimed at increasing the impact of academic librarians in departments across the university by assessing perception and awareness of current library services and future needs of academic staff.

Design/methodology/approach

The WT project was conducted during Spring 2012, comprising a series of eight case studies and an online survey exploring the case study experiences and findings within their wider regional and academic context. One was conducted at the UoN, and included the RAI project. The RAI project was originally a four-phase initiative conducted by academic librarians at the UoN. The first phase, which is reported in this paper, consisted of a survey of teaching and research staff, distributed in summer 2012, investigating awareness, uptake and value of existing services, as well as demand for new library services.

Findings

Determining the value of academic libraries is a challenging task as very little evidence (beyond the anecdotal) is collected. Perceptions of library value vary greatly between what librarians think the value of their library is to academic staff and how academic staff actually value their library. Information literacy and study skills teaching are greatly valued by academic staff. Despite current efforts, research support is still limited, owing to a cultural barrier hampering greater collaboration between libraries and academic staff in this area. Communication and marketing are keys to increase the value of academic libraries to teaching and research staff.

Originality/value

This paper presents the key findings from the two studies in parallel. It is anticipated that these discoveries will be of interest to the wider library community to help libraries develop services which are closely linked to the needs of teaching and academic staff.

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Performance Measurement and Metrics, vol. 15 no. 1/2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1467-8047

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