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Title:Organizing Electronic Information to Serve the Needs of Health Practitioners and Consumers
Author(s):LaCroix, Eve-Marie; Backus, Joyce E.B.
Subject(s):Joint use libraries
Library cooperation
National Library of Medicine (US)
Medical libraries
Abstract:From its beginnings as the Library of the Army Surgeon General to today’s Internet-driven information environment, the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) has served a variety of audiences. As NLM strives to provide the best possible service to health scientists and consumers, the form of that service has changed depending on resources available and the state of technology. Throughout its history, NLM has adopted innovative programs and technology at the earliest sensible moment that would serve its patron needs. Today, NLM is a leader in providing electronic biomedical information to health professionals, researchers, the public, and anyone else with access to the Internet. These services have evolved in response to available technology and the demands of the various audiences, from clinicians to consumers. To serve the needs of this variety of patrons, NLM connects health information resources in ways that enable each audience to fi nd the information appropriate to its need. NLM continues to improve this organization as the demand and technology and resources allow.
Issue Date:2006
Publisher:Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In Library Trends 54 (4) Spring 2006: 607–619.
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright 2006 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
Date Available in IDEALS:2008-02-20

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