Library Trends 42 (1) Summer 1993: Libraries and Information Services in the Health Sciences


Library Trends 42 (1) Summer 1993: Libraries and Information Services in the Health Sciences. Edited by Prudence W. Dalrymple.

Nearly two decades have passed since the publication of the last issue of Library Trends devoted to health sciences libraries. During those decades, many far-reaching changes have occurred. Arguably, most of these changes can be summarized in two words - technology and economics. The increasing numbers of microcomputers in the early 1980s, followed by the growth of facsimile transmission and the advent of Internet, have facilitated the delivery of information and documents not just to the library, but to that most convenient of all locations, the requester’s workstation. Technological advances in medicine have produced a health care system that improves and prolongs health but whose cost has created serious inequities in distribution and access. In the 1990s, the economics of health care in North America occupies national attention and the pace of technological innovation continues to accelerate. It appears today that this decade will be characterized by too few resources - and too much information. Decisions about allocating resources and selecting among abundant information sources are two of the greatest challenges facing libraries today.

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