Internet access in the libraries of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Becky J. Lyon, P. Zoë Stavri, D. Colette Hochstein, Holly Grossetta Nardini

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Abstract

As the National Library of Medicine expands access to its products and services by making them available on the Internet, more accurate information about current and future access in medical libraries is needed. The National Network Office of the National Library of Medicine conducted a survey of all network member libraries to determine the extent of connectivity and the barriers preventing 100% connectivity. Respondents called a toll-free number and, using interactive voice technology, answered questions concerning Internet access in their library. Seventy-eight percent of the network member libraries responded. Four percent of academic libraries, 27% of hospital libraries, and 10% of 'other' libraries reported that they were not connected. Computer cost, lack of in-house expertise, and lack of management support were the highest ranked barriers to connecting. The National Library of Medicine and the Regional Medical Libraries will use information from this survey to develop strategies to help all member libraries achieve full connectivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)486-490
Number of pages5
JournalBulletin of the Medical Library Association
Volume86
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics

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