Medical libraries and computers. The role of medical libraries in medical informatics

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The classic function of health sciences libraries is to build and maintain a knowledge base and to provide timely access to that collective memory for the purposes of learning, teaching, caring for patients, conducting research or managing an organization. The formats and representation of that knowledge base are changing rapidly, as are the methods and techniques for gaining access to information. Medical libraries have long used computers for cataloging and controlling records but are now shifting to acquiring, managing and distributing bibliographic and full-text information to local library 'networks'.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)859-863
Number of pages5
JournalWestern Journal of Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 1986


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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