ERIC Number: ED032890
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Study of the Use of Interlibrary Loan Service in Clinical Environments.
Pings, Vern M.
This interlibrary loan study was done in 16 health care institutions during two weeks in November, 1967 and two weeks in March, 1968. Each interlibrary loan requester was asked to record what position he held (attending staff, resident, intern, other staff), and whether his request was related to patient care, teaching, continuing education, or research. The discussion covers the dependability of questionnaire information, who uses the service, need for and growth of the service, and use of the service by different groups of requesters. Among the conclusions reached are that (1) interlibrary loan service involves many factors and simple counts of users and requests are not useful for determining service policy, and (2) if access to scholarly records for health care is accepted as a requirement in hospital environments, perhaps an interinstitutional approach to planning for the access service would be more valuable than trying to define what a single hospital library ought to do or be. (CC)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Library of Medicine (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI. Medical Library.