ERIC Number: ED339394
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
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Journal Evaluation Research of the Northside Medical Center Library of the Western Reserve Care System in Youngstown, Ohio.
Shelley, Patricia A.
Arguing that recommended lists for hospital libraries are too general, this use study evaluated the journal collection of a small hospital library. It is noted that the literature on use studies indicates that, with the availability of resources through computer searches, interlibrary loans, consortiums and networks, journal evaluation is no longer limited to an individual library's collection. The requests for interlibrary loans were used to analyze the weaknesses of the Northside Medical Center Library collection (Youngstown, Ohio). It was discovered that journals which were not used were those that were not indexed in popular medical indexes or received low scores in citation analysis, and that the MEDLINE computer database is increasingly becoming a priority in establishing what should be in the hospital library journal collection. This study also found that the only solution to keeping a quality journal collection in a small hospital library is microfiche, and that it is not possible for a small hospital library to supply all of the available medical information that will be requested. It was concluded that evaluation of serial collections results in a greater awareness of the literature and allows the investigator to have more assurance and accuracy in establishing a comprehensive and efficient medical journal collection. A list of journals recommended for the Northside Medical Center Library is included. A copy of a data collection form is appended. (26 references) (MAB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Evaluative
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Note: Master's Research Paper, Kent State University.