ERIC Number: ED044150
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Jul
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KOMRML, Document Delivery Service, an Evaluation of Its Value and Operation from Responses to a Questionnaire.
Kentucky, OH, Michigan Regional Medical Library, Detroit, MI.
The Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan Regional Medical Library (KOMRML), a service organization made up of the libraries of ten academic institutions, has within a year created an identifiable organization. A questionnarie was sent to 440 participants in this organization to determine: (1) if it was one that was causing constructive changes, and (2) if the organization could be improved and if planning should be started to institutionalize the organization. Since 70% of the respondents indicated that KOMRML decreased the time required to obtain a document, the organization has functioned as anticipated. Also, 75% of the respondents indicated they experienced no difficulty with the network's operational procedures. Since 6% of the institutions using KOMRML's document delivery service accounted for almost 60% of all transactions, the policy of "free" interlibrary loan service becomes questionable. With the limited funds available, KOMRML is, in effect, subsidizing the large institutions without being able to promote equalization of access to the smaller institutions. For KOMRML to concentrate its development to work on the expressed needs of clinical institutions will depend on: (1) the national priorities of the Regional Medical Library program, and (2) the ability of KOMRML to provide dependable and equal service to all. (MF)
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Sponsor: Public Health Service (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Kentucky, OH, Michigan Regional Medical Library, Detroit, MI.