ERIC Number: ED051820
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Nov-30
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Information Gathering And Disseminating Activities of the National Library of Medicine.
Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
The National Library of Medicine maintains a computerized analysis and retrieval system and administers various programs for collecting, publishing, disseminating, and exchanging medical health information. A major use of the library's computer is to prepare bibliographies of biomedical subjects requested by medical schools, researchers, practitioners, public health officials, and other health professionals. The library is encountering problems responding to such requests. About 2 to 4 weeks is required to process requests, and library officials believe that the requests should be processed in a much shorter time. The longer time presently required is due to the relative slowness inherent in the computer's storage and retrieval system. Limitations in the computer's vocabulary, inconsistency in indexing procedures, and errors by the people who do the searching have resulted in data that is not responsive to the requests. (Author/MM)
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Authoring Institution: Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.