ERIC Number: ED097889
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Decentralization of the National Biomedical Communications Network; Development of Regional and State Plans. North Dakota Library Notes, Vol. 5, No. 6.
Bruce, Elizabeth W.
North Dakota Library Notes, v5 n6 Nov 1974
The current trend in biomedical information systems is to decentralization. Starting with the Medical Library Assistance Act of 1965, various plans of organization have been tried for improving the national diffusion of medical information. In 1968 the John Crerar Library became the Midwest Regional Medical Library, serving as an intermediary between local medical libraries and the National Library of Medicine (NLM). North Dakota was a member of this centralized information system. In 1973, the Midwest followed other regions in switching to a decentralized network, with 10 libraries designated as resource libraries for their regions and consortia of neighboring libraries being encouraged to form. The NLM requested that each region and state develop a resource sharing plan. The state plan for North Dakota will include division of the state into four service quadrants and central coordination by a new Director of Health Science Libraries. (PF)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Libraries and Educational Technology (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Dakota State Library Commission, Bismarck.