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Medical Library and Information System for India: A Proposal

Gayas-ud-din; (1993) Medical Library and Information System for India: A Proposal. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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This research concerns the design and planning of a medical library and information system for India. Based on a questionnaire survey, it examines the strengths and weaknesses of the existing resources, services and cooperative activities in Indian medical and health science libraries. The study reveals the lack of coordination or resource sharing activities in these libraries and concludes that owing to inadequate budgetary provisions, document collections and a wide gap between the present service provisions and actual requirements, there is need to rationalise and supplement the existing infrastructural resources into a nationwide networking system. In order to gain information about the concept and planning of regional library systems and the need for a regional library or regional library unit, four different regional medical library and information systems in the U.K., namely Oxford, South West Thames, North Western and Trent, were surveyed. The focus is to ascertain in what ways the development of a regional library system could result in improvement of library services in the region and the factors that lead to particular successes (or failures) in operation and administration of direct regional support services. The survey also examines the nature of relationships between the regional library unit and member libraries and the extent to which regional services are used and valued. The proposed system for India (MEDLIS) is based on the particular context to which it relates. The results of the design are mainly presented by either descriptive or analytical models, decided by the category of issues involved. The research has focused on the organisational aspects of system planning and attempts to delineate and analyse those factors that will ultimately govern the configuration and functions of a national medical library networking system and its units on a regional basis. However, macro-considerations of technology are inevitable and three alternate programmes are suggested. Recommendations are made about the future developments of a national medical library system and a possible implementation plan is outlined.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Medical Library and Information System for India: A Proposal
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
Keywords: Communication and the arts; India; Information systems; Medical libraries
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10104327
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