ITALY: Medical Librarian isn’t a legally recognized profession in Italian National Health Service .
ITALY: Medical Librarian isn’t a legally recognized profession in Italian National Health Service.
In Lombardia: local network SBBL (Regional Law, 1994). SBBL co-ordinates 16 important medical libraries. More than 100 medical libraries use the SBBL’s services (Union Catalogue etc)
Pyramidal organizationsimilar to that of Russia. The National Library of Medicine co-ordinates thousands of medical libraries (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
SERHOLD/DOCLINE: ca.3000 medical libraries (USA/CANADA) exchange, free of charge, ca. 2,5 million documentsper year. They also partecipate in OCLC.
USA: MLA Medical Library Association (1890) and many other associationsin the field
WEST INDIES: Medical Science Library - Trinitad “is a small, new library...: 3000 mq, seat 800…” Bull. MLA88(3)2000:255
Pyramidal organization, similar to that of USA: The Russian State Central Scientific Medical Library co-ordinates the network of other medical libraries. Soyuzmedinform consortium produces the database Russian Medicine (over 150 russian medical journal indexed)
Russia::40 Schools in Library Science and a Special School for Medical Librarianship in Leningrad. (Bull MLA 79(3)1991)
JAPAN:Medical Librarian isn’t a legally recognized profession. No specific education. Medical Libraries only in some hospitals Japan Medical Library Association.Only local networks
“There are librarians working within the Public Health Service System, but they are not specialized/accredited/trained as health care information specialists, and the profession itself is not on the list of specialization stipulated by law “I. Robu. Questionnaire/ROMANIA
Nordic Association for Medical and Health Information bringing together the five national associations (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Finland). Health Libr Rev 1998 15(1):29-
LITNOR : (ca. 40 medical libraries (Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark) exchange articles. Sourc: Internet
UK is well organized: register, Library Association/ Health Libraries Group (2000 members), co-operation and networks.
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Spain: Coordinatora de documentaciò biomedica (since 1983)/Union catalogue Bollettino AIB 2000 40:295-308
AFRICA:A poor continent with few medical libraries well-organized?
AHILA : African Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa
Questionnaires : 7Ghana, Kenya (2) Namibia, Uganda, Zimbabwe (2)
Respondents:1 Zimbabwe Helga Patrikios. -University ofZimbabwe Medical Library ( 7 professional staff :4 degrees, 3 diplomas in library science)
Zimbabwe: only two medical libraries .Qualification required: degree (bachelor level) or postgraduate diploma, or MA or MSc in library science
Sent questionnaires: 4: Australia(3), New Zealand.
...In the ocean of health information the solitar navigator needs to be helped by a professional librarian….
Australia(3), New Zealand.