Study of Information Sources and Services of the National Medical Library in India

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Study of Information Sources and Services of the National Medical Library in India


Hussain, Akhtar, Kumar, Krishna, Fatima, Nishat, Kumar, Deepak, Library Philosophy and Practice


Introduction

The National Medical Library aims to provide wide and efficient information resources and services to the health science professionals as well as users in India. It functions under the administrative control of the Directorate General of Health Services. The National Medical Library was initially conceived as departmental library having a small collection of books for the use of officers of the erstwhile Directorate General of Indian Medical Services (DGIMS).The DGIMS was later merged with the Office of the Public Health Commissioner in India in 1947 to form the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and the library became DGHS Library. Realizing the need for a Central Medical Library to support academic, research and clinical work of Biomedical Professionals in the country, the DGHS library was developed gradually and declared as Central Medical Library in 1961 and as the National Medical Library on 1st April 1966.[1]

Review of Literature

To set the scene for the study, a review of the literature was first undertaken. Maharana (2004)[2] tells that under the title "Policies and practices of development and management of e-resources in the select R&D libraries of Kolkata City" depicted the current state of e-collection, policy statements, and management practices under vogue. It also examined various criteria for selection and evaluation of e-resources. Bali (1997)[3] examined the collection development program in National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS) library. The library collection development plan was being developed by resource sharing with outside libraries and making use of available information technology. Katogi (1994)[4] States the genesis of the National Diet Library, Tokyo, Japan and its organizations, collection and preservation of documents and their accessibility and use. States the major collections and their catalogues, bibliographies and indexes. Describe its services; inter library loan, and automation used in the library. Also states its buildings facilities and finance.

Shafi (1997)[5] conducted a study on "Health Science Research libraries in India. If focuses on permanent Health Science Research institutions attached to ICMR, CSIR, DRDO, CCRALS, CCRH, CCRUM and CCRY & YV. The findings were that the selection policies were arbitrary and vary from institute to institute. There was an average growth in the finance. Different types of services are available such as Inter library loan, Bibliographic services, on-line services etc. Author had also given some suggestions like there should be a common policy for the functioning of the library. Library should subscribe core journals. Financial allocation should be made to purchase technology units/gadgets, specialized services should be provided. Nomma (1994)[6] in his article "Information services in National Diet Library" presents an outline and the state of information services of the National Diet Library of Japan. States the application of information and communication technologies, shifts towards networking, development of automated cataloguing and indexing systems, creation of bibliographic databases of domestic and foreign materials. Introduction of information services, library services to users and plans for total automation. Singh (1999)[7] attempted about background information about the emergence of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur. She discussed the methodology used for data collection, acquisition of periodicals and other documentary collection. Majority of the users rated library collection, services and attitude of library staff was good. The users were not satisfied with the photocopying services. Examined the user's awareness and usefulness of various types of reader services.

Akhtar Hussain and Krishna Kumar (2006)[8]carried out a survey the use, collection and services of IIRS Library. The major findings of the study were:(1) A majority of the users (41. …

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