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Association Européenne pour I'Information et les Bibliothèques de Santé


Publications and new Products

Dear colleagues,

facing our "old traditional problems" such as errors of omission in databases or who is going to be our full-text suppliers (publishers, agggregators or database providers?), we have to consider the "new development" linked to the Internet.
PubMed Central, a free online public archive, will be launched by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) the early 2000 and the creation of its European counterpart, E-Biosci, is planned to be launched in the new year by the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO). These two websites will differ in the manner in which non-peer reviewed material would be accepted (Nature, 1999, 401,413). In response to free online archives for life science papers, publishers plan to cooperate and to link up theirs journals and protect their revenues (Nature 1999, 402, 115).
A second revolution is expected :"..a part of the web would evolve into a global medical knowledge base that is browsable and searcheable across languages and continents. Key to this development is the widespread use of metadata and evaluative metainformation" (BMJ, 1999, 319,1294).
Another way of thinking to papers and databases.

Giovanna F. Miranda
Co-Editor & Publications


Since the Newsletter of November 1999, the following journal issue of Health Libraries Review has been received : vol. 16, 1999, no. 3

A.A.H. Verhoeven, P.M. Boendermaker, E.J. Boerma and B. Meyboom-de Jong. A model for the evaluation of search queries in medical bibliographic sources. p. 141-150.
The study describe a model for the evaluation of search queries based not only on the relevance, but also on the quality of the citation retrieved. Search queries was performed by Dutch general practitioners using the printed Index Medicus, Medline on Cd-Rom, and Mediline through Grateful Med.

S. MacDonald, L. Taylor and C. Adams. Searching the right database. A comparison of four databases for psychiatry journals. p.151-156.
Variation in the overlap between bibliographic databases emphasise the importance of searching more than one or even two databases to ensure optimal coverage of literature.

S. Lacey Bryant. Information services for primary care: the organisational culture of General Practice and the information needs of partnerships and Primary Care Groups. p.157-165.
In this article recent research in the field is discussed , and challenges intrinsic to delivering information services to primary care are identified.

M. Jordaan and R. Jones. Adoption of Internet technology by UK postgraduate centres: a questionnaire survey. p.166-173.
The survey found that almost 60% of UK postgraduate centres were connected. Lack of funds and decisive policy were stated to be the most common reasons for delay in connecting. The survey suggests that a significant investment in time and money will be required to support the use of the Internet in continuing medical education.

M. Dwyer. A Delphi survey of research priorities and identified areas for collaborative research in health sector library and information services. p.174-191.
The survey aims were to determine research priorities in the health Library and Information Services sector in the UK as to their perceived value for the professional and impact on user needs and to identify areas suitable for collaborative research.

lnnovations on the lnternet.
B. Anagnostelis Series Editors. p 192
E. Hallam and C. Plaice. An evaluation of Embase within the NHS: findings of the Database Access Project working partnership to extend the knowledge base of healthcare.

P. McGee. The patient library service in England. p. 204

Report on the 6th Congress of the Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa (AHILA 6), Lusaka, Zambia, 14-18 September 1998. p. 209

Research (J. Farmer and D. Williams) p. 209


Errors of omission.
P. Jacsó. Online & CD-Rom Review, 1999, 23 (5), 285.

Quieting the crowd: the clamour for full text.
B Brunelle. Online & CD-Rom Review, 1999, 23 (5), 297.

Europe strengthens its hand in bioscience website talks.
D Butler. Nature, 1999, 401, 413.

Publishers map out a way forward in response to free online archives.
D. Bluter. Nature, 1999, 402, 115.

Shopping around the internet today and tomorrow: towards the millennium of cybermedicine.
G. Eysenbach, E. Ryoung Sa, T. L. Diepgen. BMJ, 1999, 319, 1294


....... Web-based

Harrison=s 14 Online eds E. Braunwald, A.S. Fauci. K.J.Isselbacher et al. The internal medicine textbook Harrisons=s Principles of Internal Medicine has now become fully electronics. Online individual subscription $ 89, institutional subscription price begin at $ 650 for two users.

....... CD-Rom Based

British Library CD-Rom. The British library is releasing a 32-bit version on the British National Bibliography. As a CD-Rom/web hybrid it enables the user to combine benefits of a locally mounted CD-Rom with the global potential of the Internet.


Ebsco announce that 37 electronic journal titles from Scandinavian University Press will be accessible through Ebsco Online. Many of the journals of Scandinavian University Press are published in the field of medicine, with major international journals in paediatrics, surgery, oncology, rehabilitation and infectious diseases.

ISI has announced that it is providing complimentary access to two of the company=s premier Web databases, the Web of Science and Current Contents Connect to future information professionals. Fifteen American Library Association (ALA) accredited institutions have been selected to participate in the information and Library Science Student Access to ISI Project. ISI hopes to provide students with an opportunity to gain expertise in working with these databases.

RoweCom announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire UK-based Dawson Information Services Group.
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