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Health information multitype library reference referral networking: panacea for the '90s.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Bulletin of the Medical Library Association
Publication Date
Volume
86
Issue
3
Pages
356–365
Identifiers
PMID: 9681171
Source
Medline

Abstract

Librarians are exploring new approaches to information sharing to cope with a rapidly changing environment dominated by budget cuts, information explosion, and globalization of the economy, science, and culture. In 1990, the University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences (UIC LHS) initiated a pilot project aimed at establishing an effective balance between state-of-the-art information technology and traditional library methods and promoting cooperation among health information professionals by establishing the Health Information Referral Network (HIRN) in the state of Illinois. HIRN's background and development, Internet home page, and networking techniques reviewed in this paper are applicable to multitype libraries and information centers interested in improving information use and the referral process.

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