An overview of health science information system in India: librarian’s point of view

Munnolli, Satish S. (2009). An overview of health science information system in India: librarian’s point of view. In: Positioning the Profession: the Tenth International Congress on Medical Librarianship, Brisbane, Australia, (1-12). August 31-September 4, 2009.

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Author Munnolli, Satish S.
Title of paper An overview of health science information system in India: librarian’s point of view
Conference name Positioning the Profession: the Tenth International Congress on Medical Librarianship
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates August 31-September 4, 2009
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
Start page 1
End page 12
Formatted Abstract/Summary The advent of computer and communication technologies, particularly with regards to biomedical and health science information, have opened up exciting possibilities to intervene and influence the control of several diseases. New publishing models, open access concepts, and institutional repositories have revolutionized the delivery of biological and health science information.

The resulting explosion of this scientific information in this mass media has evolved many more challenges for information providers. Access to quality health information for clinicians and scientists has become more strenuous because of enormous growth, and the robust nature of information gateways. The usage trend is inclining more towards electronic information formats, but the clinicians and scientists are not well-informed about the developments and the existing infrastructure in India is not really geared up to address the situation.

The intermediary of this scientific knowledge and end user, the so-called Librarian, finds it difficult to cope with the situation in this area of specialization right from finding an article, to identifying a journal of high impact factor for a scientist in his focused discipline. Library and Information Science schools in India are not well equipped to take up the challenges of Medical Librarians.

An attempt has been made in this paper to identify the various challenges of Medical Librarians and the organizations that are specialized in training individuals for Medical Librarianship. It also summarizes the few resources these are providing for health science information, and the overall scenario of health science librarianship in India.
Subjects 0807 Library and Information Studies
Keyword Medical Librarianship
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

 
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