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Author: Cummings, Martin Marc, 1920-2011
Title: Modern Bibliographic Control of the Biomedical Literature as an Aid to Teaching, Research, and Practice, 1965
Occasion: Presented at 7th Medical Symposium in Poughkeepsie, New York and was sponsored by International Business Machines Corporation (IBM).
MMC Commentary: IBM was interested in learning the status of MEDLARS and I was interested in learning what equipment IBM had which might allow NLM to operate more efficiently in comparison with the Honeywell 800 NLM was currently utilizing. The speech explains that MEDLARS has three divisions, (1) the input subsystem for indexing, (2) the retrieval subsystems, (3) the photo composition system for publications. Plans were underway for the graphic image storage and retrieval system (GRACE) to permit rapid copy retrieval of full text documents. The system was evaluated and despite the finding of some deficiencies in the first year of operation, MEDLARS performance was sufficiently satisfactory to justify continued operation.
Subject terms:
National Library of Medicine (U.S.)
MEDLARS
Cataloging
Abstracting and Indexing
Computer Systems
Library Services
Sumerian tablets
MEDLARS Decentralization
Demand Search
Recurring Bibliographies
Index to the Dental Literature
Index of Rheumatology
Graphic Arts Composing Equipment (GRACE)
Index Medicus
Bibliography of Medical Reviews

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