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Author: Cummings, Martin Marc, 1920-2011
Title: How Pediatricians Can Use the National Library of Medicine, 1966
Occasion: Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Chicago, Ill.
MMC Commentary: I again point out in this speech that pediatricians have access to the National Library of Medicine's collection directly, in person, by phone or mail, or through local libraries. Through the National Library of Medicine interlibrary loan program, NLM lends materials or provides copies of its materials to other libraries for their local users. It was my intent to encourage pediatricians to take advantage of this opportunity. Each year a quarter of 1 million requests for articles or references in the journal literature were provided by NLM to members of the biomedical community. I also pointed out that a computer is used to prepare specialized bibliographies on request to individual users. The bibliographies are a product of machine searches of the literature by the MEDLARS computer. I point out that MEDLARS provides access to ensure this information of interest to pediatricians, and in fact 75 journals deal primarily with pediatrics and are indexed in Index Medicus. This speech includes illustrations and charts available from other speeches in this collection.
Subject terms:
National Library of Medicine (U.S.)
MEDLARS
Information Dissemination
Access to Information
Communication
Library Services
Computer Systems

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