Hospital library service and the changes in national standards.

Autor Principal: Glitz, B
Outros Autores: Flack, V, Lovas, I M, Newell, P
Tipo: Artigo
Idioma: Inglês
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Two important sets of standards affecting hospital libraries were significantly revised in 1994, those of the Medical Library Association (MLA) and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

As part of its continuing efforts to monitor library services within its region, the University of California, Los Angeles Biomedical Library, Regional Medical Library for the Pacific Southwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) conducted a survey in late 1994, in part to determine the effects of these revised standards on regional hospital libraries.

Data from the survey were also used to provide a view of hospital libraries in the Pacific Southwest region, and to make comparisons with similar data collected in 1989.

Results showed that while libraries remained stable in overall number, size, and staffing, services, especially those associated with end-user searching and interlibrary loan, increased enormously.

With respect to the MLA standards, results show a high compliance level.

Interesting differences were seen between the perceptions of library staff concerning their rate of compliance with the JCAHO standards and their actual compliance as measured by the MLA criteria.

While some libraries appear to measure up better than their own perceptions would indicate, others may be fully aware of their actual compliance level.