Regional Virtual Health Libraries in Spain: where are we and where should we be going to?

Salas-Valero, Montse and Salvador-Oliván, José Antonio Regional Virtual Health Libraries in Spain: where are we and where should we be going to?, 2016 . In 15th European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL) Conference Proceeding, Sevilla (Spain), 6-11 June 2016. [Conference paper]

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English abstract

In line with the technological developments and the increasing access to the Internet, and after the health competences transfer, almost all Autonomous Communities (ACs) created virtual health sciences libraries which provide access to electronic resources and offer librarian services to the professionals of the health service. The creation of the virtual libraries has not followed common patters in all ACs and today, we can appreciate different organizational designs of the virtual libraries in health sciences in the ACs. However, all of them should offer a minimum of resources and services to ensure the equity in the access to relevant information needed for clinical decision making, which will has a direct impact on the quality of health care.

Spanish abstract

En línea con los avances tecnológicos y el aumento del acceso a Internet, y debido a la transferencia de competencias de salud, casi todas las comunidades autónomas (CCAA) han creado bibliotecas de ciencias de la salud virtuales que proporcionan acceso a los recursos electrónicos y ofrecen servicios bibliotecarios a los profesionales de los servicios de salud. La creación de las bibliotecas virtuales no ha seguido patrones comunes en todas las CCAA y en la actualidad, podemos apreciar diferentes diseños organizacionales de las mismas en las distintas comunidades autónomas. Sin embargo, todos ellos deben ofrecer un mínimo de recursos y servicios para asegurar la equidad en el acceso a la información pertinente necesaria para la toma de decisiones clínicas, lo que tiene un impacto directo en la calidad de la asistencia sanitaria.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: Medical libraries; virtual libraries; library administration; library cooperation; health information; Spain; bibliotecas médicas; bibliotecas virtuales; administración bibliotecaria; cooperación bibliotecaria; información biomédica; España
Subjects: A. Theoretical and general aspects of libraries and information. > AA. Library and information science as a field.
D. Libraries as physical collections. > DK. Health libraries, Medical libraries.
Depositing user: Jose Antonio Salvador-Oliván
Date deposited: 26 Oct 2016 10:43
Last modified: 26 Oct 2016 12:31


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