By Astrid Nøklebye Heiberg (auth.), Tony McSéan, John van Loo, Euphemia Coutinho (eds.)

The 1994 convention of the eu organization for overall healthiness details and Libraries drew jointly a great crew of invited audio system and contributed papers. audio system got here from all the pieces of Europe, from N. the USA, or even from Australia, and just about all the papers offered are gathered during this quantity. They characterize an enormous precis of the state-of-the-art in libraries and knowledge providers within the scientific and well-being parts and are a wealthy resource of recommendation, information and knowledge for everybody operating in comparable fields.
many of the issues be aware of the $64000 development components of the occupation: computer-based info providers, networking (especially the Internet), and CD-ROMs. extra common themes are usually not overlooked, and the e-book includes many attention-grabbing contributions on picking the desires of library clients and comparing how good those are being met. there's additionally a massive part at the historical past of medication.

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Long M. The future: electronic publishing. In Hall GM. How to write a paper. London: BMJ, 1994: 107-12. THE NATIONAL MEDICAL LIBRARY (NML), PRAGUE ON ITS WAY TO INTERNET Otakar Pinkas, Narodni ICkal'ska knihovna, Sokolska 31, Prague, Czech Republic Abstract An outline of major changes in the Czech health care system and in the network of Czech medical libraries is presented. Recent development, of the Czech educational and scientitlc network (CESNET) are described. Arguments are brought out stressing the necessity of the National medical library, Prague to become an active member of large information networks including Internet.

New Objectives of NMl and the Modern Information Technology Besides producing signiflcant bibliographic data bases, the NML provides a broad range of library and information services to physicians through the country. It takes gradual steps to become an ac1:ive member ofCESNET, a specialized nation-wide library network CASLIN (Czech and Slovak Library Information Network) and Internet. Another strategical point of interest is the produc1:ion of printed outputs, diskettes and CD-ROMs; these products are still more and more available, less expensive and very widely used.

A new scheme of flnancing public information services should be applied in the nearest future. Means from the state budget will be allocated mainly to libraries providing tlrst-rate services to the broadest public. Employment of the grant system tor the needs of medical libraries is also envisaged. The decrease of the number of users and the decline of the number of medical libraries in the Czech Republic have a naturally Significant impact on the contents and range of present-day NML's activities.

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