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Journal:   HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT   WINTER 2011 , Volume 7 , Number 4 (16); Page(s) 444 To 450.
 
Paper: 

EVALUATION OF IRAN, TEHRAN AND SHAHID BEHESHTI UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES HOSPITAL LIBRARIES ACCORDING TO EXISTING STANDARDS

 
 
Author(s):  HASHEMIAN MOHAMMAD REZA*, HOVEYDA ALIREZA, KHOSHKAM MASOOMEH
 
* ISFAHAN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, ISFAHAN, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Introduction: Hospitals libraries play an important role in the patients' care and education .as well as their treatment. Considering that compliance standards by the libraries can improve and promote information services ,the aim of this study was to evaluate the standards of hospital libraries of three university in Iran according to "standards for hospital libraries 2002" and "standard of educational and treatment center library collection".
Methods: In this cross-sectional descriptive study 35 hospital libraries from Iran, Tehran and Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences were studied. Data were collected by questionnaire which validity and reliability was confirmed by professionals. Obtained data analyzed by Excel software.
Results: Over 50% of hospital libraries have personnel who were below the standards levels. Only 29% of library managers were standards regarding their educational level and academic disipline. None of the libraries were standard according to the book collection. Regarding hours of presenting and providing services to different user groups, a few percent of the libraries were standard. 25.8% of the libraries have buildings which have been designed for using as a library. 25.8% of libraries have construction that had already been designed for libraries.
Conclusion: Most of the hospital libraries are below the standard level. Overall, the status of hospital libraries was not appropriate enough in comparison with standards and the library managers should pay more attention to improve the situation of the libraries.

 
Keyword(s): LIBRARIES, HOSPITAL, REFERENCES STANDARDS, UNIVERSITIES, HOSPITALS
 
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