The use of online searching in a drug information center on a regular but selective basis is described. Of 90-100 information requests received monthly in a university-affiliated drug information center located within the health sciences library, five to eight computer searches are performed. All other questions are answered using a manual search. The computer searches are conducted by a medical librarian who works closely with the pharmacist. For each search, the library charges the drug information center for at least 12 minutes of connect time; charges over the library's direct costs only. The drug information center is staffed by a director and assistant director; in addition, Pharm. D. students and clinical pharmacy residents work there. Factors influencing the decision to do an online rather than a manual search include budgetary constraints, how quickly an answer is needed, the success of a preliminary manual search, and the complexity of the request. Considerations for conducting online searches through a library rather than by the staff of the drug information center include requisite search skills, costs, and accessibility to computer search services. The selective use of online searches through a health sciences library is a viable means of accessing online information in a drug information center than cannot support its own online literature-retrieval system.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||American Journal of Hospital Pharmacy|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1983|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Leadership and Management
- Pharmaceutical Science