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Re: Hospital Sites and Networks

Forwarded message:
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 1997 10:59:22 +0100
From: James Shedlock <>
Subject: Re:  Hospital Sites and Networks 

The message below was posted on the AAHSL List (Assoc. Academic Health
Sciences Library Directors).  One of my concerns, based on a license to
share the Current Contents database (Life Science segment only), is the
ability to include off-campus faculty and students.  This phenomena is now
starting to happen more in medicine with the complexities associated with
managed care.  While we are struggling to deal with inclusion of off-site
faculty and students, we anticipate dealing with the distant hospitals as
contracts are secured and the academic library starts to support the
distant hospital library.  In fact, I'm told access to the academic hs
library and its electronic resources and services is what appeals to
various hospitals and helps get them to join the academic-based network. 

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>From: "Dana McDonald, Head, Ruth Lilly Medical Libr"
>Date: Wed, 24 Sep 1997 09:24:52 +0000
>Subject: AAHSL: (Fwd) Hospital Sites and Networks (fwd)
>AAHSL Colleagues,
>Please excuse any duplication of messages.
>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 21:10:24 -0400 (EDT)
>From: Ann Okerson <>
>Subject: Hospital Sites and Networks
>Any of you 'out there' who either license electronic content to or license
>on behalf of hospitals and multiple hospital systems?  Our Yale-New Haven
>Hospital (a teaching hospital for the Medical School) is growing into the
>mom-spider of a hospital network in Connecticut and the network will
>probably include various large and small hospitals as well as some clinics
>and practices.  It is expected that the members of this large network will
>want electronic content of the sort we provide at Yale for the Medical
>I'm wondering how such licensing arrangements work, whether they are
>regarded by producers as "educational" (Yale-New Haven Hospital certainly
>is, at least so far in our licenses and falls under the Medical Library or
>University Library rubric, as part of the same site); how a site or sites
>is/are defined in such a situation; is this a new type of need or are
>there already examples of such hospital networks providing access to
>e-information?  What issues crop up, etc?
>Please answer not only if you are already engaging in such licenses, but
>if you need to, intend to, or have good ideas about the matter at all.
>Many thanks, Ann Okerson
>Dana McDonald      Ruth Lilly Medical Library
>Ph  317-274-7183   975 W Walnut St
>Fax 317-278-2349   Indianapolis  46202-5121
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