LOGIN TO YOUR ACCOUNT

Username
Password
Remember Me
Or use your Academic/Social account:

CREATE AN ACCOUNT

Or use your Academic/Social account:

Congratulations!

You have just completed your registration at OpenAire.

Before you can login to the site, you will need to activate your account. An e-mail will be sent to you with the proper instructions.

Important!

Please note that this site is currently undergoing Beta testing.
Any new content you create is not guaranteed to be present to the final version of the site upon release.

Thank you for your patience,
OpenAire Dev Team.

Close This Message

CREATE AN ACCOUNT

Name:
Username:
Password:
Verify Password:
E-mail:
Verify E-mail:
*All Fields Are Required.
Please Verify You Are Human:
fbtwitterlinkedinvimeoflicker grey 14rssslideshare1
Khudair, A.; Bawden, D. (2007)
Publisher: Emerald
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: Z665, RA
Purpose – The paper aims to gain a detailed understanding of the current health library/information environment in Saudi Arabia, to identify problems, issues, and areas for improvement, to make recommendations for improvement, and to instantiate these in models and prototypes.\ud \ud Design/methodology/approach – A mixed method empirical approach is used in 11 health libraries, including literature survey, institutional profiling, questionnaire, interviews, non-participant observation, and examination of documents. A model for supporting change management in Saudi health libraries is proposed, and a prototype for a Saudi Health Information Network is developed.\ud \ud Findings – The healthcare libraries are well-used, and appreciated by their users, and the staff are generally satisfied with their work. Problems and issues are identified: use of information communication technologies and digital resources; lack of proactive information services; education, training and continuing professional development for health library work; limited strategic planning and policy for these services. Recommendations are made for improvements.\ud \ud Research limitations/implications – The empirical research is limited to health sciences libraries in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. The prototype health information network has not been evaluated by users.\ud \ud Practical implications – Recommendations are made to enable the government of Saudi Arabia and its various agencies to support improvements in the existing health sciences libraries and information provision.\ud \ud Originality/value – This is a detailed study of the health library environment in Saudi Arabia, illustrating factors typical of the situation in many other countries. The paper outlines a novel organisational change model and prototype national health information network.
  • The results below are discovered through our pilot algorithms. Let us know how we are doing!

    • AbuOuf, S. (1995), Use of Information Resources by Physicians in Jeddah Hospital Libraries (Arabic), unpublished MSc dissertation, King AbdulAziz University, Saudi Arabia.
    • Al-Ogla, S. (1998), “A study of hospital and medical libraries in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”, Bulletin on the Medical Libraries Association, Vol. 86 No. 1, pp. 57-62.
    • Alsereihy, H. (1998), “The status of LIS education in Saudi Arabia”, Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, Vol. 39 No. 4, pp. 334-338.
    • Alshaya, A. (2002), A Study of the Use of Information Sources, With Special Emphasis on CD-ROMs and the Internet, by Saudi Physicians in Major Government Hospitals in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, unpublished PhD thesis, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
    • Al-Zahrani, S. (2002), “Use of information and communication technology in Saudi Arabia hospitals”, British Journal of Healthcare Computing and Information Management, Vol. 19 No. 10, pp. 17-20.
    • Arif, M. (1998), “Inter-library loan service in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: a case study of medical libraries”, International Information and Library Review, Vol. 30 No. 4, pp. 341-365.
    • Aseel, G. (1996), Attitudes of Physicians in the City of Jeddah towards the Use of Medline Databases on CD-ROM (Arabic), unpublished MSc dissertation, King AbdulAziz University, Saudi Arabia.
    • Braude, R. (1997), “On the origin of species: evolution of health sciences librarianship”, Bulletin of the Medical Libraries Association, Vol. 85 No. 1, pp. 1-10.
  • No related research data.
  • No similar publications.

Share - Bookmark

Cite this article