[PSR-News] MLA Survey of Hospital Libraries - IMPORTANT!

Julie Kwan jkkwan at library.ucla.edu
Wed Feb 15 10:59:21 PST 2006

TO:  Hospital Librarians

NLM and your regional network office staff encourage you to participate in 
the Medical Library Association's survey of hospital libraries that is 
designed to assess the state of hospital librarians today. Please take a 
few minutes to complete the survey if you have not already done so. 
Responses are due by March 15, 2006. For more information and a link to the 
survey, see the message below.

You do not need to be a member of MLA to complete this survey. We would 
like every hospital library to participate! The results of this survey will 
contribute to the body of knowledge needed to support hospital libraries 
and librarians.

Thank you!
Julie Kwan
Library Network Coordinator
NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region


If you direct a hospital library and have not yet participated in the
Survey of Hospital Libraries currently being conducted by the Medical
Library Association (MLA) and the MLA Hospital Libraries Section, we
strongly encourage you to do so.  The survey is collecting data
concerning the state of hospital libraries and librarianship today. No
national survey of this kind has been done since 1990. This Survey of
Hospital Libraries is part of a larger initiative by MLA to determine
the current status of health sciences librarians who work in hospitals.
The information gathered will assist the National Library of Medicine
and the NN/LM in providing services that meet the needs of hospital
libraries and also take advantage of their strengths.

The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete.  You will need
some basic information about your hospital--bed size, inpatient
admissions, and outpatient visits--to complete the survey, so you may
want to collect this information before starting.  Institutional and
library statistical information will be kept confidential and used for
aggregate statistical reporting only.  The aggregate survey results
will be made available to survey respondents, the health sciences
library field, and other interested parties and will be used for future 
strategic initiatives.

Visit the survey now at

Please take the time to complete this survey by MARCH 15, 2006. MLA
members who have already filled out the survey do not need to respond 

Direct any questions to Carla Funk at MLA Headquarters, funk at mlahq.org.
Your participation is essential to help make this project a success and
we thank you in advance for assisting us in this important initiative.


Betsy L. Humphreys, AHIP
Deputy Director, National Library of Medicine

Angela B. Ruffin
Head, NN/LM Network Office, National Library of Medicine

M. J. Tooey, AHIP
President, Medical Library Association

Katherine Stemmer-Frumento, AHIP
Chair, MLA/Hospital Libraries Section

Julie Kwan
Library Network Coordinator, NN/LM PSR
UCLA Biomedical Library
310-825-5342, 800-338-7657 (in AZ, CA, HI, NV, Pacific Basin)

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