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Evaluating digital libraries in the health sector. Part 1: measuring inputs and outputs

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Abstract

This is the first part of a two-part paper which explores methods that can be used to evaluate digital libraries in the health sector. In this first part, some approaches to evaluation that have been proposed for mainstream digital information services are examined for their suitability to provide models for the health sector. The paper summarizes some major national and collaborative initiatives to develop measures for digital libraries, and analyses these approaches in terms of their relationship to traditional measures of library performance, which are focused on inputs and outputs, and their relevance to current debates among health information specialists. The second part * looks more specifically at evaluative models based on outcomes, and models being developed in the health sector.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2003

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