A local area network (LAN) was constructed at the Showa Campus of Gunma University where the School of Medicine, University Hospital, Institute of Endocrinology, and College of Medical Technology are located. A CD-ROM server (CD-server, Meridian Data, Inc., Scotts Vally, CA, USA) was connected to the network with a Sony Quarter L as a network file server for multi-users on campus. As the majority of users had NEC personal computers, the software for the operation of the CD-server was developed to work with NEC as well as IBM equipment. After coordination of the software for the CD-server, SilverPlatter CD-ROM, and netware server in cooperation with MARUZEN, USACO Corp., and TOYOCOM, we finally succeeded in developing a system which we termed LASSIE (LAN-Associated Service System for Informational Exploration). This system, which can include NEC personal computers, is the first trial in the world, and is to be expanded to cover 3 campuses of the University, and also to cover more data-bases within a year. Trials to simplify the software, procedure, and equipment, and how funding was procured are also described.
A database system using an office processor was developed at Shimane Medical University Library. This database includes bibliographic data from special issues featuring medical topics. NEC packaged software for a library data processing system (LICSU) was based, and certain programs were added to the system. Taking advantage of this opportunity, we aim to become an informational center for the University.
Since a self- and free-based information retrieval service with CD-ROM MEDLINE databases were made available in Jikei's Library Service at the Nishi-Shinbashi Campus, we have been receiving a large enough response to add more CD-ROM MEDLINE disks and machines, and moreover receiving many requests to use these databases by physicians at Jikei's branch hospitals far from the campus. To satisfy these needs and requests, we have recently installed the MultiPlatter Network System designed by SilverPlatter Inc., Boston, into our existing LAN (Local Area Network). The MultiPlatter System allows multiple users to access the CD-ROM MEDLINE disk simultaneously, not only by means of computer terminals in our own LAN but by using the system's Dial-In function with users' own personal computers at remote sites via telephone lines. This report describes the planning and installation processes, especially from the stand point of technical problems and their solutions.
This is a report on the development of a new library at Osaka Rosai Hospital. The new library is designed to serve the entire hospital, and is intended to be a local medical information center in the future. By reviewing the history of hospital libraries, we have attempted to ascertain what is required in a new library. Starting with the basic concept of a library, we have modified the management methods, facilities, and services. As a result, unlike a conventional establishment, the new library has begun to play its own intrinsic role in the hospital community.