We often hold various education courses for which our staff members are responsible. Besides all this, we hold other education courses inviting lecturers from outside our Multimedia Center. In public relations we utilize e-mail and a home page to inform our users of many things rather than using the paper medium. We think we should change our way of working in the library in order to develop our activities to more closely relate with education and research.
At present, many sites provide MEDLINE content on the Internet, and they were designed so that not only professionals, but also end-users could easily use them. At present, however, end-users tend to visit only sites they find useful or are familiar with, which means that it has become increasingly difficult for them to find other useful sites without assistance. Therefore, to support end-user searches, the author has tried to identify which sites are most suitable for end-users and has conducted research on which sites are more useful for professional searchers. By comparing the two categories of sites, users can decide which sites are more suitable for their needs.
Many drug information reference books are available worldwide. More than 10 years ago, we distributed an outline explanation on major Compendia of Drugs. Nowadays we can easily visit or live in the most parts of the world, and many foreigners come to Japan from many countries. So we are sometimes asked about foreign drugs. Therefore we would like to offer new information on a compendia of drugs used worldwide.