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ASSOCIATION libraries are geared to a specific group of users—their staff and members—which influences the types of materials they house and the services they provide.
The American Medical Association's (AMA) Division of Library and Information Management, for example, offers a wide range of services to AMA members, as well as specialized support for AMA staff, says Arthur W. Hafner, PhD, director. Most services are provided at no or minimal cost.
One of the most popular is the document photocopy service. The library has access to documents in its own extensive collections and to regional and national library networks.
The library also offers on-line literature searches. Seven hundred and fifty were conducted for members in 1986, according to Hafner. The information is obtained through major databases such as MEDLARS, NEXIS, and DIALOG. The first two searches are free; each succeeding topic costs $45.
Members and others who subscribe to AMANET can
Physicians Turn to Association Libraries. JAMA. 1988;259(1):17. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03720010007002