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WHO publications available in the Peradeniya Medical Library: a bibliometric study

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PASH Perera

Medical Library, University of Peradeniya,, LK
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The collection of publications by World Health Organization (WHO) in the Medical Library contains documents published since 1950 to date which has been made available to the library free of charge by the WHO. The collection is very much under-used. A bibliometric study on the collection was carried out with the objective of making the readership and the library staff aware of what is available in the collection, which would indirectly improve the usage. The collection of WHO publications which is available in the Medical Library except periodicals was considered for the study. A head count on the total number of publications under study was obtained. The numbers of items in major subject divisions and in the most popular subject area within these divisions were counted separately. Contents of each publication in the collection were carefully read through in order to identify any specific topic or aspect of health on which the coverage was dominant. Items in monograph series were counted separately. Geographical coverage of contents of the publications was examined. A chronological evaluation of the collection was done by counting items published in each decade from 1950 to 2011. Data thus gathered was analyzed to obtain percentages of publications available in each category with respect to the total number. The results revealed that the collection contained information on various health related topics at national, regional and global levels. Collection needs to be improved by acquiring current publications.

Journal of the University Librarians Association, Sri Lanka, Vol. 16, Issue 2, July 2012, Page 117-124

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/jula.v16i2.5203
DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jula.v16i2.5203
How to Cite: Perera, P., (2013). WHO publications available in the Peradeniya Medical Library: a bibliometric study. Journal of the University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka. 16(2), pp.117–124. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jula.v16i2.5203
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Published on 04 Feb 2013.
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