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Simmons College, 2009

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  • Known for particuarly rapid and good serviceTry to figure out how to find what the user wants; they do not ever say they cannot
  • Genentech pharma library closing. Be in the know
  • Current awareness!
  • New markets: anesthetics1840-1980 acquiring new companies left and right
  • Private collection of Dr. Abbotts books. Closeslygaurded by the first librarian Dr. Ephraim EpsteinDr. Herman Achard made the library more user friendly3 librarys1982 Information Services moves to Abbot ParkLose space lose faceEach facility is convenient for users to get to.
  • Knowledgeable about the business of AbbottEqually prepared in the sciencesMany have dual degrees in information and in science
  • Current awareness is cornerstone of their business therefore, journals get bulk of the budget, numerous copies of popular titles in house.30,000 volumes in da house. Careful monitoring of what is there detailed records of useForeign patents alsoArchives have historical info and some of dr. abbots original books.
  • Extended to abbott locations world wideWeekly lists of science indexesMonthly lists of business indexesComputerized systems gets circulation out to those who use them the fastestCurrent content articles are run against past for key words to create personal databasesNew article abstracts sent monthlyAnnual listings of things published by the Abbott staff
  • Tracks the actual information service activity of everyemployee-userIn june use is tabulated. Each service is weighed by need resources=one unit.Totalled to divisionsal level percentages for each department become allocations for next years budget.Vendor incurred costs are recovered by user charges for connect time, copy service charges, departmental subscription, interlibrary loan, permission and printing costs, sdi profile charges for current awareness reports and translation costs.
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