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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 06/21/02
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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Academic Health Center Libraries Rank High in Nation and State

Cincinnati--The University of Cincinnati (UC) Medical Center Academic Information Technology and Libraries (AIT&L) performed well among its peers in the latest edition of the Annual Statistics of Medical School Libraries in the United States and Canada. Out of 118 schools, AIT&L ranked number one in both the state of Ohio and the country for computers maintained inside and outside of the library. Its education and training program also performed the best in the U.S. and Ohio, by combining rankings in the three education categories: attendance, contact hours and number of sessions. The number of electronic journals also ranked high - first in Ohio and fifth nationally - because of AIT&L's aggressive transition from paper to digital collections, close collaboration among all UC libraries, and OhioLINK, which provides over 4,000 electronic journals to nearly every college and university in the state. OhioLINK also integrates Ohio campus library systems through a statewide electronic catalog system, serving faculty, students, staff and researchers via 120 campus-based library systems, networks and the Internet.

"Our rankings in important areas like electronic journals are gratifying, but first and foremost, it is important that we meet the information needs of everyone at the Medical Center," said Roger Guard, assistant senior vice president for AIT&L and chief information officer of the College of Medicine. "We want to hear from as many people as possible in the coming months to make sure we meet those needs during the planned expansions and renovations."

The Medical Center's growth in recent years and its expansion to University Pointe in West Chester, Ohio and the Genome Research Institute in Reading, Ohio, make broad access to information resources critical. In addition to electronic journals, AIT&L is able to digitize paper resources. Faculty, staff and students can access requested materials via a Web link from any campus location or from home.

AIT&L continued to rank highly in grants and contracts - first in Ohio and fourth in the nation - and the number of people using the libraries - first in Ohio and 12th nationally. Nearly a half million people used the Medical Center libraries in 2001.

"These rankings show that our libraries serve the needs of the faculty, staff and students of the Medical Center in the 21st century," said Donald C. Harrison, senior vice president and provost for health affairs. "The Medical Center will undergo major changes in the coming years, expanding to multiple locations throughout the region. The medical library and AIT&L will be able to meet the information needs regardless of the location of a faculty member's office or lab or a student's primary campus."

AIT&L Rankings among Medical School Libraries
in the U.S. and Ohio

Annual Statistics of Medical School Libraries
in the United States and Canada

2000-2001, 24th Edition

118 Institutions Reporting

CategoryRanking

United StatesOhio
Computers11
Education

Attendance31

Contact Hours61

Number of Sessions31
Electronic Books92
Endowment Value112
Gate Count121
Grants and Contracts41
Journals

Electronic51

Total Journal Count121


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