Macy Foundation Renews Support for MetroDoc

Macy Foundation Renews Support for MetroDoc

We’re delighted to announce that the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation has provided a $10,000 grant to continue its support for MetroDoc—a collaborative venture between METRO’s Hospital Library Services Program (HLSP) and the Frederick L. Ehrman Medical Library at the NYU School of Medicine.

Launched in June 2007, MetroDoc facilitates the rapid transfer of materials among hospital and medical libraries throughout New York City and Westchester, increasing interlibrary access to vast collections of medical reference and research materials. The program is supported through funding from the Macy Foundation and HLSP funds.

The HLSP’s medical and health libraries are now able to electronically share their collections with other HLSP members through a dedicated Web-based server hosted by the Ehrman Medical Library. The library’s staff developed the software that facilitates the electronic transfers.

MetroDoc has proven to be a great mechanism for enabling fast and efficient exchange of medical information between hospitals and medical libraries in our area,” says METRO Executive Director Dottie Hiebing. “The program is also removing some of the barriers small and mid-sized hospital libraries face in accessing state-of-the-art technology. We’re grateful that the Macy Foundation values and supports this exciting program. HLSP members are vital resources for clinicians, researchers, patients, and others who need ongoing access to state-of-the-art information on medical issues.”

Here are some highlights of the program’s first year:

  • The MetroDoc server launched in September 2007, and 13 hospitals are now on board, eight of which have small or mid-sized libraries.
  • Within five months of launching the MetroDoc server, nearly 2,000 interlibrary loans were accomplished electronically.
  • Eleven small and mid-sized hospital libraries were awarded—on a competitive basis—high-end, multi-function copier/scanners that would have otherwise been beyond their financial reach. The scanners enable these libraries to keep pace with the growing demand for medical information resources via electronic document exchange.

In the coming year, the MetroDoc system will undergo enhancements developed by Ehrman Medical Library staff, including new document-tracking features and software that speeds and simplifies the process of transferring medical resources. During this time, we expect more HLSP members to join MetroDoc.

To learn more about MetroDoc, contact HLSP Program Manager Joan Napolitano.

Sam Streed
Author: Sam Streed
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