Academic Libraries: The Texas Medical Association urges the American Medical Association to address and support federal funding of the Information Technology Research and Development Programs, including the National Research and Education Network, and similar computer networks that link universities, national libraries, non-profit institutions, government organizations, and private companies to consolidate and build upon existing interconnected telecommunications networks. TMA supports legislation establishing and funding statewide library networks that enhance the ability of physicians and students to access information in support of the delivery of quality health care. TMA agreed to participate in the planning of statewide information-sharing networks that benefit TMA membership.
TMA encourages medical libraries in Texas to promote the efforts of state and federal government agencies, such as the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Cancer Institute that provide free access to authoritative medical information on their Web sites and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission's TexShare Consortium that provides remote access to online indexes and full-text materials to participating libraries. TMA supports state laws that allow nonprofit libraries, including the TMA Knowledge Center, to qualify for participation in the TexShare Consortium and adequate state funding of this collaborative program (CME, pp 78-79, A-91; amended CME Rep. 1-I-01; amended CME Rep. 2-A-11).
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October 07, 2016