9º World Congress on Health Information and Libraries

Salvador, Bahia - Brazil, September, 20 to 23 - 2005


4th Regional Coordination Meeting of the VHL

September, 19 to 20 - 2005

P01 - An information dissemination system experience in Oswaldo Cruz Institute: the “Wednesday roundtables”

In the beginning of the 20th century, Documentation presented a great advance by means of reflection and action on the treatment of the existing information in the scientific institutions. In 1909, in the Library of the Oswaldo Cruz Institute, a system of dissemination of information between its scientists was implemented. It consisted of systematically reading and summarizing an article of a weekly scientific periodical that had recently arrived at the institute and that related to the scientist’s area of research. These summaries were presented and discussed in a weekly meeting and laterly classified by the researchers themselves, useful for the librarian when feeding an analytical catalogue of subject, located at the library and available to local researchers. This work aims at identify and trace the flow of information from an informational source to the researcher, which occurred through the institutional practice, entitled “The Wednesday roundtables”. In this way, it will be possible to analyze and f oment the study of regency experiences, flow and systematization of information in a scientific environment, making it possible to discuss the roles of libraries and librarians before the modern necessities of use, forms of access and dissemination of information in the environment of research institutions in science and technology in health, as well as strategic roles in scientific production.