As the idea and the reality of IAIMS evolved, the value of a system capable of linking and integrating different types of digital biomedical information became increasingly recognized.
For a discussion of the impact on hospital libraries of both IAIMS (Integrated Academic Information Management Systems) and JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations), see Doyle, J.
, Internet connection grants, GratefulMed Outreach funds, Regional Medical Library contracts).
Although the original intent of placing libraries at the center of IAIMS activities has been realized in only a few institutions, the significance of the concept to libraries is evident when one sees that the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association has featured four symposia on the subject during the last ten years.
The impact of IAIMS and "IAIMS-like" developments on the organizational structure of health sciences institutions has not been fully documented.
The IAIMS grant led to the development of Medical Information Networked Databases (MINDscape), based on a number of programs already in use at the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC):
Creating the future: IAIMS planning premises at the University of Washington.
The reader is referred to the article by Weise for a review of the programs and initiatives of the National Library of Medicine and to the article by Roderer for a discussion of the IAIMS concept.
Topics covered included library resources of interest to the society's membership, hospital applications of IAIMS concepts, and local area networks implemented in the hospital library.
In response to AAMC's recommendations, NLM requested proposals to begin IAIMS
planning, and four institutions received contracts in the fall of 1983.
For a decade, since the publication of the IAIMS
report (Matheson & Cooper, 1988), academic health sciences libraries have explored mechanisms for integrating information within their institutional settings (Lucier, 1990; West & Katz, 1990; Moulik & Lai, 1992; Lorenzi, 1992).
This Article describes some of the roles and relationships developing in IAIMS
(Integrated Academic Information Management System) environments, primarily, but not exclusively, in academic health sciences settings, which have been funded by the National Library of Medicine program.