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Título: The Reproductive Health Virtual Library: listening to the user
Autor: Alvarez M. do C.A
Instituição: Faculdade de Saúde Pública da Universidade de São Paulo
Data depublicação: April, 2005
Meio onde foi publicado: São Paulo (BR): Faculdade de Saúde Pública da USP

Abstract: ''The theoretical foundation of this study is based on theorists who analyzemodern and post-modern cultures, focusing attention on information and communication technologies. These technologies have been achieved importance in academic research and informationscience fields. The virtual libraries have been created in order to allow the users to get closer to the institutionalized information stock. The Reproductive Health Virtual Library (RHVL),supported by the Library and the Departmento de Saúde Materno Infantil, da Faculdade de Saúde Pública - USP, is part of these new technologies and is the subject of this study. Theobjective is to verify the communication process between the RHVL and its user, reproductive health researchers, attempting to identify his or her expectations, to perceive gaps incommunication and to improve interactive communication to enhance the meaning of this kind of service. We adopted a qualitative method, known as focal group, which was applied to three meetingsat chat rooms (Internet relay chat), on the Internet. The results indicated the lack of awareness of RHVL and a poor acquisition of interactive communication by the society. Severalsuggestions were made, such as: meeting rooms, links among databases and other VLs, availability of validated sources, modern presentation, divisions according to the user profile, amongothers.''

Palavras-chave: Internet; Reproductive health; Virtual libraries; Communication technology; Interactive communication.

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