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    100 Years of Medical Bookselling: A History of the J.A. Majors Company
    (2008-01-01) Furrh, Jamie; McClendon, Al; Broyles, Kathy
    Al McClendon, Majors Company, Kathy Broyles and Jamie Furrh, University of North Texas Health Science Center Title: 100 Years of Medical Book Selling: A History of the J.A. Majors Company Objective: Evaluating the challenges and evolution of a medical bookstore in the southern U.S. over the time span of 100 years. Setting: Using Majors Bookstore as a case study for medical book selling in the south, the poster explores the issues of the method of selling textbooks from face-to-face to bookstore front to mail ordering to online ordering; historical aspects of reconstruction after the civil war and credit available to southern physicians; decisions faced by management including the option to publish, founding satellite stores, expanding warehouse facilities and offering more services to the public during the technology era such as creating online databases for clients and updating store interior by offering publisher specific electronic kiosks; and finally, the present day realities that independent bookstores face including the merger and acquisition of the bookstore’s journal and distribution divisions to mega giants, publisher EBSCO and distributor Baker and Taylor. Method: The team chose to review books on the histories of large medical publishers. Literature searches on similar present day bookstore mergers and acquisitions were performed. The team also delved into Majors’ archives for photographs, ordering examples, and consulted the book “Fun Along the Way: A History of J.A. Majors Company and Majors Scientific Books, Inc.” published in 1997. These tactics were chosen because of the rarity of an independent bookstore to be in business for the length of time Majors Bookstore has, and because of the lack of historical research covering book selling and in particular medical book selling in the United States. Main results: The result is a poster illustrating the evolution of a medical bookstore in the southern United States over the time span of 100 years by demonstrating the growth and development of the J.A. Majors Company. There were many unique challenges and choices the store had to make over the past 100 years including decisions in publishing, expansion, distribution, and technology. Conclusion: By studying this bookstore history, one can learn about the economics of the book selling industry and how bookstores cope with society’s expectations and the rapid changes in current technologies.
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    APA? MLA? SOS! Delivery of Search Results Using RefShare
    (2006-10-01) Luedecke, Katie; Broyles, Kathy
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    The Development of a Controlled Vocabulary for Osteopathic Medicine
    (2005-01-01) Broyles, Kathy; Elam, Craig
    Title: The Development of a Controlled Vocabulary for Osteopathic Medicine Authors/Affiliation: Craig S. Elam, MLS, AHIP, Associate Director for Technical Services, and Kathy D. Broyles, MLS, AHIP, Thesaurus Editor and Public Services Librarian, Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX 76107 Purpose: The poster illustrates the interrelationships involved in creating a controlled vocabulary for Osteopathic Medicine. Setting/Participants: The UNTHSC Library received a contract in 2002 from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and the American Osteopathic Association to develop a controlled vocabulary. Brief Description: Osteopathic Medicine has a unique terminology; however, it is often idiosyncratic, inconsistent, imprecise, vague, unstructured, and undocumented. This leads to confusion and misunderstandings in the teaching and communication of key concepts in osteopathic medicine. The Osteopathic Thesaurus was designed to maintain control, currency, clarity, and consistency of this terminology in a structured thesaurus format. Results/Outcome: Terms for the Osteopathic Thesaurus were derived from the Glossary of Osteopathic Terminology and from subject headings in OSTMED®, the index to the osteopathic literature. Osteopathic physicians identified and defined the terms and their interrelationships, which the Thesaurus Editor compiled and organized into a structured thesaurus. The Osteopathic Thesaurus currently contains 413 terms, 204 of which are unique main entry terms. Conclusion: In January 2004, the first edition of the Osteopathic Thesaurus was submitted for inclusion in the National Library of Medicine’s UMLS Metathesaurus and the College of American Pathologists’ Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine-Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT). Both have been declared Federal standardized sources of medical terminology used in government sponsored systems for the electronic exchange of clinical health information. Osteopathic physicians, educators, and researchers will benefit by having their specialized terminology represented in a national standard.