Cadernos de Saúde Pública
versão impressa ISSN 0102-311X
ALVAREZ, Maria do Carmo Avamilano; CUENCA, Angela Maria Belloni; NORONHA, Daisy Pires e SCHOR, Néia. Reproductive health: a contribution to the evaluation of a virtual library. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2007, vol.23, n.10, pp. 2317-2326. ISSN 0102-311X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2007001000007.
Virtual libraries have been implemented in an attempt to organize scientific information found in the Internet, including the Biblioteca Virtual de Saúde Reprodutiva (BVSR), or Virtual Library on Reproductive Health. The aim is to provide quality information to researchers in the reproductive health field. The current study evaluates the use of the BVSR, emphasizing the users' expectations, difficulties, and suggestions. The study adopted a qualitative methodology. The focus group technique was applied to Internet chat groups through which reproductive health researchers communicated. Users expressed their expectations regarding information, highlighting the lack of time and the need to quickly obtain precise data. Use of virtual libraries for research increases where there is more trust in the institutions responsible for maintaining them. Researchers suggested the following: greater dissemination of the BVSR, publication of an electronic newsletter, and creation of a communications channel between the BVSR and users in order to foster intelligent collective communication.
Palavras-chave : Reproductive Health; Virtual Libraries; Access to Information.