November 6, 2013

Minnesota electronic Health Library Update: Survey Results

Earlier this year, we asked the directors of our fellow HSLM member libraries to complete a questionnaire regarding the Minnesota electronic Health Library (MeHL). MeHL is a new initiative by the University of Minnesota's Health Sciences Libraries that will work to bring licensed health information to health providers, students, educators, researchers, and all residents of Minnesota.

We want to thank all who responded to our survey. We're happy to report a high response rate (86%). We gathered a lot of valuable information from the responses. You can access the full report and read highlights, below:

• Need/Importance: Respondents indicated that MeHL was both needed (averaged 7.94 on a 10 point scale) and important (8.39 on a 10 point scale).
• Service Area: Most HSLM libraries serve the Twin Cities and surrounding areas. The HSLM responding libraries served 40 of the state's 87 counties. Two colleges/universities indicated a state-wide mission, though located in the Twin Cities.
• Individuals Served: HSLM libraries serve nearly 120,000 individuals in the state, averaging around 7,000 clients/library.
• Access to Resources: The majority of respondents (13, 72%) provided electronic access to everyone affiliated with their organization. Fewer (7, 39%) provided remote access to all of their library's clientele.
• Resource Use: The most frequently-used resources included PubMed/Medline, UpToDate, and CINAHL, with 8 indicating that these resources fell into the top three resources used by their clients.
• Resource Needs: Dynamed topped the list of resources that respondents' wished they could provide, with 7 selecting it in their top three resources. This was followed by ClinicalKey, with 4 selecting it in their top three resources. CINAHL was also selected by 4 respondents, with 3 of those requesting CINAHL Plus with Full Text.

Our next steps include the development of a legislative strategy. Through our partnership with Minitex, we hope to introduce a legislative proposal during the 2013 legislative session that would provide recurring funds for licensed health information.
We hope to continue working with HSLM as we move forward. Please be in touch with your ideas, your support, and with any questions about MeHL or our survey results. You are also welcome to visit our MeHL web page ( for news and updates.

Thank you,

Erinn Aspinall (MeHL Project Manager)