December 10, 2014

Webinar: Supporting a Healthy Minnesota: Introducing the Minnesota Electronic Health Library (MeHL)


Reliable, high-quality health information is costly, resulting in uneven access across our state. This system of unequal access contributes to significant health and health care disparities. To address this problem, the Health Sciences Libraries at the University of Minnesota have developed an initiative called the Minnesota Electronic Health Library, or MeHL for short.

Our vision for MeHL is to support a healthier Minnesota by providing 24/7, online access to evidence-based, clinical care information to people throughout the state: health care providers, particularly in rural areas; students in health-related programs; and citizens who need to make informed decisions about their own care. Join us to learn more:

Supporting a Healthy Minnesota: Introducing the Minnesota Electronic Health Library (MeHL)

Monday, December 15, 2014
2:00 PM-2:45 PM (Central Time)

This presentation will:

  • explore the need for MeHL and the types of resources that it could include;

  • discuss the critical role that public and academic libraries play in connecting people to health information;

  • outline a current legislative request to fund MeHL; and

  • offer ways in which you can actively support it.

With broad support and participation, MeHL will strengthen and improve the overall health of individuals, families, and communities in Minnesota.

Janice Jaguszewski
Associate University Librarian and Director, Health Sciences Libraries
University of Minnesota

July 7, 2014

Update: Minnesota electronic Health Library (MeHL), July 2014

Good Morning HSLM Members!

At the HSLM Annual meeting on June 13, Anne Beschnett gave a presentation
about the Minnesota Electronic Health Library (MeHL), an Initiative of the
University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries. The vision for MeHL is
to provide equal access to a core set of clinical, evidence-based, online
information resources for all Minnesotans. This includes all health
providers, researchers, students, and educators, as well as caregivers and
patients who need quality information to engage in the patient care
partnership. For more information, see:

Currently, the MeHL project team is engaging with various groups throughout
the state who would both benefit from access to information and help
support the initiative. The team's goal is to develop a wide base of
support as prepare to request state funding during the 2015 legislative

The presentation highlighted the request for information (RFI) was issued
in the spring to vendors. Responses have been reviewed by the project
team, and four possible funding scenarios were drafted for MeHL.

The presentation's Q&A section and subsequent discussion among the HSLM
members was helpful in raising many good points, which are being reviewed
by the project team for follow-up.

Additional feedback and comments are welcomed, and can be directed to Erinn
Aspinall (MeHL Project Manager) at You can also leave
feedback on the "Tell Us Your Story" section of the MeHL webpage.

Monthly updates on the MeHL project will also be shared with HSLM members
through the duration of the initiative.

Thank you for your continued interest and support.

MeHL Project Team:

Erinn Aspinall
Anne Beschnett
Katherine Chew
Janice Jaguszewski
Nicole Theis-Mahon

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)