library surveys


Summary: Collection and analysis of data pertaining to operations of a particular library, library system, or group of independent libraries, with recommendations for improvement and/or ordered plans for further development.

Top Publications

  1. Campbell R, Ash J. An evaluation of five bedside information products using a user-centered, task-oriented approach. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006;94:435-41, e206-7 pubmed
    ..Actual or potential users of such products are appropriately equipped to identify which products rate the highest on these measures. ..
  2. Cheng G. The 'market' for medical and health information in transition: the case of the Hong Kong Hospital Authority libraries. Health Libr Rev. 1996;13:69-80 pubmed
    ..The future challenges in store for the information professional are examined. ..
  3. Blecic D, Hollander S, Lanier D. Collection development and outsourcing in academic health sciences libraries: a survey of current practices. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1999;87:178-86 pubmed
    ..The reason given most often for outsourcing was that it resulted in cost savings. As expected, economic factors are driving both collection development and outsourcing practices. ..
  4. Wulff J, Nixon N. Quality markers and use of electronic journals in an academic health sciences library. J Med Libr Assoc. 2004;92:315-22 pubmed
    ..Facilitating direct connections between citation databases and the corresponding journal articles regardless of platform or publisher will support scholarship and quality health care. ..
  5. Schneider E, Mankin C, Bastille J. Practical library research: a tool for effective library management. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1995;83:22-6 pubmed
    ..This paper encourages other librarians to conduct practical research projects and to share the results with their colleagues through publication in the professional literature. ..
  6. De Groote S. Citation patterns of online and print journals in the digital age. J Med Libr Assoc. 2008;96:362-9 pubmed publisher
  7. Hendrix D, Chiarella D, Hasman L, Murphy S, Zafron M. Use of Facebook in academic health sciences libraries. J Med Libr Assoc. 2009;97:44-7 pubmed publisher
  8. Humphries A, Kochi J. Providing consumer health information through institutional collaboration. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1994;82:52-6 pubmed
    ..Consumers of health information benefit from the enhanced services that result from combining the expertise of health professionals and patient educators with the information management skills of library staff. ..
  9. Tennant M, Cataldo T, Sherwill Navarro P, Jesano R. Evaluation of a liaison librarian program: client and liaison perspectives. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006;94:402-9, e201-4 pubmed
    ..Recommendations addressing workload, training, marketing, and administrative support are provided. ..

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  1. Crudge S, Hill M. Electronic journal provision in a health-care library: insights from a consultation with NHS workers. Health Info Libr J. 2006;23:87-94 pubmed
    ..Furthermore, the success of regional document supply schemes may be compromised if large numbers of health-care libraries replace print holdings with similar electronic journal bundles. ..
  2. Spath M, Buttlar L. Information and research needs of acute-care clinical nurses. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1996;84:112-16 pubmed
  3. Singarella T, Bader S, Ramagli H. Videodisc technology trends in academic health sciences libraries. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1991;79:159-67 pubmed
    ..Clearly the use and development of videodisc technology for biomedical instruction is expanding within academic health sciences libraries. ..
  4. Anderson R, Wilson S, Yeh F, Phillips B, Livingston M. Topics and features of academic medical library tutorials. Med Ref Serv Q. 2008;27:406-18 pubmed publisher
  5. Rethlefsen M. Citation analysis of Minnesota Department of Health official publications and journal articles: a needs assessment for the RN Barr Library. J Med Libr Assoc. 2007;95:260-6 pubmed
    ..Overall, no large gaps appeared in the RN Barr Library's journal collection. The analysis confirms that the library's collections budget for serials and books reflects the cited use of these materials. ..
  6. Wallis L. Information-seeking behavior of faculty in one school of public health. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006;94:442-6, e214-7 pubmed
  7. Pfeifer M, Snodgrass G. Medical school libraries' handling of articles that report invalid science. Acad Med. 1992;67:109-13 pubmed
    ..The lack of stated policy and the disparate assumptions about the role libraries play in this area may perpetuate the use of invalid articles. ..
  8. Johnston B. Utilization of the BackMed email discussion list in a specialized health sciences learning center: a cost-benefit analysis. J Med Libr Assoc. 2003;91:366-8 pubmed
  9. Fuller D, Hinegardner P. Ensuring quality Website redesign: the University of Maryland's experience. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 2001;89:339-45 pubmed
    ..Users felt invested in the project, and the committee received valuable feedback. This process led to an improved Website and higher visibility for the library on campus. ..
  10. Shaw J. Health library partnership programmes between resource-poor countries and Western Europe. Health Info Libr J. 2001;18:220-8 pubmed
    ..The financial consequences of partnership may inhibit their initiation, but successful partnerships with demand driven programmes bring benefits to both sides. ..
  11. Walton G, Bissessur R, Cooper R. Survey of library and information use by health-care students. Health Libr Rev. 1993;10:57-74 pubmed
    ..They also show the level of student confidence and the services used. The implications of the study for future provision are considered. ..
  12. Dee C, Blazek R. Information needs of the rural physician: a descriptive study. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1993;81:259-64 pubmed
    ..A database composed of selected textbooks with integrated keyword access would meet the criteria. In addition, a computerized expert system focused on rural physicians' information needs is a possible remedy for the existing problem. ..
  13. Dee C, Rankin J, Burns C. Using scientific evidence to improve hospital library services: Southern Chapter/Medical Library Association journal usage study. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1998;86:301-6 pubmed
    ..Although the small sample size precluded definitive results, the study's findings constituted a baseline of data that can be compared against future studies. ..
  14. Heaton G. Rethinking the provision of reference services in academic medical school libraries. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1996;84:17-24 pubmed
    ..The author suggests that services be reconfigured to make more effective use of both professional and nonprofessional staff. ..
  15. Earl M. Library instruction in the medical school curriculum: a survey of medical college libraries. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1996;84:191-5 pubmed
    ..The survey responses reveal the prevalence of required library instruction in medical school curricula, and a broad-scale commitment to the development of lifelong learning skills among future health professionals. ..
  16. Gove S, Gilbert S, Yeoh J. Reader activity in a multidisciplinary health sciences library: a case study at St George's Library. Health Libr Rev. 1993;10:75-84 pubmed
    ..Finally there is discussion regarding the effectiveness of the survey in terms of the practical framework utilized and of the gains obtained. ..
  17. Brawn T. Consumer health libraries: what do patrons really want?. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93:495-6 pubmed
  18. Cuddy T. Value of hospital libraries: the Fuld Campus study. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93:446-9 pubmed
    ..Feedback also demonstrated other areas where LIS contributes to the mission and goals of the organization and how these align themselves with Abels et al.'s taxonomy. ..
  19. Foust J, Bergen P, Maxeiner G, Pawlowski P. Improving e-book access via a library-developed full-text search tool. J Med Libr Assoc. 2007;95:40-5 pubmed
  20. Blagden P. The role of an NHS library service in the UK: the perceptions of clinical managers in Portsmouth, UK. Health Info Libr J. 2007;24:110-7 pubmed
    ..In considering how best to achieve this, the benefits need to be weighed against the resource implications. Portsmouth NHS Library Service decided to increase its marketing efforts but not to carry out an impact study in the short term. ..
  21. McKibbon K, Haynes R, McKinlay R, Lokker C. Which journals do primary care physicians and specialists access from an online service?. J Med Libr Assoc. 2007;95:246-54 pubmed
    ..Most journals accessed by both groups were of high quality as measured by this study's methods for assessing journal importance. ..
  22. Featherstone R, Lyon B, Ruffin A. Library roles in disaster response: an oral history project by the National Library of Medicine. J Med Libr Assoc. 2008;96:343-50 pubmed publisher
    ..Lessons learned from the oral history project increased understanding of and underscored the value of collaborative relationships between libraries and local, state, and federal disaster management agencies and organizations. ..
  23. Annis S. A recruitment and retention study of staff working in National Health Service libraries in the north-west of England. Health Info Libr J. 2003;20:232-4 pubmed
  24. Ryder J. Can't get to the library? Then we'll come to you. A survey of library services to people in their own homes in the United Kingdom. Health Info Libr J. 2004;21 Suppl 2:5-13 pubmed
    ..However, there were some excellent examples of good practice where the full range of services are provided to a high standard. ..
  25. Lacroix E, Backus J, Lyon B. Service providers and users discover the Internet. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1994;82:412-8 pubmed
    ..At the same time, its characteristics--including lack of formal organization, standards, quality control, and permanence--pose a challenge. ..
  26. Kronenfeld M. Trends in academic health sciences libraries and their emergence as the "knowledge nexus" for their academic health centers. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93:32-9 pubmed
    ..The paper then concludes with some examples or ideas for research to assist in this process. ..
  27. Pugh M. Focused assessment in an incorporated library: using loan and survey data to develop a mental health monograph subcollection. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93:116-8 pubmed
  28. Watson E. Subject knowledge in the health sciences library: an online survey of Canadian academic health sciences librarians. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93:459-66 pubmed
    ..Continuing education, rather than formal degree studies, is the method of choice for obtaining and maintaining this knowledge. ..
  29. Lipscomb C, Moran B, Jenkins C, Cogdill K, Friedman C, Gollop C, et al. Feasibility and marketing studies of health sciences librarianship education programs. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1999;87:50-7 pubmed
    ..The study pointed to the opportunity for a center of excellence in health sciences information education to enable health sciences librarians to respond to their evolving roles. ..
  30. Ash J. Factors affecting the diffusion of online end user literature searching. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1999;87:58-66 pubmed
    ..Management support also has a negative relation to infusion, perhaps indicating that depth of diffusion can increase despite top-level management actions. ..
  31. Dalrymple P, Dahlen K, Stoddart J. Imperatives for continuing research education: results of a Medical Library Association survey. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1992;80:213-8 pubmed
    ..A comprehensive plan for obtaining research skills through CE, along with individual self-assessment and counseling, is recommended. ..
  32. Wakeham M. Nurses--their information needs and use of libraries: the views of some librarians. Health Libr Rev. 1993;10:85-94 pubmed
    ..It is concluded that library provision and use can be improved only by co-operation between nurses, students, educators, librarians and managers. ..
  33. Turtle K. A survey of users and non-users of a UK teaching hospital library and information service. Health Info Libr J. 2005;22:267-75 pubmed
    ..Further research is required, especially concerning the information needs of allied health and scientific staff. There is a need for stock expansion. A marketing strategy is required to capture the interest of potential users. ..
  34. Sathe N, Jerome R, Giuse N. Librarian-perceived barriers to the implementation of the informationist/information specialist in context role. J Med Libr Assoc. 2007;95:270-4 pubmed
  35. Tu F. Knowledge and skills required to provide health information-related virtual reference services: evidence from a survey. J Med Libr Assoc. 2007;95:458-61 pubmed
  36. Moran B. The role of the medical departmental library. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1996;84:25-31 pubmed
    ..Departmental libraries continue to play an important role amid the debate over centralized, versus decentralized, library systems. On the basis of a limited survey, this paper describes a representative medical departmental library. ..
  37. Owen D, Fang M. Information-seeking behavior in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM): an online survey of faculty at a health sciences campus. J Med Libr Assoc. 2003;91:311-21 pubmed
    ..Medical librarians need to educate health professionals in the identification and use of authoritative CAM resources. ..
  38. Jacoby B, Murray J, Alterman I, Welbourne P. Resource selection for an interdisciplinary field: a methodology. J Med Libr Assoc. 2002;90:393-9 pubmed
    ..Visibility of digital resources was increased by cataloging individual titles in aggregated electronic journal packages and listing each title on the library Web page. ..
  39. Hollander S. Assessing and enhancing medical students' computer skills: a two-year experience. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1999;87:67-73 pubmed
    ..Results contributed to an increased effort to integrate computer applications into the medical curriculum and to use computers as a means of communicating with students. ..
  40. MacCall S. Online medical books: their availability and an assessment of how health sciences libraries provide access on their public Websites. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006;94:75-80 pubmed
  41. Hersey D. Reviving the corporate medical library: using technology to become a cost center. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006;94:456-8 pubmed
  42. De Groote S, Shultz M, Doranski M. Online journals' impact on the citation patterns of medical faculty. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93:223-8 pubmed
    ..Results of this study suggest, at this point, that faculty are still accessing the print-only collection, at least for research purposes, and are therefore not sacrificing quality for convenience. ..
  43. Joubert D, Lee T. Empowering your institution through assessment. J Med Libr Assoc. 2007;95:46-53 pubmed
    ..Increased understanding of how qualitative assessment can supplement quantitative data supports evidence-based decision-making and practice. It also could promote changes in data collection and usage. ..
  44. Knowlton S. Continuing use of print-only information by researchers. J Med Libr Assoc. 2007;95:83-8 pubmed
  45. Li G. The median age technique for assessing currency of consumer health information monographic collections in public libraries. J Med Libr Assoc. 2007;95:89-90 pubmed
  46. Wallace M, McMullen T, Corcoran K. Findings from the most recent Medical Library Association salary survey. J Med Libr Assoc. 2004;92:465-72 pubmed
    ..Results from the eighth salary survey, slated to be conducted in the fall of 2004, will further track these trends and issues. ..
  47. Kaplan R, Steinberg M, Doucette J. Retention of retrospective print journals in the digital age: trends and analysis. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006;94:387-93, e198-200 pubmed
    ..Librarians' preference to maintain full runs of journal titles may be motivated by reasons outside of actual usage or patrons needs. ..
  48. Yeoh J, Morrissey C. Selection of library services by post-registration nursing, midwifery and health visiting students. Health Libr Rev. 1996;13:97-107 pubmed
  49. Ludwig L. 1991 survey of recent health sciences library building projects. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1992;80:115-23 pubmed
    ..Six projects are reported here as illustrative of current building projects. ..
  50. Fanner D, Urqhuart C. Bibliotherapy for mental health service users Part 2: a survey of psychiatric libraries in the UK. Health Info Libr J. 2009;26:109-17 pubmed publisher
    ..In order to implement change, information providers across the National Health Service (NHS) will need to work collaboratively to overcome attitudinal and institutional barriers, including the key issue of funding. ..
  51. Mularski C, Bradigan P. Academic health sciences librarians' publication patterns. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1991;79:168-77 pubmed
    ..The differences in rates of publication between males and females was not statistically significant after controlling for respondents' professional maturity and position. Recommendations for future research are discussed. ..
  52. Graves K. Implementation and evaluation of information desk services provided by library technical assistants. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1998;86:475-85 pubmed
    ..The results confirm the value of the Information Desk and support the decision to continue this service model. ..
  53. King C, Hornby S. Access for all? A survey of health librarians in the north-west of England on provision of information to patients. Health Info Libr J. 2003;20:205-14 pubmed
    ..Innovation, especially in developing on-line services, could offer a way to provide a service without overloading the physical requirements of a library. Librarians could also collaborate with other staff to improve patient information. ..