MINES for Libraries results

The “Measuring the Impact of Network Electronic Service” (MINES) survey, created by the Association of Research Libraries, was administered at the OHSU Library over a 12-month period during 2013-2014. This survey collected data about the demographics of users and their reasons for using electronic resources purchased and licensed by the OHSU Library. The survey consisted of four questions that were asked each time a randomly selected Library patron accessed a journal article, book, clinical tool, or other electronic resource.


A total of 4,115 responses were collected. Respondents reported using Library resources for coursework and teaching (37%), patient care (28%), research (24), and other purposes (11%). Respondents were faculty (26%), professional students (21%), graduate students (16%), undergraduate students (12%), residents and fellows (9%), other OHSU (3%), and non-OHSU (2%). They reported primary affiliations across the university, including the School of Medicine (42%), School of Nursing (20%), College of Pharmacy (12%), Hospitals and Clinics (10%), research centers or institutes (4%), School of Dentistry (2%), the Portland VA (2%), the Oregon National Primate Research Center (1%), and the remaining respondents from non-OHSU or other affiliations. The Library’s electronic resources are most frequently accessed off-campus (53%).


The primary patrons of the OHSU Library are faculty, students, residents, and fellows, who cite education as the top reason they use electronic books, journals, clinical tools and other resources. However, over half of the reported use of OHSU Library resources is in support of patient care and research. Thus, this report justifies financial support of the OHSU Library by the entire institution.


Reasons for using Library resources
Primary Affiliation and Percent of Total Use Coursework & teaching Patient care Research Other
School of Medicine (42%) 29% 32% 31% 8%
School of Nursing (20%) 77% 13% 6% 4%
College of Pharmacy (12%) 46% 37% 8% 9%
Hospitals & Clinics (10%) 16% 66% 11% 7%
Research Centers or Institutes (4%) 6% 2% 83% 9%
School of Dentistry (2%) 63% 3% 19% 15%
Oregon National Primate Research Center (1%) 10% 7% 83% 0%
Portland VA (2%) 21% 23% 50% 6%
Non-OHSU and Other (7%) 11% 21% 59% 8%
All Users (100%) 37% 28% 24% 11%

David Forero, MLIS, has joined OHSU as the new Technology Director

David recently graduated with a MLIS from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with a specialization in Data Curation. He most recently served as a System Administrator for the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago. Previously he was Manager of Server Support for the Social Sciences Division at the University of Chicago. He has also worked at the State University of New York at Geneseo and the University of Rochester. Additionally he has worked in Fortune 500 companies, startup companies, and in public schools.

David has a wide range of experiences supporting diverse communities with information and technology needs. David’s experience teaching and supporting educators and researchers has led him to the field of Library Science.

David has been appointed an ACRL representative to the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy Advisory Committee.

Please join the OHSU Library in welcoming David Forero to OHSU and Portland.

Holiday Hours

Monday, September 7, 2015 the OHSU Library at the BICC and the Graduate LRC at the CLSB service desk will be closed in observance of Labor Day.

The After Hours Study Space is on the 4th floor of the Library. It may be accessed through the 4th floor entrance when the Library is closed with a valid OHSU badge. The Graduate LRC is accessible with OHSU badge for departments and programs located at CLSB 24 hours a day.

Library Closure-Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Due to an In-house Service Training Day the OHSU Library will be closed on Wednesday, August 26th, 2015.  The After-Hours Study Space on the 4th floor will be accessible after 6pm.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Library Wants to Hear From You!


The Library is currently engaged in a Strategic Planning Campaign that will guide programs and policies over the next 3-5 years. With your help we have an opportunity to re-define our services, spaces, and resources to help prepare you for the challenges of tomorrow. To get there, it is essential that we understand your current needs and anticipate your future ones. Please give us your feedback.

  • Students: We want to improve your training experience by aligning our services and resources with your learning needs, as well as, define spaces that support study, reflection, and collaboration.
  • Researchers: Use us to discover new ways to connect to the information most relevant for your work, share research outputs in impactful and creative ways, and manage your scholarly footprint and profile to broadcast your contributions and expertise.
  • Educators: Let us help you find and manage course material in innovative ways, integrate library services and resources into your curriculum, and share your educational expertise and products with the world.
  • Staff and Patrons: Explore our space and resources to learn and connect with others in new and creative ways.
  • Clinicians: We want to provide the most relevant and valuable resources to support your decisions, workflows, and patient needs.

Over the coming months, we will be reaching out in various ways to hear your voices and visions. Let us know what you appreciate, what you are frustrated by, and what you want from your Library. Please feel free to give us feedback at any time via this short survey, where you can enter to win a $50 Powell’s gift card. Voice your vision and help us to provide the tools you need to forge your future!

14 Days, You Had Your Say!

We asked and you responded! During our “14 Days to Have Your Say” campaign, students, faculty, researchers, clinicians, and others let us know how we can improve library services with comments posted on flip charts outside the Library located in the BICC and Learning Resource Center, as well as using an online survey and e-mail. We will use this feedback to shape future library services and to plan the use of library space.

The good news is that you won’t have to wait for some of your suggestions to be implemented. For example, ringing unstaffed desk phones have already been silenced during off hours!  We received many other constructive suggestions for making the library environment more conducive to study and collaborative projects, including requests for scanners, power strips to charge devices, improved internet access, and reduced noise levels in study spaces.  We also received insightful requests for new and improved services and resources that would better meet your needs.

The Library is currently planning what its services and spaces will look like in the future, so we’d like to thank you for taking the time to let us know how we can serve you better. You gave us exactly the type of feedback we needed, and you’ll soon reap the rewards of sharing your ideas.

New Service to Help Get Answers

The OHSU Library will introduce a new service on our website beginning July 6th to help make sure that you get fast and accurate answers from Library staff – always.  This service includes a searchable knowledgebase with answers to many commonly asked questions so that you can often find the answer you need 24/7. In addition, you can ask your question any number of ways, including text message, chat, email, or by simply clicking the “Ask Us” button–  no more figuring out where to direct your question, just ask us and we will get your question where it needs to go so you get the right answer.

Holiday Hours

Friday, July 3, 2015 the OHSU Library at the BICC and the Graduate LRC at the CLSB service desk will be closed in observance of Independence Day.

The After Hours Study Space is on the 4th floor of the Library. It may be accessed through the 4th floor entrance when the Library is closed with a valid OHSU badge. The Graduate LRC is accessible with OHSU badge for departments and programs located at CLSB 24 hours a day.

14 days to have your say!

Please visit the Library this week and enjoy some cookies and coffee, Monday-Wednesday. There is still time to have your say!
Library Strategic Planning is underway, and we have a real  opportunity to re-define our services, spaces, and resources to help you prepare for the challenges of tomorrow.  The “14 Days” campaign gives you two weeks to share your needs and frustrations as you use the Library.  Simply jot down here anything that comes to mind – from small conveniences to grand visions of what the Library could be.  And look for questions on selected days of the campaign that will target specific topics of interest.

Please visit us at the OHSU Library in the BICC or the Graduate LRC at the CLSB to give us your feedback.

Please take our survey, email us feedback at library@ohsu.edu, or learn more about our strategic planning process.










The OHSU Library Wants to Send You to Brussels for OpenCon 2015!

As part of a year-long series of grant funded campus events focused on open science and scientific communication, the OHSU Library is sponsoring a full scholarship for one OHSU student or postdoc to attend OpenCon 2015 in Brussels, Belgium, November 14 – 16.

OpenCon is a student and early career researcher conference on Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education. Through keynotes, panel discussions, workshops, and hackathons, attendees will build knowledge, skills, and relationships that will transform how they think about scientific communication and their impact as researchers and practitioners.  OpenCon 2014 drew participants from 39 countries across five continents.  The 2015 conference promises to be even more diverse!

To apply to attend, please complete this short application by June 22 at 11:59 PM PDT.  Please note, OHSU applications must include “Oregon Health & Science University” as an affiliated organization.  The OpenCon Application Review Team will select the scholarship winner and acceptance decisions will be delivered on or before July 21, 2015.  The scholarship will cover the full cost of travel, lodging, and registration fees.  All OHSU students and postdocs are eligible.

Please contact Robin Champieux, Scholarly Communication Librarian, with questions about the conference or application process.