Academic health sciences libraries and affiliated hospitals: a conversation about licensing electronic resources
Keywords:Licensing, Electronic Resources, Hospitals, Health Systems, Academic Health Centers
Objective: Libraries in academic health centers may license electronic resources for their affiliated hospitals, as well as for their academic institutions. This study examined the current practices of member libraries of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) that provide affiliated hospitals with access to electronic information resources and described the challenges that the libraries experienced in providing access to the affiliated hospitals.
Methods: In September 2016, AAHSL library directors received an email with a link to an online survey.
Results: By December 2016, representatives from 60 AAHSL libraries responded. Two-thirds of the responding libraries supplied online information resources to more than 1 hospital, and 75% of these libraries provided the hospitals with access both on site and remotely. Most (69%) libraries licensed the same resource for both the academic institution and the hospitals. Cost, license negotiation, and communication with hospital stakeholders were commonly reported challenges.
Conclusion: Academic health sciences libraries with affiliated hospitals continue to grapple with licensing and cost issues.
This article has been approved for the Medical Library Association’s Independent Reading Program.
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