Abstract Objective: To evaluate use of information resources during
the first year of IAIMS implementation at the Yale—New Haven Medical
Center. The evaluation asked: (1) Which information resources are being used?
(2) Who uses information resources? (3) Where are information resources used?
(4) Are multiple sources of information being integrated?
Design: Measures included monthly usage data for resources delivered
network-wide, in the Medical Library, and in the Hospital; online surveys of
library workstation users; an annual survey of a random, stratified sample of
Medical Center faculty, postdoctoral trainees, students, nurses, residents,
and managerial and professional staff; and user comments.
Results: Eighty-three percent of the Medical Center community use
networked information resources, and use of resources is increasing. Both
status (faculty, student, nurse, etc.) and mission (teaching, research,
patient care) affect use of individual resources. Eighty-eight percent of
people use computers in more than one location, and increases in usage of
traditional library resources such as MEDLINE are due to increased access from
outside the Library. Both survey and usage data suggest that people are using
multiple resources during the same information seeking session.
Conclusions: Almost all of the Medical Center community is using
networked information resources in more settings. It is necessary to support
increased demand for information access from remote locations and to specific
populations, such as nurses. People are integrating information from multiple
sources, but true integration within information systems is just beginning.
Other institutions are advised to incorporate pragmatic evaluation into their
IAIMS activities and to share evaluation results with decision-makers.