FY20 Library Subscriptions Survey Report

Thanks to all of you who participated in the FY20 Library Subscriptions Survey!  The survey ran from November 21 through December 12, 2019.  Here is our first post about the survey results.  Please watch for more posts addressing specific questions or issues we saw from the survey.


There were 630 total responses to the survey.  Responders represented all six Schools and College, campus administration & support units, UCHealth, and others. 

Here is the distribution of survey respondents by their university status:

Subscription Changes

The Strauss Health Sciences Library has an overall collections budget of nearly $3 million.  Less than 1% of the collection budget is spent on one-time purchases while 99% is spent on electronic annual subscriptions. Every year our subscription costs rise approximately 5-7%.  In FY20, the library has a shortfall in our collections budget of $300,000 and needs to make some difficult decisions in cancellations.

Based on pricing, usage, and feedback received from this survey, the library renewed most of the subscriptions listed on the survey.  However, we made the following decisions:


Resources that received less than 4% of responses rating them “Essential” or “Important” were examined further.  After review, the following subscriptions were cancelled.

American Physical Society journals (3.6% of respondents rated it as essential or important)

Knovel (1.5%of respondents rated it as essential or important)

VisualDx (3.8% of respondents rated it as essential or important)

Package Adjustments:

In 2020, the library switched the American Chemical Society (ACS) journal subscription package to a smaller package, retaining the top 15 most used journals.  All ACS titles remain available via interlibrary loan at no cost to faculty, students and staff.

Please see more information about our collection budget and subscription changes here:


If you have any questions or comments about this survey and survey results, please contact Yumin Jiang, Head of Collection Management, at: 303-724-2137, yumin.jiang@cuanschutz.edu

New Amesse Leisure Reading

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The following titles have recently been added to the Amesse Collection, located in the library’s leisure hub area adjacent to the 1st floor north information commons:


-Coates, Ta-Nahesi/ The water dancer

-Patchett, Ann/ The Dutch house

-Powers, Richard/ The overstory

-Reid, Kiley/ Such a fun age

-Rothfuss, Patrick/ Name of the wind

-Sanderson, Brandon/ Way of kings

-Shemilt, Jane/ The playground



-Duckworth, Angela/ Grit: The power of passion & perseverance

-Gladwell, Malcom/ Talking to strangers

-Hennick, Calvin/ Once more to the rodeo

-Snowden, Edward/ Permanent record

-Theroux, Paul/ On the plain of snakes: A Mexican journey

Save the Date! Valentine’s Day Dog Activity Event

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Lucy: A golden girl who likes to take walks, swim, and roll in the grass.



Oreo: A 100 lb St. Berdoodle (Saint Bernardd and Standard Poodle mix) who is truly a gentle giant.



Hamilton: A 5 year old who loves stuffed animals and will steal them at any opportunity!

On Friday, February 14th, plan on spending some time with a very special valentine at Strauss Library’s Dog Activity event! A variety of teams from the Alliance of Therapy Dogs will be visiting the library’s student lounge (adjacent to the library entrance) from  11:30 am- 1:30 pm.

Take a mid-day break, PAWS, & relax! For more details, please contact tina.moser@cuanschutz.edu at 303-724-2145.

Need a book the library doesn’t have? Try Prospector!



Are you looking for a book, DVD, or CD that’s not available at Strauss Library? The Prospector borrowing system includes many libraries within Colorado, as well as the University of Wyoming. It allows users to request items from any participating library and have them sent via courier to their local library for pickup. This service is free for all cardholders of Prospector member libraries.

For students, staff and faculty on the CU Anschutz campus, ordering an item is as easy as going to https://library.cuanschutz.edu//prospector, searching by title or keyword, and then entering your name and student/employee number after selecting ‘Request’. Material will be delivered to our library; we’ll send you an email when your item is ready for pickup. Most items take an average of 3-5 business days to arrive.

Prospector opens up a whole new world of borrowing choices- give it a try!

Learn About OER!

Learning Rocks!

Would you like help finding free, openly-licensed, flexible, and up-to-date educational materials? Would you like to learn about ways to positively impact students by lowering textbook costs and increasing the relevancy of learning materials? Have you heard the phrase “OER” and not fully understood what it meant?

Starting this January, the Strauss Health Sciences Library will be offering a bimonthly OER class that will cover the basics of what OER is, why it matters, and how where to look for it. We hope that you can join us!

Classes will be offered from 12:00-1:00 on:

Thursday, January 9th

Thursday, March 12th

Thursday, May 14th

Click on a date in order to register – we hope to see you there!

This was written by Ellie, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Reflections on MCMLA

In October 2019, Sam Kennefick and Ellie Svoboda, graduate assistants at the Strauss Health Sciences Library, were afforded the opportunity to attend the Midcontinental Medical Librarian Association’s (MCMLA) Annual Meeting in Omaha thanks to the generous LIS Student Professional Development Subaward from the NNLM. This award allowed us to travel to Omaha and participate in the three day conference as well as preconference professional development sessions. We greatly appreciated the opportunity to learn and network within the MCMLA community and would like to share our greatest takeaways.

The day before the Annual Meeting began, two professional development sessions were hosted at the Creighton University Health Science Library. In the morning, we attended “Cool Creative Communications: Dazzling Data Visualization”. During this class we learned how to create an informative and visually appealing data visualization using Tableau. This class offered many opportunities for hands on learning. We both left the class excited to apply our newfound knowledge of Tableau to projects we are working on at our home institution. 

The second session of the day was, “Data Management for Librarians: What Health Sciences Librarians Need to Know”. This session provided a crash course in data management 101. The importance of creating and following a data management plan was covered as well as practical tips for helping patrons at our home libraries create a successful data management plan. This session inspired us to share the importance of supporting data management practices with our colleagues once we returned home from the conference. 

The annual meeting itself kicked off with an inspiring keynote address by Kelly Gering, the founder of the conflict resolution firm, Shared Story. She broadened our understanding of the role of medical librarians by focusing on the importance of relationship building and learning to listen to understand. She shared the following quote by Margaret Wheatley, “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our judgements about each other that do”. Beginning the conference with Kelly’s message of sharing our stories set a tone of embracing vulnerability for the duration of the conference.

Over the course of the conference we were able to listen to eleven different presentations and it was inspiring to see the variety of topics that were covered. In addition to providing tangible and applicable strategies for medical librarians, they also reinforced the larger role that libraries and librarians can take in their communities. One particularly resonant presentation was “Breaking the Silence: Hosting Awareness Events on Campus During Crisis” from the librarians at the University of Utah which documented the role that the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library played in bringing awareness to the problem of violence against women on their campus. Their powerful presentation addressed the national scale of this issue while also making it incredibly personal by sharing the stories of University of Utah students who had lost their lives to violence. The presentation was sobering while also signaling to us librarians in training that we can use our position to help the greater good. 

The meeting wrapped up with a fascinating talk by Jorge Zuniga about his creation of affordable 3D printed prosthetics for children. His story of innovation and passion for creating an option for children who cannot afford the costs of a traditional prosthesis reminded us all that choosing to be creative and think about how our work serves others can produce incredible results.

In addition to the structured learning opportunities at MCMLA, there were many opportunities to informally learn from the expertise of veteran medical librarians attending the conference. One conversation really stands out from the rest. We had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Nancy Woelfl over lunch one day and learned so much listening to her tell tales of her long and enjoyable career. Now retired, Nancy is still an active member of MCMLA. She was director of the McGoogan Library at UNMC for 26 years and before that spent time working for NASA in Ohio. Nancy’s passion for medical librarianship is contagious! She encouraged us to become active in the MCMLA community and made us feel instantly welcomed into the network of medical librarians present at the conference.

The MCMLA Annual Meeting also provided an opportunity to feel a sense of community with other medical librarians. In addition to meeting veteran librarians we also got to meet early and mid-career librarians who were full of encouragement and enthusiasm for the profession. Both of us are switching from careers in K-12 education to librarianship and hearing from librarians who love their jobs was heartening and provided a bolster of confidence that we have made a good decision. 

 The MCMLA business meeting was the final item on the agenda and it was empowering to observe this process. The decisions that were made during the meeting were thoughtful and meaningful. Witnessing this self-governance and the earnest and principled attitudes of everyone involved made us hopeful for the future. We are already a part of MCMLA and can make our voices heard and in a few years, we could participate in the executive committee. 

We left Omaha feeling inspired and grateful to have learned from and connected with the librarians from the Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association. 

Pedestrian bridge in sunshine.
Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

This was written by Ellie and Sam, you can contact AskUs with questions.

FY20 Library Subscriptions Survey

Due to budget constraints and the increasing cost of library resources, the Strauss Health Sciences Library is seeking feedback on the usefulness and importance of selected resources (journal packages, databases, etc.) via a Qualtrics survey:


This survey is password protected.  You may find the password in the Nov. 21 Academic Announcements email titled “FY20 Library Subscriptions Survey”, or you can email AskUs (askus@hsl.ucdenver.libanswers.com) to get the password.

This seven-question survey should take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Please respond to the survey by Thursday, December 12th.

Questions or comments about this survey or any library resource can be sent to Yumin Jiang, Head of Collection Management. She can be reached at yumin.jiang@cuanschutz.edu or (303) 724-2137.

This was written by Yumin, you can contact AskUs with questions.