HEAL (Health Education Assets Library) (Out of Print)

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393 October 22, 2006 2


The Health Education Assets Library (HEAL) was formed to facilitate sharing of multimedia resources in a freely accessible, highly searchable digital library. HEAL's mission is to provide free digital resources of the highest quality that meet the needs of today's health sciences educators and learners, and the librarians who serve them. The HEAL collection currently contains a number of collections of multimedia resources for health sciences undergraduate and professional education, as well as resources for patient and consumer health. HEAL has been cited as a model for increasing "the efficiency and quality" of medical education activities. The collection includes more than 21,000 high quality health sciences learning assets and objects. As of December 2005, there are over 4,400 registered HEAL users worldwide. Like their counterparts in other disciplines and other nations, most American health sciences educators today are "awash with digital information resources." Analysts predict that the population of digital objects on the Web will continue to grow "exponentially." This explosion of digital resources has been concomitant with increased use of technology tools in teaching and learning more generally, from PowerPoint to LMSs to comprehensive VLEs. Health sciences educators clearly need the infrastructure, digital resource management services, and training to support the efficient identification, use, and reuse of digital materials in a variety of learning contexts. With crucial grants from the National Science Foundation under the National Science Digital Library program and the National Library of Medicine HEAL has successfully established a comprehensive digital library infrastructure, including standards, policies, and applications; and a high-quality collection of teaching materials.

Editor’s Note
This publication is out of print as it contains expired content and/or no longer aligns with MedEdPORTAL Publications’ policies.


Team H. HEAL (health education assets library) (out of print). MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2006;2:393. http://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.393

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  • HEAL, Digital Library, Repository

Prior Scholarly Dissemination


  1. Uijtdehaage, S., Lovell, K., Dennis, S., Summers-Ables, J. (2005). "Academic Credit for Digital Scholarship: Publishing through HEAL," presentation at Slice of Life 2005, Portland, OR, June 17.
  2. Dennis, S., Dippie, S., Uijtdehaage, S., McIntyre, S. (2005). A New Publishing Model for Digital Educational Materials: Peer Review for the Health Education Assets Library (HEAL), presentation at the MLA annual meeting, San Antonio, TX, May 18.
  3. McIntyre, S. (2005). Building the Federation of Interoperable Health Sciences Resources, invited presentation given at the MedBiquitous Consortium Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD, April 7.
  4. Leslie, M. (2004). NetWatch: Picturing the Human Body. Science, April 30, 304(5671), 657. Retrieved Mar. 29, 2006 from http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/reprint/304/5671/657d.pdf.
  5. Dennis, S.E., Candler, C.S., Uijtdehaage, S., McIntyre, S., Dippie, S. (2004). An Indexing Standard for Sharing Health Education Multimedia Resources: The Health Education Assets Library (HEAL) Metadata Schema. Paper given at the 37th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-37), Big Island, HI, January 5-8. Retrieved Dec. 11, 2005 from http://csdl.computer.org/comp/proceedings/hicss/2004/2056/06/205660138a.pdf.
  6. Uijtdehaage, S. H. J., Contini, J., Candler, C. S., Dennis, S. E. (2003). Sharing Digital Teaching Resources: Breaking Down Barriers by Addressing the Concerns of Faculty Members, Academic Medicine, March, 78(3), 286-294.
  7. Dennis, S.E., Uijtdehaage, S.H.J., Candler, C. (2001). Introducing the Health Education Assets Library: a National Multimedia Repository, in S.S. Stensaas, M.R. Fisher, M.M. Batschkus, and J.W. Dietrich (eds.), Multimedia in Health Sciences Education. Berlin: Logos Verlag, 97-101.

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