We continue to receive anecdotal feedback indicating that TEEAL is a valuable resource, especially where Internet connectivity is limited. We commissioned a User Study to survey TEEAL users in Asia, Africa and Latin America to evaluate whether TEEAL was meeting its objective: to enhance the quality and effectiveness of agricultural research and teaching by improving students’ and researchers' access to relevant literature.
In the survey, almost 80% of respondents said that TEEAL improved their productivity and about 75% agreed that it improved the quality of their work. Users, who were largely research scientists, university faculty and graduate students, found that TEEAL's resources are both relevant to and adequate for their needs, and they trust the articles in TEEAL. In addition, data gathered from users indicated a desire for a more agile information resource, and so launched the conversion of TEEAL from a compact disc resource to one delivered on a small, external hard drive with the capacity to offer access via local area network.