News from the Libraries
News from The Libraries — August 2013
How to Landscape to Your Environment: Program will be repeated August 20
In July The Libraries and Facilities Management hosted a standing-room-only audience for a noon-hour program about landscaping on the Long Campus, and about principles that can be adapted to produce beautiful, drought-tolerant residential plantings. The program will be offered again on August 20, for those who were not able to attend the first presentation.
Mother-in-laws, Willows and Green Chile Stew: How to Landscape to Your Environment
Tuesday, August 20, Noon to 1 p.m.
Howe Conference Room, 5th floor, Briscoe Library
Dave Brahm, Manager of Landscape and Grounds for the UT Health Science Center, will discuss how to use a diverse palate of native plant material to create a colorful landscape that is durable and suited to our climate.
The program is open to everyone. Attendees are invited to bring their lunches.
Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian
Anatomy resources available through the library’s website
The Libraries offer a wide range of online anatomy resources for use across campus and off campus:
Anatomy TV contains detailed 3D interactive modules.
Clinical Human Embryology explores the development of human systems from conception to birth.
NetAnatomy includes radiographic, cross-sectional, and gross anatomy. This resource is often used for USMLE preparation.
Netter Presenter contains images from the Netter: Atlas of Human Anatomy 5th Edition in a presentation and study format.
This is only a sample of the library’s online anatomy resources. Check out the full list of resources on the library’s databases web page limited by anatomy as subject: http://library.uthscsa.edu/category/databases/anatomy/.
For questions or assistance with any library resource, contact librarians at AskALibrarian@uthscsa.edu or call 567-2450.
John Weed, Head of Collection Resources
Using Scopus to find UT Health Science Center affiliated publications
Scopus has a useful feature that simplifies searching by institutional affiliation, a process which can be cumbersome in other databases. An institutional affiliation search in Scopus creates a ready- made bibliography of publications by UTHSCSA authors sorted by journal. Scopus uses a combination of algorithms and a comprehensive knowledge base to disambiguate institutional name variants, identifying and matching an organization with its research output.
To begin an institutional affiliation search, select Scopus from the Databases section of the library’s website (http://www.library.uthscsa.edu). From the Scopus search screen, select “Affiliation search,” then enter University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
A recent Scopus affiliation search identified over 28,000 documents affiliated with the Health Science Center. The top five journals with publications by HSC authors were Journal of Biological Chemistry, Federation Proceedings, Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, Infection and Immunity, and Cancer Research.
Tipsheets for Scopus and other databases can be found on the library’s tipsheet page: http://library.uthscsa.edu/2011/11/tipsheets-user-guides/. A Scopus Quick Reference Guide can be found here.
For questions about Scopus or any other library database, contact AskaLibrarian@uthscsa.edu.
Web of Science – Resource review for cancellation
Librarians often need to make difficult decisions about resources to retain and those to cancel. There are rarely enough monetary resources available to accommodate rising costs of journals, books and databases. As we review renewal decisions for 2014, we are identifying those resources that may be duplicative.
Web of Science is a citation database that indexes scientific literature to 1900. The library currently subscribes to both Web of Science and Scopus. Although these databases are not identical they are similar in their scope; they both provide citation tracking and indexing of multidisciplinary resources, authors’ H-index, and journal ranking or impact factors. Scopus is currently the knowledge base for SciVal which provides research profiles for 400 Health Science Center researchers. Web of Science, Scopus, and SciVal are available for access through the library’s website, Databases section at http://www.library.uthscsa.edu.
Because it may not be financially feasible to continue both Web of Science and Scopus starting in 2014, we are considering cancellation of the current subscription to Web of Science. Please contact John Weed, Head of Collection Resources, email@example.com with your comments about this possible cancellation.
Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries
Information Standards Quarterly releases issue on altmetrics
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) recently announced publication of a special themed issue of Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) on altmetrics. Guest Content Editor for the Summer 2013 issue of ISQ is Martin Fenner, Technical Lead, Article-Level Metrics for the Public Library of Science (PLOS). The articles he has assembled look at emerging best practices and challenges around the use of altmetrics.
The first article, Consuming Article-Level Metrics: Observations and Lessons, discusses the issues encountered when using scripting interfaces to obtain data from the largest article-level metrics providers: Altmetric, ImpactStory, Plum Analytics and PLOS. Scott Chamberlain of Simon Fraser University looks at commonalities and differences in consistency, provenance, and context, and cautions about combining data across providers.
Institutional Altmetrics and Academic Libraries, an article by Robin Chin Roemer (University of Washington Libraries) and Rachel Borchardt (American University) looks at how altmetrics has begun to address the needs of institutions, and the roles librarians can play in enhancing and promoting their usefulness.
Three additional articles provide case studies for the way altmetrics are being used today.
ISQ is available in open access in electronic format on the NISO website. Both the entire Summer 2013 Altmetrics issue and the individual articles may be freely downloaded.
Print copies are available by subscription and as print on demand. For more information and to access the free electronic version, visit: http://www.niso.org/publications/isq/2013/.
Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services in the Briscoe Library, published an article on altmetrics in the June issue of News from the Libraries.
Adapted from a piece by Cynthia Hodgson, ISQ Managing Editor
Featured new books for August 2013
The doctor of nursing practice essentials : a new model for advanced practice nursing / edited by Mary E. Zaccagnini and Kathryn Waud White.
Burlington, Mass. : Jones & Bartlett Learning, c2014.
WY 18.5 D6373 2014. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record
The biology of cancer / Robert A. Weinberg.
New York : Garland Science, c2014.
QZ 202 W423b 2014. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record
Dr. Pestana’s surgery notes : top 180 vignettes for the surgical wards / Carlos Pestana.
New York : Kaplan, c2013.
WO 18.2 P476d 2013. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record
The medical school interview : winning strategies from admissions faculty / Samir P. Desai, Rajani Katta.
Houston, Tex. : MD2B, c2014.
W 19 D441m 2014. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record
Research methods in orthodontics : a guide to understanding orthodontic research / Theodore Eliades, editor ; foreword by T.M. Graber.
Heidelberg ; New York : Springer, c2013.
WU 400 R432 2013. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record
Essentials of psychiatric diagnosis : responding to the challenge of DSM -5 / Allen Frances.
New York : Guilford Press, c2013.
WM 141 F815e 2013. Click here to view the Full Catalog Record
For a complete list of new titles added in the month of August click here.
Libraries support Laredo science camp for aspiring health care professionals
Peg Seger, Head of Briscoe Library Outreach Services, provided two classes for the 25 students in the Summer Science Camp for aspiring health care professions held in Laredo July 15 – 26. Students learned about health information literacy and reliable health information sites like MedlinePlus made available through the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Students also learned how to search for medical information with databases like PubMed.
The camp, sponsored by Laredo Doctors Hospital and hosted at the Regional Academic Center, was presented jointly with the Texas A&M International University (TAMIU). The intensive two-week program was designed to enhance academic and professional preparation for traditional and non-traditional students and current working professionals pursuing enrollment in a health profession school.
The curriculum for the camp was designed around an inter-professional framework that provided:
• Three core courses: Biology, Anatomy, and Physiology
• Discipline specific instruction time for Physician Assistant Studies, Physical Therapy, Respiratory Care, Emergency Medicine, Nursing, and Pre-Medicine
• Learning skills and test taking workshops
• Seminars featuring topics on health care professions
• Professionalism such as personal marketing, critical thinking skills, mock interviews, and group communication
• Networking and field trips
AAMC Tumblr site highlights the value of federally funded medical research
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently announced a new social media resource, Research Means Hope, that highlights federally funded medical research advances being made by scientists and physicians at the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals. The site, which runs on Tumblr blogging software, also includes stories of patients who have benefited from advances in medical research.
Research Means Hope is intended to serve as a resource for legislators and staff, the media, patients, and anyone else who is interested in learning more about the medical research discoveries happening as a result of the nation’s sustained federal investment in medical research. Scientists and physicians at the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals conduct about half of all external research funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Searchable by state, disease category, institution, and funding source, Research Means Hope currently includes more than 280 posts highlighting medical innovations. More content, including videos, photos, and text, is added by AAMC-member institutions on a daily basis.
Over time, the AAMC hopes it will serve as a central repository for news about medical research advances by medical schools and teaching hospitals.
Research Means Hope also maintains a presence on Facebook.
Adapted from an item on the website of the AAMC Newsroom
Summer reading: Siddhartha Mukherjee to speak at Trinity University on August 28
Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, will speak at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28 in Laurie Auditorium at Trinity University. The event, part of Trinity’s Reading TUgether summer reading program, is free and open the public.
The Emperor of all Maladies was a 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, and the recipient of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. In it Mukherjee reflects on his experiences as a hematology and oncology fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital, while at the same time constructing a history of cancer research and treatment. The Pulitzer jury, in awarding the prize, called it “an elegant inquiry, at once clinical and personal”.
More information about the August 28 program at Trinity University can be found on the Trinity University website.
Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian