In the news this month:
A printable pdf of the newsletter is also available.
In the news this month:
A printable pdf of the newsletter is also available.
On Friday, June 24, more than 200 third year medical students in San Antonio and Harlingen received instruction in library resources that support clinical decision making. As a way of sharpening their information-seeking skills, they worked through a series of case-based scenarios. Before beginning their 3rd year clinical rotations, the students must complete the Information Mastery class, a part of their Clinical Foundations course.
Information Mastery was presented by a team of instructors in San Antonio which included: Glen Medellin, M.D., Associate Professor and Director of Medical Student Education in the Department of Pediatrics; Eric Willman, Systems Librarian; and Angela Myatt, Curriculum Liaison Librarian. Kathy Carter, Ramirez Library Librarian, presented the class in Harlingen.
The growing collection of mobile websites that are available to assist students in clinical decision making is just one of many important components that were highlighted.
In the May issue of the newsletter, we posted a list of possible journal and database cancellations for 2012. If you have not reviewed the list and sent comments, please take the time to do so. Comments can be sent to John Weed, Head of Collection Resources, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A recent issue of PLoS ONE (http://www.plosone.org) includes an article summarizing the growth in open access (OA) journals. Since the early 1990s the number of OA journals has grown significantly, with more than 6,000 titles now included in the Directory of Open Access Journals (http://www.doaj.org). These journals rely on fees paid by authors and other sources of revenue in place of subscription fees. The article reports that the number of OA journals has increased by 18% annually since 1993, while the overall number of journal titles has increased 3.5% annually in the same time period. The article is available from PLoS ONE’s website:
Laakso M, Welling P, Bukvova H, Nyman L, Björk B-C, et al. 2011 The Development of Open Access Journal Publishing from 1993 to 2009. PLoS ONE 6(6): e20961. http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0020961
Since January 2008 NIH has required that any report of research sponsored by NIH be available from PubMed Central (http://www.pubmedcentral.gov) within 12 months of its publication in a journal. For more information about the NIH public access policy, visit http://publicaccess.nih.gov/.
Journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals are included in the library’s E-Journal list and individual articles can be retrieved by using the “Find at UTHSCSA” button in many databases.
Director of South Texas Regional Information Services
Just a reminder that in July, RefWorks 2.0 will become the default interface for UT Health Science Center RefWorks users. The classic version will still be available, and all references stored in current accounts will be accessible through the new interface, so current users will not lose any information.
RefWorks users who are comfortable with the current “classic” version should have little trouble adapting to the new clean version, which makes use of icons, tabs, and a “Quick List” for easy navigation. Tasks such as editing references by browsing your computer and adding attachments like links to PDF articles or a JPG are even easier than before. New features such as citation information have been added as well.
If you have questions about the new RefWorks interface, contact the library Information Desk at 7-2450 or via email to email@example.com.
Assistant Director for Branch Libraries and Database Services
John Weed, Head of Collection Resources in the Briscoe Library, has been selected to serve on a newly-created Joint Library Storage Facility Policy and Procedure Task Force. The task force is charged with developing operating guidelines for a planned one million-volume library storage facility, which will be built on the Texas A&M Riverside campus in College Station.
The storage facility is a project of University of Texas System and Texas A&M University.
UT System and Texas A&M libraries will be able to store books and journals in this facility using the Resource in Common principle: If one library deposits a book or journal volume in the storage facility, other libraries will be able to discard the book or journal if they hold it in their collection, yet still claim ownership of the book or volume.
The Medical Library Association held its annual meeting on May 13-18 in Minneapolis. Two UT Health Science Center librarians, Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library Services, and Keith Cogdill, Ph.D., Director of South Texas Regional Information Services, attended the meeting.
Jonquil Feldman served on a panel discussing resources for managing scholarly publications. She spoke on SciVal® Experts, a resource that identifies campus expertise and enables collaboration. She also judged research papers for the Research Awards Committee and completed a term on the Awards and Scholarship Committee, where she participated on the Jury for the David A. Kronick Traveling Fellowship. The Kronick Fellowship is named for David A. Kronick, Ph.D. , the Briscoe Library’s first director.
Keith Cogdill, a 2010 recipient of the Kronick award, made a presentation on his study of libraries at four new medical schools which he visited in connection with the award. He also presented a paper on the Frontera Collaboration of health sciences libraries along the US-Mexico border, and participated in events related to his fellowship this year in a leadership program organized by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) with sponsorship from the National Library of Medicine.
Hold the book in your hands, feel its weight, turn its pages, admire its binding and the texture of the paper, breathe in the musty smell of age, delight in the illustrations, read the inscriptions and learn of its provenance.
Only this way, first-hand, can you truly appreciate a great book.
Visit the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library and get to know some of the finest books in the history of medicine, nursing, dentistry and the sciences.
For more information, contact Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian, at Borchers@uthscsa.edu.
What’s In a Name? An Informal Approach to ‘Hispanic’ Genetics and History
Richard F. Ludueña, Ph.D., Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Biochemistry
Monday, August 8, 12:00 noon, Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library
Anatomists and Their Art
Charleen M. Moore, Ph.D., F.A.C.M.G, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Cellular and Structural Biology
Thursday, October 5, 12:00 noon, Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library
Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library
Fernando A. Guerra, M.D., M.P.H.,.F.A.A.P, retired director of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, will speak on the topic Doctors and Dollars May Not Always Be Enough!
Monday, November 7, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., Doubletree Hotel
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