News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries

News from the Libraries – December 2010

December 2010

In the news this month:

Biomedical Publishing 101: Briscoe Library to host academic publishing webinar

Tech the Halls: 30 Holiday Tips and Tools

Coming Soon: PubMed Author ID

Subscription changes for Faculty of 1000 and The Scientist

ERes course reserve system retires this month

Library holiday hours

Gifts for Children: Donate at the Briscoe Library

December and January library classes

Thinking about purchasing an e-book reader? Check here first.

Project Haiti and Ethiopia Outreach Silent Auction and photo exhibit

A printable pdf of the newsletter is also available.

Biomedical Publishing 101: Briscoe Library will host webinar on developments in academic publishing

If you are involved in any part of the academic publishing cycle, please consider joining us for this event:

December 7, 2010

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Briscoe Library Collaboratory (4.074)

This 90-minute webinar will provide an opportunity to learn about the publishing cycle of biomedical journals, both in print and online.  The complexities of publishing in a world of rapidly changing delivery formats and devices will be explored, including the publishing challenges and opportunities posed by each.

Presenters include John Tagler of Association of American Publishers, Inc.  The session will be moderated by Jean Shipman, director of both the University of Utah’s Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region.

Key topics to be covered include:

  • The Current Biomedical Publishing Landscape
  • The Publishing Process
  • Publication Ethics
  • Production & Delivery
  • Practical Considerations
  • The Road Ahead

Participants will gain knowledge of the various roles and responsibilities of different players in the scientific publishing chain and of the international aspects of bioscience communication.  All participants will have a chance to engage in discussions with the presenters.

The Biomedical Publishing 101 is a project of the Chicago Collaborative, a joint partnership of librarians, publishers and editors, and is sponsored and hosted by NN/LM MCR, NN/LM SCR, NN/LM PSR and library directors in the Four Corners region of the U.S.

Tech the Halls: 30 Holiday Tips and Tools

Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m.

Howe Conference Room

Bring your lunch and learn about 30 tools and tips to make your holidays merrier.

Faculty of 1000 and The Scientist: subscription changes

The UT Health Science Center Libraries currently has an electronic subscription to The Scientist.  The publisher, F1000, will combine its three products — Faculty of 1000 Medicine, Faculty of 1000 Biology, and The Scientist — into one product, effective January 2011.  Because of the cost increase for the bundled collection, the library is not able to continue the electronic version of The Scientist in 2011 as we have for the last two years.

In order to continue an electronic subscription to The Scientist, the library would be required to subscribe to all three products resulting in more than a 400% increase in subscription cost in 2011 compared to the cost in 2010.  We realize that The Scientist is a popular publication for keeping up with the latest news and views in science; however, as with all departments on campus, the library is looking at a reduced budget in the next biennium and we must be fiscally responsible.

The library will continue our print subscription to The Scientist but discontinue electronic access starting in 2011.  Contact John Weed, Head of Collection Resources, with any questions or comments at weedj@uthscsa.edu.

Reminder: ERes course reserves system retires this month

As reported since May, The Libraries will retire the ERes system (http://eres.library.uthscsa.edu/) used for electronic course reserves on December 22, 2010.   After December 22, ERes will no longer be available.  Electronic materials uploaded for previous courses must be downloaded before that date.

Starting in 2011, only print materials and books will be accepted for course reserves. All electronic reserves will be handled through Blackboard.  Books and materials on reserve at the libraries will be found through the Library Catalog.

If you need assistance with your ERes account, please contact the Briscoe Library Information Desk at (210) 567-2450 or email askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu.  To get started using Blackboard for your courses, call Blackboard Support at (210) 567-7777 option #4.

Katie Prentice
Head of Education and Information Services

Library holiday hours

The Libraries of the University of Texas Health Science Center (Briscoe, Ramirez, Laredo and Downtown) will be following the University Holiday schedule in December. Briscoe Library Hours are as follows:

December 17                                    7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

December 18-19                              Closed

December 20-23                             7 :00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

December 24-27                            Closed

December 28-30                            7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

December 31                                    Closed

January 1-2                                      Closed

Services will be limited on these days.

The Ramirez Library will keep the same closing schedule as Briscoe Library, but hours of operation will be 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Additional information about holiday hours at all the libraries can be found on our website.

Gifts for Children: The Briscoe Library will receive toy donations through December 7

For more than 25 years, Gifts for Children has been helping to brighten the holidays for children in hospitals and clinics across San Antonio.  Last year, more than 4200 items were collected.

This year, the Briscoe Library is once again be a collection point for toy donations.  Look for our decked-out holiday book cart donation station, located on the main floor of the Briscoe Library near the Information Desk.  Donations will be received through December 7. 

Gift donations are also being accepted at the Ramirez Library in Harlingen. 

A list of recommended toys can be found at http://library.uthscsa.edu/events/gfclist.pdf.

Library classes for December and January

All library classes are free and open to all. Advance registration is appreciated but not required. If you would like to request a class or schedule a consultation at any health science center campus, contact the library at (210) 567-2450 or email AskaLibrarian@uthscsa.edu.

To register for a class or to read class descriptions, visit the online class schedule. When you register for a library class, your registration confirmation email includes a file that you can save as an appointment into your electronic calendar.

Briscoe Library – Long Campus, San Antonio

  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: December 2, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., LIB 2.011
  • Ovid Tips & Tricks: Getting Started with MEDLINE: December 6, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., LIB 2.011
  • Tech the Halls: 30 Holiday Tips and Tools – Technology Brownbag: December 8, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m., Library Howe Conference Room
  • Introduction to EndNote: December 9, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Library Basics: December 9, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: December 13, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Getting the Most out of PubMed: January 11, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., LIB 2.011
  • Why Twitter? – Technology Brownbag: January 12, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m., Library Howe Conference Room
  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: January 20, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., LIB 2.011

Texas Research Park, San Antonio

  • Creating and Presenting a Professional Poster Session: January 10, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m., IBT Building 3.002

Katie Prentice
Head of Education and Information Services

Are you thinking about purchasing an e-book reader?

The December 2010 issue of Consumer Reports includes reviews of the latest e-book readers as well as the iPad and other tablet computers.  E-book readers considered include the Amazon Kindle 3G + Wi-Fi, Amazon Kindle Wi-Fi, Barnes & Noble Nook 3G + Wi-Fi, two versions of the Pandigital Novel, BeBook, Spring Design, ViewSonic, Kobo, and Augen.

It is possible to read e-books on many different kinds of devices, including laptop and desk top computers. The article on e-books notes that “the greater versatility of some other devices, notably the iPad, makes them worthy of consideration if you want a multipurpose, portable device that’s also a decent e-book reader with the added benefit of a color screen.”

Consumer Reports reviews of tablets and e-book readers can be accessed through the library catalog or at the following links:

(2010). E-book readers. Consumer Reports75(12), 40-41. Retrieved from Academic Search Complete database.

http://bit.ly/about-ebooks

(2010). Tablets. Consumer Reports75(12), 39. Retrieved from Academic Search Complete database.

http://bit.ly/about_tablets