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August 2010

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Directors Reflections…Welcome to New and Continuing Students and Faculty!

Barbara EpsteinThough the calendar year begins in January and the fiscal year in July, the start of classes and students’ return to campus in August always seems like the “real” new year to me.  Though we relaxed a bit over the summer, now we’re busy with orientations and new projects.

“Get It To Go”—New Workshop Series at Falk Library

“Get It To Go” workshops are quick introductions to free online tools to enhance productivity, current awareness and personal organization.  These informal hands-on classes are 30 minutes long, but you can stay up to an hour to try out your new technology or get more information about library resources and services.

Mobile Technology Conference Coming in October

Smartphones and mobile phones that offer advanced capabilities are becoming increasingly popular in the education and health care environment.  In fact, Gartner Research predicts that by 2013, mobile phones are expected to overtake personal computers as the most common Web access device worldwide.  Plan to join HSLS and special guest lecturers at the Mobile Technology Conference on Friday, October 29, 2010, for a day of mobile technology demonstrations and how-tos.

School Liaison Librarians Are Here to Help

Liaison LibrariansDo you have a question about how to search a specific database?  Feeling overwhelmed and not sure where to begin researching a topic of interest?  Ask for help from your school’s liaison librarian listed below.  Liaisons have in-depth expertise in retrieving, evaluating, and managing information.

Liaison librarians are available to:

Falk Library Says Goodbye to Outdated Copy Card System

During the summer months, Falk Library will update its copiers and printers with new cash systems.  Among other improvements, users will have the option to get a receipt when paying with cash.  Additionally, University departments and patrons with Pitt IDs will be able to make copies and print using their photo ID as a Panther Card.

Desktop Delivery at Your Service

Looking to have a specific article delivered to your desktop?  HSLS Document Delivery Service uses a convenient online system available 24/7 to place requests, as well as track them from start to finish.  Copies of articles and book chapters are sent to your account for immediate download from your desktop, typically within 1-3 days.

Annals of Internal Medicine: Two Popular Features Now Available

HSLS has upgraded our subscription to the journal Annals of Internal Medicine to include access to “Epubs ahead of print,” an option requested by many users. The notation “Epub ahead of print” appears when publishers submit citations for articles to PubMed that appear on the Web prior to their publication in final or print format.

New Bioinformatics Resources from CLC bio

The HSLS Molecular Biology Information Service recently licensed two new bioinformatics resources from CLC bio. CLC Main Workbench supports researcher’s daily bioinformatics needs and CLC Genomics Workbench handles sequencing data from high-throughput sequencing systems.

Videos & Cool Tools from MedlinePlus

MedLine PlusMultimedia resources for medical and patient education are becoming more widely available. MedlinePlus, from the National Library of Medicine, is a trusted source of freely accessible consumer health and drug information. It’s also a leader in providing high-quality illustrations and videos for patient education.  If you prefer to get health information from videos, tutorials, calculators, quizzes and games, the new Videos & Cool Tools is for you.

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