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New! HSLS Online Drug Information Guide

HSLS has a new online Drug Information Resource Guide, directing users to appropriate resources for different types of drug information.

Online drug resources provided through HSLS range from database compendia to electronic books and primary literature databases.  Available database compendia with general drug information include Micromedex, UpToDate, and AccessMedicine.  Examples of electronic books include AHFS Drug Information, Meyler’s Side Effects of Drugs, and the King Guide to Parenteral Admixtures.

Director’s Reflections…Moving Days for WPIC Library

color-picture_be-caption2The last day of operation for the venerable Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) Library was December 19, 2008. Closing the WPIC Library is especially poignant for me, as I began my professional career in that library and served as its director from 1985 to 1995. The library was well-known in the local and national mental health community as a comprehensive collection with innovative services for professionals as well as patients and their families.

Spring Plenary to Focus on Scholarly Publishing

Mark your calendar to attend the Spring Plenary program of the University Senate on Tuesday, March 3, 2009, from 12:15 to 3:15 pm.  The program, titled Scholarly Publishing Today and Tomorrow: What you need to Know, will take place in the Assembly Room of the William Pitt Union, and a complimentary buffet lunch will be available.  Pre-registration is not required.

Student Fundraiser Benefits Moulis Children's Library

The motto of CAPA, a creative and performing arts magnet school located in downtown Pittsburgh, is “Believe . . . Work to Achieve . . . and Succeed!”  Erin Sestric of Mt. Washington did just that.  For a freshman CAPA class project, Erin initiated, advertised, and successfully completed a fundraiser event to purchase new books for the Moulis Children’s Library at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

NIH Public Access Mandate—One Year Later

nihlongBy now, researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) should be familiar with the agency’s requirement that all papers arising from NIH-funded research be deposited in the National Library of Medicine’s online public archive, PubMed Central.  Although the mandate was signed into law on December 26, 2007, it was not until April 7, 2008 that researchers were actually required to submit final peer-reviewed manuscripts to PubMed Central on acceptance for publication. Given that there is a lag between acceptance and publication, and that public access to these articles may be delayed for up to twelve months after publication, we have yet to see the anticipated explosive growth of PubMed Central, though submissions have risen substantially.

Resource Cuts for 2009

scissorsDue to budget restraints, the Health Sciences Library System has canceled some less popular databases. For more information on how these decisions are made, read the article Evaluating Usage and Cost of Electronic Resources in this Update issue.

Evaluating Usage and Cost of Electronic Resources

In this challenging economic climate, how does the HSLS staff decide which electronic journals, books, and databases to keep in the online collection? Since over 80 percent of the HSLS acquisitions budget is for electronic materials, careful analysis is essential.

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