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Directors Reflections…Welcome to Students and Faculty!

It seems as if the summer has barely started, but we’re already greeting new students and faculty, and planning fall term orientations and workshops.

This “welcome-back” Update issue includes articles about how to access HSLS technology, a list of school liaison librarians, and some tips about using our electronic resources.

Introduction to the Computer & Media Center

The Computer & Media Center (CMC), located on the second floor of Falk Library, is open to UPMC and Pitt health sciences faculty, students, and staff. The computer lab and helpdesk services are available during the same hours as Falk Library, except the CMC closes thirty minutes before the library does.

Access to HSLS E-Resources from Home

As a Pitt or UPMC affiliated patron, you can access HSLS online books and journals even when you are not on campus or at a UPMC facility. Start by clicking the Remote Access link on the upper-right corner of the HSLS home page. If you are a Pitt user, choose Secure Remote Access, or if you are a UPMC user, choose Connect@UPMC.

Liaison Librarians Work in Partnership with Health Sciences Schools

Do 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.

HSLS E-Books: STAT!Ref

STAT!Ref is one of several e-book platforms to which HSLS provides access. While some platforms only include e-books from a single publisher, STAT!Ref provides access to e-books from multiple publishers via a single interface. STAT!Ref currently includes 32 e-books, as well as ACP PIER, an evidence-based, point-of-care tool.

Treasures from the Rare Book Room: 27th General Hospital in New Guinea

In the Forward to the Quarterly History, Volume 1, Lt. Colonel George L. Beatty writes: “It is our hope that this history may be of some interest, and possibly of some small value to other medical installations in the future.” Beatty’s hope was unfulfilled from 1945 until today, when Falk Library staff have provided detailed information about Beatty’s works and mounted selections on the Web.

New PubMed Feature: Bolded Search Terms

Your PubMed search results now include bolded search terms. This new feature allows you to quickly locate where your search terms appear within each record.

So, What Does It Mean to Be a Regional Medical Library?

In the June 2011 HSLS Update, we announced that HSLS was awarded a five-year contract from the National Library of Medicine to serve as the Regional Medical Library (RML) for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM-MAR). We have been working diligently to set up our program and recruit qualified staff. But what does it mean to be a regional medical library?

HealthCAS Cohort-2 Visits Pitt

The second cohort of students enrolled in Pitt’s online Certificate of Advanced Study in Health Sciences Librarianship (HealthCAS), visited HSLS and the School of Information Sciences (iSchool) for an orientation to HealthCAS and the University. The students came from eight states, including California, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Maryland, Ohio, and Texas.

Changes Coming to the CMC

Do you remember Falk Library’s Learning Resource Center (LRC)? The LRC was created in 1982 with a donation of audiovisual equipment in memory of Pharmacology Professor Paul L. Mclain. Since then, audiovisual resources have become integral to our users. The modest LRC expanded as new advances in computer-based health care education were increasingly available.

Finding Keepsakes in an Unusual Place!

You never know what treasures you’ll find in an old file cabinet!

Recently, while cleaning out several old file cabinets in Falk Library, Administrative Specialist Nelson Galloway came across two class rings, a 1971 Sewickley Area High School ring and a 1982 McKeesport High School ring. He also found a 1967 St. Francis School of Nursing pin. Galloway decided to try to locate the owners.

HSLS Staff News

The HSLS Staff News section includes recent HSLS presentations, publications, staff changes, staff promotions, degrees earned, etc.


 Barbara Epstein, HSLS director, will chair the Medical Library Association’s Task Force for Advocating Scholarly Communication.

Michele Klein-Fedyshin, reference librarian, was certified as an ELNEC (End of Life Nursing Education Consortium) Core Trainer.

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