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August 2012

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Goodbye RefWorks, Hello Mendeley

Pitt’s RefWorks subscription will end on September 30, 2012. Its replacement will be Mendeley. Mendeley may already be familiar to you as a free application on the Web, but has recently begun offering a subscription-based product to institutions as well. Mendeley offers substantially the same functionality as RefWorks plus some distinctive features of its own.

Darwin Exhibit Coming to HSLS

HSLS will host Rewriting the Book of Nature: Charles Darwin and the Rise of Evolutionary Theory, a traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine, from August 26 through October 6, 2012.

The exhibit was developed to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin in 1809 and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species in 1859. It was produced by the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine and the Office of History, National Institutes of Health.

In connection with the exhibit, HSLS will host two lectures:

Falk Library Construction Underway

Construction on the second floor of Falk Library has begun! The three-month project will result in additional group study rooms; a new computer classroom; an open-air help desk; and office space for the staff of National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region. The project will be completed around the beginning of October.

Director’s Reflections…Welcome to New and Returning Faculty and Students

Here we are again at the start of a new school year! We invite you to explore HSLS resources and services described in this issue and on our Web site. Even if you think you know everything about us, you may learn something new!

Renovation of Falk Library’s upper floor is underway, with completion scheduled by the beginning of October. We’ll be freshly painted and re-carpeted, with new spaces for group study and collaboration. In the meantime, be sure to visit the library’s main floor to see our traveling exhibit on Charles Darwin and the Rise of Evolutionary Theory, on loan from the National Library of Medicine.

Micromedex 2.0 Mobile Products: Drug Information App, Part 1

The Micromedex 2.0 Drug Information App provides freely available, comprehensive drug information that undergoes the same unbiased editorial process as the full Micromedex 2.0 version. No account is necessary and an Internet connection is not required, so information is readily available 24/7.

Michele Klein Fedyshin to Be Featured “Guest Speaker” for the HPNA Live Chat Event

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association periodically holds nationwide Live Chat Events where members can ask questions during a 30-minute online meeting. HSLS Liaison Librarian Michele Klein Fedyshin, BSN, MSLS, RN, AHIP, will be the “Guest Speaker” at the next event, which is September 12, 2012, at 12:30 p.m. (EST). The guest speaker types answers to questions as they are posted online. Each chat event focuses on a specific topic of interest. In Michele’s case, she will be answering questions about evidence-based practice.

Happy New Year!

We are pleased to welcome new and returning faculty, staff, and students. Although the new calendar year officially begins in January, August begins the new academic year. There are a few things you should know about the library that can make this new year easier for you.

The New England Journal of Medicine Celebrates 200 Years

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) is celebrating its 200th anniversary. The journal, originally delivered by horseback and known as the New England Journal of Medicine and Surgery and the Collateral Branches of Science, is the longest continuously published medical periodical in the world.1

Discover Recommended Articles with search.HSLS.MolBio & F1000

Faculty of 1000 (F1000) is a post-publication peer review resource. Its purpose is to help researchers identify highly regarded papers through article reviews and recommendations generated by a peer-nominated “faculty” of subject-expert scientists and clinicians from around the world. Established in 2002, F1000 now has over 10,000 reviewers, including 135 affiliates from the University of Pittsburgh/UPMC.

Treasures from the Rare Book Room: Joseph Hodgson’s A Treatise on the Diseases of Arteries and Veins, Containing the Pathology and Treatment of Aneurisms and Wounded Arteries

Joseph Hodgson (1788-1869) was a British physician who practiced at Birmingham General Hospital and St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London during the first half of the 19th century. He is best known for describing the aneurismal dilation of the aorta, later named after him as “Hodgson’s Disease.” He described this condition in his book, A Treatise on the Diseases of Arteries and Veins, published in London in 1815. His work was accompanied by an atlas titled Engravings Intended to Illustrate Some of the Diseases of Arteries. Author Leslie Morton claims these are “the best illustrations of aneurysms and of aortic valvular endocarditis.”1 The atlas includes eight plates with 23 illustrations accompanied by explanations. All illustrations were drawn by Hodgson himself and engraved by either J. Stewart or G. Shury.

NN/LM MAR Outreach Services Include Exhibiting at Professional Meetings

One of the many exciting roles of a regional medical library is exhibiting at national, state and local meetings and conferences. Exhibiting offers the opportunity to demonstrate National Library of Medicine (NLM) products to health professionals, consumer groups, and public, school, and health sciences librarians. It is also a great way to encourage membership and promote the services of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

NLM’s IndexCat: History of Medicine Database Expanded and Improved

When initially released in 2004, IndexCat was a boon to medical historians and researchers. They finally had free online access to a keyword-searchable, digitized version of the Index-Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon General’s Office, a 61-volume print series published between 1880 and 1961. The Index-Catalogue contains material dating from the 15th through the 20th centuries. Now, in a major update, IndexCat also includes the expanded digital version of A Catalogue of Incipits of Mediaeval Scientific Writings in Latin (eTK), and Scientific and Medical Writings in Old and Middle English: An Electronic Reference (eVK2).

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