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Improved Off-Campus Access to Electronic Resources

Pitt recently implemented a quick and easy way to access electronic resources when you are off campus. The new system is called EZproxy. Using EZproxy means that you’ll no longer have to log in via Pitt’s Secure Remote Access service.

To access e-resources remotely using EZproxy, follow these simple steps:

Director’s Reflections…Not Your Father’s (or Your Mother’s) Library

During the past months, we’ve been renovating Falk Library’s upper floor. There’s been a lot of dust and discomfort, as we’ve torn down walls, re-painted and re-carpeted. We appreciate your patience as our facilities have been updated to meet the needs of students and faculty in the 21st century.

So what’s different? The most notable change is that there is no longer a Computer and Media Center (CMC). Our computers aren’t confined behind walls and doors; instead, you’ll see them scattered throughout the library. The classroom has been moved, and will now accommodate up to 24 students. When a class is not in session, the classroom is open to individual users who want to use the computers.

Micromedex 2.0 Mobile Products: Drug Interactions and IV Compatibility Apps, Part 2

Part 1 of this article appeared in the August issue of the HSLS Update, and gave an overview of the freely available Micromedex 2.0 Drug Information App. Part 2 reviews the Micromedex Drug Interactions and IV Compatibility apps. Both apps are available to Pitt and UPMC users through the HSLS subscription to the full Micromedex 2.0 site.

HSLS Senior Associate Director Selected for Prestigious NLM Committee

Nancy Tannery, HSLS senior associate director, was recently appointed to the National Library of Medicine’s Literature Selection Technical Review Committee (LSTRC) for a four year term. The purpose of this committee is to review journals for inclusion in MEDLINE, the world’s premier database of biomedical journal literature. The committee consists of approximately 14 members who meet three times a year. Only two members of the committee are librarians. Other members are selected based on their scientific expertise and experience.

HSLS Octoberfest Workshops

HSLS Octoberfest  is a new series of workshops that provide an informal way to learn more about finding and using information important to your work. Each Tuesday in October a different topic will be explored, including searching for grant resources, next generation literature searching, resources and strategies for publishing an article, and more. The workshops will be held in Falk Library, Conference Room B, from noon–1 p.m. For more information, please see the HSLS Octoberfest Workshop schedule, contact the HSLS Main Desk at 412-648-8866, or e-mail Ask a Librarian.

UpToDate Expands to Include Psychiatry

UpToDate, the clinical decision support database, now includes topics on the specialty of Psychiatry. The new content covers many major concerns of psychiatry including anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, child/adolescent mental disorders, depressive disorders, dissociative disorders, eating disorders, impulse control disorders, mental and medical disorders, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, somatoform disorders, and substance-use disorders. A separate section of patient information can be found under the topic Mental Health.

Updates to PubMed Central and PubMed

PubMed Central Now PMC

PubMed Central, the free digital repository of biomedical and life sciences journals from the National Library of Medicine, has been updated with a new name, PMC, and a new look. This new look is a “cleaner and more uniform presentation across PMC’s site as well as its article, issue and journal archive pages.”

Are We Ready? The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Emergency and Disaster Information Resources

A summary of this year’s Emergency Preparedness Poll from Adelphi University’s Center for Health Innovation indicates that 48 percent of U.S. adults lack emergency supplies, 55 percent believe that local authorities will help them in their time of need, and only 18 percent report receiving information on healthcare preparedness from the media. This provides an excellent opportunity for healthcare and information professionals to become involved and advance their knowledge of emergency and disaster health information resources.

Comparative Effectiveness Research Resources

The 2009 Report to the President and Congress from the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research states that “recent government legislation and revised definitions of comparative effectiveness research (CER) put a spotlight on the information resources available to support CER and patient-centered outcomes research efforts.” As a result, the National Library of Medicine (NLM), other government agencies, and many academic centers have developed tutorials and tools to locate primary literature and datasets to support CER, as well as resources to identify CER technical reports and reviews for consumers.

Treasures from the Rare Book Room: Early Chinese Books

Most of the hidden treasures in the Falk Library collection were contributed by donors. One of these generous people was Lieutenant Colonel J.A. Mendelson, a World War I veteran, who was a member of the United States Military Mission to China, and at one time an assistant professor of Military Science and Tactics at the University of Pittsburgh. During his years in China, Burma, and India, he collected interesting objects related to the cultures of the countries where he served. Many of the swords, daggers, and knives from his collection are housed in the Smithsonian Institute. He also brought home early Chinese medical texts that he gave to Pitt’s School of Medicine’s library during the summers of 1943 and 1944.

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