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July 2017

Need Help Screening Your Systematic Review?

DistillerSRAre you planning to start a systematic review project, but feel overwhelmed when considering how you will manage the process? If the primary investigator of your project is affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh schools of the health sciences, and an HSLS librarian is included on your systematic review team, you’ll have access to a product called DistillerSR that can help. DistillerSR is a web-based systematic review software tool that guides you through the screening and data extraction process.

Director’s Reflections…My New Role as President of the Medical Library Association


Barbara Epstein
HSLS Director

In May, I was honored to become the 2017-18 president of the Medical Library Association (MLA), after serving the past year as president-elect. I have been an active member of MLA since the beginning of my career, and have served in many leadership roles. Participation in MLA has supported my growth as a health sciences librarian through the years, and has introduced me to a strong community of friends and colleagues from around the country and beyond.

MLA was founded in 1898, and is headquartered in Chicago. As an organization of more than 3,200 members, our vision is to “foster excellence in the professional practice and leadership of health sciences library and information professionals in order to enhance the quality of health care, education and research throughout the world.” Our members work in academic health centers, hospitals, colleges and universities, pharmaceutical companies and other commercial entities, healthcare associations, and health agencies at the federal, state, and local levels.

NCBI Hackathon @ University of Pittsburgh

HSLS is pleased to announce that the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Hackathon is coming to the University of Pittsburgh on September 25-27, 2017! HSLS is working with numerous groups across campus to organize this event, including the Center for Research Computing (CRC), Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD), School of Computing and Information (SCI), and University Library System (ULS).

Treasures from the Rare Book Room: De Morbis Capitis

In 1650, Robert Pemell’s De Morbis Capitis, or, Of the Chief Internal Diseases of the Head, was published in London. According to Alan Pestronk (Archives of Neurology 46, no. 2 (1898): 215-220), this was the first neurology book written in English. A country physician from Cranebrooke, Kent, Pemell (died 1653) would be completely forgotten if not for the writings he left behind.

HSLS Staff News

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

Classes for July 2017

HSLS offers classes on database searching, software applications such as Prezi, bibliographic management, and molecular biology and genetics. For more information, visit the online class calendar.

Classes are held on the first floor of Falk Library (200 Scaife Hall) in Classroom 1 and on the upper floor of the library in Classroom 2. All classes are open to faculty, staff, and students of the University of Pittsburgh. They are also open to UPMC residents and fellows, who will need to show their UPMC IDs.