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Register Now for Mobile Computing Workshop on October 29

Mobile_ComputingPlease plan to attend the upcoming HSLS-sponsored Mobile Computing Workshop on Friday, October 29, 2010. Featured speakers include Dr. Roman M. Cibirka, vice president for Instruction and Enrollment Management and associate provost at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Cibirka has been internationally recognized for his achievements in mobile technologies, virtual simulation and game-based educational innovations. Other speakers are Iltifat Husain, founder and editor-in-chief of and UPMC’s Dr. Rasu B. Shrestha, medical director, Interoperability and Imaging Informatics. Afternoon break-out sessions are geared for both novice and expert users, with topics such as using HSLS’s mobile resources, mobile technology for dummies, and mobile applications that pertain to the field of molecular biology.

The Value of Libraries Study is Coming to UPMC

HSLS is participating in the initial phase of a multi-site study of the use and value of library resources.  In the coming weeks, with the support of UPMC administrators, HSLS will be sending physicians, residents, and nurses an invitation to complete a brief online survey assessing the role of HSLS information resources in improving patient care.  The data collected in this confidential survey, as well as data gathered by other hospital and health sciences libraries across the country, will lead to a better understanding of the relationship between library information resources and the quality of patient care.  To participate in this survey, watch for messages in your UPMC e-mail account with the subject line “LIBRARY WEB SURVEY.”

Finding HSLS Using Connect@UPMC

Are you having trouble locating the HSLS link on Connect@UPMC?  To find the link, use Internet Explorer and login to Connect@UPMC using your UPMC account. You will be presented with a screen with several tabs across the top of the page, click on the Applications tab, and then on the Internet Explorer icon. The Infonet page will load. Click on Favorites, UPMC, and look down the list to Health Sciences Library. From there you’ll be presented with the front page of the HSLS Web site.

Calling All Witches, Wizards and Muggles!

harry_exhibitHarry Potter and friends are coming to Falk Library next year when we will host a traveling exhibit titled Harry Potter’s World:  Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine.  The exhibit, produced by the National Library of Medicine, and coordinated by the American Library Association, uses materials from the historical collections of NLM to explore Harry Potter’s world and its roots in Renaissance traditions.

Directors Reflections…By the Numbers

Barbara EpsteinLibraries, by definition, are organized operations.  We try to keep track of everything we do.  We count our virtual and in-person visits, we count our loans, we count the number of reference questions received, and we count the number of educational sessions offered.  We analyze whether these numbers are going up or down, and we scratch our heads to figure out what it all means.

iPads Now Available at the CMC

iPadFalk Library’s Computer and Media Center (CMC) is now circulating ten Apple iPads.  The new iPads are smaller than a sheet of paper, lightweight, and completely touch-screen.  HSLS users can check out an iPad for up to four hours and may take an iPad outside of the library.  The iPads connect to the Pitt wireless network, so borrowers can browse the Web or access HSLS online resources from any Pitt building.   If you are interested in using this new and convenient mobile technology, please ask about borrowing an iPad at the CMC help desk on the Library’s mezzanine floor, or call the CMC help desk at 412-648-9109.

Accessing HSLS E-Resources through Google Scholar

Google Scholar now includes links to HSLS e-resources through our WebBridge link resolver.  WebBridge is a tool that provides links from an article citation to the full text of that article. Look for a Links @ Pitt-UPMC option on Google Scholar results. Clicking on this link will take you to WebBridge, which will have a link to the HSLS-licensed article. Note that the link will appear as plain text, rather than the familiar blue button with the same text as seen in PubMed, Ovid, and other databases. The link may appear either in the margin to the right of an article summary or directly underneath the article summary.

Personal Genomics and Personalized Medicine

The year 2010 marks the 10th anniversary of the completion of the draft human genome sequence.  During the past decade, sequencing technology has vastly improved, thereby significantly decreasing the cost of sequencing an organism’s entire genome.  The initial project cost three billion dollars and 13 years of effort by several high-powered international laboratories.  Today the cost for sequencing a complete human genome is approximately $40,000.  In the not-too-distant future, one lab technician using one machine will be able to sequence a complete human genome in one day for $1,000 or less.

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