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September 2014

Postdocs + HSLS MolBio = “How-To” Talks

Postdocs: don’t miss a unique opportunity to expand your teaching portfolio! Request a time slot in the third round of Postdoc “How-To” Talks now being scheduled for this fall.

The “How-To” Talks are a collaboration between the Molecular Biology Information Service (MBIS) of HSLS, the Center for Postdoctoral Affairs in the Health Sciences, and of course, all of you biomedical postdocs.

Change to Falk Library Sunday Hours

Beginning Sunday, September 7, Falk Library will be open on Sundays from 11 a.m.–midnight. For a complete list of hours, please visit our Hours page.

Mobilizing Power for Your Mobile Technology

Mobile technology is a great convenience, until your iPad is low on battery and your charger is at home. While mobile charging stations are available across Pitt’s campus, Falk Library is offering mobile power stations that travel with you. These battery-powered units have USB inputs that will power your tablet or smartphone. If you don’t have the USB cord for your device, there’s a selection of connector cords available to borrow. The battery life of the mobile power stations can last up to 18 hours, depending on the power of your device.

William Shakespeare Visits HSLS in September!


Click to download a printable 8.5″x11″ poster of the exhibit events at Falk Library

HSLS will be hosting the traveling exhibit, “And There’s the Humor of It”: Shakespeare and the Four Humors, produced by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and coordinated by the American Library Association. The exhibit uses materials from the historical collections of NLM to explore the prevailing belief during the Shakespearean era that human emotional states were physically determined by the four bodily humors—blood, bile, melancholy, and phlegm.

The Mendeley Mobile App

Mendeley Logo VerticalMendeley promotes itself as “a free reference manager and academic social network.” It allows users to create searchable libraries of citations and PDFs, cite as you write, read and annotate PDFs, and connect to fellow scholars in a field of interest. Students, faculty, and staff of the University of Pittsburgh have access to the Mendeley Institutional Edition which allows for increased personal storage space among other benefits. 

A free Mendeley app is available for iOS devices at Apple iTunes. Once downloaded, users must sign in with their existing Mendeley desktop account information or create a new account to get started.

HSLS Staff News

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


Melissa Ratajeski, reference librarian, has been appointed a one year term as chair of the Majors/MLA Chapter Project of the Year.


Classes September 2014

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