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September 2016

AccessPharmacy Arrives

Just in time for the new academic year, HSLS has initiated a subscription to AccessPharmacy. This online resource offers features for students and faculty incorporating pharmacy e-textbooks, drug monographs, and curriculum support. Faculty can find textbook chapters, cases, multimedia, and quizzes with interactive learning modules; while students can prepare for licensing board exams, read texts, prep with flashcards, or access assignments and resources all in one site.

Bringing Rigor and Reproducibility to Research

HSLS and the Department of Biomedical Informatics are sponsoring a one-day symposium, Bringing Rigor and Reproducibility to Research, on Thursday, September 22, 2016, from 10 a.m.–2p.m., in BST S100A (note room change). The symposium features a keynote speaker, Victoria Stodden, PhD, who will discuss “Rethinking the Scholarly Record: Facilitating Reproducibility of Computational Results.” A panel discussion follows the talk.

Peer Review Week 2016: Innovative Ways to Energize the Review Process

September 19-25 has been designated Peer Review Week 2016 to highlight the importance of the role peer review plays in scholarly communication. This is an excellent time to review new models of peer review resulting from the revolution of electronic publishing. The chart below illustrates the new flexibility in peer review, in both pre- and post-publication. Open review and commentary has become more common, both as a means of speeding up the publication process and encouraging open discussion.

Liaison Librarians Work in Partnership with Health Sciences Schools

Liaison librarians provide a communication link between HSLS and the departments and programs in the schools of the health sciences. Liaisons can provide curriculum and information support by teaching students to recognize when information is needed, and providing them with the skills to locate, evaluate, and use information effectively. They also collaborate with faculty on research projects or grants and consult one-on-one on in-depth or specialized topics.

You Have an ORCID iD, Now What?

You have a new ORCID iD, but what does it do for you? While your ORCID iD streamlines and automates tasks such as manuscript submission, there is so much more it can do! The following three illustrated guides will help you set up accurate searches for your own publications, streamline biosketch production, and introduce you to personalized altmetrics reports. Each guide can be downloaded from the HSLS Scholarly Communication Guide: ORCID@Pitt.

Guiding Principles for Data Management: Is Your Data FAIR?

For the past several years, researchers, funders, publishers, software developers, institutions, and other research stakeholders have been discussing methods for data-sharing and data stewardship on a grand scale, recognizing the need for minimal principles and practices. The FAIR data principles were first formalized in 2014 at a workshop in Leiden, The Netherlands, and are available for comment at the website of Force11.

HSLS Staff News

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


Kate Flewelling, NN/LM MAR Health Professions Coordinator, was a Fellow at the National Library of Medicine’s Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course from September 11-17, 2016.

Classes September 2016

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

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 schools of the health sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, who will need a valid Pitt ID or e-mail account. They are also open to UPMC residents and fellows, who will need to show their UPMC IDs.