2010 Prices for Electronic Resources–Static or Business-as-Usual?

In our challenging economic environment, libraries are struggling—as are we all—to live within our budget. Our goal at HSLS is to provide access to as much online content as possible. In the past, annual price increases for scholarly journals averaged between 7-10%.  These increases are clearly unaffordable this year.

The publishers and vendors with whom we work have responded to our budget challenges in different ways. Some publishers seem to be unaware of economic problems—or are unwilling to work with their customers in difficult times—and have increased prices for 2010 by 5-15%, or even more. These practices are unacceptable.

But other publishers understand our challenges and have announced they will not increase their prices for 2010. They recognize our users’ need for the articles they publish,  and are cognizant of the unprecedented financial constraints that libraries face.

We commend the following publishers, among others, for freezing their rates for 2010 renewals:

  • American College of Physicians (Annals of Internal Medicine)
  • American Medical Association (JAMA, et al.)
  • American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. (Amer. Jo. Of Psychiatry, et al.)
  • American Society for Microbiology (Journal of Clinical Microbiology, et al.)
  • Annual Reviews
  • Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers (Pediatric Neurosurgery, et al.)
  • Oxford University Press (Journal of Public Health, et al.)
  • Thieme Publishing Group (Int’l Jo of Sports Medicine, et al.)

We continue to work with other publishers and vendors to provide us with financial relief during this coming year, knowing that if we have to cancel electronic resources because of cost, it will be difficult to re-start these subscriptions in future years.

A list of publishers who have agreed to freeze prices for 2010 is available from the Medical Library Associations’ Ad Hoc Committee for Advocating Scholarly Communications.

More detailed information regarding the economic crisis and libraries can be found on the Web sites of  academic library consortia that have published letters to scholarly publishers regarding the economic situation and pricing for academic resources. On February 19, 2009, the Association of Research Libraries published their “ARL Statement to Scholarly Publishers on the Global Economic Crisis” referencing a similar statement from the International Coalition of Library Consortia dated January 19, 2009.

In May 2009, the Medical Library Association and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries jointly issued a Statement on the Global Economic Crisis and its Impact on Health Sciences Library Collections.

~ Leslie Czechowski

Public Access Update: Clarifying Use of the NIH Manuscript Submission Reference Number (NIHMSID)

The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to published results of NIH funded research. Awardees are required to provide NIH with evidence of compliance for applicable papers that are authored by the Principal Investigator (PI) or that arise from the PI’s NIH-funded research.

NIHAs described in a recent Guide Notice, effective August 21, 2009, the NIHMSID may be used to demonstrate compliance on NIH applications, proposals or reports, for up to three months after a paper is published. Three or more months after publication, a PubMed Central® reference number (PMCID) must be provided. Only the PMCID signifies that all steps of the NIH Public Access submission process are complete and that the paper is ready for posting at PubMed Central.

This Notice also reminds awardee institutions of the actions they can take to ensure compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy. Its release corresponds to an update and simplification of the NIH Public Access Web site.

This is a reprint of the announcement published on the National Institutes of Health Public Access Web site on August 12, 2009.

~ Barbara Epstein

HSLS Schedule of Classes November–December 2009

HSLS offers classes on database searching, software applications such as Adobe Photoshop, bibliographic management, molecular biology and genetics, and library orientations.  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 conference room B, and on the second floor in the Computer and Media Center classroom 2.  All classes are open to faculty, staff and students of the schools of the health sciences at the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC.

Some classes are also held in the conference room at UPMC Shadyside Libraries.

No registration is required for any of these classes.  Seating for classes is first-come, first-served, until the class is full.  Classes marked with an asterisk (*) qualify for American Medical Association Category 2 continuing education credit.  Class schedules are subject to change.  Please consult the online class calendar for the most current information.


Introduction to HSLS Resources and Services at Falk Library
Thursday, September 17              10 -11 a.m.
Also offered upon request to groups or individuals. Call 412-648-8796.

Introduction to HSLS Resources and Services at UPMC Shadyside Libraries
Offered upon request to groups or individuals.  Call 412-623-2415.


PubMed Basics* (Falk Library Classroom 1)
Tuesday, November 17                1-2:30 p.m.

Gene Regulation Resources* (Falk Library Conference Room B)
Wednesday, November 4             1-3:30 p.m.

Proteomics Tools* (Falk Library Classroom 2)
Wednesday, November 11            1-3:30 p.m.

Sequence Similarity Searching* (Falk Library Conference Room B)
Wednesday, November 18            1-3:30 p.m.

DNA Analysis Tools* (Falk Library Conference Room B)
Wednesday, December 2              1-3p.m.


EndNote Basics (Falk Library Classroom 2)
(Note: This class is usually full.  Please arrive 15 minutes in advance to ensure seating.)
Wednesday, November 11           10 a.m.-noon

Adobe Photoshop for Beginners (Falk Library Classroom 2)
Thursday, November 5                10 a.m.-noon
Thursday, December 3                10 a.m.-noon

Advanced PowerPoint for Presentations (Falk Library Classroom 2)
Thursday, December 17              10 a.m.-noon

PowerPoint for Beginners and Advanced PowerPoint (Falk Library Classroom 2)
Thursday, November 19              10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The WOW Factor: PowerPoint for Posters (Falk Library Classroom 2)
Thursday, December 10              10-11:30 a.m.

Finding Full-Text Articles (UPMC Shadyside Libraries Conference Room)
Offered upon request to groups or individuals.  Call 412-623-2415.

Hands-On Classes at UPMC Shadyside Libraries

Who is Citing Your Article? (UPMC Shadyside Libraries Conference Room)
Tuesday, November 17                10-11 a.m.


These informal, brown-bag lunches are held in Falk Library Conference Room B. Bring your own lunch. Drinks and dessert are provided. For more information, visit the online descriptions.

PubMed: Something Old, Something New
Thursday, November 19               Noon-1 p.m.

Find it Quick!
Thursday, December 3                 Noon-1 p.m.

Thursday @ Three Library Information Series
These informal sessions are held in the conference room at UPMC Shadyside Libraries.

Search.HSLS.Clinical-e: a UPMC eRecord
Thursday, November 5                 3-4 p.m.

Learn to be Creative.  Jazz up your Fliers and Presentations
Thursday, December 3                 3-4 p.m.


Customized classes can be developed for your department, course, or other group.


These online tutorials provide information on getting started at HSLS, focusing on the Web site and popular resources.

HSLS Staff News

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


Michelle Burda, consumer health librarian, reviewer and contributor to Caregivers’ Guide for Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant: Practical Perspectives, National Bone Marrow Transplant Link, 2007. The booklet was selected to receive the 2009 Excellence in Patient Education Award by the Cancer Patient Education Network. The Caregivers’ Guide was previously honored by the Met Life Foundation and the National Alliance for Caregiving through the 2008 National Family Caregiving Award.

Ester Saghafi, reference librarian, has been appointed project manager for the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Health Sciences Librarianship grant.


Malgorzata Fort, head, Technical Services, Information Retrieval in Biomedicine: Natural Language Processing for Knowledge Integration [review]. Prince, Violaine, and Roche, Mathieu , eds. Hershey: Information Science Reference, 2009, in Doody’s Review Service (available online for subscribers at www.doody.com).


Jeffrey Husted, acquisitions manager, received an MLIS degree in June from the School of Information Sciences at Pitt.

Michele Klein Fedyshin, reference librarian, received a BSN from Pitt in August and has rejoined the HSLS staff at Falk Library.