Directors Reflections…Welcome to Students and Faculty!

It seems as if the summer has barely started, but we’re already greeting new students and faculty, and planning fall term orientations and workshops.

This “welcome-back” Update issue includes articles about how to access HSLS technology, a list of school liaison librarians, and some tips about using our electronic resources.

Mark your calendar to attend one of our scheduled workshops or classes to enhance your current awareness and productivity, or learn about an HSLS service or resource.

We look forward to “seeing” you online or in-person!

Introduction to the Computer & Media Center

The Computer & Media Center (CMC), located on the second floor of Falk Library, is open to UPMC and Pitt health sciences faculty, students, and staff. The computer lab and helpdesk services are available during the same hours as Falk Library, except the CMC closes thirty minutes before the library does.

Group Study Rooms

Falk Library hosts four group study rooms, available for two to eight people. Each room is equipped with a plasma display monitor that can be connected to a laptop. Individuals can reserve group study rooms, either online or on a first-come, first-served basis from the CMC helpdesk. Keys and laptops for these rooms can be picked up at the CMC helpdesk. Before reserving a room, please consult the Group Study Room policies.

In-house Hardware and Software

The CMC’s computer lab has Windows XP- and Windows 7-based Dell computers, along with several Macintosh computers. A valid Pitt login or HSLS Computer account is needed to connect to the Internet. The computers are equipped with software for word processing, spreadsheets, statistics, graphics, video editing, and database management.

Peripheral hardware includes CD-ROM and DVD-ROM writers, video capturing devices, and flat-bed scanners. The CMC also houses two televisions with VHS videotape players and DVD players.


Color, black-and-white, and double-sided printing are available from the CMC. Cash and change are accepted methods of payment. Medical students can use their subsidized accounts for printing on the black-and-white printer only.

Circulating Technology

The CMC provides circulating technology, which currently includes Apple iPads, Dell laptops, and one Macintosh iBook that may be checked out by patrons for up to four hours. Laptops and iPads can access the Pitt wireless system with a valid university username and password, and may be taken outside the library. Also available are headphones that may be checked out for up to four hours, and USB flash drives that may be checked out for up to twenty-four hours.

The CMC also offers a collection of audiovisual materials including videotapes, CDs, and DVDs which may be checked out for one week.

Helpdesk Services

A CMC helpdesk assistant is available to assist with using HSLS technology and services, including Microsoft Office and Adobe software, HSLS Computer Account renewals, remote access, and Pitt wireless. For assistance, stop in at the CMC, or call 412-648-9109.

~ Julia Jankovic

Access to HSLS E-Resources from Home

As a Pitt or UPMC affiliated patron, you can access HSLS online books and journals even when you are not on campus or at a UPMC facility. Start by clicking the Remote Access link on the upper-right corner of the HSLS home page. If you are a Pitt user, choose Secure Remote Access, or if you are a UPMC user, choose Connect@UPMC.

Pitt – Secure Remote Access

  •  Once on the Secure Remote Access page, enter your University Computer Account username and password.
  • If you are connecting for the first time, you may see a pop-up box asking you to allow Juniper Networks to run. Select Allow.
  • Once connected, select Health Sciences Library System from the Web bookmarks.
  • You will be redirected to the HSLS home page. You now have access to HSLS databases and can view, save, and print articles from HSLS e-journals.
  • Secure Remote Access is monitored by the Pitt Technology Helpdesk: browse the online information or call 412-624-4357 for help.

UPMC – Connect@UPMC

  •  If you are using Connect@UPMC for the first time, you will need to talk to your UPMC department administrator to set up an account.
  • When your Connect@UPMC account has been set up, you can login with your UPMC Network Username.
  • Select Internet Explorer in the set of Applications.
  • From the Favorites menu, select UPMC, and then Health Sciences Library.
  • You will be redirected to the HSLS home page. You now have access to HSLS databases and can view and print articles from HSLS journals.
  • Saving journal articles to your computer’s hard drive can be problematic; try instead to save to another location, like a flash drive.
  • Connect@UPMC is monitored by the UPMC ISD helpdesk: browse the online information or call 412-647-4357 for help.

Having problems?

    • If you are searching for an article, and you are prompted for a user name and password, either:
      • You didn’t sign in remotely—follow the steps above for Pitt or UPMC.
      • You are trying to access a journal that is not included in the HSLS online collection.
    • If your username and password are invalid:
      • Make sure you are using you Pitt username and password (same as your login) or your UPMC Network username and password. You cannot use your HSLS Computer Account for Remote Access.
    • If you cannot connect to remote access from the above steps:

You can always contact someone from HSLS for help, either through Ask-A-Librarian, or by calling the CMC Help Desk at 412-648-9109. Questions specific to your Connect@UPMC account should be directed to the UPMC ISD helpdesk at 412-647-4357.

~ Julia Jankovic

Liaison Librarians Work in Partnership with Health Sciences Schools

Do you have a question about how to search a specific database? Feeling overwhelmed and not sure where to begin researching a topic of interest? Ask for help from your school’s liaison librarian.

Liaison librarians provide a communication link between HSLS and the departments and programs in the schools of the health sciences. Liaisons can incorporate library and information management skills into the curriculum, collaborate on research projects or grants, and consult one-on-one on in-depth or specialized topics.

Last year the liaison librarians provided instruction and orientations to over 3,000 health sciences students in over 100 class sessions.

HSLS Liaison Librarians

Dental Medicine
Rebecca Abromitis, MLS 412-383-8984
Graduate School of Public Health
Barbara Folb, MM, MLS, MPH 412-648-1974
Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Linda Hartman, MLS 412-648-1479
Mary Lou Klem, PhD, MLIS 412-383-9947
Ahlam Saleh, MD, MLS 412-648-2166
School of Medicine
Contact the Main Desk 412-648-8796

~ Nancy Tannery

HSLS E-Books: STAT!Ref

STAT!Ref is one of several e-book platforms to which HSLS provides access. While some platforms only include e-books from a single publisher, STAT!Ref provides access to e-books from multiple publishers via a single interface. STAT!Ref currently includes 32 e-books, as well as ACP PIER, an evidence-based, point-of-care tool.

Our subscription includes access to new editions that are automatically updated. STAT!Ref includes many authoritative titles in medicine and nursing, as well as drug information resources. A few of the most popular e-books include:

  • ACP Medicine
  • ACS Surgery: Principles & Practice
  • AHFS Drug Information
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – 4th Edition (DSM-IV-TR)
  • DrugPoints System
  • Fundamental & Advanced Nursing Skills
  • ICD-9-CM
  • Sparks & Taylor’s Nursing Diagnosis Reference Manual


Additional content provided by STAT!Ref includes:

  • Stedman’s Medical Dictionary
  • MedCalc 3000
  • STAT!Ref Medical News Feed (available with sign-up)
  • STAT!Ref Evidence Alerts (available with sign-up)


You can search within the STAT!Ref platform itself. The advanced search option allows you to limit your search to a particular title or group of titles in a specific discipline. Search the entire platform by typing STAT!Ref in the Pitt Resources Quick Search ( box or in the PITTCat for the Health Sciences Search Term(s) box.

To access individual e-books:

~ Jeff Husted

Treasures from the Rare Book Room: 27th General Hospital in New Guinea

In the Forward to the Quarterly History, Volume 1, Lt. Colonel George L. Beatty writes: “It is our hope that this history may be of some interest, and possibly of some small value to other medical installations in the future.” Beatty’s hope was unfulfilled from 1945 until today, when Falk Library staff have provided detailed information about Beatty’s works and mounted selections on the Web.

The collection is from the 27th General Hospital in New Guinea for which Beatty was the commanding officer from August 1944 to July 1945. Contained in the collection are two bound volumes of reports, articles, illustrations, charts, graphs, and photographs along with 33 glass plate slides. Volume one contains three quarterly reports that describe the activities in the hospital, including detailed medical reports that discuss types and numbers of operations, numbers of patients, incidence of wounds and mortality percentages from them, and detailed discussions of treatment for non-surgical patients. Dental and psychiatric services are included. The volume is illustrated with photographs (from the glass slides) and hand-drawn sketches. Volume 2 includes surgical reports, papers written by staff doctors on various medical procedures or treatments, and 28 detailed autopsy reports (with patients identified by name).

 Of special interest to medical historians may be the articles written by staff doctors, a few of which were also published in medical journals. One unpublished article is “Anesthetic Procedures used in a General Hospital in the Communication Zone with Analysis of 2,000 Anesthetics” by Captain Leonard M. Monheim of the Dental Corps. In another article, written by Captain Thomas N. Meredith, “Penicillin Therapy at the 27th General Hospital,” the author stated: “No fundamentally new concepts were discovered, but penicillin was used widely for a great variety of conditions, and considerable experience as to its possibilities in topical and local administration was gained.” This unknown article gives further evidence of the vital role played by penicillin in World War II as it became widely used.

Library staff does not know how this collection came to Falk Library. However, Lt. Colonel James R. Watson was Chief of Surgical Service at the Hospital, and he, Captain Monheim, and Captain John J. McAleese were affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh.

An online exhibit of the collection is available. Further information about the collection can be found in the finding aid. The bound volumes can be viewed in the Rare Book Room by appointment.

~ Leslie Czechowski

So, What Does It Mean to Be a Regional Medical Library?

In the June 2011 HSLS Update, we announced that HSLS was awarded a five-year contract from the National Library of Medicine to serve as the Regional Medical Library (RML) for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM-MAR). We have been working diligently to set up our program and recruit qualified staff. But what does it mean to be a regional medical library?

Our role is to support the efforts of the National Library of Medicine for this region to provide all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improve the public’s access to information so they can make informed decisions about their health.

To accomplish this, our collaborative team of librarians will form partnerships with libraries and other organizations, and offer a variety of in-person and online training for health professionals, community organizations, health information centers, and public, hospital and academic medical libraries throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and New Jersey. Additionally, we will fund awards to assist regional libraries and information centers to educate and support unaffiliated health professionals and consumers in their local areas.

As an RML, our outreach efforts are directed toward libraries, health professionals and consumers. Throughout the five-year contract, our role is to develop, fund and manage a variety of outreach awards, ranging from $2,500-$30,000, that support programs to:

  • Promote the changing role of librarians within their institutions and communities;
  • Provide access to biomedical information to unaffiliated health professionals, including behavioral and mental health professionals, the public health workforce, minority health workers and rural, underserved hospitals;
  • Improve health through access to reliable information for consumer groups, including soldiers, veterans and their families, senior citizens, caregivers, K-12 schools, community-based and faith-based organizations.

Being an RML requires a commitment to continually evaluate the needs of those in our region, and adapt and develop programs to address those needs. It takes a dedicated staff and the support of a strong institution in order to succeed. Stay tuned for future updates and an introduction to the MAR staff.

~ Renae Barger

HealthCAS Cohort-2 Visits Pitt

The second cohort of students enrolled in Pitt’s online Certificate of Advanced Study in Health Sciences Librarianship (HealthCAS), visited HSLS and the School of Information Sciences (iSchool) for an orientation to HealthCAS and the University. The students came from eight states, including California, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Maryland, Ohio, and Texas.

HealthCAS cohort members, faculty, and administrators came together for a 2.5 day orientation program.  In the cohort model, students share professional experiences, learn from each other, and form a network of peers to turn to throughout their careers.  The onsite visit gives them and the faculty the chance to connect on a more personal level. This is significant in HealthCAS as students are required to collaborate on several online group projects during the year.

The HealthCAS orientation included an overview of the program curriculum and objectives, a meeting with instructor teams and an explanation of policy and procedures at Pitt, with an emphasis on academic integrity in writing.  In a visit to UPMC Shadyside, students learned about Magnet Certification and the role of the medical library in that process.  A presentation by faculty from the Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine introduced students to the importance of interprofessional education.

Though the schedule was full, there was also time for fun.  On a beautiful Pittsburgh day, students “quacked” on the Just Ducky Tour, had dinner at the Hard Rock Café at Station Square, and rode the Monongahela Incline to the top of Mount Washington.

HealthCAS is funded by a three-year grant to the iSchool and HSLS from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The program consists of three semesters of coursework. Each semester covers one four-credit course: (1) Libraries in Healthcare Environments, (2) Collections and Resources in Healthcare Environments, and (3) Reference Services and Instruction in Healthcare Environments.  The three-credit Independent Research Project spans all three semesters. HSLS faculty librarians develop and teach the curriculum.

Further information about HealthCAS is available from the iSchool or HSLS.

~ Ester Saghafi

Changes Coming to the CMC

Do you remember Falk Library’s Learning Resource Center (LRC)? The LRC was created in 1982 with a donation of audiovisual equipment in memory of Pharmacology Professor Paul L. Mclain. Since then, audiovisual resources have become integral to our users. The modest LRC expanded as new advances in computer-based health care education were increasingly available.

As a result of the computer revolution of the late 1980’s, and in order to reflect advances in computer technology, the LRC evolved into the Microcomputer and Media Center (MMC). The MMC’s small computer lab provided a personal computer experience to the health sciences community. Falk Library’s online catalogue, WordPerfect word processing software, and dot matrix printing attracted patrons by the dozens looking for hand-on experience with DOS and Apple systems, as well as the new fangled Windows 1.0.

By 1992, the MMC had tripled the number of computers while providing access to MARS, FTP protocols, education software and laser printing. In 1999, the MMC expanded again to become the Computer and Media Center (CMC). The name change embodied our commitment to enhance both the computer and media-based technological abilities of the Health Sciences Library System. The Computer and Media Center currently provides up-to-date hardware, software and network connectivity to improve health care education and access to medical information.

To meet the demands of 21st century ubiquitous computing, the computer lab is moving out!

In the next several months, our Help Desk, desktop computers, and public printing stations will be moved out of the CMC and onto the upper floor of the library. We’ll also be increasing the number of circulating tablet and laptop computers. In all, the only thing lost will be the walls! For those who enjoy the lab-type atmosphere, a classroom setting will be available for patrons when not in use.

Stay tuned for further information about dates and details!

~ Fran Yarger