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HSLS Staff News

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


Barbara Epstein, director, was appointed to a two-year term (2011-2013) as Co-Chair of the Future Leadership Committee of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries.

Michele Klein-Fedyshin, reference librarian, has been appointed the Medical Library Association’s Hospital Library Section representative to the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Conference for a four-year term.


Melissa Ratajeski, reference librarian, presented a paper “By Librarians for Librarians: A Database to Share Biomedical Terminology and Strategies for Comprehensive Searches” at the Medical Library Association Mid Atlantic Chapter’s annual conference, in Richmond, VA on October 12, 2011.  Co-authors were Ahlam Saleh, reference librarian, and John LaDue, knowledge integration librarian.


Jonathon Erlen, history of medicine librarian published “Current Journal Articles on Disability History: Dissertations” in H-Disability: An H-Net Discussion Network, 126, November 1, 2011.

Reference Librarian Andrea Ketchum, along with co-authors N Shaikh1, RG Badgett2, M Pi3, NL Wilczynski4, KA McKibbon5, RB Haynes6 published “Development and Validation of Filters for the Retrieval of Studies of Clinical Examination from MEDLINE” in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, 13(4):e82, October 19, 2011.

1University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, General Academic Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2Department of Internal Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine at Wichita, Wichita, Kansas
3Department of Biology, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
4-6Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Reference Librarian Melissa Ratajeski, along with co-author Angela Dixon7 published “Chapter Council Presents Sharing Roundtables: 2011 Report and 2012 Survey” in Medical Library Association News, 51(9):5, October 2011.

7Edward G. Miner Library, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York

Senior Associate Director Nancy Tannery, along with co-authors Barbara Epstein, Charles Wessel, Fran Yarger, John LaDue, and Mary Lou Klem published “Impact and User Satisfaction of a Clinical Information Portal Embedded in an Electronic Health Record” in Perspectives in Health Information Management, 8(Fall):1d, Epub October 1, 2011.


Congratulations to the following HSLS employees who have reached their ten-year anniversary of University employment:  Kathryn DeVito, document delivery assistant; Robert Lucas, systems analyst; and Deborah Downey, library specialist at UPMC Shadyside.

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Classes January–February 2012

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. Some classes are also held in the Conference Room at UPMC Shadyside Libraries. All classes are open to faculty, staff and students of the schools of the health sciences at the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC.

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
(Meet inside entrance to Library)

Wednesday, January 18 9-10 a.m.

Also offered upon request to groups or individuals. Call 412-648-8866.

PubMed Basics* (Falk Library Classroom 1)

Thursday, January 19 10-11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, February 14 10:30 a.m.-noon

Locating Gene/Protein Information* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, January 11 1-3 p.m.

Genome Browsers 1* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, January 18 1-3 p.m.

Genome Browsers 2* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, January 25 1-3 p.m

Microarray Data Analysis* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, February 1 1-3 p.m.

Introduction to Vector NTI* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, February 8 1-3 p.m.

Gene Regulation Resources* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, February 15 1-3 p.m.

SNPs & Genetic Variation* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, February 22 1-3 p.m.

Cancer Informatics* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, February 29 1-3 p.m.

EndNote Basics (Falk Library Classroom 2)
(Note: This class is usually full. Please arrive 15 minutes in advance to ensure seating.)

Friday, January 27 noon-2 p.m.

Adobe Photoshop for Beginners (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Tuesday, January 17 noon-2 p.m.
Tuesday, February 21 noon-2 p.m.

PowerPoint for Beginners (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Tuesday, January 10 noon-2 p.m.
Monday, February 27 noon-2 p.m.

Advanced PowerPoint for Presentations(Falk Library Classroom 2)

Tuesday, February 7 noon-2 p.m.

The WOW Factor: PowerPoint for Posters(Falk Library Classroom 2)

Monday, January 30 noon-2 p.m.

Lunch With A Librarian
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.

The Nuts and Bolts of Publishing an Article: Resources and Strategies for Aspiring Authors

Thursday, January 26 noon-1 p.m.

Take Advantage of Open Access: Increased Impact, Control and Convenience

Thursday, February 9 noon-1 p.m.

Accessing US Census Statistics with American Fact Finder

Wednesday, February 29 noon-1 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.

Modified 12/13/11