HSLS Staff News

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

Barbara Epstein, HSLS director was invited to participate in the Leadership Forum of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), held in Arlington, VA, on December 15-16, 2010.  The Forum’s topic was “Creating the Physician I Need in the System I Want.”

Julia Jankovic has been appointed visiting Computer & Media Center (CMC) librarian. Jankovic earned both a BA and an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh. She began working at HSLS in 2006. Jankovic’s responsibilities include teaching, overseeing the CMC, and technology-oriented projects.


Epstein BA, HSLS director published “Do Open Access Initiatives Influence Journal Collection Development Decisions? A Report from the Ad Hoc Committee for Advocating Scholarly Communication” in Medical Library Association News, 50(10):1,9, November/December 2010.

History of medicine librarian Jonathon Erlen, along with co-author Jay Toth published “Recent Dissertations” in American Indian Quarterly, 34(4):548-51, 2010.

Reference librarian Melissa Ratajeski, along with co-author Angela Dixon1 published “Chapter Council Presents Sharing Roundtables: 2010 Report and 2011 Survey” in Medical Library Association News, 50(9):15, October 2010.

1Edward G. Miner Library, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Reference librarian Ester Saghafi, along with co-authors Lynn M. Martire1, Richard. Schulz2, Vicki S. Helgeson3, and Brent J. Small4 published “Review and Meta-Analysis of Couple-Oriented Interventions for Chronic Illness” in Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 40(3): 325-42, December 2010.

1Department of Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, 118 Henderson Building North, University Park, PA 16802
2Department of Psychiatry and University Center for Social and Urban Research, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
3Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
4School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

HSLS Schedule of Classes March—April 2011

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)
Also offered upon request to groups or individuals. Call 412-648-8796.

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

Finding Full-Text Articles at UPMC Shadyside
Offered upon request to groups or individuals. Call 412-623-2415.

PubMed Basics* (Falk Library Classroom 1)
Wednesday, March 2            10-11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, April 5                   9-10:30 a.m.

Searching in CINAHL* (Falk Library Classroom 1)
Wednesday, March 16           1-2:30 p.m.


DNA Analysis Tools* (Falk Library Classroom 2)
Wednesday, March 2             1-3 p.m.

Microarray Data Analysis* (Falk Library Classroom 2)
Wednesday, March 16           1-3 p.m.

Peptide Mass Fingerprinting for Protein Identification* (Falk Library Classroom 2)
Wednesday, March 23           1-3 p.m.

Bioinformatics for Proteomics Studies* (Falk Library Classroom 2)
Wednesday, March 30           1-3 p.m.

Galaxy: A Web-Based Genome Analysis Tool* (Falk Library Classroom 2)
Wednesday, April 6 Part I      10 a.m.-noon
Wednesday, April 6 Part II     2-4 p.m.

Gene Regulation Resources* (Falk Library Classroom 2)
Wednesday, April 13              1-3 p.m.

Sequence Similarity Searching* (Falk Library Classroom 2)
Wednesday, April 20              1-3 p.m.

Protein Sequence Analysis* (Falk Library Classroom 2)
Wednesday, April 27              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, March 25                     10 a.m.-noon
Tuesday, April 19                    10 a.m.-noon

Adobe Photoshop for Beginners (Falk Library Classroom 2)
Wednesday, March 9               9-11 a.m.
Thursday, April 14                  9-11 a.m.

PowerPoint for Beginners (Falk Library Classroom 2)
Wednesday, March 2               9-11 a.m.

Advanced PowerPoint for Presentations
Wednesday, March 23              9-11 a.m. (UPMC Shadyside Libraries)
Wednesday, April 6                  9-11 a.m. (Falk Library Classroom 2)

The WOW Factor: PowerPoint for Posters (Falk Library Classroom 2)
Thursday, April 28                   9-11 a.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 (http://www.hsls.pitt.edu/services/lunchlibrarian).

Making a Dent in Your Personal Paper Silo
Wednesday, March 16              Noon-1 p.m.

Beyond PubMed-Next Generation Literature Searching
Thursday, March 31                  Noon-1 p.m.

Jazz Up Your Fliers and Presentations
Monday, April 4                        Noon-1 p.m.

Personal Genomics, Personalized Medicine, and You
Thursday, April 28                     Noon-1 p.m.

Why use PubMed? (UPMC Shadyside Libraries)
Wednesday, April 6                    3-4:30 p.m.

Thursday @ Three HSLS UPMC Shadyside Libraries Information Series
These informal sessions are held in the Conference Room at UPMC Shadyside Libraries.

iPads in Medicine
Thursday, March 31                   3-4 p.m.

It’s Good to Share: Collaboration Made Easier with Web-Based Tools
Thursday, April 28                     3-4 p.m.

Customized classes (http://www.hsls.pitt.edu/services/customizedinstruction) can be developed for your department, course, or other group.

These online tutorials (http://www.hsls.pitt.edu/services/learning_at_your_pace) provide information on getting started at HSLS, focusing on the Web site and popular resources.