HSLS Staff News

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


Tristan Lucchetti, HSLS business manager, has been accepted into the Pittsburgh Civic Leadership Academy. The 10-week course was created by Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl to foster effective civic leadership. Course activities give an up-close view of how the city is run and culminate in a city service project.


Jonathon Erlen, history of medicine librarian, published “New Dissertations” in Nursing History Review, 21:155-160.

Jeffrey Husted, collections librarian, and Leslie Czechowski, retired assistant director for Access Services, published “Rethinking the Reference Collection: Exploring Benchmarks and E-Book Availability” in Medical Reference Services Quarterly 31, no. 3 (July 2012): 267-279.

Ester Saghafi, project manager of the Certificate of Advanced Study in Health Sciences Librarianship and reference librarian, along with co-authors Nancy Tannery, HSLS senior associate director, Barbara Epstein, HSLS director, Susan Alman1, and Christinger Tomer2, published “Development of a Post-Master’s Online Certificate in Health Sciences Librarianship” in Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA, 100, no. 4 (2012): 310-3.

1School of Library and Information Sciences, San Jose State University.

2School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh.

Classes November-December

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 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. They are also open to UPMC residents and fellows.

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.

Faculty, staff and students of the schools of the health sciences will need a valid Pitt ID or e-mail account to attend these classes. UPMC residents/fellows will need to show their UPMC IDs.



Introduction to HSLS Resources and Services at Falk Library
Offered upon request to groups or individuals. Call 412-648-8866.


Painless PubMed* (Falk Library Classroom 1)

Monday, October 15 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Friday, October 26 1-2 p.m.
Thursday, November 1 noon-1 p.m.
Tuesday, November 6 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Monday, November 12 11 a.m.-noon
Thursday, November 29 3-4 p.m.
Wednesday, December 5 9-10 a.m.
Tuesday, December 11 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Focus on Behavioral Medicine: Searching in PsycINFO* (Falk Library Classroom 1)

Tuesday, December 4 10:30 a.m.-noon


DNA Analysis Tools* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, November 7 1-3 p.m.

SNPS & Genetic Variation* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, November 14 1-3 p.m.

Cancer Informatics* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, November 28 1-3 p.m.

Pathway Analysis Tools 1* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, December 5 1-3 p.m.

Pathway Analysis Tools 2* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, December 12 1-3 p.m.


EndNote Basics (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Monday, November 12 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tuesday, December 4 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Advanced PowerPoint for Presentations (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Monday, November 5 noon-2 p.m.
Monday, December 3 12:30-2:30 p.m.

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

Tuesday, November 13 noon-2 p.m.


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


Goodbye RefWorks, Hello Mendeley

Pitt’s RefWorks subscription will end on September 30, 2012. Its replacement will be Mendeley. Mendeley may already be familiar to you as a free application on the Web, but has recently begun offering a subscription-based product to institutions as well. Mendeley offers substantially the same functionality as RefWorks plus some distinctive features of its own.

Here’s what we can tell you now:

  • HSLS will be supporting Mendeley users and will continue its long-time EndNote classes and EndNote support.
  • You will not lose the information in your RefWorks records. You have several choices:
    • You can follow instructions for transferring them to Mendeley or to EndNote by September 30.
    • You can save them by September 30 while you decide on your next reference management program.
    • You can purchase an individual RefWorks subscription. After a free 30-day trial, a 12-month subscription costs $100 and includes feature upgrades and online support.
  • Like other mobile apps such as Dropbox and Evernote, Mendeley has a hybrid approach. You install the Mendeley application on your desktop or laptop computer. You create your “library” (personal database or reference list). Then you back up and sync your library, PDFs, and annotations across your desktop or laptop computer, your iPhone and iPad, and the Web.
  • Mendeley is very social. You can create public or private groups for sharing and collaborating.
  • Mendeley does some interesting things with PDFs. From within Mendeley, you can open, annotate, and highlight PDFs and share your annotations with others. Like recent versions of EndNote, Mendeley will create new records from your PDFs. If you designate a “watch folder” and add papers to it as you work, Mendeley will automatically add them to your library.
  • The one thing no reference management program can do with PDFs is to capture and import the ones attached to your RefWorks references. We realize that this may be a substantial inconvenience for many of our patrons and are working on ways to streamline the process of saving PDFs from RefWorks and associating them with records in a successor application.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Go to Mendeley.
  • Click on the green Sign up & Download button to set up an account.
  • Click on the green Download Mendeley button to download the Mendeley desktop application to your computer.
  • Save your RefWorks records.
  • You have until September 30 to explore Mendeley and decide whether you’d like to give it a try. EndNote is the other HSLS-supported alternative and is available at reduced prices for those with a Pitt ID.
  • When you are ready, transfer your RefWorks reference list as a single list or transfer each folder separately in order to preserve your current file structure.

Students, faculty, and staff in the health sciences schools can e-mail Ask a Librarian for help with transitioning from RefWorks.

We will keep you posted as other developments occur.

~ Patricia Weiss

Darwin Exhibit Coming to HSLS

HSLS will host Rewriting the Book of Nature: Charles Darwin and the Rise of Evolutionary Theory, a traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine, from August 26 through October 6, 2012.

The exhibit was developed to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin in 1809 and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species in 1859. It was produced by the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine and the Office of History, National Institutes of Health.

In connection with the exhibit, HSLS will host two lectures: Continue reading

Falk Library Construction Underway

Construction on the second floor of Falk Library has begun! The three-month project will result in additional group study rooms; a new computer classroom; an open-air help desk; and office space for the staff of National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region. The project will be completed around the beginning of October.

During construction, the CMC help desk has been relocated to the first floor Rare Book Room (across from the elevator). This is where you can check out laptops and iPad 2s. Also available in the Rare Book Room is a flatbed scanner, a Mac, and accessibility hardware. In addition to the 21 desktop computers on the first floor of the library, 12 have been installed on the second floor for your convenience.

At times during the construction, you can expect the second floor of the library to be noisy. So for the duration of the construction project, please pardon our dust as we work to improve the library!

~ Fran Yarger

Director’s Reflections…Welcome to New and Returning Faculty and Students

Here we are again at the start of a new school year! We invite you to explore HSLS resources and services described in this issue and on our Web site. Even if you think you know everything about us, you may learn something new!

Renovation of Falk Library’s upper floor is underway, with completion scheduled by the beginning of October. We’ll be freshly painted and re-carpeted, with new spaces for group study and collaboration. In the meantime, be sure to visit the library’s main floor to see our traveling exhibit on Charles Darwin and the Rise of Evolutionary Theory, on loan from the National Library of Medicine. Continue reading

Michele Klein Fedyshin to Be Featured “Guest Speaker” for the HPNA Live Chat Event

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association periodically holds nationwide Live Chat Events where members can ask questions during a 30-minute online meeting. HSLS Liaison Librarian Michele Klein Fedyshin, BSN, MSLS, RN, AHIP, will be the “Guest Speaker” at the next event, which is September 12, 2012, at 12:30 p.m. (EST). The guest speaker types answers to questions as they are posted online. Each chat event focuses on a specific topic of interest. In Michele’s case, she will be answering questions about evidence-based practice.

Happy New Year!

We are pleased to welcome new and returning faculty, staff, and students. Although the new calendar year officially begins in January, August begins the new academic year. There are a few things you should know about the library that can make this new year easier for you.

  • Falk Library is located on the second floor of Scaife Hall.
  • What are Falk Library’s hours?
  • An extensive, up-to-date online library is available to you.
  • Use remote access to locate library resources 24/7 when off campus.
  • Ask us a question via e-mail, phone, or chat.
  • Contact your liaison librarian and find out how the library can help you.
  • To learn about molecular biology databases and software tools, contact the Molecular Biology Information Service.
  • Use PittCat, the online catalog of the University of Pittsburgh libraries, to locate electronic and print journals and books, or audiovisual materials.
  • Put your course readings, books or other materials on reserve.
  • Are we missing something you need? If so, recommend a resource.
  • You can borrow tablet and laptop computers as well as flash drives and headphones.
  • Group study rooms with wall-mounted display screens can be reserved.

We invite you to use the library’s resources and services to support your teaching, learning, and research activities. Have a great year!

~ Nancy Tannery

The New England Journal of Medicine Celebrates 200 Years

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) is celebrating its 200th anniversary. The journal, originally delivered by horseback and known as the New England Journal of Medicine and Surgery and the Collateral Branches of Science, is the longest continuously published medical periodical in the world.1

To involve NEJM readers in the celebration, an anniversary Web site was created to highlight medical advances and classic images, and also to give readers a chance to share their medical inspirations and feedback for NEJM.

Other features of the anniversary Web site include:

The Web site is continuously updated with new articles and reader comments. If you would like to receive notice of these updates, enter your e-mail address at the bottom of the NEJM 200th Anniversary Web site.

  1. A.M. Brandt. 2012. A reader’s guide to 200 years of the New England Journal of Medicine. New England Journal of Medicine 366 (1): 1-7. doi:10.1056/NEJMp1112812.

~ Melissa Ratajeski

Discover Recommended Articles with search.HSLS.MolBio & F1000

Faculty of 1000 (F1000) is a post-publication peer review resource. Its purpose is to help researchers identify highly regarded papers through article reviews and recommendations generated by a peer-nominated “faculty” of subject-expert scientists and clinicians from around the world. Established in 2002, F1000 now has over 10,000 reviewers, including 135 affiliates from the University of Pittsburgh/UPMC.

The article evaluations result in a ranking system (Recommended, Must Read, or Exceptional), from which F1000 calculates the F1000 Article Factor (FFa). The more times an article is evaluated and the higher the rankings, the greater its FFa and therefore its rating.

F1000-evaluated articles may also be tagged with one or more of the following classifications to indicate special attributes: Changes Clinical Practice, Clinical Trial, Confirmation, Controversial, Good for Teaching, Interesting Hypothesis, New Finding, Novel Drug Target, Refutation, Review/Commentary, Systematic Review/Meta-analysis, and Technical Advance.

The HSLS Molecular Biology Information Service has integrated F1000 into the search.HSLS.MolBio search engine under the Recommended Articles tab. It is accessible only on the Pitt network. The top 100 search results are listed with article title, authors, journal, rating, and category (classification). Search results may be narrowed by using the clusters on the left of the page, which filter by topic, rating, and category.

F1000 is run by and for scientists and clinical researchers. Search.HSLS.MolBio makes it easier for Pitt researchers to use this resource to systematically organize and evaluate the scientific research literature; identify key papers in areas inside and outside of expertise; provide suggestions for journal club articles; and confirm the importance of specific papers.

For more information, see the F1000 FAQ or contact the HSLS Molecular Biology Information Service.

~ Carrie Iwema

Treasures from the Rare Book Room: Joseph Hodgson’s A Treatise on the Diseases of Arteries and Veins, Containing the Pathology and Treatment of Aneurisms and Wounded Arteries

Joseph Hodgson (1788-1869) was a British physician who practiced at Birmingham General Hospital and St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London during the first half of the 19th century. He is best known for describing the aneurismal dilation of the aorta, later named after him as “Hodgson’s Disease.” He described this condition in his book, A Treatise on the Diseases of Arteries and Veins, published in London in 1815. His work was accompanied by an atlas titled Engravings Intended to Illustrate Some of the Diseases of Arteries. Author Leslie Morton claims these are “the best illustrations of aneurysms and of aortic valvular endocarditis.”1 The atlas includes eight plates with 23 illustrations accompanied by explanations. All illustrations were drawn by Hodgson himself and engraved by either J. Stewart or G. Shury.

Falk Library’s copy is an example of a beautiful half leather and marble paper binding, with marbled edges. The accompanying volume of illustrations has a slightly less exciting cloth binding, but both are in a good condition and make a valuable contribution to the wealth of Falk Library’s historical collections.

The book belonged to a noted British surgeon, Edward Robert Bickersteth, supporter of Lister’s antiseptic treatment of fractures and author of ‘”Remarks on the Antiseptic Treatment of Wounds” published in Lancet. His son, Robert Alexander Bickersteth, also a surgeon, presented the book to the Liverpool Medical Institution in 1923. How it wandered from Liverpool to Pittsburgh one can only guess. The book was then presented to Falk Library by the members of the Minutemen of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in honor of Alexander Hunter Colwell, MD, former faculty member at the School of Medicine and past president of Allegheny County Medical Society.

  1. Leslie T. Morton, A Medical Bibliography. 3rd ed. London, 1970, p.327.

~ Gosia Fort

NN/LM MAR Outreach Services Include Exhibiting at Professional Meetings

One of the many exciting roles of a regional medical library is exhibiting at national, state and local meetings and conferences. Exhibiting offers the opportunity to demonstrate National Library of Medicine (NLM) products to health professionals, consumer groups, and public, school, and health sciences librarians. It is also a great way to encourage membership and promote the services of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

In our first year as a regional medical library, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR) staff promoted NLM resources to over 1,000 health professionals, public health workers, community-based leaders, and librarians. We did this by exhibiting at four national and eight regional/state meetings. For instance, MAR highlighted drug information resources to pharmacists at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting; emergency response tools and public health resources at the New Jersey Environmental Health Association Meeting; and K-12 resources to school librarians at the New York City School Library Association Annual Conference. Staff also reached a large population of health consumers at an employee health fair in Pittsburgh.

MAR also offered exhibit awards to allow Network members the opportunity to exhibit at a state or local level. Public health librarians from Drexel University exhibited at the Pennsylvania Public Health Meeting in Philadelphia. Mid-Atlantic Behavioral Health received an award to exhibit and present mental health services and resources to senior citizens in Newark, Delaware.

The 2012–2013 regional medical library contract year began on May 1. So far, MAR has exhibited at the following national, regional, and state meetings:

  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American Diabetes Association
  • National Association of Counties
  • Delaware/Maryland Joint Library Association
  • New Jersey Library Association
  • Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers Association
  • State University of New York Library Association

Information professionals in public libraries, community colleges, and institutions offering two-year and four-year academic programs in the health sciences may visit the MAR exhibit booth at upcoming New York and Pennsylvania state library association meetings. K-12 librarians and science teachers will benefit from MAR exhibits at the New Jersey Association of School Librarians, New York City School Library System, and the New Jersey Science Convention meetings.

NN/LM MAR staff will reach out to public health workers and unaffiliated health professionals at the Migrant and Immigrant Health in Rural Pennsylvania Conference, as well as upcoming meetings of the New York Public Health Association, the Pennsylvania Public Health Association, and the New Jersey Public Health Symposium. And finally, MAR plans to exhibit to mental health professionals and consumers during the Delaware Community Mental Health Conference, Delaware Psychological Association Mixer, and the annual conferences of the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers and New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies.

Do you belong to a professional organization that would benefit from access to free, reliable biomedical information provided by the National Library of Medicine? Do members of your organization provide patient education? If so, you can invite us to exhibit or teach a continuing education course at your next annual meeting in our four-state region of Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. For more information, e-mail NN/LM MAR.

~ Renae Barger, NN/LM MAR Executive Director

NLM’s IndexCat: History of Medicine Database Expanded and Improved

When initially released in 2004, IndexCat was a boon to medical historians and researchers. They finally had free online access to a keyword-searchable, digitized version of the Index-Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon General’s Office, a 61-volume print series published between 1880 and 1961. The Index-Catalogue contains material dating from the 15th through the 20th centuries. Now, in a major update, IndexCat also includes the expanded digital version of A Catalogue of Incipits of Mediaeval Scientific Writings in Latin (eTK), and Scientific and Medical Writings in Old and Middle English: An Electronic Reference (eVK2).

In addition to the inclusion of new resources to the database, numerous improvements have been made to the user interface:

  • In both the Quick and Advanced Search features, search categories have been increased to include: Date, Subject, Author, Title/Journal Title, and ID Number.
  • The new search category, Keyword Anywhere, automatically uses the Boolean AND.
  • Special characters used in Medieval, Old, and Middle English are available for searching in the eTK and eVK2 collections.
  • The Help section provides general search tips as well as instructions on how to search unique aspects of the database.
  • For quick and easy management of search results, a maximum of 100 records can now be saved from the Results Display page to the My Documents page, where users can download, print, or e-mail search results.

IndexCat has become a critical resource for research in the development of medical theories, philosophies, therapies, and other aspects of the history of medicine. To access this resource, type “indexcat” in the search.HSLS box on the HSLS home page or browse the Databases A-Z list. For help using IndexCat, contact the Main Desk at 412-648-8866 or e-mail Ask a Librarian.

~ Andrea Ketchum