ORCID iD: Solving the Author Name Game

How many authors in the world share your name? Wouldn’t it be nice to eliminate the confusion that it creates? Then register for an ORCID author identifier! An ORCID iD is the only tool you’ll need throughout your career to distinguish yourself from all other authors, unify all your scholarly products, and integrate your work with all funding, publishing, and other administrative systems. Recognizing the value of ORCID, Pitt has become an institutional member. Over the coming months, you’ll be hearing more about ORCID as HSLS launches a registration campaign throughout Pitt’s schools of the health sciences.

First, ORCID resolves name ambiguity, making your work easily found. As a unique author identifier, the 16-digit ORCID iD persistently distinguishes each researcher from all others with the same or similar names throughout his/her career.

Digital Scholarly Communications with author (ORCID iD) as the hub, connected to all facets. (Image adapted from ORCID.org)

Second, all of your work is processed accurately. ORCID integrates each author and his/her works, grants, datasets and more with all facets of the research/publishing infrastructure, from funding through submission and compliance, ensuring accuracy, and streamlining each process.

Third, workflow improves for everyone involved by removing a major obstacle in digital scholarly communication: author ambiguity. Publishers such as Nature and Elsevier accept ORCID iDs to auto-fill manuscript submission forms. Upon publication, ORCID iDs populate bibliographic databases. When fully implemented, databases such as PubMed will retrieve accurate author citations. NIH offers the option of connecting to ORCID to automatically populate biosketches through NIH’s SciENcv. Academic institutions can simplify annual reporting requirements, which is why it is important to grant “trusted party status” to Pitt when registering. Using an ORCID iD, each author acts as the hub within a customized digital scholarly communication system.

Use your Pitt e-mail address to register for an ORCID iD (and don’t forget to grant trusted party status to Pitt!) or wait for additional details from your school. For more information, visit the HSLS Guide to ORCiD@Pitt. Alternatively, contact your liaison librarian or e-mail Ask a Librarian.

~Andrea Ketchum

Changes to HSLS Online Resources

ACP Smart Medicine, AHFS DI Essentials, and ACP Journal Club

ACP Smart Medicine (formerly known as ACP PIER) will no longer be available as of December 23, 2015. ACP Smart Medicine was produced by the American College of Physicians, which has decided to discontinue the resource at the end of this year.

HSLS has subscribed to ACP Smart Medicine through STAT!Ref, where it has been bundled with two other resources: AHFS DI Essentials and ACP Journal Club. Access via STAT!Ref to these resources will also cease on December 23, 2015, but there are other options for accessing their content:

  • ACP Journal Club articles appear in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, where they can be found alongside other articles in each month’s second issue. They are also collected under the “Journal Club” tab on the Annals Web site. If you search PITTCat or browse the HSLS E-Journals list for ACP Journal Club, you will see a link to access via the American College of Physicians, publisher of the Annals.

Clinical Evidence and Cochrane Clinical Answers

Clinical Evidence (from BMJ) and Cochrane Clinical Answers (from the Cochrane Library/Wiley) will no longer be available as of December 23, 2015. The HSLS subscriptions to these resources will be canceled at the end of 2015. This cancellation does not affect other Cochrane Library resources to which HSLS subscribes.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database and Natural Medicines

Natural Medicines recently replaced Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, which is no longer available. Natural Medicines combines the content of Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database and the Natural Standard.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Journals

Effective January 1, 2016, the HSLS subscriptions to AAAS journals will be available to Pitt users only. They will no longer be available to users on the UPMC network. If you have a Pitt affiliation but are working from a computer on the UPMC network, you will need to log into EZproxy using your Pitt credentials in order to access the AAAS subscription journals: Science, Science Signaling, and Science Translational Medicine. AAAS’s open access journal, Science Advances, is freely available to all.

Additional changes to HSLS online journals will be announced in the February 2016 issue of the HSLS Update.

~Jeff Husted

Tis the Season….for Cold and Flu, That Is!

With any luck you’ll not receive the gift of a cold or the flu this season. The U.S. National Library of Medicine’s MedinePlus® Web site has authoritative, easy-to-understand information on the common cold and flu. Both pages are chock-full of prevention tips as well as treatments. Not sure which you have? That’s covered under Diagnosis/Symptoms with the handy chart, “Is It a Cold or the Flu?,” developed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The Common Cold page also has a resource written by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention entitled, “Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work – Common Cold and Runny Nose.” Both pages have information for specific age groups (e.g., children, teenagers, and seniors), patient handouts, links to clinical trials, and journal articles.

In case you aren’t feeling lucky this cold and flu season, take a look at the sections on Prevention/Screening. They include “Stopping the Spread of Germs at Home, Work and School,” “Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs,” and “Transmission of Flu (Influenza),” among others.

MedlinePlus® covers many other topics as well. Take a look at the list of Health Topics or type a topic into the search box at the top of the page. If you have a question about a medication, herb, or supplement, there is a section for these as well. Side effects, special precautions, and drug interactions are also covered. MedlinePlus® can be viewed in Spanish by clicking on the Español link in the upper right corner of any page. The Health Information in Multiple Languages link at the bottom of the MedlinePlus® home page goes to a list of resources available in 45 different languages.

Take a few minutes today to become familiar with what’s available on MedlinePlus®. You never know when you or someone you know may need the information!

~Linda Hartman

HSLS Hosts Visiting Librarian from Sri Lanka

Sriyani Perera

In early October, HSLS hosted Sriyani Perera, a medical librarian at the University of Peredeniya in Sri Lanka. The University of Peredeniya is one of the leading universities in Sri Lanka. During her tenure as a Medical Librarian, Sriyani has had different roles in the library; as a manager, an academic, a researcher, and a professional, while holding responsibilities in various capacities including planning and establishing new faculty libraries for allied health sciences, dental sciences, and veterinary medicine and animal husbandry. Sriyani is visiting the U.S. on sabbatical.

During Sriyani’s one week visit, she met with the library’s leadership team, digital library services, and reference librarians. Discussions with librarians in digital library services focused on HSLS’s digital infrastructure, including e-resource acquisitions, information access points, metadata, desktop and mobile computing, multimodal technology support, document delivery services, and technology education. HSLS liaison librarians shared their experiences supporting students and faculty. She attended an in-person FlashClass, a FlashClass webinar, and a Painless PubMed Workshop. Sriyani also visited with the Executive Director and Coordinators of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, who discussed their role in improving the public’s access to health information

A highlight of her visit was her presentation to HSLS staff about Sri Lanka, the University of Peredeniya, and the University’s libraries.

Perera’s presentation about Sri Lanka

In addition to her time at HSLS, Sriyani visited Carnegie Mellon University libraries and attended lectures as part of Science 2015.

~Nancy Tannery

Kicking the Keg: “From DNA to Beer” Exhibit Wraps Up at Falk Library

After a six week display in Falk Library, the NLM traveling exhibit, From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry, came to a close on Saturday, October 10. Over 3,000 visitors viewed the panels and video display in the main study area of the library.

Adam Davis

In conjunction with the exhibit, Adam Davis gave a special lecture on Thursday, September 17, entitled “Background to the Discovery of DNA.” Davis recounted the early history of biologists and other scientists and their important, sometimes accidental, discoveries that built the foundation for the double-helix structure we are familiar with today. Davis earned his Master’s Degree in biological anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh. He currently teaches History of Science at Duquesne University and is associate professor of biology at the Community College of Allegheny County. Continue reading

HSLS Staff News

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


Andrea Ketchum, reference librarian, was awarded the 2015 Award for Professional Excellence by a Health Sciences Librarian from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of MLA.

Melissa Ratajeski, reference librarian, was awarded the 2015 Marguerite Abel Service Recognition Award from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of MLA. This award recognizes exemplary service to the Chapter during the past year.


Author name in bold is HSLS-affiliated

Barb Folb, public health informationist, along with Karen Hacker, Maria Anies, and Leah Zallman, published “Barriers to Health Care for Undocumented Immigrants: A Literature Review” in Risk Management and Healthcare Policy, October 30, 2015, 8: 175-83.


Presenters’ names in bold are HSLS-affiliated

Lydia Collins, consumer health coordinator, NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region, presented three workshops: (1) “Introduction to the Affordable Care Act: Hosting an Information Event at Your Library,” at Library Assistants Day for the NY3Rs Association in Syracuse, NY, on October 1, 2015; (2) “I Read, I Heard, I Want to Know: Health Issues in the Headlines” at the Pennsylvania Library Association Annual Conference in State College, PA, on October 5, 2015; and (3) along with Cindy Olney, acting assistant director, NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC), “Evaluating Health Information Programming in Public Libraries: Engaging for Health and Communicating with Your Doctor” in State College, PA, on October 8, 2015. Collins, along with Anita Kinney, program analyst, United States Access Board, and Christian Minter, Nebraska/education coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region, also presented the webinar “Public Health and Public Libraries: Librarians as Health Literacy First Responders” for OCLC WebJunction, Health Happens in Libraries, on October 21, 2015.

Kate Flewelling, outreach coordinator, NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region, presented a poster entitled “Evidence-Based Medicine on a Budget: Tips for Saving Time and Money on Literature Searching” at the Community Health Center Association of New York State 2015 Statewide Conference and Clinical Forum, in Bolton Landing, NY, on October 18, 2015, and presented a workshop on “Communities in Crisis – How Can the Library Help?” at the New York Library Association Annual Conference, Lake Placid, NY, on October 22, 2015.

Gosia Fort, head of digital resource development, presented “Invisible Ties: the Outliers of the Medical Medals Collection at Falk Library” at the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists Fall Coin Show & Convention in Monroeville, PA, on October 23, 2015.

Classes November 2015

HSLS offers classes on database searching, software applications such as Prezi, 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 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, who will need a valid Pitt ID or e-mail account. They are also open to UPMC residents and fellows, who will need to show their UPMC IDs.

No registration is required, except where noted. 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.


FlashClass is a “deal of the week” Groupon-like offer of timely and useful learning. Each week’s offer proposes one or two topics, and you’re invited to sign up to attend a one-hour class the following week. If at least three people sign up, we’ll hold the class. (We’ll notify you either way.) Winter 2016 FlashClasses start in February.


EndNote Basics (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Monday, November 2 2-4 p.m.

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

Tuesday, November 17 9-10:30 a.m.

Painless PubMed* (Falk Library Classroom 1)

Wednesday, November 4 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 19 1-2 p.m.
Monday, November 23 Noon-1 p.m.

PowerPoint for Conference Posters (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Thursday, November 12 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Prezi for Presentations (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Friday, November 6 12:30-2:30 p.m.


RNA-seq Analysis: CLC Genomics Workbench* (Falk Library Classroom 2)

Wednesday, November 18 1-3 p.m.


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