CDC & Pitt Resources for the Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website, 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China, includes the most up-to-date information on this novel virus. You will find information on risk assessment, guidance for travelers, and information for healthcare professionals and laboratories, as well as global and U.S. maps showing confirmed cases of the disease.

You can also find information about the 2019 coronavirus from several Pitt resources:

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HSLS Bids Farewell to Three Librarians

Emeritus status was conferred on three retiring HSLS librarians at a ceremony in December. Each of these had a long and distinguished career at HSLS, and will be greatly missed by their colleagues in the library community, and by the many students, clinicians, professors, and researchers whom they served through a combined total of more than 75 years.

Smiling librarians hold a sign with the word Retired!
Charles Wessel, Andrea Ketchum, and Rebecca Abromitis

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Changes to the HSLS Online Collection for 2020

Journals added to the HSLS online collection for 2020 include:

  • Currents in Pharmacy Teaching & Learning
  • Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine1 (successor to JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery)
  • JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics, JCO Oncology Practice, and JCO Precision Oncology
  • Journal of AOAC International1
  • Methods of Information in Medicine
  • Nature Cancer
  • NEJM Catalyst Innovations in Care Delivery1
  • Substance Abuse1
  • Toxicology Research
  • Urology Practice
  • Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology (VCOT)
  1. Availability forthcoming.

HSLS continually adds new open-access journals, so visit our E-journals A-Z list and click on “Show Select Subject” to view titles in your area of interest. Forthcoming highlights include Cell Reports Medicine (from Cell Press/Elsevier) and JACC: CardioOncology (from the American College of Cardiology/Elsevier). Continue reading

Latest Enhancements to the New PubMed

The new version of PubMed is set to go live this spring. Several additional enhancements are now available on the new interface.

  • Click on the Gear button to format results.
    • Change the sort order of results by clicking on up/down arrows in the “Sort by” box. In addition to the default sort order, which is “Best match,” you can also sort by “Most recent” and by “Publication date.” When sorting by the last two options, use the ascending/descending button to show the newest or oldest results first. Arrow circled next to Sort By menu with options for Best match, Most recent, and Publication date

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Treasures from the Rare Book Room: Ludovic Hirschfeld–A Sedulous Anatomist

The career of Ludovic Hirschfeld was a rags to riches story. Ludwik Maurycy Hirschfeld, as he was known in Poland, was born into a poor Jewish family around 1814. His father worked as a ritual butcher in Warsaw. Helping his father, the young boy discovered his interest in anatomy. He delved into medical books, but also pursued studies in music to hide his true dream of becoming a physician. After an unsuccessful attempt to enter medical school in Wroclaw, he left Poland and walked to Paris to pursue this goal. Initially, he supported himself by playing violin and working as a janitor in an anatomy laboratory at the École Pratique de Médicine, but soon found work in the laboratory of the famous anatomist, Professor Jean-Baptiste Marc Bourgery, who quickly came to appreciate his skills in specimen preparations. He promoted Hirschfeld to be his main assistant for dissections. Later, with Bourgery’s help, Hirschfeld began assisting Professor Mathieu Orfila with autopsies. Orfila also quickly noted Hirschfeld’s aptitude, and as the dean of the medical school, helped him enroll in the program. Hirschfeld graduated with a medical degree in 1848, and remained in Paris for the next 10 years. In 1859, he accepted a position at the Medical and Surgical Academy in Warsaw (predecessor of the Warsaw University) where he practiced medicine and taught anatomy until his retirement in 1875. Continue reading

HSLS Staff News

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

Names in bold are HSLS-affiliated


Michael Balkenhol, Health Programming Coordinator, NNLM/Middle Atlantic Region, was named the co-lead of the NNLM Public Libraries Initiative. He will also be joining Lydia Collins, Participant Engagement Lead for the Training and Education Center of the All of Us Research Program, as co-lead of the ASGCLA Consumer Health Information Librarians Interest Group.


B.L. Folb, Public Health Informationist (emerita), M.L. Klem, Research and Instruction Librarian, A.O. Youk, J.J. Dahm, Coordinator of Technology Integration Services, M. He, A.M. Ketchum, Research and Instruction Librarian/Scholarly Communication Liaison (emerita), C.B. Wessel, Head of Research Initiatives (emeritus), and L.M. Hartman, Research and Instruction Librarian (former), published “Continuing Education for Systematic Reviews: A Prospective Longitudinal Assessment of a Workshop for Librarians” in the Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA, January 2020, 108(1): 36-46. Continue reading

Classes for February 2020

Painless PubMed, Tuesday, February 4, 10–11 a.m.

Gene Regulation, Wednesday, February 5, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Basic EndNote for Macs, Friday, February 7, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Getting Systematic About Systematic Reviews, Tuesday, February 11, 9–10 a.m.

Command Line Basics, Wednesday, February 12, 1–4 p.m.

Managing Data for Comprehensive Lit Reviews: DistillerSR, Thursday, February 13, 10:30–11 a.m.

Bulk RNA-Seq., Wednesday, February 19, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Version Control, Thursday, February 20, 10:30–11 a.m.

Painless PubMed, Thursday, February 20, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Basic EndNote, Friday, February 21, 10–11 a.m.

PowerPoint for Conference Posters, Monday, February 24, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Electronic Research Notebooks: Introduction to LabArchives, Tuesday, February 25, 12–1 p.m.

GEO Data Mining & Pathway Enrichment Analysis w/ Open Access Tools, Wednesday, February 26, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Infographics: Sharing Information Visually, Thursday, February 27, 1–2 p.m.

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