HSLS Annual Report

The HSLS Annual Report for FY 23 is now available.

Dive into HSLS’s innovations and accomplishments in the 2022-2023 academic year, including the opening of the West Wing library space and the acquisition of new resources. Explore the year’s highlights and milestones, a testament to our ongoing commitment to advancing learning, teaching, research, and service across the health sciences community.

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New Visual Misinformation Exhibit at Falk Library

If your New Year’s resolution is to improve your ability to recognize health misinformation, you’re in luck! Falk Library is currently hosting an exhibit on visual misinformation on the main level of the library, culminating in a special misinformation escape room, now rescheduled for Friday, February 2, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Falk Library Classroom.

This exhibit highlights the particular problem of visual misinformation; while attention is often paid to text-based misinformation, visual misinformation is just as much of a concern. In fact, a study found that including a related image with a statement makes that statement more believable, regardless of whether the image provides evidence for that statement.

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Adding Altmetric Explorer to Your Research Impact Toolkit

The University of Pittsburgh Libraries recently acquired Altmetric Explorer,* a resource used to track the impact of a wide variety of research outputs. While not a replacement for bibliometrics, altmetrics are used to capture the online engagement with scholarship. This includes when a work is mentioned in social media, news media, policy documents, patents, and other sources of attention trackable by Altmetric Explorer.

One of the biggest advantages of using altmetrics is that they aren’t limited to journal articles. Open science outputs such as datasets, preprints, protocol papers, preprint reviews, and other output types can be found in Altmetric Explorer as well. To track the attention to any one of these research outputs, it must have a persistent scholarly identifier assigned to it. This could be a DOI, PMID, ISBN, ClinicalTrials.gov identifier, or another type of identifier that’s supported by Altmetric.

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Better Group Work with Group Study Rooms

Group Study Rooms in Falk Library are provided as multi-functional study spaces for students in the schools of the health sciences. These newly renovated rooms are equipped with spacious tables, whiteboards, and large screens. Groups of up to 10 people can reserve the rooms for up to four hours at a time using the online booking website. You can place a reservation up to seven days in advance, and rooms do fill up quickly during peak study times.

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Featured Class: Searching for Drug Information

Join us for this class:
Thursday, January 25, 2024, 9-10 a.m.
Register for Searching for Drug Information*

This class will provide an overview of using HSLS and NLM resources to search for drug information. Participants will learn about resources for clinical and research use of drugs, as well as the uses of drug databases such as Micromedex to search for specific properties of drugs. Sources for drug evidence alerts, calculations, and interactions will also be covered.

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HSLS Staff News

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


HSLS welcomes Jim Lombardi as the new Main Desk Technology Lead. He brings technology and management expertise from his previous role in Event Production with Student Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. At Falk Library, he provides technology services from the Main Desk and supports the Library Classroom and Group Study Rooms.