Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Coming in January

In January check back for a list of websites that offer free education. Many are videos or audio files from college courses provided by major universities.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

New books

Here are some of the books we've recently received that you can find on the new book shelves in the library or ask me to check out to you.

Open Shelves New Book Area

Dr. Mayo's Boy: a Century of American Medicine by Dr. Rob Tennery. A very readable memoir by a doctor about growing up as the son and grandson of a doctor, starting to go on rounds at the age of 5. Much of it is set in the Dallas area. Dr. Tennery is the brother in law of Dr. Carter.

Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder. 2004.

Culturally Competent Care Guidebook and Cultural Competency Challenge CD-rom. from AAOS. 2007.

Orthopedic physical assessment. 2008.

Pediatric Nutrition Handbook. 2009.

Pediatric Nutrition in Practice. 2008.

Locked Case New Book Area (do not remove for long):

Adult and Pediatric Spine. Frymoyer. 2004.

Children's Orthopaedics in North America. 2006.

Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 9. 2008.

Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Spine 3. 2006.

Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Musculoskeletal Infection. 2009.

Surgery of the Pediatric Spine. Kim. 2008.

Surgical Atlas of the Musculoskeletal System (Manual y atlas fotografico de anatomia del aparato locomotor -- in English). 2008.

Surgical Exposures in Orthopaedics. Hoppenfeld. 2009.

Online Only
We've recently added two online titles from Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. Access these via the link on the "online catalog" page of the library website:

The Conservative Scoliosis Treatment - 1st SOSORT Instructional Course Lectures Book (v.135, 2008)

Research into Spinal Deformities 6 (v.140, 2008)

Monday, December 21, 2009

More Unusual Views Out the Library Window

Not sure what was going on next door!
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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Free Credit Report

This is the official place to obtain your free credit report from the credit reporting agencies. You can request it once a year from each agency, Equifax, TransUnion and Experian without charge. For an additional fee while you are there you can obtain the actual credit score number from that agency, or go to to buy the report and score. A recent use of Experian to buy a score did not require signing up and later canceling a credit monitoring service, which Transunion did require.

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Cut Down on Unwanted Mail and Calls

Here are some resources that can help you protect your identity, your credit and your wallet.

1. National Do Not Call Registry Register your home or mobile phone number for free to cut down on telemarketing calls. You can also call 1-888-382-1222.

2. DMAchoice -- a mail preference service offered by the Direct Marketing Association. This service divides direct mail into four categories: credit offers, catalogs, magazine offers (including subscription offers, newsletters, periodicals and other promotional mailings) and other mail offers (this includes donation requests, bank offers, retail promotions and more). For each of these categories, you can choose whether or not you want to receive mail from companies one at a time. Or, if you prefer, you can choose to stop receiving mail for all companies you haven't purchased from or donated to within an entire category. Any choices you make will be effective for three years from the date you make them. 212-768-7277, x1500

OptOut PreScreen
The official Consumer Credit Reporting Industry website to accept and process requests from consumers to Opt-In or Opt-Out of firm offers of credit or insurance. You can also call 1-888-567-8688.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Window Washing

Today I looked out and what did I see -- a window washer! the weather said it was right at 32 degrees when I first saw him. Later he appeared in the library window.
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Yes, that is snow on the ground as seen from the library window! Didn't last long though!
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APA Releases New Edition of Style Manual

The American Psychological Association has recently released the new 6th edition of their Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, After release it was discovered that many errors had slipped through in the published version, so they provided purchasers with revised copies. We now have 2 copies of this manual in the Medical Library at WZ 345 P976 2010 and in Reference.

This website is a good supplemental source of information on APA style, which is a standard adopted by many nursing publications.

You can find more information about writing via the Medical Library “Links” page under “Editorial Writing Style.”

Teamwork and Dancing Pink Gloves

This is a really neat YouTube -- worth forwarding this blog link home to watch. It is a great cross section of hospital department staff having fun dancing with pink gloves on! Watch for the library shot!

It was made at Providence St. Vincent Hospital in Portland, Oregon, together with a medical supply company called Medline to support breast cancer awareness.

This is a great example of a teamwork project. They already have over 2 million hits.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Healthy People 2020 Objectives -- Opportunity for Input

Every 10 years, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sets national objectives for promoting health and preventing disease through a process known as Healthy People 2020. Right now, HHS is in the planning mode for Healthy People 2020. As a national initiative, Healthy People’s success depends on public input.

The draft Healthy People 2020 objectives are now available online. This is your chance for input! You can review the draft objectives and submit comments on the objectives or suggest new ones. Comments will be accepted through December 31, 2009.

Friday, November 20, 2009

STAT!Ref Database of Online Books

Have you discovered that we now have access to a set of about 40 books online? A convenient feature is that the whole set can be searched by topic at one time. You can also look at the list of titles to choose a book and get into it through the table of contents.

To reach STAT!Ref go to the Medical Library’s online catalog page and you will see a link to the collection.

Titles are heavy on nursing but also include Taber’s Medical Dictionary, ICD-9-CM, Merck Manual, Red Book and ACP Pier (a highly rated evidence-based point of care tool). There is also a neat book on cultural diversity that features valuable information on working with a number of different ethnic groups.

Please try to remember to “log off” when you are done since this product is shared.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Librarians Share Selected Websites

Your librarians have created a web-based list of websites, annotated and organized by topic. You can find a link to “Lots of Links” on the Medical Library home page or reach it from home. Topics of special interest include “Foreign language and culture,” “Evidence-based practice” and "Consumer health."

This Web-2.0 resource might be a useful tool for your own collection of web bookmarks. Rather than being dependent on your own computer, if you set up an account in Delicious and add your bookmarks you can reach them anywhere.

You can also search the website itself to see what others have chosen to add to their lists.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Financial and Security Information Resources

On the Medical Library website under “Links” you will find a list of valuable links on financial topics for consumers.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Resources for Visitors

Among the many topics included on the Links section of the Medical Library website is a page designed for visitors. It includes tips relating to common questions a long term visitor might have such as how to obtain a copy of our Tachdjian book, lots of links to DFW points of interest and tips on using public transit.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

PubMed Reveals Redesign

Have you noticed a change in the PubMed database? It was redesigned and released today for the first time. The same features are still available, but you may have to spend a little time familiarizing yourself with them. If you have specific questions, contact the Medical Library for assistance.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Patient Advocacy Resources: A Guide for Patients and Their Families (a resource from a Connecticut group)

If you would like some helpful resources when you or a loved one need healthcare, this site lists a number of useful resources to assist consumers in becoming advocates for their own health. From Healthnet: Connecticut Consumer Health Information Network, hosted by the Lyman Maynard Stowe Library at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

October is National Medical Librarians Month

Sharp Staff ran a very nice article by Jeff Hopkins about the Medical Library and Family Resource Center staff and services for its October issue in honor of National Medical Librarians Month. Thanks, Jeff!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

About this Newsletter

This is the newsletter of the Brandon Carrell, M.D., Medical Library of the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, located in Dallas, Texas. It is written by Mary Peters, Medical Library Manager. The newsletter announces services and materials available through the library. It gathers links to sites that may be useful in providing quality health care. It also supports the more general information needs of the staff by including such topics as consumer protection tips. The focus is on facts, but if any opinions are expressed they are my own and not the hospital's.

Photos directly posted on the site are my own and are mostly views from the library windows. Most links are external, but some may only be accessible from within the hospital itself.

The library is an example of a "one person library" in a specialized pediatric hospital. It is a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

To contact me please write

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