Monday, January 30, 2012

AMA Journals Now Available Online

For 2012 we have online access in-house to 3 journals from the American Medical Association: JAMA, Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, and Archives of Neurology. With this subscription we now have online access back through 1998.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Cloud Storage

Got a new iPhone? an Android phone? need to share your data among devices? "The Best Way to Store Stuff in the Cloud" from Gizmodo dated 9-28-2011 reviews a number of options including Amazon's Cloud Drive, SugarSync, Dropbox, Google and Apple's iCloud. Before you get started you might want to take a look at a good overview and introduction to cloud-computing -- from EDUCAUSE "7 Things You Should Know About ... Organizing Files in the Cloud."

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Library Hosts HealthLINE Meeting and Active Shooter Presentation

Staff are invited to attend a presentation by Lt. Dan Birbeck, Dallas County Hospital District Police Department at Parkland, entitled “Citizen’s Response to Active Shooter” at 10:30am on Thursday, January 19, 2012, in the Auditorium. It will last about an hour.

Many attended his excellent program in the fall of 2010 when then Sergeant Birbeck was first here. We have now added Code Silver Active Shooter to our list of emergency codes, so this is an especially timely presentation for those who have not seen it.

Lt. Birbeck is the featured speaker for the quarterly meeting of HealthLINE, the Dallas-Fort Worth organization of health science librarians and information professionals, which includes the medical libraries of UT Southwestern, UNT Health Science Center, Baylor, and a number of local hospitals as institutional members. TSRHC Medical Library Manager Mary Peters will begin serving a term as Chair of HealthLINE at this meeting, after completing a year as Chair-Elect in charge of programming. Mary Peters, Mary Anne Fernandez and the HealthLINE board invite all TSRHC staff to join the meeting at 10:30 for this presentation.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Public Access to NIH-Funded Publications - Proposed "Research Works Act" Removes Requirement

Do you know that articles based on NIH-funded research must currently be made available free to the public within 1 year of publication? PubMed Central is the repository for that, and many of you have benefitted when you do a MEDLINE search by discovering a PMC link to free full text.

A bill currently in the House would forbid NIH from requiring that these tax-supported papers be deposited. The Research Works Act is funded by -- guess who -- the Association of American Publishers. They say that releasing an article after a year denies them fair compensation, although the peer-review process is mostly done by volunteers.

The New York Times includes an opinion piece on this topic in the Jan.10, 2012, issue: Research Bought, Then Paid For by Michael B. Eisen, a founder of PLoS, the Public Library of Science. He recommends publishing in open access journals such as theirs rather than supporting commercial publishers. In this model, authors (or their institutions) whose papers are published pay a fee if accepted.

Kevin Smith, Duke University's Scholarly Communications Officer, suggested that authors should begin to consider separating print and digital copyright releases, selecting a user-friendly publisher for the electronic version (Breaking Technology, 1-5-2012, in his blog Scholarly Communications @ Duke).

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Friday, January 6, 2012

200 Years of New England Journal of Medicine

"With this issue the New England Journal of Medicine marks its 200th anniversary." While the January, 1812, issue was delivered by horseback, today's January 5, 2012, issue (v.366, no.1) is distributed not only in print but also through the web to a wide audience. Its pages provide a record of the changes in medical science and society during that period. The anniversary issue includes "A Reader's Guide to 200 Years of the New England Journal of Medicine" and an interactive timeline.

In addition, see their anniversary site for more delving into medical history as revealed by study of NEJM published articles. You can vote monthly to select the most important articles, take the historical image challenges, and even share your own story.