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Vol 11 No 2 – October 2012

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Changing the Face of Medicine Exhibit

Joan M. Stoddart
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
Salt Lake City, Utah

Exhibit displayed in the libraryThe Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library was the host for the National Library of Medicine “Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians” from August 20-October 7, 2012. This is the last stop in the exhibit’s long seven year journey across the country and this celebration also represents the culmination of the library’s journey through several remodeling projects, opening of the Health Library, an internal library reorganization and Infofair 2012. Whew!

The exhibit itself was scheduled several years in advance. It arrived on time and was fairly easy to assemble. (more…)

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New Look, New Name: PMC

PMC, formerly known as PubMed Central, has been updated for improved viewing and navigation. PMC is the National Institutes of Health’s repository for peer-reviewed primary research reports in the life sciences. This free archive houses journal literature and author manuscripts, and currently contains 2.4 million articles. There are over 1,000 full participation journals, 1,753 selective deposit journals, and 233 NIH Portfolio journals.

Updates to PMC include: (more…)

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Whooo Says…

October 2012

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Dear Whooo,

I’ve been hearing comments advocating that the practice of health care would be much better if it were managed like the Cheesecake Factory. This is an interesting comparison, but I’m not quite sure what it means. I’m interested to know more about the healthcare environment even though this probably doesn’t apply to librarians. Can you explain this to me?

Cheesecake Fan

Dear Fan,

Thanks so much for writing. I’m pleased that you are interested in following issues in medicine and health care. As we all know, health care in America is faced with huge challenges and is undergoing serious transformations. The suggestion that health care adopt the practices of the Cheesecake Factory is directed at improving quality of care and working toward controlling cost. (more…)

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ALA “Libraries at Crossroads”

*Funded by a professional development award from the NN/LM MidContinental Region

Karen Wells
Exempla St. Joseph Hosptial
Denver, Colorado

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I attended the ALA Conference, Anaheim, along with 20,134 other attendees. The theme was “Libraries at Crossroads,” covering transformations in services, digital resources, and customer needs.

ALA challenged us to examine: our past, our present, and our future.

The Past

Historically, the library was a storehouse of archived printed materials. Only a select few such as scholars could go into a library. Libraries had limited access and it was librarians who initially retrieved materials for people to use in the library and return them on site. The “catalog” of item location was known often exclusively to the librarian. Later on, classification schemes and the card catalog became accessible to patrons’ usage, as they were more freely admitted to the library to borrow items.

But libraries still were STOREHOUSES and their purpose was to solve information scarcity through librarian mediation. This made librarians highly valued by researchers. (more…)

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Save Time and Money with EFTS

Does your library participate in DOCLINE and is your staff growing weary of writing checks to lending libraries to cover the fees or are they weary of billing borrowing libraries? Could your staff use some relief? We have a solution!!

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Electronic Fund Transfer System (EFTS) is used by 1,403 DOCLINE participants to streamline the billing process, mainly by reducing the paperwork in each interlibrary loan transaction. The service became operational in 1996 and is a collaboration between the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the University of Connecticut Health Center. The NN/LM MidContinental Region (MCR) wholeheartedly supports EFTS use, with 78 MCR libraries currently enrolled. (more…)

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