New Exhibit – Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture

NIH Protest 1990

NIH Protest 1990. Photo courtesy Donna Binder

The Health Sciences Library is very excited to be hosting Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture, a traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine.  The exhibit will be on display in the Gallery from August 4 – September 13, 2014.

This exhibit explores the rise of AIDS in the early 1980’s and the evolving response to the epidemic over the last 30 years.  The title Surviving and Thriving comes from a book written in 1987 by and for people with AIDS that insisted people could live with AIDS, not just die from it.  The exhibit utilizes a variety of historic photographs as well as images of pamphlets and publications to illustrate how a group of people responded to, or failed to respond, to HIV/AIDS.

An Opening Event will be held on Thursday, August 7, 2014 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm.  A viewing of the documentary How to Survive a Plague will be shown in the Fulginiti Forum followed by a discussion.

This exhibition was produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

Review: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

lets pretend this never happenedLet’s pretend this never happened. Jenny Lawson. Claman Medical Humanities Collection, Carl and Kay Bartecchi Special Collections, Health Sciences Library, 3rd Floor

(CD sound recording)  |  (Print copy)

What makes us “human”?  Jenny Lawson thinks it’s all those awkward social moments that help us realize the unique qualities that make us special, or maybe it’s just owning our unique social awkwardness, special or not.  She writes with some authority on the subject, and the word quirky may not go far enough to describe Lawson. Her central Texas childhood in an odd but loving family certainly prepared her to accept the extraordinary as ordinary. Or maybe it left her unable to distinguish ordinary from extraordinary.  It also formed the basis for her “there-is-no-box” creative invention, and provided much material for her popular and long running weblog, where she’s known as The Bloggess.  She has parlayed her success on the web into a new memoir, elaborating on blog entries and including some new and original material.

Lawson’s distinctive style includes lots of charming and interesting asides, tangents, and parentheticals, but she always comes back to her central point eventually.  The written equivalent of a Mobius strip, her style can really be best appreciated listening to her read the audio version.  Pop the CD into the player on the way to work and you’ll find the traffic melts away as you become snared by her engaging tales of childhood, her struggles with mental illness and rheumatoid arthritis, relationships, and motherhood.  She shares comic adventures that have a bittersweet undertone and tragedies tinged with humor that has been described as “seriously funny”.  This unique mix comes through especially well as she describes her severe shyness and an anxiety disorder, anorexia, her miscarriages due to a rare disorder, and her struggles to cope with rheumatoid arthritis.  She makes most eccentrics look like posers as she recounts the odd behavior of her taxidermist father and the cocktail-party-inappropriate conversations that are brought on by her anxiety disorder. Most readers will probably think she’d be a marvelous antidote to typical party small talk, but I’m not sure many could cope with an extended encounter with the author!

Listening to the audiobook or reading the print version, you may come to agree with Lawson that “fitting in” is pretty over-rated.  It’s how we don’t fit that keeps life interesting!


[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

New e-books

Take a look at our newest e-books from R-2:

Pediatric Acute Care : a Guide for Interprofessional Practice

Essentials of Emergency Medicine

 The Developing Human : Clinically Oriented Embryology

Front Cover Evidence-based Cardiology

Conn Conn’s Current Therapy

New Resource: Colorado Grants Guide

 Colorado Grants Guide is a new database that can help identify potential grant funders.  The guide contains over 750 profiles of local foundations and trusts, corporations, national funders, and government agencies that support Colorado nonprofit organizations.

Colo grants guide

New Staff at HSL

Amanda Langdon at Wilson's OrchardHi, Readers. I’m Amanda Langdon, the new Appendix Newsletter compiler and editor. I’m also a (relatively) new staff member at the library, so in keeping with the New Staff biographies, here’s a bit about myself. I was born and raised in Colorado Springs, attending Salida High School before leaving the state for Cornell College in Iowa (not the one in Ithaca, New York). While at Cornell, I earned Bachelor’s degrees in Medieval Studies and Comparative Religion. After working at Cole Library, the only “private college/community-shared library in the nation” (according to their website), I decided to continue my education with an MLIS at the nearby University of Iowa. There I specialized in Archives, Special Collections, Rare Books & Manuscripts; I also obtained a graduate certificate in Book Studies/Book Arts from the University’s Center for the Book.

Degree(s) in hand, my next goal was to return to the Colorado mountains I had missed during nine long years away, and apply those newfound library skills. In September of 2013, I landed the job of Library Technician at the Anschutz Medical Campus Library. Here I have had the opportunity to learn Interlibrary Loan processes, have done a preliminary weeding of the Reference Collection, provided customer service at the main desk, and regularly closed the library. I am also a member of the Diversity Committee, and – as mentioned above – have become the editor of the Appendix Newsletter, due in large part to my love of writing.

Since 2001, I have been writing a medieval-based fantasy novel (series?), in addition to devouring scores of fantasy, historical fantasy, and historical fiction books. I love to ride horses, especially my Arabian mare boarded at my family’s property near Saguache. In 2009/2010, I was lucky enough to be able to study abroad in England and Wales. I intend to return as soon as my bank account is sufficiently replenished. Castles, Cathedrals, and History – Oh my!

Find the perfect Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) for your topic!

For years, the folks at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) who read and index EVERY article in PubMed have had a tool to help them.  The NLM Medical Text Indexer (MTI) analyzes the abstract or other information about an article to suggest MeSH terms for indexers to tag articles with relevant topics.  MTI is a bit complex for most needs so NLM has released a “lite” version great for PubMed searching applications.

Now you can get a head start on identifying terms relevant to your subject that you can add to a search strategy.  MeSH on Demand provides a text box to enter an abstract from a relevant article, or a well formulated clinical question, or a list of words that describe key parts of your research topic.  Mesh on Demand analyzes that text and presents a list of possible MeSH terms to include in your search.  Here’s an example:


The illustration is a bit small (click to enlarge), but you can see the paragraph that was entered retrieved about 12 suggestions of MeSH terms that might relate to my abstract contents.

I took the suggestions and searched PubMed for :

data mining and libraries and publishing

and found three articles.

Try your own search topic using an abstract, question or keywords and see if MeSH on Demand can  jump start your PubMed searching success!

Want some expert advice on your search process?  Schedule a free consultation with a Health Science Library librarian today!


[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

New Books and Media List

The New Books and Media List is ready for your review:

Easily share your PubMed results via social media

Found a study you want to share on Twitter, Facebook or Google+?  Use PubMed’s new social media sharing links!  Simply search, find a result worth a share, then look for the sharing links below the abstract.

Pubmed Sharing buttons






Need some assistance learning to share via social media?  Schedule a consultation with the Library’s Ask Us service and meet with a librarian!

[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]


2014 Google Scholar Metrics Released – Top Journals Identified

ScholarScholar Giants



Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications. The analytics for the 2014 version of Scholar Metrics is now available. This release is based on citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar as of mid-June 2013 and covers articles published in 2009–2013. Data for top Medical Journals and subcategories by specialty are included.

Scholar Metrics include journal articles from websites that follow inclusion guidelines, selected conference articles in Computer Science & Electrical Engineering and preprints from arXiv, SSRN, NBER, and RePEc. As in previous releases, publications with fewer than 100 articles in the covered period, or publications that received no citations are not included.


[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

More New Items in the Digital Collections of Colorado

More NEW items in the DCC!! Documents, Presentations, Theses and Dissertations

CU Anschutz Medical Campus Publications:
Faculty – presentations

Graduate School:
Spring 2014 – Theses and Dissertations

Health Sciences Library:
Denison Memorial Library newsletter – Connections

Health Sciences Library newsletter – Appendix


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