Open Access Week 2020

Every year, during the month of October, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) organizes the international event Open Access Week. For one week we focus on the importance and need for Open Access scholarship and, as SPARC has said, it provides “an opportunity for open access advocates to engage their communities to teach them about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.”

So, how does the Strauss Health Sciences Library support Open Access?

The Strauss Library supports Open Access in several ways. To start, Open Access is part of the Strauss Library’s Collection Development Policy and we regularly make Open Access content available through our library catalog.  Here are some examples of Open Access journals currently available in our catalog:

In addition to providing access to Open Access, the Strauss Library supports the CU Anschutz campus publishing in Open Access journals. If campus affiliates publish in an Open Access journal, depending on their author rights, they can preserve their article in our institutional repository, Mountain Scholar, as well. Learn more about Mountain Scholar.

How is Open Access relevant to the medical and health sciences field?

Open Access is beneficial to all subjects and fields. Allowing your research to be freely available will generally increase citations, support further advances in the field, and increase representation in the field.

Here are examples of Open Access in the medical and health sciences fields:

  • Open Access Research | Gail Rees
    • 3-minute YouTube video about the impact of Dr. Rees’s open access works
  • Open Source Malaria project
    • According to SPARC, it “invites scientists from around the around to freely share their research on anti-malaria drugs through a transparent, online platform. The hope is to accelerate discovery of new drug candidates to be entered into pre-clinical development. All data and ideas are shared openly. There are no patents.”
  • Open Medicine Foundation
    • According to their mission, OMF supports “collaborative medical research to find effective treatments and diagnostic markers for chronic complex diseases with initial focus on ME/CFS.”

This year’s Open Access Week theme is “Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion”. What does that mean?

Every year Open Access Week has a theme. Last year’s theme was “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge.” Nick Shockey, Director of Programs & Engagement at SPARC, explains this year’s theme “Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion”:

 “Openness can be a powerful tool for building more equitable systems of sharing knowledge. Rebuilding research and scholarship to be open by default presents a unique opportunity to construct a foundation that is fundamentally more equitable. Yet today, structural racism, discrimination, and exclusion are present and persistent in places where openness is a core value. As a global community, it is important to understand that the systems and spaces of the present are often built upon legacies of historic injustice and that addressing these inequities is a necessity.  

We need to examine who these spaces and systems are designed for, who is missing, who is excluded by the business models we use, and whose interests are prioritized. As we work together to rebuild these structures, we need to commit to moving from conversations to concrete commitments and to hold one another accountable for making real progress.”

How can I learn more about Open Access?

There are several resources available to learn more about Open Access. Here are a few:

If you have questions that were not answered above, please use the Strauss Library’s AskUs service, or reach out to Danielle Ostendorf (Danielle.2.Ostendorf@cuanschutz.edu), Electronic Resources Librarian.

October Virtual Fun Game Event!

Greetings CU Anschutz Students!

Strauss Health Sciences Library Student Wellness Activities Team is happy to announce & host “October Virtual Fun Game Event” happening on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 from 6:00pm-7:00pm MDT. This will take place via Zoom Platform. To sign-up, we encourage all students to do so through the QR code provided at the bottom of the event flyer. Upon signing up through the QR code, Strauss library will send you the zoom link to your school email address. You are also welcome to sign-up by clicking this link (https://ucdenver.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7X8YAMyITXmZyiV) We hope to see you on October 28th via Zoom. (QR Code is also below too!)

*Please note that there is limited participation spots for this event. Maximum of 20 participation spot. If there is more sign-up(s) beyond that, we will do our best to plan for more future event similar to this.


This was written by Bryson, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Legacy PubMed Retirement

PubMed’s interface was updated in May 2020. 99% of PubMed users are using the new and improved PubMed site. Are you one of the 1% of users who are using the legacy site? If so, please note that the legacy site will officially retire on October 31st, 2020. For more information, please read the official NLM announcement.

This was written by Sam, you can contact AskUs with questions.

One Book One Campus: Black Man in a White Coat

The Strauss Health Sciences Library is partnering with the CU Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (CU CIPE) on the One Book One Campus program this fall. The selected book is Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine, by Damon Tweedy, MD.

Join us for the following events:

  • Canvas Discussion Boards (asynchronous discussion boards), open Monday, October 12 through Friday, October 30:
  • Virtual Book Club (live events on Zoom):
  • Visit our One Book One Campus online resource guide for related readings about structural racism and health inequity

Front cover of "Black Man in a White Coat"

From Macmillan Publishers: Black Man in a White Coat examines the complex ways in which both black doctors and patients must navigate the difficult and often contradictory terrain of race and medicine. As Tweedy transforms from student to practicing physician, he discovers how often race influences his encounters with patients. Through their stories, he illustrates the complex social, cultural, and economic factors at the root of many health problems in the black community. These issues take on greater meaning when Tweedy is himself diagnosed with a chronic disease far more common among black people. In this powerful, moving, and deeply empathic book, Tweedy explores the challenges confronting black doctors, and the disproportionate health burdens faced by black patients, ultimately seeking a way forward to better treatment and more compassionate care.

Contact Kristen DeSanto with questions.

National Coloring Book Day is August 2!

National Coloring Book Day is August 2 every year! National Coloring Book Day on August 2nd recognizes the joy children and adults alike derive from coloring in pages of designs.

If you would like some fun coloring to do at home, the library has a collection of coloring books available in Mountain Scholar:

The Color Our Collections community in Mountain Scholar has all the library’s coloring books available for open access to download for anyone to use. There are five different coloring books available, with images from the library’s rare and special collections, formatted for coloring.

Please enjoy any of the coloring books from 2016 through 2019!

In addition to the library’s coloring pages, you can download other library’s color our collections entries on this website.

Download the official #NationalColoringBookDay 2020 color page.

You can also check out the coloring pages in the National Day Calendar Classroom. Share your ideas for coloring books and post your pictures on social media using #NationalColoringBookDay to encourage others to find enjoyment in coloring.

This was written by Jessica, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Have You Added LibKey Nomad to Chrome?

LibKey Nomad, created by Third Iron (creators of BrowZine), is a Chrome browser extension (also known as a browser plugin or browser add-on) that provides instant links to full-text articles subscribed to by the Strauss Health Sciences Library as well as open access articles.

Click here to add the LibKey Nomad Chrome browser extension.

For more information about installing the extension, please visit the library’s webpage explaining how to install: https://library.cuanschutz.edu/get-libkey-nomad.

LibKey Nomad works great with PubMed and the library’s other electronic subscriptions!

This was written by Danielle and Jessica, you can contact AskUs with questions.

New Wiley Online Library eBooks

Strauss Health Sciences Library just purchased 27 new eBooks from the Wiley Online Library. Please see the complete list of titles below!

This was written by Jessica, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Summer Wellness Insight Project for 7.17.2020

Hi Everyone! Strauss Library continues to offer great suggestions for this summer season. We hope this week’s new healthy eating habits, hiking trails and books bring relaxation and happiness. Please feel free to share this with your fellow peers, family and friends! Stay tune again next week Friday for more great suggestions and lets us know via Tell Us Resource tab https://hslibrary.ucdenver.libanswers.com/tellus/index if this was helpful to all of you! Happy Summer!

*Below you will find the suggestions for this week 7/17/2020:

Suggested Healthy Eating:

Broccoli, Sweet Corn, Apricots

Suggested Trails:

Nymph Lake Trail – Rocky Mountain National Park (Out & Back) | 1.7 Miles (easy Trail)

Lake Haiyaha  – Rocky Mountain National Park (Out & Back) | 3.6 miles (Moderate Trail)

Little Matterhorn – Rocky Mountain National Park (Out & Back) | 7.6 miles (Hard Trail)

Suggested Books:

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid – Bill Bryson

Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer

The Dutch House – Anne Patchett

Sincerely, Your Strauss Library Student Wellness Activities Team (S.W.A.T)

This was written by Bryson, you can contact AskUs with questions.

New PubMed Tutorials and Legacy Interface Cutoff

Are you still using the legacy PubMed interface? The National Library of Medicine is only guaranteeing access through September 30th, 2020. Consider familiarizing yourself with the new PubMed interface by watching the short, interactive “Quick Tours” posted on the PubMed Online Training Dashboard. Each video is one to five minutes long and answers frequently asked questions about the new interface. 

Would you like to take a deeper dive into how to effectively search PubMed? Consider signing up for the library’s “Pubmed Essentials” course offered via Zoom.

This was written by Sam, you can contact AskUs with questions.

 

SWAT Launch: Summer Wellness Insight Project

Hi Everyone! Strauss Library continues to find ways to help all of you enjoy the 2020 summer season. Beginning Friday July 10, 2020, members of the Strauss Library Student Wellness Activities Team (S.W.A.T) has launched a project called “Summer Wellness Insight.” This project is to provide great suggestions of healthy eating habits, hiking trails and books that everyone can enjoy in Colorful Colorado! New suggestions will be posted weekly throughout the summer season. Stay tune for more great suggestions and lets us know via Tell Us Resource tab https://hslibrary.ucdenver.libanswers.com/tellus/index if this was helpful to all of you! Happy Summer!

*Below you will find the suggestions for this week 08/21/2020:

Suggested Healthy Eating:

Mint, Grapes, Spinach

Suggested Trails:

 Rock Park Trail – Castle Rock Park (Loop) | 1.9 miles (Easy Trail)

Mallory Cave Trail – Boulder Open Space (Out & Back) | 2.4 Miles (Moderate Trail)

Bear Peak Canyon Trail – Boulder Open Space (Loop) | 7.6 miles (Hard Trail)

Suggested Books:

The Woman Who Borrowed Memories: Selected Stories – Tove Jansson (Hard Copy Available at Strauss Library)

A Walk in the Woods – Bill Bryson (Kindle Version Available)

A Borrowed Man – Gene Wolfe (Kindle Version Available)


*Below you will find the suggestions for this week 08/14/2020:

Suggested Healthy Eating:

Apples, Nectarines, Strawberries

Suggested Trails:

 Fountain Valley Trail – Roxborough State Park (Loop) | 2.3 miles (Easy Trail)

Raccoon Trail – Golden Gate Canyon State Park (Loop) | 4 Miles (Moderate Trail)

Columbine Lake Trail – San Juan National Forest (Out & Back) | 8.3 miles (Hard Trail)

Suggested Books:

A Man Called Ove – Fredrick Backman (Hard Copy Available at Strauss Library)

Killers of the Flower Moon – David Grann (Kindle Version Available)

Sh*t My Dad Says – Justin Halpren (Kindle Version Available)


*Below you will find the suggestions for this week 08/07/2020:

Suggested Healthy Eating:

Cucumbers, Pears, Kale

Suggested Trails:

 Mount Cutler Trail – North Cheyenne Canon Park (Out & Back) | 1.7 miles (Easy Trail)

Garden of the Gods Loop Trail | 3.7 Miles (Moderate Trail)

Quandary Peak Trail – White River National Forest (Out & Back) | 7.5 miles (Hard Trail)

Suggested Books:

Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur (Hard Copy Available at Strauss Library)

The Painted Girls – Cathy Marie Buchanan (Kindle Version Available)

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson (Kindle Version Available)


*Below you will find the suggestions for this week 7/31/2020:

Suggested Healthy Eating:

Honeydew Melon, Plum, Blackberries

Suggested Trails:

Saint Mary’s Glacier – Arapaho National Forest (Out & Back) | 1.9 Miles (Easy Trail)

Coyote Song Trail – South Valley Park (Loop) | 3 miles (Moderate Trail)

Mount Bierstadt Trial – Mount Evans (Out & Back) | 6.8 Miles (Hard Trail)

Suggested Books:

There, There – Tommy Orange (Hard Copy Available at Strauss Library)

Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman (Kindle Version Available)

The Second Sleep – Robert Harris (Kindle Version Available)


*Below you will find the suggestions for this week 7/24/2020:

Suggested Healthy Eating:

Cantaloupe, Celery, Raspberry

Suggested Trails:

Dream Lake Trail – Rocky Mountain National Park (Out & Back) | 2 Miles (easy Trail)

Alberta Falls – Rocky Mountain National Park (Out & Back) | 2.5 miles (Moderate Trail)

Flattop Mountain Trail – Rocky Mountain National Park (Out & Back) | 8.2 Miles (Hard Trail)

Suggested Books:

The Gown – Jennifer Robson (Kindle Version Available)

Such a Fun Age – Kiley Reid (Hard Copy Available at Strauss Library)

Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel (Kindle Version Available)


*Below you will find the suggestions for this week 7/17/2020:

Suggested Healthy Eating:

Broccoli, Sweet Corn, Apricots

Suggested Trails:

Nymph Lake Trail – Rocky Mountain National Park (Out & Back) | 1.7 Miles (easy Trail)

Lake Haiyaha  – Rocky Mountain National Park (Out & Back) | 3.6 miles (Moderate Trail)

Little Matterhorn – Rocky Mountain National Park (Out & Back) | 7.6 miles (Hard Trail)

Suggested Books:

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid – Bill Bryson

Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer

The Dutch House – Anne Patchett


*Below you will find the suggestions for this week 7/10/2020:

Suggested Healthy Eating:

Cherries, Peaches & Watermelon

Suggested Trails:

Bear Lake Nature Trail – Rocky Mountain National Park (Loop) | .7 Miles (easy Trail)

Four Lake Loop Trail – Rocky Mountain National Park (Loop) | 6.8 miles (Moderate Trail)

Six Lakes Boulder Loop – Rocky Mountain National Park (Loop) | 8.9 miles (Hard Trail)

Suggested Books:

The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion (7/10/2020 post)

Wild – Cheryl Strayed

A Gentleman from Moscow – Amor Towles

Sincerely, Your Strauss Library Student Wellness Activities Team (S.W.A.T)

This was written by Bryson, you can contact AskUs with questions.

OER in the Time of COVID-19

Icons related to online learning.
Image by Mudassar Iqbal from Pixabay

As colleges prepare for an uncertain fall semester, faculty are learning new skills and discovering new technologies for online and hybrid teaching. Open Educational Resources, OER, are a tool that faculty should consider adopting for a variety of reasons. Below are some highlights: 

1) OER are free for students. As the economy struggles in the wake of the COVID pandemic, many students are facing additional financial burdens. Providing students with free textbooks is a positive step that faculty and colleges can take to make the fall semester more affordable.  

2) Many, if not most, OER are available online. In March of this year, many students were given a short time period to vacate their dorm and move home while others were already on spring break and were unable to return to collect their belongings. In both of these situations, many students found themselves separating from their textbooks. Providing a free, online version of a textbook means that students will have access regardless of where they physically are in the country.  

3) OER are openly licensed so that faculty can tailor them to their course. If a faculty member cannot find the perfect OER text, they can piece together chapters from other OER texts to meet the needs of their course. Additionally, faculty can make edits and improvements to OER texts and send them to their students without having to ask permission of the authors.  

Here on the Anschutz Medical Campus, we have a curated list of health sciences OER available on the library website. We encourage you to check it out and contact the library if you have questions or would like help in finding OER.  

This was written by Ellie, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Suggested Reading: Race and Healthcare

Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash

As thousands of citizens around the nation take to the streets to protest for racial justice, you may be wondering how racism and healthcare intersect. Even though our building is closed, the following eBooks that address this complicated issue are available for checkout:

Contact the library for additional resources!

This was written by Sam, you can contact AskUs with questions.

New Self-Paced Tutorials: Answering Clinical Questions in Real Time

The Answering Clinical Questions in Real Time class is now available as self-paced tutorials!

This set of tutorials is intended for students, residents, faculty, or staff with patient care responsibilities or an interest in patient care.

Access the tutorials at:

https://library-cuanschutz.libguides.com/AnsweringClinicalQuestions/SelfPacedTutorials

Tutorial Description:

Quickly find answers to patient care-related questions using clinical point-of-care resources, such as Clinical Key, DynaMed, Isabel, UptoDate, Micromedex, or Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. Find resources that provide information for clinical decision-making, such as decision trees, clinical practice guidelines, differential diagnosis, and drug reference. 

Learning Objectives:

After completing this set of tutorials, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify clinical point-of-care resources available through the Strauss Health Sciences Library.
  2. Recognize which resource is best suited to use depending on the type of clinical information needed.
  3. Use the appropriate resource to locate the answer to a clinical question in a timely manner.

For questions, contact the Strauss Health Sciences Library Monday through Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm via AskUs using chat, text, phone, or email.

Prefilter search added to Library Search – find eBooks and articles even faster!

Prefilter search has been added to Library Search, which is the catalog/discovery system for the CU Anschutz Strauss Library. Prefilter allows you to (optionally) specify what type of resource you are searching for, before you search on any keywords. For example, if you are looking for an eBook (or electronic textbook) on Surgery you would select the eBooks prefilter and enter the term, “surgery”.

Screenshot 1 – Prefilter menu button in Library Search

Screenshot 2 – Prefilter menu selected

Similar prefilter options are available for Books, Articles and Journal Titles.

Will you use the new prefilter option? Let us know in this brief survey!

Limited library building accessibility

October 16, 2020 Update: The Strauss Library building will be badge accessible 7 days a week from 5 am – 10 pm, only for CU Anschutz students with campus badge ID and who are given permission to be on campus. *New Rule Note: Masks Must Be Worn At All Times even when you are alone in a room or at a computer pod alone.

Other Updates: Outdated paper signs about Max Occupancy for Group study rooms will be updated next week. Please see the current occupancy rates online at LibCal. These are subject to change at any time due to COVID.  

  • Students can request access to the library building for testing or related reasons, however faculty and staff do NOT have this option at this time.
  • Students who need to access the library building must submit a request to be on campus to Dr. Jan Gascoigne, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

As the campus continues the limited return to campus work for invited employees and students, the library would like to share updated information regarding the library building.

As a reminder, almost all library resources and services remain available 24/7 from the library webpage

  • The library building is currently closed and no services are being offered on-site.
  • Anyone coming to campus must complete the required, one-time SkillSoft training “CU COVID-19 Return to Campus – CU Denver | Anschutz”. 
  • To enter any building on campus including the library, everyone must pass through a daily check-in point and receive a wristband. At the check-in point everyone will complete a health questionnaire, have their temperature taken, and receive a wristband.
  • The Lounge@HSL, just outside the library’s entrance, will be one of the daily check-in points. Please note that it will only be staffed from 7:00 am – 10:00 am and from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. If one arrives at the library outside of those time frames, please use one of the other check-in locations listed on the return to campus planning page.
    • On Saturdays and Sundays, students entering the library are required to complete the health questionnaire and need to email your temperature to student services–look for a posted sign with QR code in the lobby with the student services email address
  • Once inside the library building, everyone must wear a mask at all times, their campus ID badge, and the daily wristband, and practice social distancing at 6ft apart.
  • If desired, students can make reservations online ahead of time for one of the 50 identified group or individual study rooms. Study rooms are marked with Max Occupancy signs indicating how many students can be in the room, and masks must be worn at all times even if you are alone in the study room
  • Cleaning kits will be provided to clean workspaces at the beginning and end of work.  It is the student’s responsibility to clean their own work stations.

If you have questions about library services or resources please e-mail the library at askus@cuanschutz.edu. Thank you for doing your part to help keep each other safe!