SAS now available at the HSL

SAS 9.4, the well-known statistics package is now available on five Health Sciences Library workstations. SAS joins the list of stats software now available in the library, which includes JMP, SPSS, R Studio, and Atlas.TI. SAS is available on four dedicated workstations in the library’s first floor Information Commons.

These four new workstations are located in the library’s North Information Commons, stations P27-P30. They are dedicated for either statistical or VH Dissector purposes (VH Dissector is an anatomy study program based on the Visible Human). The new workstations have Core™ i7 processors and solid state hard drives – performance is excellent! Please note, the workstations are designated for statistics or VH Dissector use, and individuals who are not using these applications may be bumped.

SAS is also available on a fifth “virtual” workstation, which can be accessed from multiple locations (which include all thin clients on the 1st floor as well as thin clients in the library’s 2nd floor Quiet Computing Lab).

Excited about SAS? Wish the library had other types of software? Are you an expert in using SPSS, R, or SAS, and willing to give us feedback on our software setup?
Please let us know!
Email: or call: 303-724-2140.

Article Linker problem from PubMed

Currently there is an intermittent problem with Article Linker on PubMed. Users may see the following message: “PubMed look up service is temporarily unavailable.” If you encounter the error please keep trying. You can try your search via Google Scholar.

You might also try the following:

1) open two browser windows, one on PubMed and the other on Find Journals single citation matcher or title search

2) flip back and forth between the windows or tabs, copy and paste the relevant info for the full text you wish to look up

If you have questions, please contact Ask a Librarian

New Reading Room Exhibit Case

The library has added a new exhibit case to the Reading Room on the third floor.  The case sits between two of the library’s permanent collections, the Denison artifacts and the Sabin artifacts.  The case will feature rotating exhibits of the library’s artifacts and special books.  Visit the Reading Room now to see one of the library’s doctor’s bag.  The bag belonged to Dr. KF Sunderland, a longtime Denver doctor.  It is filled with everything a doctor would need for making house-calls.


[Paul Andrews]

Platelet Drive for Children’s Hospital Colorado from March 30 to April 3 — Sign up today!


The Health Sciences Library is hosting a week-long platelet drive for
Children’s Hospital Colorado — Sign up today!

Dates:  Monday, March 30th to Friday, April 3rd
Time: 6:30am – 12:15pm
Location: Children’s Hospital Colorado Blood Donor Center on 13123 E 16th Ave, Aurora, CO  80045 (Map)
How do I make an appointment? Call (720) 777-5398
What do I bring to my appointment? Your government issued ID

You can help kids, like Connor, that need platelets for treatment.


Conner Odell probably wouldn’t be alive today if not for the generosity of strangers who donated to the Blood Donor Center at Children’s Hospital Colorado, and the blood transfusions he received as a result.

When Conner was just 18 months old, he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and underwent six months of intensive chemotherapy treatment. His ability to produce new blood cells was being damaged as a side effect of the treatment, and the toddler was left weak, lethargic, and in need of blood transfusions.

While the chemotherapy rounds sapped Conner’s strength, the blood transfusions he received after restored his energy and strength. Over the course of his treatment, Conner received 23 blood transfusions from a total of 21 different donors, without which he could not have survived the chemotherapy that was necessary to treat his cancer.

Today, Conner is a healthy, happy four year old, and a protective older brother to two younger siblings. Knowing the challenges he overcame, and the cancer he survived, one can’t help but wonder if Conner’s compassionate nature was inspired by the strangers who selflessly donated blood that saved his life.


Why Donate Platelets at Children’s Hospital Colorado?

  • Platelets only last five days, so we always need platelet donors.
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado provided over 3,400 platelet transfusions in the last year alone.
  • Our Blood Donor Center provides 99.3% of the blood transfused at here at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
  • Having our own Blood Donor Center allows us to meet the specialized needs of children.

What is a platelet donation?
Platelets are the components of your blood necessary to control bleeding. During a procedure called apheresis, we use a Trima machine to separate your blood into its individual components:  red cells, plasma & platelets. The machine can then collect just the platelets from your blood (or a combination of platelets, plasma &/or red cells) and return the rest using just one needle.

  • Platelet donations take about 2 hours.
  • We provide movies to watch, free Wi-Fi & plenty of snacks and drinks.
  • You can donate platelets every 2 weeks (up to 24 times a year).
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado has on-site child care (call for details).
  • Your donation could save or enhance up to FIVE children’s lives!

How are platelets used?
Platelets are given to children with a variety of medical conditions such as:

  • Undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments
  • Bone marrow transplants
  • Organ transplants
  • Surgical procedures
  • Blood disorders


  • Be sure to eat a full meal an hour or two before your donation.
  • Drink plenty of water and limit caffeine intake.
  • Review the eligibility questions on our website.
  • Increase your calcium intake an hour before your donation.
  • Avoid aspirin for at least 48 hours before donating platelets.*If you have been prescribed aspirin by your doctor, please get your doctors approval before discontinuing.

Sign up for the platelet drive today!
Your donation could save or enhance up to FIVE children’s lives!
For questions or to schedule an appointment, please call (720) 777-5398.

Thank you!

Vivienne Houghton, MLIS
Web Services Librarian | Instructor
Health Sciences Library
303-724-2178  |
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Open Access Fund for Spring 2015: Now Closed


UPDATE (March 16, 2015): Due to a high volume of applications, we are unable to accept any more applications at this time. Please check back on the library’s blog for information about future OA Fund programs.

Apply to the Open Access Fund for Student and Early-Career Author

March 11th to April 8th, 2015 or when funds are depleted.


The Health Sciences Library is now accepting applications for its Open Access Fund for students and early career professionals. The award can be used to pay for the entire cost of the “author/article processing charge” (APC) for fully open access journals (see examples below). This policy for fully OA journals is new with the Spring round. For hybrid journals (see examples below), the award will pay up to $1000.

Open Access journals allow authors to distribute their intellectual property without any restrictions, and usually permit them to retain copyright ownership. Hybrid journals are not open access but allow authors to pay the APC in order to make their article openly accessible.  In contrast to the traditional journal model in which the author is restricted from distributing her work and the reader has to pay to access it (via subscriptions), in the OA model the author pays to publish his work and readers have no limitations to access it.

Despite costs to authors, there is growing evidence that many articles published as open access are more widely noticed and downloaded than articles published in subscription-based journals (see for example, Davis 2011).   For more information about the Open Access movement, please see the OA FAQs.

The HSL Open Access Fund or OAF is meant to encourage researchers who have little or no financial support to pay for any type of publication fee.  Generally speaking, these scholars tend to be students, residents, post-doctoral fellows, and early-career faculty; these individuals will receive priority therefore for an OAF award.

While the OAF can be used to pay the APC of an open access journal of the author’s choice, in order to avoid fraudulent journals, the library will restrict the range of acceptable journals to those that are known to be legitimate. They include most members of the Open Access Scholarly Publisher’s Association  or those known to comply with its Code of Conduct.  Examples of these publishers or journals are: Biomed Central, JMIR Publications,  PeerJ,  PLoS , and others.  All journals will be assessed by the OAF committee for legitimacy and for their requirements.  Ideally, journals should allow the authors to retain copyright to their articles and not merely permit their distribution within limits. 

Examples of publishers who offer fully OA journals:

Examples of publishers who publish either hybrid journals or both hybrid and fully OA journals:


  • affiliated with AMC
  • early-career author (see Funding Priorities below)
  • publishing in a reputable OA journal
  • article is accepted (and APC has not been paid) or submitted]. NOTE: We cannot consider applications for articles that are still under preparation.
  • no other funding source except personal funds
  • substantive contribution to the article (see ICJME recommendations)


Funding Priorities are as follows:

  1. Students
  2. Residents, Fellows, Post-Doctoral Fellows, Junior Faculty (within 5 years of the start of his/her career)
  3. Other faculty


  • The Health Sciences Library will award the entire cost per applicant of a fully open access journal’s author/article processing charge (APC). The award cannot be used to fund other fees such as “submission charges,” “review charges,” or “page charges.”
  • The maximum award per applicant for a hybrid journal is $1000 to be used only for the APC.  The award cannot be used to fund other fees such as “submission charges,” “review charges,” or “page charges.”
    • If the APC is less than $1000, the award amount will equal the APC amount – i.e. your award will also be less than $1000.
    • If the APC is more than $1000, the maximum award is $1000 and the author is responsible for paying the difference to the publisher.
      • Example: If the APC for a hybrid journal is $3,000, the library will pay $1,000 and the author is responsible for the remaining $2,000.
    • Payment details: Awards are paid once the library receives a copy of the publisher’s invoice. We cannot reimburse individuals and cannot issue checks.
    • Applications must be received by the specified date.
      • Applicants who meet all eligibility criteria will be considered on a first-come first-served basis within the application period.
      • Every application will be reviewed by the OAF committee for eligibility.
      • We cannot consider past recipients of the OAF for a new award.

Requirements for Applicants Who are Identified as Award Recipients:

  • Provide an invoice for the APC from the journal publisher
  • Upon publication, submit the article to the Health Sciences Library’s institutional repository, Digital Collections of Colorado with a signed Deposit Agreement (see link to the Agreement near the bottom).  Make sure you have the proper copyright permissions or you own copyright to your article.
  • Complete a short evaluation form which will be emailed later.

Get Started!

1. Check Eligibility (see above)
2. Check Rules (see above)
3. Apply right away:  We stop accepting applications on April 8th or earlier when funds are depleted.
4. Award recipients must comply with the Requirements (see above)


Please contact: Lilian Hoffecker 303-724-2124 , or Heidi Zuniga 303-724-2134, or Deirdre Adams-Buckley 303-724-2174 DEIRDRE.ADAMS-BUCKLEY@UCDENVER.EDU

Informatics Workshop Series

This spring, the Health Sciences Libraries has started an Informatics Workshop Series. This monthly series is intended to cover any and all topics in informatics, with a special eye toward local resources.

The first event was held in February, featuring Shelley Knuth and Andrew Johnson from CU Boulder, who presented on “Data Management Best Practices”, which focused primarily on writing good data management plans that organize data collection, sharing and storage even before the data are collected. The presentation features DMPTool, a resource that aggregates data management plan templates from a variety of funding agencies. Sign up and list University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus as your institution, and the portal will also link to local data management resources and connect you with people on campus that can help develop your data management plan. The session was well-attended by faculty, staff and students alike. A link to their powerpoint slides can be found here.

The next session, Biological Interpretations of Expression Data, will feature CU Anschutz’s own Michael Edwards, a bioinformatician who specializes in interpreting the results of gene expression data from cancer data sets. He will demonstrate a free tool (DAVID) and the software that he typically uses in his work (IPA) on gene lists that are derived from bladder cancer datasets.

Future topics will include a demonstration of PhenoGen, a quantitative genetics database developed by researchers on campus, and searching NCBI databases, presented by the library’s Biomedical Sciences Research Support Specialist Tobin Magle. The June slot is still open on the Spring 2015 schedule. Email with suggestions for other topics that should be featured in this series. We plan to take a break in June and July but will restart the series in August.

Visit the Library classes page to register for future events.