PubMed Changes are Coming

November Updates

A bit behind schedule but finally here, you can now find the new PubMed interface from the current PubMed browser.

Find the new PubMed interface

The new interface was built using modern web standards with a responsive layout, so it works more effectively on cell phones and tablets.

The updated Best Match sort uses a machine learning algorithm to elevate the most relevant articles to the top of your results list.

Starting in Spring 2020, this new interface will be the default for all PubMed users.

Read more about the changes to the interface from the NLM Technical Bulletin.

Have questions or feedback about the new PubMed interface? Contact NLM with your PubMed Labs Feedback.

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

September Updates

The new PubMed is going live this month! Are you ready?

We will use this space to keep you updated on the changes that occurring and provide tips and tricks for using the new interface. You can interact with the beta version of the new PubMed by visiting PubMed Labs. As you use the new interface, please provide NLM with your PubMed Labs Feedback as they will continue to make improvements to the interface until it becomes the default in January 2020.

Keep in mind that the beta interface is not currently a replacement for the current version of PubMed since it is not the complete database in regards to content or functionality yet.

Here are the most recent features that have been added to the new PubMed interface:

  • Filters have been added to narrow results by article type, text availability, publication date, species, language, sex, subject, journal category and age.
  • The Health Sciences Article Linker has been added! You can now get to our library holdings from the beta PubMed version.

Keep an eye on the library homepage for information about the new PubMed and quick links to access the site.

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

July Updates

In Fall/Winter 2019, PubMed will be undergoing some changes to the interface. If you want to see some of the changes that are coming before the current version of PubMed is replaced, you can visit PubMed Labs, the experimental platform that has some of the major updates already available.

Wondering what’s new? Here are some of the updated features:

Enhanced Search Results

The new version of PubMed (currently PubMed Labs) will have an enhanced relevant sort option, named Best Match, that ranks search results according to several relevance signals, including an article’s popularity, its publication date and type, and its query-document relevant score.

The search results page will now automatically include highlighted text fragments from the article abstract that are selected based on relevance to the search.

Responsive Design

Have you ever tried to use PubMed on your phone or tablet? The current version doesn’t work very well, but the new version of PubMed will feature a mobile-first responsive layout that offers better support for smaller device screens. The new interface will be compatible with any screen size no matter how you access PubMed.

Want to learn more about the new PubMed interface/PubMed Labs? Visit the NLM Technical Bulletin , where this information was taken from, for more details.

Have questions or feedback about the new PubMed interface? Contact NLM with your PubMed Labs Feedback.

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

FY20 Library Subscriptions Survey Report

Thanks to all of you who participated in the FY20 Library Subscriptions Survey!  The survey ran from November 21 through December 12, 2019.  Here is our first post about the survey results.  Please watch for more posts addressing specific questions or issues we saw from the survey.

Demographics

There were 630 total responses to the survey.  Responders represented all six Schools and College, campus administration & support units, UCHealth, and others. 

Here is the distribution of survey respondents by their university status:

Subscription Changes

The Strauss Health Sciences Library has an overall collections budget of nearly $3 million.  Less than 1% of the collection budget is spent on one-time purchases while 99% is spent on electronic annual subscriptions. Every year our subscription costs rise approximately 5-7%.  In FY20, the library has a shortfall in our collections budget of $300,000 and needs to make some difficult decisions in cancellations.

Based on pricing, usage, and feedback received from this survey, the library renewed most of the subscriptions listed on the survey.  However, we made the following decisions:

Cancellations:

Resources that received less than 4% of responses rating them “Essential” or “Important” were examined further.  After review, the following subscriptions were cancelled.

American Physical Society journals (3.6% of respondents rated it as essential or important)

Knovel (1.5%of respondents rated it as essential or important)

VisualDx (3.8% of respondents rated it as essential or important)

Package Adjustments:

In 2020, the library switched the American Chemical Society (ACS) journal subscription package to a smaller package, retaining the top 15 most used journals.  All ACS titles remain available via interlibrary loan at no cost to faculty, students and staff.

Please see more information about our collection budget and subscription changes here:

https://library.cuanschutz.edu/library-collections-budget

If you have any questions or comments about this survey and survey results, please contact Yumin Jiang, Head of Collection Management, at: 303-724-2137, yumin.jiang@cuanschutz.edu

New Amesse Leisure Reading

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The following titles have recently been added to the Amesse Collection, located in the library’s leisure hub area adjacent to the 1st floor north information commons:

Fiction

-Coates, Ta-Nahesi/ The water dancer

-Patchett, Ann/ The Dutch house

-Powers, Richard/ The overstory

-Reid, Kiley/ Such a fun age

-Rothfuss, Patrick/ Name of the wind

-Sanderson, Brandon/ Way of kings

-Shemilt, Jane/ The playground

 

Nonfiction

-Duckworth, Angela/ Grit: The power of passion & perseverance

-Gladwell, Malcom/ Talking to strangers

-Hennick, Calvin/ Once more to the rodeo

-Snowden, Edward/ Permanent record

-Theroux, Paul/ On the plain of snakes: A Mexican journey

Save the Date! Valentine’s Day Dog Activity Event

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Lucy: A golden girl who likes to take walks, swim, and roll in the grass.

 

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Oreo: A 100 lb St. Berdoodle (Saint Bernardd and Standard Poodle mix) who is truly a gentle giant.

 

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Hamilton: A 5 year old who loves stuffed animals and will steal them at any opportunity!

On Friday, February 14th, plan on spending some time with a very special valentine at Strauss Library’s Dog Activity event! A variety of teams from the Alliance of Therapy Dogs will be visiting the library’s student lounge (adjacent to the library entrance) from  11:30 am- 1:30 pm.

Take a mid-day break, PAWS, & relax! For more details, please contact tina.moser@cuanschutz.edu at 303-724-2145.

Need a book the library doesn’t have? Try Prospector!

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Are you looking for a book, DVD, or CD that’s not available at Strauss Library? The Prospector borrowing system includes many libraries within Colorado, as well as the University of Wyoming. It allows users to request items from any participating library and have them sent via courier to their local library for pickup. This service is free for all cardholders of Prospector member libraries.

For students, staff and faculty on the CU Anschutz campus, ordering an item is as easy as going to https://library.cuanschutz.edu//prospector, searching by title or keyword, and then entering your name and student/employee number after selecting ‘Request’. Material will be delivered to our library; we’ll send you an email when your item is ready for pickup. Most items take an average of 3-5 business days to arrive.

Prospector opens up a whole new world of borrowing choices- give it a try!

Learn About OER!

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Would you like help finding free, openly-licensed, flexible, and up-to-date educational materials? Would you like to learn about ways to positively impact students by lowering textbook costs and increasing the relevancy of learning materials? Have you heard the phrase “OER” and not fully understood what it meant?

Starting this January, the Strauss Health Sciences Library will be offering a bimonthly OER class that will cover the basics of what OER is, why it matters, and how where to look for it. We hope that you can join us!

Classes will be offered from 12:00-1:00 on:

Thursday, January 9th

Thursday, March 12th

Thursday, May 14th

Click on a date in order to register – we hope to see you there!

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

Reflections on MCMLA

In October 2019, Sam Kennefick and Ellie Svoboda, graduate assistants at the Strauss Health Sciences Library, were afforded the opportunity to attend the Midcontinental Medical Librarian Association’s (MCMLA) Annual Meeting in Omaha thanks to the generous LIS Student Professional Development Subaward from the NNLM. This award allowed us to travel to Omaha and participate in the three day conference as well as preconference professional development sessions. We greatly appreciated the opportunity to learn and network within the MCMLA community and would like to share our greatest takeaways.

The day before the Annual Meeting began, two professional development sessions were hosted at the Creighton University Health Science Library. In the morning, we attended “Cool Creative Communications: Dazzling Data Visualization”. During this class we learned how to create an informative and visually appealing data visualization using Tableau. This class offered many opportunities for hands on learning. We both left the class excited to apply our newfound knowledge of Tableau to projects we are working on at our home institution. 

The second session of the day was, “Data Management for Librarians: What Health Sciences Librarians Need to Know”. This session provided a crash course in data management 101. The importance of creating and following a data management plan was covered as well as practical tips for helping patrons at our home libraries create a successful data management plan. This session inspired us to share the importance of supporting data management practices with our colleagues once we returned home from the conference. 

The annual meeting itself kicked off with an inspiring keynote address by Kelly Gering, the founder of the conflict resolution firm, Shared Story. She broadened our understanding of the role of medical librarians by focusing on the importance of relationship building and learning to listen to understand. She shared the following quote by Margaret Wheatley, “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our judgements about each other that do”. Beginning the conference with Kelly’s message of sharing our stories set a tone of embracing vulnerability for the duration of the conference.

Over the course of the conference we were able to listen to eleven different presentations and it was inspiring to see the variety of topics that were covered. In addition to providing tangible and applicable strategies for medical librarians, they also reinforced the larger role that libraries and librarians can take in their communities. One particularly resonant presentation was “Breaking the Silence: Hosting Awareness Events on Campus During Crisis” from the librarians at the University of Utah which documented the role that the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library played in bringing awareness to the problem of violence against women on their campus. Their powerful presentation addressed the national scale of this issue while also making it incredibly personal by sharing the stories of University of Utah students who had lost their lives to violence. The presentation was sobering while also signaling to us librarians in training that we can use our position to help the greater good. 

The meeting wrapped up with a fascinating talk by Jorge Zuniga about his creation of affordable 3D printed prosthetics for children. His story of innovation and passion for creating an option for children who cannot afford the costs of a traditional prosthesis reminded us all that choosing to be creative and think about how our work serves others can produce incredible results.

In addition to the structured learning opportunities at MCMLA, there were many opportunities to informally learn from the expertise of veteran medical librarians attending the conference. One conversation really stands out from the rest. We had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Nancy Woelfl over lunch one day and learned so much listening to her tell tales of her long and enjoyable career. Now retired, Nancy is still an active member of MCMLA. She was director of the McGoogan Library at UNMC for 26 years and before that spent time working for NASA in Ohio. Nancy’s passion for medical librarianship is contagious! She encouraged us to become active in the MCMLA community and made us feel instantly welcomed into the network of medical librarians present at the conference.

The MCMLA Annual Meeting also provided an opportunity to feel a sense of community with other medical librarians. In addition to meeting veteran librarians we also got to meet early and mid-career librarians who were full of encouragement and enthusiasm for the profession. Both of us are switching from careers in K-12 education to librarianship and hearing from librarians who love their jobs was heartening and provided a bolster of confidence that we have made a good decision. 

 The MCMLA business meeting was the final item on the agenda and it was empowering to observe this process. The decisions that were made during the meeting were thoughtful and meaningful. Witnessing this self-governance and the earnest and principled attitudes of everyone involved made us hopeful for the future. We are already a part of MCMLA and can make our voices heard and in a few years, we could participate in the executive committee. 

We left Omaha feeling inspired and grateful to have learned from and connected with the librarians from the Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association. 

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

Rare Book Profile: R.V. Pierce’s The People’s Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English, or, Medicine Simplified.

PierceTPcropR.V. Pierce’s The People’s Common Sense Medical Adviser (Buffalo, N.Y.: World’s Dispensary-Printing Office and Bindery, 1875), is a household medicine and health guide, as well as an advertisement for its author and publisher’s products and services. First published in 1875, it remained in print through the 100th edition of 1935, sold millions of copies, and helped make its author one of the most successful manufacturer of home remedies in the late 19th century.

Ray Vaughn Pierce (1840-1914) was an American physician, pharmaceutical entrepreneur, author, publisher, and politician. Pierce was born and raised in Stark, New York. He was a school teacher briefly, then left to attend the Eclectic Medical College in Cincinnati, Ohio. After receiving his medical degree in 1862, he established a medical practice in Titusville, Pennsylvania. In 1867, he moved to Buffalo, New York, where he began manufacturing patent medicines and selling them by mail-order. To house his thriving manufacturing and mail-order operations, Pierce built the World’s Dispensary Building. In 1878, Pierce built Pierce’s Palace Hotel nearby to accommodate his many mail-order customers who came to Buffalo seeking his services as a physician. Pierce’s Palace Hotel burned down in 1881 and Pierce replaced it with the Invalids Hotel and Surgical Institute. His enterprise continued to expand, and at one point had an office in London, England. In 1883 Pierce consolidated all of his business ventures as TheWorld’s Dispensary Medical Association, which was later renamed Pierce’s Proprietaries. Pierce’s son, Dr. Valentine Mott Pierce, succeeded his father as head of the business through the 1940s.

In 1877, Pierce launched his political career, serving in the New York State Senate from 1877-1879, and in the U.S. House of Representatives for the 32nd Congressional District of New York as a Republican from March 4, 1879 until his resignation on September 18, 1880, due to ill health. He never held an elected office again, although he was an active opponent of the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906. In the last year of his life, Pierce retired to his winter home in St. Vincent, Florida, where he died on February 4, 1914.

Pierce was a master of marketing, using print media and signs to spread advertisements and testimonials for his products and services throughout the country. Not all publications were complimentary, and some, such as Colliers and Ladies Home Journal were extremely critical of his products. Pierce won his lawsuit against Ladies Home Journal, but his suit against Colliers was dismissed due to varying definitions of the word “quack.”

The People’s Common Sense Medical Adviser is arranged in four main parts. The first, Physiology, is laid out like a textbook, containing a general overview of basic biology, human and animal, and the various systems of the body, including current theories of race, intelligence, and the relationship between physiognomy and character, with chapters on marriage and reproduction. The second part, Hygiene, covers various aspects of daily life, with recommendations for clean living and criticism of practices and theories with which Pierce disagreed. It also includes a section on diet, with recipes. The third section, Rational Medicine, consists of brief summaries of the various systems of medicine in vogue at the time, such as homoeopathy and hydropathy, a list of individual herbal and compounded preparations available for sale from The World’s Dispensary, and a list of the therapeutic value of various types of bath. The final and largest section, Diseases and Their Remedial Treatment, comprises over half the book, consisting mainly of list of disorders, with a description of the disorder, various possible treatments, cases, and glowing testimonials for the products and services of The World’s Dispensary. It ends with a section describing The World’s Dispensary and its services, how to arrange a visit, and how to submit a specimen for diagnosis by mail.

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The Strauss Health Sciences Library’s copy of the first edition of The people’s common sense medical adviser is bound in green publisher’s cloth with blind-stamped boards and gilt-stamped spine. The plates have unprinted tissue guards sheets. It was given to the Health Sciences Library by G. Murray Edwards, M.D. The library also has the second edition (1876), the twentieth edition (1889), and the fortieth edition (1895).

Rare materials are available to individuals or groups by appointment on Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons, or at other times by arrangement. To schedule an appointment, contact Emily Epstein, emily.epstein@cuanschutz.edu or 303-724-2119.

[Emily Epstein, Cataloging Librarian]

 

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