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

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.

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

FY20 Library Subscriptions Survey

Due to budget constraints and the increasing cost of library resources, the Strauss Health Sciences Library is seeking feedback on the usefulness and importance of selected resources (journal packages, databases, etc.) via a Qualtrics survey:

https://ucdenver.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a8Eo968STbkRMWh

This survey is password protected.  You may find the password in the Nov. 21 Academic Announcements email titled “FY20 Library Subscriptions Survey”, or you can email AskUs (askus@hsl.ucdenver.libanswers.com) to get the password.

This seven-question survey should take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Please respond to the survey by Thursday, December 12th.

Questions or comments about this survey or any library resource can be sent to Yumin Jiang, Head of Collection Management. She can be reached at yumin.jiang@cuanschutz.edu or (303) 724-2137.

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

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.

ClinicalKey November 2019 Updates

The November update for ClinicalKey is here! Check out the new ebooks that have been added, and the ebooks deleted in the update are also listed below.

Deleted ebooks will no longer be available. If you need to request access to a deleted ebook, you can submit a request here for the title to be purchased, or submit an ILL request here.

eBooks Added

The Art and Science of Facelift Surgery (Niamtu, Joe) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780323613460; Package/Collection: Plastic Surgery; New to CK

Atlas of Reconstructive Breast Surgery (Pu, Lee) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780323511148; Package/Collection: Plastic Surgery; New to CK

Community Pharmacy (Rutter, Paul) 4th ed; ISBN: 9780702069970; Package/Collection: Flex Only; New edition (replaces 9780702050183)

Current Surgical Therapy (Cameron, Andrew) 13th ed; ISBN: 9780323640596; Package/Collection: Surgery Essentials; New edition (replaces 9780323376914)

Disorders of the Rotator Cuff and Biceps Tendon (Provencher, Matthew) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780323287845; Package/Collection: Orthopedics Extended; New to CK

Essential Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Symonds, Ian) 6th ed; ISBN: 9780702076381; Package/Collection: Flex Only; New edition (replaces 9780702030680)

Global Reconstructive Surgery (Chang, James) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780323523776; Package/Collection: Plastic Surgery; New to CK

Green’s Skeletal Trauma in Children (Mencio, Gregory) 6th ed; ISBN: 9780323613361; Package/Collection: Orthopedics Extended; New edition (replaces 9780323187732)

Kidney Transplantation: Principles and Practice (Knechtle, Stuart) 8th ed; ISBN: 9780323531863; Package/Collection: Surgery Extended; New edition (replaces 9781455740963)

Musculoskeletal MRI (Major, Nancy) 3rd ed; ISBN: 9780323415606; Package/Collection: Radiology Extended; New edition (replaces 9781416055341)

Onco-Nephrology (Finkel, Kevin) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780323549455; Package/Collection: Nephrology; New to CK

Peters’ Atlas of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology (Nabarro, Laura) 7th ed; ISBN: 9780702040610; Package/Collection: Infectious Disease; New to CK

Problem Solving in Chest Imaging (Digumarthy, Subba) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780323041324; Package/Collection: Radiology Extended; New to CK

Rheumatology Secrets (West, Sterling) 4th ed; ISBN: 9780323641869; Package/Collection: Rheumatology; New edition (replaces 9780323037006)

Workbook of Practical Neonatology (Polin, Richard) 6th ed; ISBN: 9780323624794; Package/Collection: Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; New to CK

eBooks Deleted

Arthritis and Arthroplasty: The Hip (Brown, Thomas) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416049739; Package/Collection: Flex Only. Discontinued. Recommended alternatives – Surgery of the Hip; Techniques in Hip Arthroscopy and Joint Preservation Surgery

Cases in Adult Congenital Heart Disease (Gatzoulis, Michael) 3rd ed; ISBN: 9780443067129; Package/Collection: Flex Only. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Diagnosis and Management of Adult Congenital Heart Disease

High-Yield Imaging: Chest (Muller, Nestor) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416061618; Package/Collection: Radiology Essentials. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Muller’s Imaging of the Chest

Manual of Pediatric Anesthesia (Lerman, Jerrold) 6th ed; ISBN: 9781437709889; Package/Collection: Anesthesiology. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – A Practice of Anesthesia for Infants and Children

Osteoporosis in Men: The Effects of Gender on Skeletal Health (Orwoll, Eric) 2nd ed; ISBN: 9780123746023; Package/Collection: Rheumatology. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Osteoporosis

Techniques in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Series: Minimally-Invasive Facial Rejuvenation (Nahai, Foad) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780702030888; Package/Collection: Plastic Surgery. Discontinued. Recommended alternative – Master Techniques in Facial Rejuvenation

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

Celebrate Open Access Week by Submitting Your Work(s) to Mountain Scholar

In honor of Open Access Week consider submitting your work(s) to Mountain Scholar. Mountain Scholar is the institutional repository of CU Anschutz and the Strauss Health Sciences Library. Learn more about Mountain Scholar on the Strauss Library’s website.

Submitting your work(s) to Mountain Scholar is easy. In five easy steps you can get your work submitted and made available in Mountain Scholar. A variety of resources can be submitted to Mountain Scholar. Here is a list of some items we accept:

  • Data sets
  • Journal articles (including published material, depending on copyright restrictions)
  • Books and book chapters
  • Pre-prints
  • Multimedia including photos, images, and videos
  • Grey literature
  • Teaching materials and Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Technical reports
  • Poster and/or slide presentations
  • Professional activity materials
  • Projects and portfolios
  • Performances
  • Special events materials
  • Conference materials
  • Departmental publications

If you still have questions check out our Mountain Scholar FAQ or contact Danielle Ostendorf (Danielle.2.Ostendorf@cuanschutz.edu).

Open Access Week 2019

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 “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge”. What does that mean?

Every year Open Access Week has a theme. Last year’s theme was “designing equitable foundations for open knowledge.” Nick Shockey, Director of Programs & Engagement at SPARC, explains this year’s theme “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge”; “As open becomes the default, all stakeholders must be intentional about designing these new, open systems to ensure that they are inclusive, equitable, and truly serve the needs of a diverse global community.”

Equity can play many roles in Open Access publishing. For example, it can refer to the accessibility of a platform hosting an Open Access journal, or the diversity of the editors, peer-reviewers, and authors of an Open Access journal. Open Access also brings equity to a field when all researchers have the same access to research and data. In contrast, accessing a traditional subscription journal requires a subscription which costs the institution, library, or individual money, if they can afford the journal.

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 to chat or email with a librarian or reach out to Danielle Ostendorf (Danielle.2.Ostendorf@cuanschutz.edu), Electronic Resources Librarian.