- ACP Medicine
- BioBase Knowledge Library (6/20/10)
- Encyclopedia of Life Sciences
From the Director: Cuts in Information Resources (Databases, Journals, Books) for FY11
Like other Dartmouth departments, the Biomedical Libraries of the Dartmouth College Library system are struggling with new budget cuts. We are facing a 3% decrease in our Fiscal Year 2011 (July 1, 2010-June 30, 2011) DMS budget for health and life sciences information resources, on top of a $75,000 cut to this budget in FY10, plus a continuing 5-10% annual inflation for journal and database subscription costs. The budget from Arts & Sciences in support of Biological Sciences is also under considerable strain.
These factors compel us to make some exceedingly difficult decisions as we eliminate a total of about $160,000 worth of information resources. See the lists below. Given previous years' cuts plus continuing inflation, the purchasing power of the Biomedical Libraries' budget has been radically diminished over the past several years. FY07 through FY11, the budget for journals and databases subscriptions has increased just 5% while prices rose more than 40% during the same period.
The budget pressures are severe and options are limited. (We just learned recently that our FY11 renewal of JAMA and nine Archives journals will increase 23% from $9,570/year to $11,800/year, which may lead to canceling some of them.) We analyze our information resources annually and strive to match diminishing funds with increasing needs. Substantial additional funding would be required to meet the demonstrated information needs of Dartmouth's growing health and life sciences communities.
DATABASES/DIGITAL RESOURCES BEING CANCELED, effective 12/31/10, except where indicated:
eBooks no longer available due to Ovid losing rights to distribute (publisher decision), effective November 1, 2010:
JOURNALS/SERIES BEING CANCELED, effective 12/31/10 , except where indicated:
Dana Library Construction Project - Completed!
The new, air-conditioned spaces on the first floor of the Dana Biomedical Library opened in early June. The Quiet Reading Room is now enclosed and provides a nice respite from noise and heat. The two new conference rooms each have a large conference table, seating for 14, a white board, and a large flat-screen TV. The conference rooms - Dana 107 and Dana 108 - may be scheduled according to the Biomedical Libraries room policies.
Thank you to Dartmouth Medical School for funding these renovations; to the DMS Office of Medical Education, for funding the rooms' furniture; and to the Dartmouth College Library, for funding the media equipment.
New Hours: Dana Biomedical Library
In order for Dana to accommodate classes and other events that start at 8:00 a.m., we will begin opening at 7:30 a.m., Monday–Friday, during the academic year, effective August 16, 2010.
Effective August 22, please note that Dana Library’s Sunday opening time is also changing, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
New Dana Biomedical Library Hours
Academic year (roughly mid-August to mid-June):
Monday – Friday: 7:30 am – midnight
Saturday: 9:00 am – midnight
Sunday: noon – midnight
Summer hours (roughly mid-June to mid-August, no change from current):
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Coming August 2nd...New Enhancements to OvidSP
Ovid has recently developed a new search interface version, which includes added features and enhancements to its databases. You may access both the current and new versions of OvidSP until early August, after which only the new version will exist. Click on the “Try it now!” button at the top of the current OvidSP screen to preview the new features and enhancements.
New features and enhancements include:
New Work Productivity Tools:
• Easily see how you conducted your search.
• Instantly view and sort results according to multiple criteria.
• Manage citations using various options.
• Attach notes to a citation or search result for future reference.
Content Alerting Tools:
• AutoAlerts – Automatically receive saved searches to your email or RSS whenever new articles on your interest become available.
• eTOCs – Automatically receive email notices or RSS when tables of contents for new journal issues are available.
Create work projects and organize all of your research materials—including individual articles, search strategies, images, and more—into a dedicated area. My Workspace is comprised of:
• MyProjects – The “core” of My Workspace. Create and manage research folders and projects for saving and storing citations, images, and search strategies.
• Ovid Toolbar – This downloadable tool lets you quickly and easily save critical research material to My Workspace while you're working outside OvidSP.
OvidSP's My Workspace and My Projects:
OvidSP's New Search Results:
Chat With Us!
You can now receive real-time research assistance from our librarians by using our new Chat service. It’s simple to use!
From our Biomedical Libraries home page, click on either "Ask/Chat with a Librarian” (under “QuickLinks”) or “Contact Us/Chat” (under “Contact Information”). On the “Ask Us!” page, just start typing your question in the chat window.
Our chat service is generally available Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Save The Date – Library Grand Rounds
Smartphones: I Want One, But Which One?
Wondering what kind of smartphone you should get? Definitions vary, but common examples are the iPhone, Droid/Android, HTC Nexus One, and BlackBerry. What form factor is for you- slider, dual slider, flip, back flip, candy bar, swivel, mixed? Mechanical keyboard or touchscreen keyboard? Manufacturer- Helio, HTC, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Palm, RIM, Samsung, other? What carrier- Alltel, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon, Virgin? Unlocked? This session will not be prescriptive, but instead will offer some guidance as to what you should think about in making your decision.
New Audiobooks from the Dartmouth College Library!
Audiobooks are now available from the Dartmouth College Library. Click here to browse the collection. Individual audiobooks are also available through the Dartmouth Online Catalog -- clicking on the link in the record brings you back to the book's record in the MyiLibrary "storefront." All books can be downloaded to most iPods and mp3 players. The collection includes fiction and non-fiction, with more added on an ongoing basis. We also welcome your suggestions for titles.
PLEASE NOTE: For the audiobook program, you DO NOT sign in with your Dartmouth id and password. You need to click on "Login" and then create an account by clicking on the link under the sign-in boxes where it says "If you do not have an account, click here to create one." You will be able to create an account as long as you are on the Dartmouth network (or VPN).
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have forgotten your login and password.
Business Information Resources for Health Care
Are you a manager or administrator? Does your research focus on healthcare delivery, health policy, or current trends in the healthcare industry? There are a variety of useful information resources to which you have access as a Dartmouth/DHMC faculty, student, or employee. Many of these resources, tools, and services may be accessed from a research guide, developed by librarians from Dartmouth’s Feldberg Business and Engineering Library — Anne Esler, Sarah Buckingham, and Karen Sluzenski. Feldberg Library serves the Tuck School of Business and Thayer School of Engineering and is located on the Dartmouth College campus.
This business research guide can connect you to databases (such as Business Source Complete and ABI/INFORM Global) and other resources to help you find information specific to benchmarking data, statistics, products and companies, finance, market research, and much more.
For more assistance, send an email to a Feldberg librarian: Anne.Esler@dartmouth.edu, Sarah.Buckingham@dartmouth.edu, or Karen.Sluzenski@dartmouth.edu; or email the Biomedical Libraries librarians, Biomedical.Libraries.Reference@dartmouth.edu.
Library Advisors to DMS Societies
Each Dartmouth Medical School student is assigned a “library advisor” based on the student's assigned society. A library advisor is a librarian from the Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries who is available throughout a student's four years at DMS to foster direct communication about services, information resources, and other library matters. A library advisor can also:
• Find information for research, patient care, and education needs.
• Provide instruction on using library resources effectively and efficiently.
• Connect students to reliable information resources and services.
DMS Societies and their assigned library advisors are:
E. Lucile Smith Society
William A. Mosenthal Society
S. Marsh Tenney Society
You may also contact a librarian for assistance by stopping by either Matthews-Fuller or Dana, calling 650-7660, sending an email to Biomedical.Libraries.Reference@Dartmouth.EDU, submitting a question using our Ask a Librarian form, or using our new Chat service.
EBM Corner - TRIP Database: Turning Research into Practice
TRIP is a free meta-search engine that simultaneously searches many sources of systematic reviews, practice guidelines, and critically-appraised topics and articles. It also searches MEDLINE’s Clinical Queries, making it a “one-stop shopping” resource for evidence-based information.
Pamela Bagley’s Favorite Gardening Information Resources
I am an avid home gardener and would like to share a few of my favorite gardening websites.
I’ll start with the Cooperative Extension. The Cooperative Extension is a government program started in 1914 with the aim of disseminating research results from land grant universities in useful ways to farmers and rural families. Expect to find fact sheets; articles about gardening, preserving and cooking produce from gardens, and landscaping; and regional news items (such as outbreaks or invasive species information). You’ll find information for any experience level from the novice gardener to the experienced farmer. When I am looking for well documented information, this is where I go. The Cooperative Extension will also do soil testing for home gardeners (for a fee). Here are some Cooperative Extension sites that I use:
I spend a good part of the winter pouring over seed catalogs making plans for spring planting. I painstakingly whittle down my extravagant wish list using resources such as Dave’s Garden. Think of this site as a clearinghouse of information for gardeners by gardeners. This site has a lot of useful information. Under the “Products & Sources” tab is The Garden Watchdog, a directory of over 7000 gardening companies ranked and reviewed by members. This tab also has other directories such as Garden Products, PlantScout, and The Garden Bookworm. I also use the PlantFiles extensively. This resource is found under the “Guides & Information” tab of Dave’s Garden. Use PlantFiles to search or browse for specific cultivars of more than 180,000 different plants. See a summary of the plant, member-posted pictures and reviews, and a compilation of the locations where members have grown the plant. There are a number of additional resources under the Guides and Information tab, such as BugFiles, BirdFiles, and Freeze/Frost dates.
I have also found Fine Gardening to be a great resource. With their Plant Guide (for ornamentals) you can look up a plant, but it also allows you to zero in on plant suggestions based on your specifications. This great feature is easy to overlook, so here are instructions: In the “Plant Guide” tab, click on “Browse All Plants” and select features you want from options on the left side of the page (type, zone, uses, characteristics, flower color, height, spread, etc). If you don’t see the options for a category, click on the + sign next to the category. Fine Gardening’s website also has articles on garden design, how-to tips and videos, and a discussion board, blog and gallery for members (membership is free).
For organic gardening techniques, I go to the Mother Earth News website (I also subscribe to the magazine). They have a section on organic gardening. See the Essential Reading section on the lower left side of the web page. They have a “What to Plant Now” section organized by region, and an “All About Growing” section with articles about growing particular crops, and a “Garden Know-How” section.
A final site worth mention is the National Gardening Association. There you will find a number of guides, a plant finder, weed library, gardening articles, and Q&A library.
Pamela Bagley is a Research and Education Librarian for the Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries.
Biomedical Libraries Website Statistics
Every month we collect data about activity on the Biomedical Libraries website. Using a combination of tools we count page views, verify links, analyze where visitors come, where they enter, and how they navigate within the site.
For a two-week period in June, for instance, the website averaged 2,575 pages views per day, 385 distinct pages were viewed, and 4,291 distinct hosts were served. The graph below shows the relative proportions of the network domains and organizations of the visitors to our site. During this period there were hits from 44 different foreign countries, and we are now starting to see mobile networks access. The graph also shows the distribution of referrals, hits from the pages that provided the links to our pages. About 70% of our daily hits come from our own pages, and are not included in this referral graph. (Most of the referrals come from our home page so we have some confidence that most users enter our site through our home page and then navigate from there.) The DHMC networks provide the largest number of visitors, followed by the Dartmouth web and Google search results, then fairly equal referrals from the Dartmouth Library web, the DHMC clinical information system, and the DMS web.
Looking at the average number of file hits by the day of the week we see what could be described as a typical trend of the academic calendar.
Looking even closer at the hourly views we see a spike in the early hours as the search engine spiders crawl and index the site. Activity increases through the morning hours, peaks between 4pm and 5pm, then drops off to a steady level in the evening.
Finally a look at the pages most frequently viewed.
We can use the data to evaluate a number of different things. If a page is getting less traffic than we expect we might look at the link path to that page, or how it is titled and tagged. When we advertise a service or new resource we can track the effectiveness of the promotion. When we find other organizations linking to our pages, we can alert them to page moves or changes.
This whole area of web use data analysis is broadly termed web analytics, and though it is a somewhat fuzzy view it does give us a good general picture of how our web is used and helps us maintain and improve it.
Welcome New DHMC Residents and Fellows!
On behalf of the Biomedical Libraries, welcome all new DHMC residents and fellows! We look forward to working with you throughout your residency training and invite you to stop by the Matthews-Fuller Health Sciences Library (DHMC, Level 5) where our friendly and expert staff can help you to:
• Borrow books, articles, and other material from any of our Dartmouth College libraries.
• Obtain books, articles, and other material from outside the Dartmouth libraries’ collections.
• Effectively and efficiently search the journal literature for the best evidence on which base your patient care decisions. We can show you how it’s done, or do the search for you!
• Collect and manage references for use in writing for publication.
• Create posters for presentations.
• And more!
To contact a librarian for assistance, stop by our reference desk in the Matthews-Fuller Library, call 650-7660, send an email to Biomedical.Libraries.Reference@Dartmouth.EDU, or submitting a question using our Ask a Librarian form. You can also use our new Chat service, generally available Monday-Friday, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Current Art Exhibit: Dana Biomedical Library, First Floor
Paintings and Poems of Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen, Associate Chief, Neurology, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, spends his days trying to support patients who have diseases such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease), "where there is no hope, no cure, and inevitable death." Dr. Cohen's art is a way for him to cope with all the sadness and fear he takes on each day. "I feel the best physicians are the individuals who can take on and experience their patients' feelings." The artists who always make him think include: Ed Kienholz, Joseph Cornell, James Ensor, and Odilon Redon.
Pamela Bagley, Research and Education Librarian, attended Science Boot Camp at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, June 9-11, 2010; NERCOMP's (Northeast Regional Computing Program), "Trendwatching," April 8, 2010; and the New England Faculty Development Consortium Spring 2010 Conference, "Teaching for Learning," May 21, 2010.
Tom Mead and Karen Odato, Research and Education Librarians, attended “Systematic Review Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts for Librarians” at the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System, April 19-21, 2010.
Congratulations to the following Dana Library student employees who are Dartmouth College graduates, Class of 2010:
Samuel Edandison worked at Dana for three years. He is a government major, job hunting in New York City and planning to apply to law school in the near future.
Yaa Obeng-Aduasare, worked at Dana Library during her senior year at Dartmouth. She is a pre-med major and is in Switzerland training for her job in the Peace Corps.
Alina Plavsky worked in Dana Library for two years. She is a pre-med major, working in Denver for the Community Health Corps, an AmeriCorps program which improves access to healthcare in underserved communities.
Last Updated: 1/20/15