The Pulse: Volume 5, Issue 3 - Winter/Spring 2011

In this Issue:


Farewell to Bill Garrity

Bill Garrity


An exciting change for me was announced by Dartmouth in late February. After twenty-five years in academic librarianship (university and biomedical, beginning in 1986), I am transitioning to university information technology services, for Dartmouth College.  As of March-April, I am director of academic and research computing.  In this role, I am responsible for educational technology ("curricular computing"), administrative consultants, the help desk, classroom technology, research computing, and IT communications - most of the user-facing activities of College IT.

I have been blessed by superb colleagues and inspiring mentors and leaders, at top-flight institutions (Chicago, Penn, and Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock), throughout my academic library career. Now, I have a wonderful opportunity to contribute to leadership of university information technology services at a time when I believe it and academic librarianship are starting to converge.

Cindy Stewart and Peggy Sleeth, the Biomedical Libraries' inestimably skilled associate directors, will be acting co-directors. Jeff Horrell, Dean of Libraries/Librarian of the College, is consulting with College, Medical School, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock leaderships about next steps for addressing the vacancy.

To the extent I have contributed to our university and medical center - Dartmouth College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center - it’s in large part because the staff of the Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries is so incredibly good. They are the finest group of folks I have thus far had the privilege to work with. They are without equal, and I am very grateful to them.

Bill Garrity


Retrospective Digital Collections in the Sciences

Dartmouth College Library is embarking on a transformation of its retrospective biomedical journal collections. Supported by funding from the Office of the Provost, the Biomedical Libraries will transition the full runs of several hundred print journals to online digital archives. Digital access will enable students and faculty to easily search and find critical information across the entire lifespan of a significant portion of the scholarly literature. The evolution of the science and treatment of disease from the nineteenth century forward and the development of the culture of medicine and the health sciences can be instantly outlined to researchers using these digital archives.

"World class research at Dartmouth requires access to the scholarly record in all its breadth and depth," said Dartmouth Provost Carol Folt. "The transition to digital archives will facilitate use and open up the historic literature for a new generation of researchers who have grown up with online information."

Titles being acquired include Lancet (from 1823 onward), Cell (from 1974), JAMA (from 1883) and nine related Archives titles, Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (from 1947), and Endocrinology (from 1917). These will join the libraries' extensive electronic journal archives, including Nature (from 1869), Science (from 1880), the British Medical Journal (from 1840), and hundreds of other titles. These important collections make the breadth of the biomedical literature available to the Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock community at their convenience, at whatever time and from whatever location they choose. The transition away from bound, printed copies allows the Biomedical Libraries more flexibility for space and services, as well.

Digital access to earlier issues of the titles being purchased is scheduled to begin this spring. Print copies of journals will be offered to secure national archives in order to ensure long-term access to paper versions.


New Books in the Biomedical Libraries -- David Sandberg

Your Defiant Child

Your Defiant Child : 8 Steps to Better Behavior
Russel A. Barkley, Christine M. Benton
New York: Guilford Press, c1998
Matthews Fuller Consumer Health HQ773 .B27 1998

This book is an excellent resource for parents whose child needs constructive help with negative behaviors. The book offers an 8 step approach and excellent advice for dealing with defiance in children, and its effects on up-bringing. A constructive methodology for building better behavior patterns is presented in a thoughtful way.



Cancer Nursing

Cancer Nursing : Principles and Practice
Connie Henke Yarbro, Barbara Holmes Gobel,
and Debra Wujcik
Sudbury, Mass. : Jones and Bartlett Publishers, c2011
Matthews Fuller RC266 .C356 2011

This is the seventh edition of this touchstone book that gives relevant insight and new information on nursing and oncology. The latest studies in this area have been incorporated in the text. This is a highly current "must read" book for the oncology nursing field of study.



CChildren with Cancer

Children with Cancer: A Reference Guide for Parents
Jeanne Munn Bracken
New York: Oxford University Press, 2010
Matthews Fuller Consumer Health RC281.C4 B73 2010

This book is encyclopedic in scope and yet highly detailed on the subject of children with cancer. The work of a reference librarian who has worked at public libraries, university libraries, and at private corporations, this monograph is a unique and well considered examination of how parents can best help a child survive the cancer experience. This title manages to provide practical information and hard to explain concepts about cancer to parents.



Ivory Tower

Escape from the Ivory Tower: A Guide to Making Your Science Matter
Nancy Baron
Washington: Island Press, c2010
Dana Q223 .B37 2010

This groundbreaking book teaches the scientist how to better communicate research findings in the public arena. The ability to explain the science behind the message to the media and the world at large is discussed at length in this work. This book is for the scientist who wants to be better able to explain science theory and research in a public forum effectively and well.



Health Policymaking

Health Policymaking in the United States
Beaufort B. Longest Jr.
Chicago: Health Administration Press, c2009
Dana RA395.A3 L66 2009

Healthcare reform is a preoccupation of today’s governmental policy. This book helps the reader better understand the complex process of healthcare reform in governmental policy making and funding. Documents and firsthand evidence help the reader assimilate the processes that drive healthcare reform in America today.



Book of Leaves

The Book of Leaves: A Leaf-By-Leaf Guide to Six Hundred of the World's Great Trees
Allen J. Coombes
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010
Dana QK477.2.I4 C66 2010

This authoritative and substantial volume is an exceptional resource for tree identification, using the magnificent illustrations of leaf shape provided. The illustrations of each species' leaves are carefully rendered and empower the reader to identify many varieties of trees with authority, in the backyard as well as around the world.



ACLS-BLS-PALS Material—on Reserve at Matthews-Fuller

Is it time to renew your Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, Basic Life Support, or Pediatric Advanced Life Support certification? Need the required review book? The following items are on reserve in the Matthews-Fuller Library at DHMC:

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support
BLS for Healthcare Providers
Pediatric Advanced Life Support
PEARS Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization

Please stop by the Matthews-Fuller Library's Circulation Desk to request the book you need. If you have not checked out material from the library before, we simply need your DHMC ID badge to register you for borrowing privileges.

For more information, contact the Matthews-Fuller Library Circulation Desk at 603-650-7658 or email


Current Art Exhibits in the Biomedical Libraries

Dana Library
Photos by Doug Lufkin

Doug Lufkin is a graphic designer from Norwich, Vermont. Using a unique technique of shooting his subjects, Doug's photographs are large, colorful panoramic montages of landscapes of places he has visited around the world.

Lufkin Photo

These photos are on display through mid-April in the Quiet Reading Area, located on the first floor of the Dana Biomedical Library.


Matthews-Fuller Library
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. Dr. Cohen’s art and poems are currently on exhibit in the Matthews-Fuller Health Sciences Library, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, 5th floor.

For more information about the Art at Dana program, contact Library Services Assistant Owen McDowell at or at 650-1649. For information about Art at Matthews-Fuller, contact Cheryl Wheelock, Access Services Supervisor at or call 603-650-7658.


Upcoming Exhibit - Dana Library
Mid-April through June 30
Photography Exhibit: Mort Wise
Of Temples, Tea, and Traders - Life in South India

This exhibit features photographs taken by Mort Wise, which document his trip to South India. The images highlight his journey to Chennai, Pondicherry, around the southernmost tip of India, northwest along Arabian Sea coast, and to Mumbai. His photographs capture the sights, sounds, smells, colors, and architecture of South India, which, as Mr. Wise says, "attests to the layered mixture of natives, conquerors, and traders - all of whom have left their mark on the culture of this most exotic, beautiful, and enchanting part of the vast Indian subcontinent. We can't wait to return."


Consumer Health Corner: is a free and searchable database which provides patients, family members, health care professionals, and the public with easy access to information on federally and privately supported clinical trials for a wide range of diseases and conditions. The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), through its National Library of Medicine (NLM), has developed this site in collaboration with all NIH Institutes and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

What is a clinical trial?
A clinical trial is a research study to answer specific questions about vaccines or new therapies or new ways of using known treatments. Clinical trials (also called medical research and research studies) are used to determine whether new drugs or treatments are both safe and effective. Carefully conducted clinical trials are the fastest and safest way to find treatments that work in people. Trials are in four phases: Phase I tests a new drug or treatment in a small group; Phase II expands the study to a larger group of people; Phase III expands the study to an even larger group of people; and Phase IV takes place after the drug or treatment has been licensed and marketed (from the Glossary of Clinical Trials Terms).

Interesting facts and figures:

  • currently contains 104,650 trials sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, other federal agencies, and private industry.
  • Studies listed in the database are conducted in all 50 States and in 174 countries.
  • receives over 50 million page views per month, 65,000 visitors daily. allows you to search in both basic and advanced search mode. There is a Glossary of Clinical Trials Terms, along with an option to search by the following categories: conditions, drug interventions, sponsors, locations, rare diseases, and dietary supplements.

A clinical study protocol abstract includes the following information:

  • Summary of the purpose of the study
  • Recruiting status
  • Criteria for patient participation
  • Location of the trial and specific contact information

Note: information should be used in conjunction with advice from health care professionals.


Images Database

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), has developed an Images database of more than 2.5 million images and figures from the medical and life sciences journals (initially the database only included images from PubMed Central).

This feature can provide a wide range of uses for a variety of user needs, including looking for the visual representation of a disease or condition, searching for studies with certain types of analyses, looking for diagrams that explain complex processes such as DNA replication, and needing an image for a presentation.

You can access the Images database from the PubMed search page from the drop-down menu above the search box. See below.

PubMed Images Screenshot

You can to search the Images database with terms or detailed search parameters, such as image height, width, and caption. The complete list of search fields is available from the Images Advanced search page. Image results initially display in a summary format but may also be viewed in a thumbnail display. Retrieval display order is based on a relevancy algorithm.

PubMed Images ScreenshotImage Database Summary Display


The PubMed Abstract display for PubMed Central® articles is now enhanced to include an image strip generated from the Images Database. See below.

PubMed Images Screenshot

The image strip will display thumbnails of the article's first several images. The image strip will also include a See all images link to display all the article's images in the Images databases, as well as a Free text link to the article. Right and left arrows on each end of the strip will allow you to rotate through the images.

Mousing over an image in the image strip will generate a preview display of the image with its figure caption. Click on the image in the image strip, or the mouseover preview display, and go directly to the figure's page in PubMed Central. See below.

PubMed Images Screenshot


Biomedical Libraries Workshops

Need to work on a research or quality improvement project and not sure where to start? Have you been asked to create a survey? Do you have to prepare for a grand rounds? Do you write for publication and need to learn how to manage your references better?

We offer a variety of hour-long workshops which can help address any of the above…and more! Topics include:

  • PubMed/Medline
  • Refworks
  • EndNote
  • PowerPoint
  • SurveyMonkey
  • Creating Posters
  • Image Editing
  • And more!

We advertise our upcoming workshops on our Biomedical Libraries website under "Quick Links." Individual workshops are also highlighted in our rotating banner on our home page.

Our workshops are typically scheduled at noon time and are located in our Matthews-Fuller Library classroom. You are welcome to bring along a lunch and beverage with you.

Can’t make a particular workshop? No problem! We are happy to schedule an individual session just for you or for a small group, department, etc.

For more information or to sign up for a workshop, please email or call 603-650-4967.


Save the Date!

Upcoming Library Grand Rounds:

TITLE: Find It Fast!
DATE: May 23, 2011
TIME: 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
LOCATION: DHMC, Auditorium E

Stay tuned for upcoming details.