Monthly Archives: April 2009

NIH Open Access Policy Update

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The NIH Public Access Policy will continue to be in effect in 2009 and “thereafter,” according to a provision in the recently approved federal appropriations bill.

“The Director of the National Institutes of Health shall require in the current fiscal year and thereafter [emphasis added] that all investigators funded by the NIH submit or have submitted for them to the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central an electronic version their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication: provided, That the NIH shall implement the public access policy in a manner consistent with copyright law.”

The NIH Revised Policy on Enhancing Public Access requires eligible NIH-funded researchers to deposit electronic copies of their peer-reviewed manuscripts into PubMed Central .  Full texts of the articles are then made publicly available online in PubMed Central  no later than 12 months after publication in a journal. Nature reports in its online News section that the “Open-access policy flourishes at NIH,” (April 7, 2009.) [http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/458690a]

The Dana Medical Library presentation NIH Public Access: Submissions, copyright, and compliance is available for UVM and FAHC audiences. If you would like to schedule this presentation for your own department, lab, or other group please contact Donna.Omalley@uvm.edu. Information from the presentation is also available on the Dana Medical Library web site: NIH Public Access Policy [http://danaguides.uvm.edu/NIHPublicAccess].

Enhanced Catalog Feature

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You may have noticed that the catalog has more images and more information than before. That’s because information from Google Book Search has been loaded into UVM Libraries’ online catalog, Voyager.

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More Information About This Book

Many of the books in the catalog now have an image of the cover of the title, and a link to More Information About This Book. Click on that link and you will be brought to that particular book’s entry with in Google Book Search. Once there, you may see some of these features:

  • *images of the cover,
  • *the table of contents,
  • *reviews,
  • *publisher descriptions
  • *and even a chance to preview the book.

In a survey of UVM Libraries catalog users, 92%  agreed or strongly agreed that the link to Google Books provided useful information.

Personal Health Tools

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Ever wonder about the proper way to floss your teeth? The personal health tools at healthfinder.gov can show you how to floss, assess your risk of diabetes or calculate how much you spend on alcohol each month.

healthfinder.gov is a government Web site that presents health information and tools for individual use, either for yourself or a loved one. According to the site’s description it “has resources on a wide range of health topics selected from over 1,600 government and non-profit organizations to bring you the best, most reliable health information on the Internet.”

One of the most interesting sections of the site contains a variety of personal health tools, “free interactive tools to check your health, get personalized advice, and keep track of your progress.” A great place to start is the MyHealthfinder, which offers you several tools of interest based on your age and gender [information provided byU.S. Preventive Services Task Force].

While MedlinePlus is still the gold standard in consumer health information, it often works best when you approach it with a particular topic in mind. On the other hand, if you are looking for personalized general wellness information, either for yourself or your patients, healthfinder.gov is a great place to start.

Floss those pearly whites! by /*dave*/ used in accordance with the Creative Commons license.

New Book Highlights

The UVM Libraries’ new book list is updated weekly. Subscribe via RSS feed to subjects that interest you. (Find subject categories listed here, RSS Feed available once in a subject area.)

Descriptive psychopathology : the signs and symptoms of behavioral disorders by Taylor, Michael Alan, 1940- (Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009)   WM 141 T244d 2009

“Provides a broad review of the psychopathology of psychiatric illness, beyond the limitations of the DSM and ICD criteria.” Publisher description

Deep brain stimulation : a new treatment shows promise in the most difficult cases by Talan, Jamie. (New York : Dana Press, 2009) WB 495 T137d 2009

“There are disorders that defy treatment with prescribed pharmaceuticals: a man’s hands shake so hard that he cannot hold anything; a woman is mired in severe, inescapable depression; or a child falls into severe epileptic seizures. For these patients and others, an alternative is emerging for when pharmaceuticals fail: deep brain stimulation. More than 30,000 people worldwide undergo this treatment each year, and with this volume, Jamie Talan and Richard Firstman explain this cutting-edge medical development that may hold the key to unlocking some of medicine’s most bewildering mysteries. Deep brain stimulation primarily consists of implanting electrodes in the brain that are connected to a device similar to a pacemaker. Talan and Firstman describe the ways in which deep brain stimulation has produced promising results in the treatment of numerous diseases, such as Parkinson’s Disease, depression, and Tourette’s syndrome. The book also features compelling profiles of patients who have been helped through the treatment, including a trauma patient, once barely conscious, who can now talk, walk, and eat on his own; and a young man whose obsessive-compulsive disorder had left him housebound, but who is now married and holding a steady job. In addition, the authors introduce us to the doctors and scientists who pursue pioneering research and outline the possibilities that their most recent work holds for treating Alzheimer’s Disease and for stroke rehabilitation—as well as the ethical issues that have arisen in the course of their work. A fascinating and timely investigation,Deep Brain Stimulation reveals the exciting possibilities for restoring a richer life to the sufferers of diseases long thought to be incurable.” Publisher description

cogcancerCognition and cancer (Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008) QZ 266 C676 2008

“This book is a unique resource on the influence cancer and cancer treatments have on cognition. The majority of cancer patients on active treatment experience cognitive impairments often referred to as ‘chemobrain’ or ‘chemofog’. In addition, patients with primary or metastatic tumors of the brain often experience direct neurologic symptoms.

This book helps health care professionals working with cancer patients who experience cognitive changes and provides practical information to help improve care by reviewing and describing brain-behavior relationships; research-based evidence on cognitive changes that occur with various cancers and cancer treatments; assessment techniques, including neurocognitive assessment and neuroimaging techniques; and intervention strategies for affected patients. In short, it will explain how to identify, assess and treat these conditions.” Publisher description

Text It!

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A common scenario: you need a book from the library so you scribble the call number on a gum wrapper you find in your pocket. You are now on the 3rd floor of Bailey-Howe or standing at the front of the Dana Medical Library only to discover that your book bag has now eaten that gum wrapper.

Next time, TEXT IT! UVM Libraries catalog now has a texting option within each record that will send your cell phone an abbreviated title and location information. Charges from your cell phone carrier may apply.

Cell phone by wka used in accordance with the Creative Commons license.

Information Overload?

infooverloadA wide variety of people use the Dana Library website: clinicians, researchers, educators, graduate students, medical students, and undergraduates. That means that there is a LOT of information wrapped up in one Web site. Do you want JUST the links that you need? We have a solution.

Librarians have created specialized individual web pages (called Research Guides) that can be used as portals to just the information you need. Only want clinical information? Try the Clinical Care research guide (http://danaguides.uvm.edu/clinicalcare). Only need Pediatrics resources? Check out the Pediatrics guide (http://danaguides.uvm.edu/Pediatrics).

All of these guides have unique, easy to remember URLs that can be bookmarked or made into an icon for a desktop. Use one of these guides instead of the Dana Library home page. That way, you don’t have to continue to sift through the many pages on Dana’s site looking for what you want. For example, nurses at FAHC have put the FAHC Nursing Resources guide (http://danaguides.uvm.edu/fahcnurses) on the nursing hub on FAHC’s intranet while residents at Milton Family Practice have put an icon on resident computer desktops linking directly to the Family Medicine guide (http://danaguides.uvm.edu/familymedicine).

Go to http://danaguides.uvm.edu/ to browse research guides already created by Dana librarians. If you can’t find what you are looking for, consider contacting the librarian assigned to your department, program or subject area (see http://library.uvm.edu/dana/about/staff/specialist.php) to request a research guide tailored to the needs of your department or program.

In fact, the best way to have useful resource guides is to give input; contact librarians directly with your ideas or leave comments on the guides themselves. We welcome all of your comments and suggestions and hope you will help us make these tools as useful as possible!

New Printing Options For Laptops

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We’re pleased to announce that Windows laptop users can now print directly to Libraries’ printers.

Install the printers for your library of choice (Bailey/Howe, Dana Medical Library, or Cook Chemistry/Physics Library) and you’ll be good to go.

Laptop printing solutions for Macintosh and Vista users are currently under development.

Laptop Stickers by Roo Reynolds used in accordance with the Creative Commons license.

Lung Cancer

The topic at Community Medical School, Tuesday, April 21, 2009, is “Shadows and Light: Imaging in Lung Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment” by Jeffrey Klein, M.D., Professor of Radiology and Thoracic Radiology.

A search of the University Libraries catalog reveals many books on the topic. The following titles can be found in Dana’s collection:

cancerImproving care for the end of life : a sourcebook for health care managers and clinicians by Joanne Lynn. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
Dana Book Stacks WY 152 I335

“Health care professionals seeking to improve the quality of life for those living with serious illness and nearing the end of life will find exactly what their organization needs in the second edition of this acclaimed book by Dr. Joanne Lynn and her colleagues. Improving Care for the End of Life provides expert guidance on how to make significant improvements now, at all levels of the health care system from the bedside and the hospital to the health care policy and legislative arenas by using the rapid-cycle breakthrough approach to change. The ideas are proven, and the stories of teams that have put them to use will inspire and enlighten.

New to the second edition: New chapters to address issues of growing interest such as continuity of care, and the special needs of dementia patients and their loved ones. Details on trajectories of care and how these affect decisions at the end of life Updated and expanded information on pain management, advance care planning, ventilator withdrawal, depression and delirium, advanced heart and lung disease, and more Scores of new insights, measurement approaches, and tips based on the experiences of hundreds of improvement teams nationwide Thoroughly updated references

The sourcebook speaks to all managers of health care systems serving people with serious illnesses, including doctors in offices, nurse managers on hospital units, social workers in long-term care facilities, administrators of home care and hospice agencies, hospital chaplains, directors of volunteer services, and others.”
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lungca1Lung cancer : making sense of diagnosis, treatment, and options by Lorraine Johnston; Beijing ; Cambridge [Mass.] : O’Reilly, 2001.
Dana Consumer Health Collection, WF 658 J72L (VT Residents May Borrow for Free)

“Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in the U.S., with over 170,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Despite this, it receives little attention from the media and little sympathy from the public. Those with lung cancer suffer more blame and stigma than other cancer patients, even though 50 percent of them are former smokers or have never smoked. Treatments for lung cancer can significantly impact quality of life, and the prognosis for some types and stages of lung cancer, using standard treatments, can be daunting.

In straightforward language, “Lung Cancer: Making Sense of Diagnosis, Treatment & Options addresses medical, emotional, and support needs, often in the words of patients and families themselves. Topics include:

  • Diagnosis and medical tests
  • Characteristics of the lung cancers, factors in prognosis, and the various subtypes and staging systems for the disease
  • Treatments, including standard treatments for the subtypes, as well as emerging research and promising treatments now in clinical trials
  • Side effects and long-term effects of treatment, including how to cope and how to improve quality of life
  • Emotional responses to diagnosis, treatment, remission, possible recurrence, and other aspects of dealing with the condition, including stories from dozens of families living with lung cancer
  • Getting support from family, friends, employers, and the broader community
  • Comprehensive list of lung cancer resources: organizations, print, online sites
  • Other resources, including a pull-out Cancer Survivor’s Treatment Record, glossary, bibliography, and technical appendices

Author and patient advocate Lorraine Johnston, with her background in life sciences, emphasizes using knowledge to dispel fear. The content has been reviewed by top medical experts and physicians in the field. Those who read this book will encounter medical facts simply explained, advice to ease their daily life, and tools to be strong advocates for themselves or a family member.”
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lungca2Living with lung cancer : a guide for patients and their families by Barbara G. Cox, David T. Carr, and Robert E. Lee; Gainesville, Fla. : Triad Pub. Co., 1998.
Dana Consumer Health Collection WF 658  C877L
(VT Residents May Borrow for Free)

“Covers diagnosis, surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, alternative therapies, nutrition, stress, and prognoses.”
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EndNote Office Hours

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Dana is pleased to announce the addition of EndNote Office Hours. Bring your EndNote questions to the library for individual assistance. We will provide instruction, help solve a citation problem, or assist in getting your library of documents under control.

Mondays, 1-3 pm with Angie Chapple-Sokol, angie.chapple-sokol@uvm.edu, 656-9396

Thursdays, 10:30 am-12 noon with Laura Haines, laura.haines@uvm.edu, 656-4143

For best results, call ahead to reserve the time, but drop ins are also welcome!

Take the Library User Survey

The University Libraries care about what you think. We want your voice to be at the heart of our planning and assessment efforts.

Please participate in a very important electronic survey that will help us learn how our user community views library services, and benchmark our collection, services, and facilities with other libraries. Sample responses indicate it takes approximately 10 minutes to complete this survey. Your investment of time now will be greatly appreciated.

We would appreciate it if you would complete the online survey at http://library.uvm.edu/surveys/ now, or within the next few days.

This survey is important because it will:

  • *Help us understand how the UVM community rates library services.
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  • *Make sure your voice is heard in library planning.
  • *Let us implement changes based on your needs.

We’re providing the opportunity for survey participants to win prizes. If you choose, you can enter a drawing for over a dozen gift certificates to the UVM Bookstore and Computer Depot, ranging in value from $100 to $10.

We hope you will choose to respond. If you participate, your responses will be held in confidence. No identifying links between responses and the individual responding will be retained. The survey is called LibQUAL+ (TM) and is being administered by the Association of Research Libraries. If you have any difficulty in accessing or taking the survey, please contact Selene Colburn at Selene.Colburn@uvm.edu.

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