While some were making New Year’s resolutions, the Dana Medical Library was going through its annual exercise of adding, deleting, and improving items in our collections. Once a year, journal subscriptions and databases are scrutinized for their usage and adjusted accordingly. Trends in collections are considered as well, since the DML wants to remain a focused but dynamic collection that responds to changing user needs. Library users regularly submit requests for journals and books, and every effort is made to accommodate these requests.
MD Consult This popular, point-of-care database that includes e-books, full text journal articles and clinics was upgraded to an institutional site license. Previously, MD Consult suffered from limitations to the number of concurrent users that could access the books and articles. Now, users should never be “turned away” because of exceeded usage. The site license also allowed the Library to offer a mobile version of MD Consult and First Consult.
Anatomy TV The Dana Medical Library received several requests from different departments to license an interactive anatomy product that could be used for a variety of educational purposes. Following multiple trials and product evaluations, the Library settled on Anatomy-TV.
Anatomy TV can be used independently by medical students, nursing students, or anyone studying anatomy and physiology, but it can also be used by instructors to devise quizzes and create individual, customized lessons. It has multiple modules, so there is something in it for everyone.
Training for faculty wishing to use Anatomy-TV to its fullest can be arranged. Phone the Collection Development Department at Dana (656-0521) if you’d like additional training.
Essential medical texts are now available as e-books:
AccessMedicine provides a Library of major clinical titles including Harrison’s Online, Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery, Hurst’s The Heart, and the CURRENT series. It also contains Lange’s Educational Library, including basic medical science and clinical books.
MDConsult provides clinical core titles in this collection that are available, including The Harriet Lane Handbook and Sabiston Textbook of Surgery.
EBRARY platform – Many important medical texts are available via this platform, and we are adding more titles monthly. For example, we were able to purchase popular USMLE study guides in the First Aid Series on the ebrary platform.
New e-journal titles for 2012
By request, the following titles were added for 2012: Heart Rhythm, Neuroimage, Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, Journal of Substance Abuse and Treatment, Methods in Enzymology, and Psychoneuroendocrinology.
Jeanene Light, MLS