Faculty Committees Tackle Scholarly Communications Issues

Your article has been accepted for publication in a journal and, like your colleagues, you want it to have the widest possible distribution and impact in the scholarly community.

You may want to include sections of your article in later works. You might want to give copies to your class or distribute it among colleagues. And you likely want to place it on your Web page or in an online repository if you have that choice. These are all ways to give your research wide exposure and fulfill your goals as a scholar, but they are inhibited by traditional copyright transfer agreements.

You would never knowingly keep your research from a readership that could benefit from it, but signing a restrictive publication agreement limits your scholarly universe and lessens your impact as an author. If you sign on the publisher’s “dotted line”, is there any way to retain these critical rights?

The answer is “YES!” It is possible to have a balanced approach to copyright management. (See SPARC.)

NIH-funded researchers are by now familiar with the open access policies mandated by the NIH, which requires universal access to all resulting publications within twelve months of their publication. But, there are evolving publishing models and initiatives that you may not be aware of.  For example, the faculty of dozens of universities and colleges have signed resolutions allowing (really, demanding!) the faculty’s published work be made more widely available within their institution and beyond.

A committee of University Libraries faculty has been working in concert with the UVM Faculty Senate Research, Scholarship, and Graduate Education Committee (RSGE) to bring these opportunities to the attention of all UVM faculty.

The Libraries Committee has also developed a white paper on scholarly communication. The RSGE has suggested that the Faculty Senate form an ad hoc committee to ensure that UVM faculty retain control of their scholarly work and can reuse it to further their scholarly, educational, and service missions. If you are interested in discussing scholarly communication issues, or in learning more about them, feel free to contact any of the membership group.

Technology Updates: EndNote X3, DynaMed, MedlinePlus, NIH RePORTer

EndNote X3 Now Available

UVM has made EndNote X3 available through their secure software download site. Enter your UVM NetID to be directed to a list of software available to you. Find EndNote X3 on the list and follow the directions.

New Features

  • Improved full-text downloading
  • EndNote Web account automatically included, with improved navigation and compatibility with Firefox 3.5
  • APA 6th edition style included

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DynaMed for iPhone

DynaMed, an evidence-based, point-of-care decision support tool similar to UpToDate but available remotely, can also be used on your iPhone. You must be affiliated with UVM or FAHC in order to use this service.

In order to put DynaMed on your iPod Touch or iPhone, you must first download Skyscape, a free app for the iPhone and iPod Touch from the App Store. Once in the Skyscape app, choose the Tools menu, then Install Resource.

You must now enter a serial number for DynaMed in the Skyscape Serial Number field. (Even though the name of the field is Skyscape Serial Number, you should enter a serial number for Dynamed.) Each user will have to obtain a unique serial number.  In order to get the serial number for DynaMed, send an email to dynamedsupport@ebscohost.com requesting a DynaMed serial number. You must send the email from your UVM or VTMEDNET email account when requesting a serial number.  Explain that you would like a serial number to be able to use DynaMed on an iPhone or iPod Touch.

After you have entered that number in the Skyscape Serial Number field, click Continue and Skyscape will download DynaMed data and make it available to you from your home screen.

Skyscape also offers several free medical resources such as Archimedes Medical Calculator, Outlines in Clinical Medicine and RxDrugs Dosing Companion.

DynaMed can be used on other hand held devices such as Blackberries, Palm Pilots or Pocket PCs. Visit DynaMed at http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/technical.php for further instructions. Again, you will need to obtain a serial number to use these features.

If you have any questions, please contact the Reference Desk at danaref@uvm.edu or 656-2201.

MedlinePlus Goes Mobile

MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) health information database for the community, now has a mobile version (http://m.medlineplus.gov) that allows you to easily access this popular resource on an iPhone,

Blackberry or other hand held device, anytime, anywhere. For more information, see the NLM’s FAQ that includes set up instructions.

NIH RePORTer Replaces CRISP Database

The NIH RePORTer (Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools) can be used to locate reports, data, and analyses of NIH Research Projects. The RePORTer website describes the tool:

To provide NIH stakeholders with quick and easy access to basic information on NIH programs, the NIH has created a single repository of reports, data and analyses, along with several tools for searching this database. A common classification scheme based on the traditional NIH budget categories is used to group similar reports. Several different filters can be applied to find information specific to a particular NIH Institute or Center, funding mechanism or topic of interest.

For more information about how to search this comprehensive database, see the FAQ section.

Collections News: New E-Journals, Most Read in 2009, Virtual Learning with MedU Cases

Changes in Print and Electronic Journals for 2010

Journal Titles going from Print Only to Print & Online

  • Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
  • Journal: Physical Therapy Education

Journal Titles going from Print and Online to Online Only

  • Analytical Biochemistry (Science Direct)

Journal Titles added in Online Only unless specified

  • Lymphatic Research and Biology
  • Stem Cells
  • Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
  • Respiratory Care (only available as a print & online package)
  • Science Translational Medicine
  • Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
  • Cell Stem Cell
  • Medical Teacher
  • Mary Anne Liebert (NERL package) of 66 titles

New Electronic Resources

Where Periodicals Go To Die photograph by pobrecito33 used in accordance with the Creative Commons license.

Most Frequently Used Journals, Databases and Books

Dana Library’s most accessed electronic journal for 2009 was The New England Journal of Medicine. Over 20,000 articles were downloaded from the journal by UVM users and affiliates. Second place goes to Nature with over 13,000 articles, followed closely by The Journal of Biological Chemistry in third. Rounding out the top ten journals were Science, The Journal of the American Medical Association, The British Medical Journal, Lancet, Pediatrics, The Journal of Immunology, and The Journal of Neuroscience.

As for databases, the most used was UpToDate, which totaled almost 120,000 topic searches. Second most accessed was Web of Science, at 66,000 searches followed by OvidMEDLINE, with 52,000 searches. These were followed by MDConsult, CINAHL Nursing & Allied Health, Clinical Pharmacology, SciFinder Scholar, Access Medicine, Gale Health & Wellness Center, and Nursing Reference Center.

In the print books category, the most circulated items were Color Atlas of Anatomy: a Photographic Study of the Human Body (Rohen), Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease (Kumar, Abbas, and Fausto), Biochemistry (Berg, Tymoczko, and Stryer), Molecular Biology of the Cell (Alberts, et al.) and Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating Health Promotion Programs: a Primer (McKenzie, Neiger, and Thackeray).

MedU Case Studies Provide Virtual Clinical Experience

MedU Case Studies are online educational tools that provide virtual patients for students in medical clerkships. Dana has obtained WISE-MD (Web Initiative for Surgical Education), a set of eleven surgery modules, and CLIPP (Computer Assisted Learning in Pediatrics Program), a set of 31 patient cases.

WISE-MD surgery modules consists of video presentations concerning medical fundamentals of the condition followed by patient-doctor interactions involving patient history, physical exam, laboratory studies, imaging studies, decision making, surgery, and post operative care.

CLIPP pediatric case studies present patient scenarios and ask questions to test student’s knowledge, related to diagnosis and treatment of conditions, in a step by step manner. After users submit answers to the questions, results and comments are provided with references. Though especially useful in the medical curriculum, these case resources are available to the UVM-FAHC community from the Dana website.

Vermont Health Services Website To Be Discontinued

The National Library of Medicine will no longer support it’s Go Local projects. Without the support of NLM, the Dana Library has decided to discontinue Vermont Go Local by April 30. The goal of Vermont Go Local was to link health topics from the MedlinePlus consumer health database to Vermont health care providers and facilities. Vermont Go Local began in 2007 as a joint project of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), University of Vermont Dana Medical Library, the FAHC Frymoyer Community Health Resource Center, and the United Ways of Vermont, Vermont 2-1-1.

Since the project’s inception in 2001, NLM monitored and reviewed consumer usage and noticed a gradual decline over the years, probably due to the availability of similar information on the Internet.

We plan to add other resources to our library website that will provide important consumer health information.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause to users of the VT Go Local website.

Dana Library Faculty Comings and Goings

Library Associate Professor Jeanene Light Returns

Librarian Jeanene Light has returned to the Dana Medical Library after being “on loan” to the Bailey/Howe Library for the past year. At B/H she served as Interim Director of Information and Instruction Services.

Prior to leaving for B/H, Jeanene was Head of Access Services at Dana, and served as liaison with the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) working with nursing students to provide information literacy and instruction.  She also served as Acting Director for a six-month period while Director Marianne Burke enjoyed a much-deserved sabbatical leave.

Now back at Dana, Jeanene will coordinate Collection Development activities. This includes selecting new materials in a variety of formats, evaluating existing resources, and working with faculty, staff, and students to ensure that the Library has the necessary books, journals, databases and other materials needed.  She also will serve as the Scholarly Communications point person to provide advice on new publishing models, open access, author’s rights, copyright issues and related topics.

Along with the other Dana librarians, Jeanene will work on the Dana Reference Desk. Stop by and say “hello!”

Temporary Collection Development Librarian Moves on to Connecticut

Tom Schmiedel has served the last year as the temporary Collection Development Librarian at Dana. We asked him about his experience at Dana and his plans for the future.

Upon arriving and settling in to my position, I discovered my new colleagues were helpful and cooperative. From the start,  and throughout my experience here, they offered help or guidance in my quest to learn and do the job. They made me feel welcome, both as a person and as a professional team member.

The main projects I enjoyed involved usage statistics for journals and databases, analysis and weeding of the audiovisual collection, and circulation statistics for the print book collection. Additional activities related to collection development such as working with liaisons and communications with vendors provided ample opportunity to contribute and to learn new things. I am also happy to say I leave behind documentation of how I went about these tasks, which I hope may be helpful to others in the future.

I will begin a new position at The University of Connecticut as a liaison in the sciences.

Library Assistant Professor Laura HainesLibrary Assistant Professor Laura Haines on Parental Leave

Starting mid-April, Laura Haines will be taking 5 months off to take care of her infant daughter. Laura coordinates the Liaison Program at Dana and serves as liaison to the departments of Anesthesiology, Family Medicine, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, and FAHC Pharmacies. Like other research librarians at Dana, she works on the Reference Desk and performs literature searches. Laura also provides communications for Dana. Her work will be covered by the other librarians at Dana while she is gone.

Laura also has a 4 year old son, and we wish her luck on this newest adventure!

Bio-informatics Librarian Ben Sandoval’s Year at UVM

Ben developed a virtual microscopy metadata schema and applied MeSH subject headings to digital histology slides used in the Virtual Microsocpe.  Ben also developed the infamous statistics application.  His work with the Center for Clinical and Translational Science involved developing a query algorithm and designing the user interface for Catsearch, which will be leveraged to create an institutional repository at UVM.  Ben is currently looking for a job where he can apply and learn new informatics skills.

Community Medical School Returns

The Community Medical School lecture series began in 1998 and was designed to provide people in the community with an opportunity to share in the medical learning experience. The program advisory committee includes: basic science and clinical faculty members from the University of Vermont College of Medicine; a medical student; and members of the College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care public relations departments. The committee’s goal is to choose timely topics and faculty recognized for their ability to present scientific information in an engaging, easy-to-understand manner.

Offered each semester, Community Medical School consists of seven weekly lectures on such diverse subjects as heart failure, DNA, food allergies, asthma, melanoma, stem cell transplants, coronary artery bypass surgery and incontinence. Each lecture is videotaped for distribution to libraries and to public access cable television stations around the state.

Attendance is free, but registration is strongly encouraged. Call (802) 847-2886 for more information or to register.

Online Registration

Spring 2010 Topics

Spring 2010 brochure (PDF)

Past lectures on DVD