If you entered CMHSL five years ago, you would have quickly found our general collection of print books, as it was predominately housed in the center of the largest room on the second floor of the library. Today, you’d have to look in the far reaches of the library, the Cabell Room, to find our general collection of books. Why? Because our print book collection is quickly becoming out-of-date as we purchase more ebooks. To illustrate, in 2013 we added 167 print books to our collection. During the same period of time, we added 1,072 ebooks. And that gap will grow larger in the years ahead. The reason is quite simple: ebooks are always available, they can be searched in a database, and they are where you need them/when you need them.
Where to Find eBooks
AccessMedicine: Collection of e-books on medical science and clinical medicine (including Harrison’s) plus drug information, patient education information, clinical practice guidelines and study guides.
ClinicalKey: Includes over 1000 medical and surgical reference books.
R2: Limited simultaneous use, title by title: 1 or 2 simultaneous users per title
Includes over 50 medical, nursing, and general health books
ebrary: Over 70,000 recent e-books from university presses and other scholarly publishers.
Safari Books Online: Books on all aspects of computers, programming and the Web from such publishers as O’Reilly, Sams, New Riders, Adobe.
Browse eBooks by Subject
New CMHSL eBooks in Virgo.
In an age in which we all struggle to find ways to save natural resources, a request from the Library to leave computers ON may surprise you because it seems counter-intuitive to the practice of good environmental stewardship.
Here’s why we’re making that request: downloading and installing updates from Microsoft is an automated process that can span several hours, which is why the Library chooses to have it done overnight- the time least likely to interfere with your work. If the computers are turned off and don’t receive the updates during the night, other automated attempts will be made throughout the day (possibly during presentations, exams, in the middle of working on a paper) and the computer may even shut itself down with little warning- which might make you feel like this:
This guy is really, really angry.
We absolutely don’t want you to feel that way, so please: don’t turn off any of the Library computers.
In an effort to make you feel more like this:
That’s much better!
here’s a list of the Library’s green practices:
- All public (and most staff) printers and copiers allow for double-sided printing
- Several large recycling bins (for both paper and plastic) are available throughout the Library
- All rooms which have only one door (such as the group study rooms and staff offices) have motion-sensors: after fifteen minutes of no movement, the lights are turned off automatically
- The Library is working to upgrade the switches on which the computers currently operate. The new switches will be approximately 75% more energy-efficient than our current ones!
If you have thoughts on how the Library could do more to improve its green practices, please don’t hesitate to let us know (434-924-5444; email@example.com). But please: don’t turn off the computers!
Items owned by Frank L. Lowther from the Eighth Evacuation Hospital Collection, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
This post was written by Historical Collections Assistant Janet Pearson. It will be published in the Virginia Heritage blog on June 11, 2014.
Frank L. Lowther was an enlisted man with the United States 8th Evacuation Hospital sponsored and organized by the University of Virginia. Private Lowther traveled with the 8th Evac as the mobile unit trained and then served in North Africa and Italy during World War II. Lowther returned home and would have made an archivist proud. He saved personal items officially issued to him including his dog tags, pay record, rest camp meal ticket, immunization record, and identity cards. From those we know he had blue eyes and red hair, wore glasses, and was born June 20, 1919. He took good care of his Troop Assignment Card which served as his punch ticket for meals on board his ship (48 out of 50). Before the spring offensive that ended the war in 1945, he spent about five days at the Montecatini Rest Camp in Tuscany which would have been a welcome respite from the long winter spent in the Apennine Mountains. He was immunized for smallpox, typhoid, typhus, and tetanus, but not cholera or yellow fever. Those immunizations were important as more patients at the 8th Evacuation Hospital were treated for illness than wounds or injuries. Continue reading
In 1945, Lt. Hilda Franklin and Capt. Richard Bell of UVA’s 8th Evacuation Unit married in Italy during the final days of World War II. Hilda’s wedding dress, made from a parachute, is now one of the most popular items in the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library’s historical collections. Hilda and Richard’s sons, Dick Bell and W. Frazier Bell visited us today and saw their mother’s dress for the first time in their memory. To learn more about this story and the Bells’s visit, tune in to tonight’s 5:00 and 6:00 evening news on Charlottesville’s CBS 19 or NBC 29. Also, check out tomorrow’s edition of Charlottesville’s Daily Progress newspaper.
Performing research on the products we buy and how they relate to health and behavior is now easier thanks to subscription access to two consumer marketing datasets.
The U.Va. Library has recently subscribed to Neilsen Marketing Data from Marketing Data Center at Chicago Booth. The James M. Kilts Center for Marketing at Chicago Booth and the Neilsen Company have partnered to make the following datasets available to U.S.-based academic researchers:
Consumer Panel Data: include longitudinal data beginning in 2004 with annual updates. These data track a panel of 40,000 – 60,000 U.S. household and their purchases of fast-moving consumer goods from a wide range of retail outlets across all U.S. Markets.
Retail Scanner Data: consist of weekly pricing, volume, and store environment information generated by point-of-sale systems for more than 90 participating retail chains across all U.S. Markets. Data begin in 2006 and include annual updates.
A registration code is required to access the data online. To receive the code and instructions on how to access the datasets, contact Summer Durrant (firstname.lastname@example.org), Data Librarian, University of Virginia Library.
DynaMed is a clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other health care professionals for use at the point-of-care. With clinically-organized summaries for more than 3,200 topics, DynaMed provides the latest content and resources with validity, relevance and convenience, making DynaMed a valuable for answering most clinical questions.
DynaMed Features Include:
- Updated daily to find the best available evidence at the Point of Care.
- Monitors over 500 medical journals daily using a systematic surveillance process involving a 7 step methodology. http://dynamed.ebscohost.com/content/7-step-process
- Earn CME credit for DynaMed searches.
- Web Access includes unlimited use, on-site, remote and mobile access.
- Mobile access for cell phones including iPhone, Android, Blackberry, PDA, iPad. http://dynamed.ebscohost.com/access/mobile
- Set personal alerts for notification when evidence on a topic is updated.
- DynaMed and McMaster University Partnership creates a system to identify practice-changing DynaMed updates.
- Medical calculators for medical equations, clinical criteria, decision trees, statistics & math calculators, units & doses & by specialty.
- A Community of DynaMed Reviewers comprised of clinicians from 79 countries, representing 60 adult and pediatric specialties committed to improving health care and health care education through evidence-based medicine http://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/dynamed-reviewers
- DynaMed Basic Search Tutorial: http://support.ebsco.com/training/flash_videos/dynamed/dynamed.html
The Health Sciences Library has arranged for trial access now through the end of June, so give it a try and let Library staff know what you think of it. Please direct your comments about DynaMed to Jonathan Lord at email@example.com.
The Scopus trial is now over. Please send your feedback to Jonathan Lord, Collection Development Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An InFocus 55″ Mondopad is now available in the CMHSL BioConnector. Features of the Mondopad include the following:
- Multi-touch high definition 55-inch display
- Built-in Windows PC with full version of Microsoft Office
- Digital interactive whiteboard and document annotation
- Video conferencing
- Share, view and control from your notebook, tablet or smartphone
Anyone affiliated with the Health System can reserve the BioConnector by calling 434-924-5444.
Back in the years just before and after the turn of the twenty-first century, the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library (CMHSL) was filled with stacks of journals and books. The photocopy room was busy with patrons photocopying articles from journals, and library staff were continually reshelving journals. In any given year, over 300,000 patrons would be counted going through library exit gates.
Now, 14 years into the 21st century, over 300,000 patrons still come through the library gates each year. However, only a small percentage of them touch a print book or journal, as most of our content is available online. CMHSL is still a place to study, but it’s also a place to relax, reflect, and collaborate. In addition, it’s is a great place to get away from your busy workplaces to do research or catch up on work.
Here are some of the features of the new CMHSL:
- A place to borrow equipment (laptops, tablets, projectors, Apple TV, video cameras, etc.). Self-service equipment reservation system.
- A place to reserve a study room for small meetings or for a secluded place to work. Call 434-924-5444 to reserve a room.
- A place for computers. And if you bring a laptop, we have monitors that you can connect your laptop to throughout our study areas.
- Home of the BioConnector, a room outfitted with advanced technology to promote collaboration with colleagues and fellow students. Call 434-924-5444 to reserve the BioConnector.
- Home of the Tolleson Media Studio for audio and video production. Call 434-924-5444 to reserve the Tolleson Media Studio.
- Librarians available for one-on-one learning about library databases, RefWorks, reputation management, PowerPoint, PhotoShop, data management, research skills, emerging technologies, and audio/video production. Consultation Request Form.
- A large after-hours space with tables, carrels, study rooms, comfortable chairs, printer/copier, and a coffee brewer that is open 24/7 365 days per year.
- A place to experience medical history. Call Historical Collections & Services at 434-982-0576 to make an appointment.
CMHSL is the hub of the Health System. Through the library flows a myriad of online health care resources, and within its walls are expert staff and a space that is constantly evolving to meet the needs of the Health System.