Welcome to our new Metadata Librarian!

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The Health Sciences Library is excited to welcome Abbey Heflin as our new Metadata Librarian!

A photo of Abbey Heflin, Metadata Librarian

Abbey Heflin, Metadata Librarian

Abbey completed her Master’s of Science in Library and Information Science at Drexel University, having been drawn to the field by both the changes happening in it due to the Information Age, and by the many ways that librarians can use their specialized skills to assist those in other disciplines.

I sat down with Abbey to learn more about her professional and personal interests:

To date, what’s been the most interesting professional project of which you’ve been a part?
The most interesting project I have been a part of so far has been a massive weeding project. It was interesting to me because it sparked a lot of attention from the faculty and gave the library a lot of opportunities to collaborate with them to rebuild a more useful collection for the students. It also was very neat because we were able to take down a lot of shelving and create more study and group study space, and the students loved it! Seeing our patron count increase over the course of the project (which was over two years) and their positive response to what we were doing was very heartwarming!

What about this position interested you enough to apply for it?
I had visited the HSL before, so I knew it was an innovative and progressive place. That is what interested me the most! I also was very excited to apply for my position because of my experience with technical services in libraries. This seemed like the perfect position to grow my professional skills as well as be a part of redefining the profession.

What are you most looking forward to in your work here?
I am really looking forward to working with the Health System and clinical teams to enhance patient education. I think that this is a great example of how librarians can assist other professionals and redefine how the library is perceived.

What do you do for fun?
I spend a lot of my free time visiting with family. I also like to run, read, and go boating.

What else should we know about you?
I am a dog freak! I love dogs! I have two of my own, Rags and Griffin. Rags is a Cairn Terrier like ToTo from “The Wizard of Oz” and Griffin is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. I call them my babies and I spoil them rotten.

(And this last question, because the interviewer appreciates whimsy, as well as a twist ending)

In a rap battle between Grumpy Cat and Doug the Pug, who would win? I would have to say Grumpy Cat would win. She seems like she is really quick on her comebacks so I think she could battle pretty well!

The interviewer agrees with you: unlike Grumpy Cat, Doug the Pug lacks the predatory instincts necessary to triumph Welcome, Abbey, we’re glad that you’re here!

New Funding Discovery Tools for Researchers

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All faculty, staff, and students at UVA now have access to two new funding discovery tools, Pivot and GrantForward. These tools allow researchers to locate funding opportunities based on their individual research interests.  Both Pivot and GrantForward allow researchers to create personalized searches and email alerts that target current and future funding opportunities.

Where to Get Help?

The Health Sciences Library has developed a series of workshops on funding discovery tools. The schedule for these workshops is as follows:

Can’t make it to a workshop?  Schedule a consultation with a librarian and we will help you set up an account, and create a saved search that will send the most relevant funding opportunities to your email.


Additional Resources

The VPR Office is very interested in hearing feedback on these tools – please feel free to email Jeff Fox (jeff.fox@virginia.edu) with any feedback.



Anatomy Textbooks Now Available Online

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The Library is now providing online access to several anatomy, embryology and histology textbooks that are widely used throughout the medical school curriculum. The books are licensed for an unlimited number of users and can be accessed from either on or off grounds.


Clinically Oriented Anatomy, 7th Edition © 2014 by Keith L. Moore


Neuroanatomy in Clinical Context: An Atlas of Structures, Sections, Systems, and Syndromes, 9th Edition © 2015 by Duane E. Haines, Ph.D.

Grant's Atlas

Grant’s Atlas of Anatomy, 14th Edition © 2017 by Anne M.R. Agur, Arthur F. Dalley II

Grant's Dissector

Grant’s Dissector, 16th Edition © 2017 by Alan J. Detton

Histology 7th edition

Histology: A Text and Atlas with Correlated Cell and Molecular Biology, Seventh Edition © 2016 by Michael H. Ross, PhD and Wojciech Pawlina


Langman’s Medical Embryology, 13th Edition © 2015 by T.W. Sadler, Ph.D.

Publishing Case Reports

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BMJ Case Reports is a newly available and fee-free option for publishing clinically interesting and/or educationally valuable case reports.

What is BMJ Case Reports?
BMJ Case Reports is an award winning journal that delivers a focused, peer-reviewed, valuable collection of cases in all disciplines so that healthcare professionals, researchers and others can easily find clinically important information on common and rare conditions. This is the largest single collection of case reports online with more than 11,000 articles from over 70 countries. BMJ Case Reports is indexed in Medline/PubMed, CINAHL, and Scopus. All published articles are deposited with PubMed Central.

What sort of case can I submit?
BMJ Case Reports is interested in cases that have educational value – novelty or rarity are not important. For further information, see: What cases do we want to publish?

Where can I submit cases?
You can submit your cases online at: Manuscript Central BMJ Case Reports. First time users need to create an account before submitting their articles. All case reports should be written using BMJ Case Reports Word templates; this expedites the peer review and publication process. Please read the Instructions for authors to help you prepare your case.

Is there a cost?
No.  The University of Virginia has paid for an institutional fellowship which allows all faculty, staff and students to submit as many cases as you like, access all the published material, and to re-use any published material for personal use and teaching without further permission, at no cost to the individual. Authors should use this institutional fellowship code when submitting their case reports: 567181

When will my case be published?
Cases are published every week following a copy editing and final author approval process. To keep up to date with the review and publication process, you can sign up for weekly email alerts.

My Publisher wants my Data?!

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Ready to submit your article to your favorite journal? Don’t be surprised if the editor requires not only your manuscript, tables, and figures, but also your data. More and more, publishers require that you make the data related to your manuscript publically available upon publication of your article.

What’s going on? The desire to make scientific research more rigorous and reproducible has led to efforts to increase the availability of research data. Publishers such as PLOS and Nature have responded to this cause by developing policies around data availability. Their guidelines describe not only the requirements, e.g. “to make all data underlying the findings described in their manuscript fully available without restriction, with rare exception” (PLOS One), but also the steps authors must take to comply. These requirements are becoming more and more commonplace in author agreements.

Funders, too?!? Federal and private funders also often require data sharing. To ensure data availability at the conclusion of sponsored research, many funders require a data management or data sharing plan to be submitted with the grant application. Plans must typically address topics such as what data outputs will the research generate, when will the data be shared and where will the data be made available.

What do I do? If you need a data management plan for a grant, a data availability statement for a journal, are ready to share your data, or anywhere in between, your Health Sciences librarians are here to help. We have expertise in crafting these agreements and are knowledgeable about tools to help guide the process. In addition, when it comes time to make your data available, we can help guide you to repositories that are free and meet publisher and funder requirements, including UVA’s own Libra Data, a local instance of Dataverse (read more about Libra Data).

So when your publisher or your funder wants your data, contact HSL’s Research & Data Services at hslrdas@virginia.edu.  We’ll provide expert guidance, making the process efficient and complete.

New Exhibit: George Washington & Medicine

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GW_exhibitThe Claude Moore Health Sciences Library is currently hosting a new traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine. Every Necessary Care & Attention: George Washington & Medicine explores the role of medicine during the lifetime of first president, Revolutionary War general, and plantation owner, George Washington. The exhibit examines some of the health issues encountered in the course of organizing troops during the American Revolution and in the management of Washington’s Mt. Vernon estate. It also looks at the presence of medicine in Washington’s personal life, through events like the death of his half-brother from tuberculosis in 1752 and Washington’s own survival of several diseases including smallpox, dysentery, and malaria.

Accompanying the six exhibit banners from NLM are rare books and artifacts from the Health Sciences Library’s collections, selected by Historical Collections Specialist Emily Bowden. Featured items include a set of 19th century dental instruments, an 1827 printing of a Revolutionary War doctor’s journal, home health texts, and bloodletting instruments. Every Necessary Care & Attention: George Washington & Medicine will be on display in the front lobby of the Library from July 22, 2016 to September 2, 2016.

To learn more about the exhibit and to browse supplemental online content, visit the NLM Exhibition Program website. For more information, you can also contact Historical Collections & Services.

Introducing Resident 360 from the New England Journal of Medicine

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NEJMNEJM Resident 360, a new website and discussion platform from the New England Journal of Medicine, gives residents the information, resources, and support they need to approach each rotation with confidence. Rotation Prep helps residents solidify their foundational medical knowledge with materials that have been written and curated by a team of physician experts, fellows, and residents, and are mapped to 14 common residency rotations in internal medicine. Each rotation includes brief topic overviews, links to landmark trials, and review articles from the NEJM and other highly respected sources, as well as a selection of questions from the NEJM Knowledge+ service, a board review database.

Free access is available to all as a benefit of the UVa institutional subscription to the New England Journal of Medicine and can be accessed here: NEJM Resident 360


New E-Books

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9780323287807The newly published books listed below have recently been added to the Library’s collection of electronic books. Click on any linked title to browse a table of contents or to read the full-text. A more comprehensive list of health sciences e-books available can be found on the Library’s E-Books page. Do you want to recommend the purchase of a book for the Library’s collection? You can submit your requests via our online Purchase Recommendation form.

ASE’s Comprehensive Echocardiography, 2nd ed
Atlas of Head and Neck Pathology, 3rd ed
Autopsy Pathology: A Manual and Atlas, 3rd ed
Basic Immunology: Functions and Disorders of the Immune System, 5th ed
Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects
Clinical Radiation Oncology, 4th ed
Cohen’s Pathways of the Pulp, 11th ed
Dermatological Signs of Systemic Disease, 5th ed
Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Dentistry
Evidence-Based Practice of Critical Care
Ferri’s Clinical Advisor 2017
Histology and Cell Biology: An Introduction to Pathology, 4th ed
Improvised Medicine: Providing Care in Extreme Environments
Kanski’s Clinical Ophthalmology, 8th ed
Learning Radiology: Recognizing the Basics, 3rd ed
Lichtman’s Atlas of Hematology 2016
Medical Microbiology, 8th ed
Mosby’s Pocket Guide to Fetal Monitoring
Neonatal Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice
Noyes’ Knee Disorders: Surgery, Rehabilitation, Clinical Outcomes
Nursing Informatics: Scope and Standards of Practice
Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies
Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine
Williams Gynecology, 3rd ed

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Lactation Room Now Available

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The Library is pleased to announce its newly-designated lactation space. This is a private, lockable room in the Cabell Room and is available during regular library hours.  Those wishing to use the room should show their Health System ID at the Service Desk to check out the key. Thanks to Lactation Consultants Katie Heck and Diane Sampson for their assistance in preparing the space.   For more information, please email Kimberley Barker (Kimberley@virginia.edu) or contact the Service Desk at 434-924-5444.

You can also call the Service Desk in advance to see if the room is being used.