December 20, 2004

Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays from the Bio-Medical Library! To thank our patrons, we're
offering keyboard calendars that list the Library's contact
information. Please stop by one of the public desks in the Library and
pick up a keyboard calendar! They're available on the third floor at the
Copy Center, Circulation Desk, and Biomedical Information Service, and on
the second floor at the Reference Desk, Circulation & Reserve Desk, and
Computer Help Desk. We're looking forward to serving you in the new year!

Posted by biomednews at 11:49 AM

LUMINA to U, Point to Point Services Available

Need a book from a library on a different bank or campus, but the weather outside is too much to brave? If you need library materials from the Bio-Medical Library, PhotoDelivery offers document delivery services for a nominal fee. But what if you need library materials located in Wilson Library, Magrath Library, Walter Library, or one of the many libraries on the Twin Cities campus? Two services offered by the University Libraries, Point to Point and LUMINA to U, might be the services you’re looking for!

Point to Point is a free delivery service provided to deliver books from one campus or bank to another for University of Minnesota students, staff, and faculty. Point to Point provides delivery of currently available books to a library on a different bank or campus than the library that owns the material. Some library materials, such as reference books, reserve readings, and journals, are not available through Point to Point. Point to Point services may be requested in person at any circulation desk or online at

LUMINA to U provides a variety of free and fee-based document delivery services for current students, staff, and faculty. Students may request delivery of articles and off-campus delivery of books, while faculty, staff, and students registered with Disability Services may request delivery of articles and on- and off-campus delivery of books.
For more information, visit, email, send a fax (612) 626-7585 or call (612) 626-2260.

Posted by biomednews at 11:45 AM

Search Opened for Reference Librarian

The Bio-Medical Library has opened a search for a new entry-level Reference Librarian. The complete job description is posted at

Posted by biomednews at 11:14 AM

December 17, 2004

PubMed Bookmarklet and Toolbar Search Plugin Enhanced with U of M Find It Service

Frequent PubMed users may be interested in exploring two browser enhancements which allow users to initiate PubMed searches directly from a web browser window, and which are customized for University of Minnesota users.

Bookmarklets are short JavaScript applications contained in a web browser bookmark. They are often used to initiate a search in a web site database (e.g., in Google or For frequently searched sites, they are quicker to use than first loading the web site home page and then entering the search on that page.

Several bookmarklets have been written for PubMed. This U Minn PubMed search bookmarklet has the additional advantage of activating the U. Libraries' Find It service in PubMed. Find It helps users link from PubMed to full text articles available through the Libraries. (For more information on Find It, see the Find It FAQ or


You can add the bookmarklet to your list of bookmarks/favorites or to your bookmark toolbar as you would for any bookmark (e.g., right-click the link above and "Bookmark this link"). The bookmarklet works on current versions of Internet Explorer and Mozilla products, on both PC and Mac platforms.

For Mozilla Firefox users, Chad Fennell at the Bio-Med Library has also whipped up a PubMed toolbar search plugin with similar utility. This tool creates a Find It-enabled toolbar search box, for direct searching PubMed from the browser. (Firefox comes with toolbar searches for Google and several other databases pre-installed. See Firefox Central for more on toolbar search engines.)


Enabling the U. Minnesota PubMed toolbar search is a two-step process. First, go to and search for "NCBI PubMed" in the "Install search plugins" section. Follow the instructions to install. This will add the PubMed toolbar search to your browser.

Next, to enable the U Minn Find It function in your toolbar search, replace the file pubmed.src in Program Files/Mozilla Firefox/searchplugins/ with this version of the file.

Note that both the bookmarklet and toolbar search plugin tell PubMed to activate a web cookie (indicating you want U. Minnesota resources), so cookies must be enabled on your browser to use these tools.

Chad and I hope that one or both of these tools proves useful for you!

-Kevin Messner

Posted by biomednews at 09:21 AM

December 07, 2004

Change in Access to Cochrane and ACP Journal Club

In order to reduce costs by eliminating resources previously purchased in two separate formats, the Bio-Medical Library has decided not to renew access the Evidence Based Medicine Reviews (EBMR) suite of databases via the Ovid system. EBMR databases included those in the Cochrane Library: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness, Cochrane Controlled Trials Registry, and article reviews from the American College of Physicians, ACP Journal Club.

Each of these specialty databases is still available online to U of M Libraries users, by going to the BioMedSearch page, or directly to for the Cochrane Library databases and
for the ACP Journal Club.

Posted by biomednews at 08:34 AM