March 09, 2005

Global Health Database now Available as Part of CAB Direct Service

The popular public health literature database "Global Health" from CABI Publishing is now available to U of M users. The University Libraries have begun a subscription to CAB Direct (aka CAB Abstracts), a multi-disciplinary agriculture, biology, and environmental science literature database. All citations indexed in "Global Health" are part of the CAB Direct database. Within CAB Direct, search within the "Human Health: Public Health" and/or "Animal Sciences: Public Health" subject subsets. These subsets can be selected on the main search page, on the left side of the page.

From the CABI Publishing description of Global Health:

"Global Health is the definitive international public health database for academics, researchers, NGOs, policy makers, clinicians, healthcare professionals and students."

"This bibliographic database is well placed to fill many of the gaps in your existing human health research resources. It can provide you with:

* Over 900,000 records, 95% of which contain informative abstracts
* 50,000 records selected, abstracted and classified by subject specialists every year
* Information from more than 3500 serials, books, book chapters, conference proceedings, patents, theses, electronic only publications and other difficult-to-obtain sources from more than 125 countries
* Global coverage of both the developing and developed world with over 50 languages translated into English
* Information of which 40% is unique to Global Health"

Questions about using CAB Direct can be referred to the Bio-Medical, Veterinary Medical, or Magrath Library reference services.

Posted by biomednews at 03:41 PM

University Libraries Purchase Database for Veterinary Medicine

After consulting with library users in the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Veterinary Library has chosen to replace the VetCD and BeastCD veterinary literature indexes with the product, from CABI Publishing. searches essentially the same information set as VetCD + BeastCD, but is a more user-friendly search environment for the average user. A significant additional advantage is that our license will allow four simultaneous users from U of M, hopefully preventing the service lockouts we frequently experienced with VetCD (which only allowed us one user at a time).

Try and let us know what you think! Email questions and comments about to Kevin Messner at

Posted by biomednews at 03:34 PM

Renewing and Recalling Library Materials

Do you need to renew an item that you have checked out? Or do you want to recall a book that is currently checked out to another patron? If so, you have several options to meet your needs.


Bio-Medical Library materials may be renewed in several ways. You may renew by phone by calling 612-626-5653. You may also renew by e-mail (, in-person at a circulation desk, by fax (612-626-2545), or by mail (Circulation, Bio-Medical Library, 505 Essex Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455). Additionally, you may renew items using the “Your Account” feature available through the library’s catalog (, or the online renewal form ( You are responsible for knowing the new due date for renewed material.

We encourage you to request renewals before the item’s due date to avoid fines. Some items may not be able to be renewed, so allowing a little extra time before the due date will make it easier for you to return the material on time.


If library material that you need is checked out to another patron, you may request that the material be recalled for your use. Recalls may be placed by patrons with a valid University of Minnesota identification card (U Card). Items may be recalled immediately if requested for course reserve, or after two weeks if requested by another library patron. Recall due dates supercede all previous due dates, and higher fines are assessed on items that have been recalled.

Several options are available if you wish to recall an item that is currently checked out from the Bio-Medical Library. You may recall by phone (612-626-5653) or complete the online recall form ( You may also recall items using the “Your Account” feature available through the library’s catalog (

When the item that you have recalled is returned, it will be held at the Circulation Desk on the third level of the Bio-Medical Library and you will be notified that it is available for your use. If eligible, you may use Point to Point ( or LUMINA to U ( to have the book delivered to you or to another library on campus. Please link to the Web pages for those services for more information about eligibility, turnaround time, and fees.

For more information about renewals and recalls, please contact the Circulation Desk (612-626-5653 or

Posted by biomednews at 02:51 PM

March 04, 2005

Candidate Visits for Health Sciences Libraries Director

AHC deans and faculty are invited to attend four upcoming interview sessions for the position of Director of Health Science Libraries. Each candidate will give a presentation on the topic, "A Vision of Health Science Libraries in the Research University," followed by a question/answer session. The presentations will be every Monday morning in March. Each candidate's resume is on the Libraries website.

March 7: Jeanette McCray, Deputy Director, University of Arizona Health Sciences Library
Presentation and questions: 9:30-10:30 a.m., 555 Diehl Hall

March 14: Gary Byrd, Director, Health Sciences Library, University at Buffalo (SUNY)
Presentation and questions: 9:30-10:30 a.m., 555 Diehl Hall

March 21: Jane Blumenthal, Associate Dean and Director, Dahlgren Memorial Library, Georgetown University Medical Center
Presentation and questions: 9:30-10:30 a.m., 555 Diehl Hall

March 28: Linda Watson, Assistant Dean for Knowledge Management and Medical Center Librarian, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia
Presentation and questions: 9:30-10:30 a.m., 555 Diehl Hall

Posted by biomednews at 10:50 AM