September 22, 2005

For NIH-Funded Researchers: NIH Public Access Policy Implementation

Have you written a manuscript that resulted from NIH funding? Has it been peer-reviewed and accepted for publication in a journal? If so, you should be aware of the NIH Public Access Policy, which went into effect May 2, 2005.

The NIH Public Access Policy requests its investigators to submit to the National Library of Medicine's (PubMed Central) an electronic version of that final manuscript, including all modifications from the peer review process, upon acceptance for publication. A separate submission is not necessary if a manuscript has been accepted by a PubMed Central journal that permits free access within 12 months of publication. (Please refer to this list of these PMC journals.) The policy does not apply to book chapters, letters to the editor, reviews, or editorials. This submission fulfills grant progress reporting requirements by substituting deposit for submission of paper copies of articles.

NIH strongly encourages public release in PubMed Central immediately after the final date of journal publication, but PIs have the option to release their manuscripts at a later time, up to 12 months after publication. You will need to clarify this with your journal publisher. Many publishers are working to revise their author agreement forms to make this more evident. This NIH policy does not change the ability of either the author or the publisher to assert copyright.

NIH has provided the secure NIHMS web site for depositing the manuscripts. The site includes information about the policy and the process. Manuscript files can be uploaded to the system by the PI, or with the author's permission, by a 3rd party designee (such as administrative personnel, librarians, or publishers). To submit a manuscript, no further formatting is necessary beyond that required by the accepting journals. The submission process requires an account for the PI on the NIH eRA Commons or MyNCBI for other designated submitters. Step by step submission instructions have been provided by NIH.

You are encouraged to contact us with your questions and concerns as we work together through the issues of policy implementation. If you have questions about the policy or process, please contact Linda Watson (, Lisa McGuire ( or Kevin Messner (

-- Linda Watson

Posted by biomednews at 02:48 PM

September 12, 2005

Wireless access expands to group study rooms

The Bio-Medical Library provides wireless access for anyone in the University community who has a valid University of Minnesota Internet ID (X500). Areas of coverage include the main commons/study areas on the second and fourth floors, and limited coverage on the third floor of Diehl Hall. Public etherjack (wired) connections are not available in the Bio-Medical Library.

The library also offers 8 private/group study rooms with wireless access on the second floor.

For on-site information or help, please stop by the Information Systems Help Desk on the second floor. General information on guidelines, set-up, and technical standards can be viewed on the Office of Information Technology's web site or call 1-HELP.

--Lee Engele

Posted by biomednews at 12:04 PM

September 06, 2005

New Role for Liz Fine

lizfine.jpgThe Bio-Medical Library is pleased to announce the hiring of our newest reference and instruction librarian, Liz Fine. Liz received her Masters degree in Library and Information Science from the College of St. Catherine/Dominican University in May of 2005. She started working as a librarian on July 1, 2005.

While Liz is new to the library as a librarian she is not new to the staff. She started working at the Bio-Medical Library in September of 2001 for the Biomedical Information Service (BIS) as a Library Assistant II. Liz had a variety of job responsibilities when working for BIS. She supervised student employees, helped keep the document delivery service running smoothly and worked on citation clarification.

Eventually she started working at the Reference Desk, worked chat reference shifts, attended an occasional Morning Report and started doing bibliographic database searches, primarily on MEDLINE, for BIS. In April of 2005 she took over sole responsibility for conducting literature searches for BIS. She has also served on the Bio-Medical Library's website design committee and the Biomed Improving Public Service (BIPS) committee.

Liz's current responsibilities include transitioning to the role of liaison to the School of Nursing, staffing the Reference Desk, teaching classes on database searching and electronic resources, and conducting Reference Consultations with clients, particularly for the School of Nursing. She also continues to maintain her responsibility for BIS literature searches.

Liz is interested in exploring electronic tools such as virtual office hours that enhance communication options for distance learning and has a general interest in the issue of scholarly communication. She's looking forward to developing new ways to liaison with the School of Nursing such as making house calls to offices and classes and having a Satellite Reference Desk near the Outside-In or the CHIP student center over the lunch hour.

Liz was born in Rhode Island and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics from Colby College in Maine. Liz moved to Minnesota because her now-husband Jared was attending Graduate School in Fisheries at the University of Minnesota. He is in the process of finishing up his doctoral dissertation on the sea lamprey, a parasitic exotic fish in the Great Lakes. While Liz and Jared are "east coast kids" they love living in Minnesota. Says Liz, "We even say pop instead of soda now without thinking about it, but I still love the New England Patriots." When you see how many times the Patriots have won the Super Bowl compared to how many times the Minnesota Vikings have, it is not hard to see why Liz maintains her loyalty!

--Del Reed

Posted by biomednews at 12:02 PM