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June 21, 2005

New Ovid Interface

Ovid Technologies has announced that they will change the search interface to their suite of databases in mid-July 2005. The new interface isn't very different from the current platform. Two new additions include the 'Find Similar', which allows one to identify similar articles ona topic and the 'Find Citing Articles' which allows one to find articles that have cited a particular reference.

To see a sample of the new interface, click here.

June 16, 2005

New Health Science Libraries Director Named

Linda Watson has been named the new Director of the Health Science Libraries. Ms. Watson will begin her new position on August 1, 2005. As director of the HSL, Ms. Watson will be responsible for the direction and strategic positioning of the Bio-Medical Library and the Veterinary Medicine Library as we work with our affiliates in the Academic Health Center to fufill the research, teaching, and service missions of the University.

You can read more about Linda Watson in the Real Diehl, the newsletter of the Health Science Libraries.

Dentistry/Dental Hygiene Journals, 2004-05 FY

For more than a decade, the cost of health science journals have increased at a rate far greater than inflation. This has created a budget crisis for univeristy libraries across the country, forcing them to cancel journal subscriptions, refrain from beginning new journal subscriptions that are requested by faculty and staff, and to purchase fewer books.

I've attached a copy of my Excel spreadsheet that lists the current subscriptions for dentistry/dental hygiene journals for the fiscal year 2004-2005. Download file

You can see from this file that there are currently 54 active journal titles in the collection, with an average price increase for 2005 of 10.3%. In addition, the serial collection also contains a number of titles that we refer to as standing orders, which means that we are billed for these titles as we receive them from the publisher.

There is a strong possibility that we will need to cut titles from this list for 2006. I will be in further communication with SOD about this possibility as our financial picture becomes clearer later this summer.

Bio-Med Classes

Registration for the Faculty Summer Camp is now open. Learn something new about clinical decision making and technology-enhanced learning. All health professions faculty and staff are invited to participate in any or all of the seminars, which will be held in the AHC Learning Commons every other Thursday from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. See the poster below for more information: