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October 31, 2012

New issue of Mayo Clinic Libraries newsletter

A new issue of Liblog: Newsletter of the Mayo Clinic Libraries is now available! Check it out at http://liblog.mayo.edu/.

February 3, 2011

Minnesota Department of Health Library Update

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced in August 2010 that severe budget constraints would affect its Barr Library operations which could have resulted in closure. Since that time, the department has consulted with Linda Watson, Todd Fenton, and Nicole Theis-Mahon from the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries (HSL) about ways to continue meeting the information needs of MDH staff and others served by the library. In November, HSL formalized an agreement with MDH for consulting and other services, and will also provide limited support for the Department of Human Services (DHS) who contracts with Barr for library services.

Following this consultation, MDH decided to continue offering limited library services, with a few specific changes.
• Barr Library will convert all of its print journal subscriptions to online only, and will continue to support the interface for online journals for DHS. Nicole Theis-Mahon has managed this renewal process with Barr's subscription vendor, Ebsco. Electronic journals and databases will continue to be accessed through Barr Library's website and online catalog.
• The library will have a significantly reduced budget and limited staffing. HSL will work with MDH to determine a process for referring requests that may exceed the Barr Library's capacity to the University Libraries' fee-based service, InfoNOW.
• The library will have a smaller collection and has moved to Snelling Office Park at 1645 Energy Park Drive, St. Paul. Contact Mark Smith for further information (651-201-5093 mark.a.smith@state.mn.us).

MDH will continue evaluating its library services, and further changes could be made as the budget challenges that prompted the initial library changes are likely to continue.

HSL is pleased that the Barr Library remains open for business, and that we are in a position to help make this a smooth transition for them. If you have any questions about the process, please contact Linda Watson (lwatson@umn.edu), Todd Fenton (tmfenton@umn.edu) or Nicole Theis-Mahon (theis025@umn.edu).

Linda Watson
Director, Health Sciences Libraries
University of Minnesota

January 28, 2010

U Libraries Magazine Focuses on Health

The University of Minnesota Libraries publishes an annual magazine entitled Continuum. The latest issue is now available and features articles about the role Bio-Medical Library staff play in shaping health care reform, as well as an article about Owen Wangensteen's legacy and how knowledge of the past can inform the future work of the next generation of health care providers.

The Continuum is available online or if you'd like a print copy, please contact me and we'll get one mailed out to you.

January 15, 2010

NLM Exhibit: Against The Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health (January 19 - February 26, 2010)

The Bio-Medical Library will be hosting the National Library of Medicine exhibit, 'Against The Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health' from January 19 - February 26, 2010. This traveling exhibit highlights the role of communities in improving health at home and around the world. It features stories of community health, food for life, action on AIDS, the legacy of war, disease prevention, and global collaboration.

The Bio-Medical Library has created a companion web site for the exhbit which features stories and photos of how University of Minnesota students and faculty are making a difference in global health. Please visit the site at: http://www.biomed.lib.umn.edu/against-the-odds

Opening reception and Study Abroad Information Fair - Thursday January 21, 2010 10:00 - 12:00 pm, Bio-Medical Library, 2nd Floor, Diehl Hall. Directions to the library can be found here.

The exhibit will move to St. Paul Campus and will be displayed at Magrath Library from February 22 - February 26, 2010

For more information, please contact Lisa McGuire at (612)-626-3643 or lmcguire@umn.edu

February 25, 2008

Meet Michelle Brasure, NLM Informationist Fellow

The Health Sciences Libraries at the University of Minnesota is pleased to welcome Michelle Brasure as the new NLM Informationist Fellow. Michelle will be doing her practicum and research components of the fellowship at the Bio-Medical Library, while she works toward completing her MLIS degree in December 2009.

You can learn more about Michelle's background and research interests via this PowerPoint presentation.

Welcome Michelle!