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October 29, 2009


I just wanted to throw out a reminder to everyone to please remember to record your course-integrated and library-sponsored instruction stats. They can be entered here: https://hsllibs.wufoo.com/forms/hsl-instruction-outreach-statistics-20092010/. This link also appears on the wiki on the LEIS and Reference pages.


October 28, 2009

News item on PubMed redesign

I've updated the news item on the home page about the PubMed redesign. I've included a link to a short video tutorial from the U of Manitoba on the differences between the old and new.

The news item also directs users to ask for help with this to the ref desk phone or medref account.


October 26, 2009

PubMed Redesign

If you haven't already noticed: the PubMed redesign is now live, and the only version available: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=pubmed&otool=umnbmlib

October 22, 2009

Username and Password for Desktop Computer in 274

Here is the user name and password for the desktop computer in room 274, the consultation room:
User name: refconsult
Password: sh0wm3
I have placed a copy of the password on a yellow sheet of paper in the desk drawer to the left of the computer.


October 21, 2009

Interesting online resource - JANE

Hi all,.

I ran across an interesting resource while on the desk today called Jane (a patron IM-ed while trying to locate it). Basically Jane accepts as input either an abstract or keywords and suggests a resulting list of relevant journals.

Using MEDLINE, "Jane first searches for the 50 articles that are most similar to your input. For each of these articles, a similarity score between that article and your input is calculated. The similarity scores of all the articles belonging to a certain journal or author are summed to calculate the confidence score for that journal or author."

For fun (I'm a library nerd), I entered a couple of abstracts from PubMed verbatim, and the results were spot on. Overall, the site seems credible and potentially useful.

I don't know that this will ever come up again, but I wanted to let you know it's out there, and our patrons are using it.


For more information, check out their article:
Schuemie, Martijn J., and Jan A. Kors. "Jane: suggesting journals, finding experts." Bioinformatics 24.5 (2008):727-728.

SciFinder Scholar web version

FYI - info from Meghan Lafferty about the web version of SciFinder. The registration steps are also on the website where people link to SciFinder.

Hi everyone,

The web version of SciFinder Scholar is now available, and access via the client software will end in late 2010. Until we move completely to the web, our 17 seats will be split between the web and software versions. I am monitoring how many people are turned away each day and changing the allocation as needed. Keep in mind that weekday afternoons are the busiest times. The web version still requires you to use VPN off-campus.

- You need to register to use it.
- Log in to https://www.lib.umn.edu/user/x500.
- Click on http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/16109 (or paste it into the address bar in your browser).
- If you come to an Access Denied page, click on the "Please login..." link.
- Use your umn.edu e-mail address when filling out the registration form, .
- Because only current University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff are permitted to use SciFinder Scholar, please do not share registration/log-in information.

Please share this with your departments (where relevant). Let me know if you have additional questions.

Meghan Lafferty
Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Librarian
Science & Engineering Library
University of Minnesota
108 Walter Library
117 Pleasant St SE
Minneapolis MN 55455
Tel.: 612-624-9399
FAX: 612-625-5583
E-mail: mlaffert@umn.edu
IM (AIM, GTalk, MSN, Y!): umchemlib

October 14, 2009

A Couple of new Technologies Resources

Houston Neal/Softwareadvice.com created a guide to the "Best Medical iPhone Apps for Doctors and Med Students." They took 55 exceptionally good apps and featured them in 18 categories, and also included a link to the Google Docs spreadsheet of all 733 relevant to med education/professional at the end!


Next, at the HSLM program on Tuesday, Melissa Rethlefsen did a great presentation on various cool Web 2.0 tools. There are 115 slides in her presentation; the set of slides in the beginning are more about general categories (blogs, wikis, social netoworking sites, and then twitter, since it's its own category), while the ending set are more specific cool things from Dimdim (a free online web conferencing site) and Screenr (a free screen capture site that can post directly to twitter and also gives you an embed link) to design tools like kuler (create instant color palettes!) and Aviary (image/audio editor and more).


Desktop computer installed in Room 274

Hi everyone -

Just a quick FYI to let you know that there is now a desktop computer installed in Room 274 for use with consultations! Let me know if you find that you need any software installed.


October 7, 2009

Requests for HaPI access from non U of M folks

Hi there,

I'm not sure how this bit of info got out, but apparently some non-affiliates may contact us regarding access to HaPI and frustration that they can't get it.

I got this message today via medref:

Name: Jonathan
Dept: CLA
E-mail: klabu007@umn.edu
Phone: 41469068125
Question: Hello,

I work at OIT and a lady [name removed] called from Stonybrook University. Apparently, that university and others have been instructed to the HAPi portion of your website and have been told to access articles there but cannot because of a lack of Internet ID and password. I would like to make you aware of the issue as you may receive calls about it. If possible, she would like to be contacted as how to proceed. Below is her contact information.

I've left a voicemail for the patron mentioned in the email and told her that she should check w/Stonybrook for HaPI access.

Not sure how this got out to non-affiliates, I do know I answered a medref question this month pointing a U of M nursing student to our Finding Tests/Surveys page, and she lives in CA, so maybe it made the grapevine of students.

Just be on the lookout for people asking about HaPI...


October 2, 2009

Live PubMed Redesign Webcasts - Oct 6 & 7

Learn about the 2009 PubMed redesign during a thirty minute live online demonstration and question and answer session presented by the NLM®.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009:
9:00 am - 9:30 am Eastern Time
11:00 am - 11:30 am Eastern Time

Wednesday, October 7, 2009:
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Eastern Time
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Eastern Time

At: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/pubmed2009/

For more information and links to instructions visit http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/so09/so09_pm_demo.html

Please read the article, PubMed® Redesign,
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/so09/so09_pm_redesign.html, before you attend this demonstration.

Thank you NLM for these webcasts.

October 1, 2009

Logging in to Reference Computer A with your personal password

If you log into Reference Computer A with your personal user name and password on your shift please log out when your shift is done and log back in using the Reference Desk user name (hsl-ref-a) and password (B00kst0p)

Lifelong RefWork Access for Alumni!

From: John Butler
Subject: [WEB-LIB] RefWorks now offers lifelong access to Alumni!
To: WEB-LIB@lists.umn.edu

FYI and sharing -- look at this fabulous news!

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: RefWorks now offers lifelong access to Alumni!
Date: Thu, 01 Oct 2009 07:34:24 -0700
To: John Butler

RefWorks-COS is pleased to announce that the Alumni Program will now be offered as a standard feature of RefWorks, providing lifelong access to users that are alumni of subscribing institutions. As long as an institution subscribes to RefWorks, alumni will have access, allowing them to continue using their personal research databases for future professional and academic endeavors.

Lifelong access to RefWorks will be an added benefit for alumni, and help academic institutions maintain the healthy alumni relationships that are so essential for donations, rankings and other ongoing involvement.

To learn more about the Alumni Program, please see: http://tinyurl.com/ydonqfq .