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June 22, 2010

Bye bye Images.MD

Images.MD was incorporated into Springer Images. Due to higher pricing with Springer, we will not be purchasing Springer Images. However, there are over 50,000 images on Springer that are free.
A link to the free images will be available on the Bio-Med webpage soon.


new graphic for Find It link


    The new graphic for the Find it link is now in PubMed and Ovid.

    You can also view the new Find It (SFX) graphic via this link. (it is the same size as the old graphic)


June 17, 2010

Health Science A-Z List Link Updating

Hi all -

I just wanted to let you know that I have updated several LibData resources in the Health and Medicine A-Z list (changes may not yet be visible on our site). I am planning to delete two of the resources for reasons explained below, unless you have any objections. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


Removed from A-Z lists, pending deletion:

CHID (Combined Health Information Database) - database discontinued
**Discontinued in its present form as of September 1, 2006.
A bibliographic database produced by agencies of the National Institutes of Health that provides information about publications and health education resources often not indexed elsewhere. It provides access to government health publications and contact information for national and international rare disease patient support organizations.

E-Texts for Health Sciences - broken link, duplicate of eBooks in the Health Sciences
Links to electronic versions of medical textbooks.

Updated links:

Literature, Arts & Medicine Database - link updated
The Literature, Arts, & Medicine Database is an annotated bibliography of prose, poetry, film, video and art which was developed to be a dynamic, accessible, comprehensive resource in MEDICAL HUMANITIES, for use in health/pre-health and liberal arts settings. It is a multi-institutional project (see Editorial Board) which was initiated by Drs. Felice Aull, Martin Nachbar, Karen Brewer, Roy Smith and Irene Chen '96 of the New York University School of Medicine in the summer of 1993. This Web site is produced and maintained by the Hippocrates Project, the multi-disciplinary development laboratory for application of information technologies to medical education at New York University School of Medicine.

Smoking & Health Resource Library - link updated
The database contains abstracts of articles from medical and professional journals; books and book chapters; dissertations; reports; conference proceedings and conference papers; government documents from federal, state, local, and foreign entities; fact sheets and policy documents from U.S. and international nonprofit organizations; and other documents. New Citations added to the database in the last eight weeks are also available. New Citations include recently published tobacco-related articles from peer-reviewed journals of behavioral, scientific, and medical literature.


Please note that we do not have access to Images.MD This product has moved to a new publisher and we are working to restore access as soon as possible. Thank you.

June 16, 2010

Wiley InterScience Scheduled Downtime

Due to essential site maintenance, access will be offline during the indicated date and time.

Saturday - June 19, 2010

07:00 am

up to 5 hours

If you have specific questions or concerns, contact Wiley InterScience Customer Support at: www.interscience.wiley.com/support.

June 11, 2010

MNCAT Display

Some of you might have noticed some oddities in the MNCAT classic availability display. See the screen shot for Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences for an exampleView image

This is occurring with items that are currently involved with the Google scanning project. LEO is working with ExLibris to develop a fix to this display error that will work with our shared catalog environment. This is a temporary problem. You will only see this display in MNCAT classic since MNCAT Plus uses a different mechanism for displaying call numbers.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Nicole TM

Prevent Thunderbird from displaying text attachments inline

Hi all -

Judy and Lisa have both experienced problems with Thunderbird displaying text attachments inline, so I thought I'd post instructions for preventing it.

  1. Open the Thunderbird Preferences (this is under "Preferences" in the Edit menu, or "Options" in the Tools menu, depending on your OS).
  2. Go to the Advanced section > General tab.
  3. Click the Config Editor button.
  4. Enter mail.content_disposition_type in the filter box.
  5. Double-click the only item in the list, and enter 2 as its value (instead of the 0 it displays).
  6. Close the Config Editor with the [x], and close the Preferences with [OK].
  7. This should fix the problem. Thunderbird will still display attachments like picture inline when mail.content_disposition_type is set to 2. Change it to 1 if you prefer pictures also to be sent as attachments.

I tried testing this, and by golly, it works!


June 9, 2010

University of California vs. Nature Publishing Group

From today's "Chronicle of Higher Ed":

June 8, 2010
U. of California Tries Just Saying No to Rising Journal Costs

By Jennifer Howard

The University of California system has said "enough" to the Nature Publishing Group, one of the leading commercial scientific publishers, over a big proposed jump in the cost of the group's journals.

On Tuesday, a letter went out to all of the university's faculty members from the California Digital Library, which negotiates the system's deals with publishers, and the University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication. The letter said that Nature proposed to raise the cost of California's license for its journals by 400 percent next year. If the publisher won't negotiate, the letter said, the system may have to take "more drastic actions" with the help of the faculty. Those actions could include suspending subscriptions to all of the Nature Group journals the California system buys access to--67 in all, including Nature.

The pressure does not stop there. The letter said that faculty would also organize "a systemwide boycott" of Nature's journals if the publisher does not relent. The voluntary boycott would "strongly encourage" researchers not to contribute papers to those journals or review manuscripts for them. It would urge them to resign from Nature's editorial boards and to encourage similar "sympathy actions" among colleagues outside the University of California system.

Along with its letter, the California Digital Library included a fact sheet with systemwide statistics for 2010 about the university's online journal subscriptions. The system subscribes to almost 8,000 journals online, at an average cost of between $3,000 and $7,000 per journal, depending on the publication and the field. The current average cost for the Nature group's journals is $4,465; under the 2011 pricing scheme, that would rise to more than $17,000 per journal, according to the California Digital Library.

The letter described how much University of California faculty members collectively have contributed to Nature's journals over the past six years: approximately 5,300 articles, 638 of those to Nature. "UC faculty and researchers author a significant percentage of all articles published in NPG journals and are a major force in shaping the prestige of its publications," the letter said.

The system hopes to use that research clout to get Nature to reconsider a price increase of "unprecedented magnitude"--more than the California system can take, given its dismal budget situation, the letter said. "NPG has made their ultimatum with full knowledge that our libraries are under economic distress," it stated. Nature's proposed price jump would "wipe out all of the recent cost-saving measures" the system has taken to reduce its online journal expenditures, according to the letter.

There has been no word yet from Nature on how or whether it will respond to the possibility of subscription cancellations and a boycott. Representatives for the publisher did not respond to The Chronicle's requests for comment on Tuesday.

The letter was signed by Laine Farley, executive director of the California Digital Library; Richard A. Schneider, an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of California at San Francisco and chairman of the systemwide University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication; and Brian E.C. Schottlaender, the university librarian at the University of California at San Diego.

'Nowhere Left to Go'

In an interview, Ms. Farley said it had been especially hard to meet budget targets this year but that the California Digital Library had been able to negotiate mutually agreeable pricing arrangements with many publishers. "In this case, we just found ourselves with nowhere left to go," she said. "We weren't making any progress. As the letter states, the price increase was just something we couldn't agree to."

The faculty library committees on individual campuses have been keener to hear about negotiations with publishers lately because they have begun to realize what's at stake, according to Ms. Farley. That growing interest helped guide the decision to send out the letter, she said.

"I hope it will accomplish restarting a productive dialogue about how to find a solution," Ms. Farley said. "Again, we've been able to do that with most publishers."

Asked if sending out the letter was a risk, Ms. Farley said it would be riskier not to do anything. "We have this fiduciary responsibility to make the best choices we can," she said. "We can't just say, 'Oh, OK, we'll pay that.'"

Mr. Schneider, at UC-San Francisco, called the standoff and the letter a chance to educate faculty members about the real costs of access to scholarship. "Most people are pretty amazed at how much we spend on online subscriptions," he said.

The members of his committee have been talking about the situation with faculty members on their home campuses, according to Mr. Schneider. "We really got a good sense that the faculty will be behind this," he said, even if it comes to a boycott.

"I think people are starting to recognize that the system, the model that we have, is fundamentally flawed and has to be re-evaluated," Mr. Schneider said. "We're really trying to balance the system so UC authors have greater control over and greater access to the materials. We also want these materials to have as wide a dissemination as possible."

He acknowledged that publishers like the Nature Group contribute some valuable services. "They provide a brand, they provide distribution, they provide a high profile for the work," he said. "But the fact that the faculty who create that work have to pay so much for access to that work doesn't make any sense to us."
Support for a Boycott

Keith Yamamoto is a professor of molecular biology and executive vice dean of the School of Medicine at UC-San Francisco. He stands ready to help organize a boycott, if necessary, a tactic he and other researchers used successfully in 2003 when another big commercial publisher, Elsevier, bought Cell Press and tried to raise its journal prices.

After the letter went out on Tuesday, Mr. Yamamoto received an "overwhelmingly positive" response from other university researchers. He said he's confident that there will be broad support for a boycott among the faculty if the Nature Group doesn't negotiate, even if it means some hardships for individual researchers.

"There's a strong feeling that this is an irresponsible action on the part of NPG," he told The Chronicle. That feeling is fueled by what he called "a broad awareness in the scientific community that the world is changing rather rapidly with respect to scholarly publication."

Although researchers still have "a very strong tie to traditional journals" like Nature, he said, scientific publishing has evolved in the seven years since the Elsevier boycott. "In many ways it doesn't matter where the work's published, because scientists will be able to find it," Mr. Yamamoto said.


1. mbelvadi - June 09, 2010 at 06:43 am

Clash of the Titans, academic library edition! One of the most prestigious research university systems takes on one of the most prestigious journal publishers! There are, I'm sure, thousands of librarians like myself hoping UC wins this one, and excited that someone with enough clout to succeed is taking Nature on. That publisher has been near the top of librarians' list of most egregious price gouging ever since scholarly journals starting offering site licenses for online access, and is a poster child for how copyright law creates the potential for abusive monopolistic pricing practices.

2. pjkobulnicky - June 09, 2010 at 07:16 am

It's a value proposition and at some point egregious price increases dramitically shift value to the negative. Just say "Yes" to Open Access. It's time for other models of scholarly information preservation and access. Seems to me that this is another example of a crisis that is too good and timely to waste.

3. physicsprof - June 09, 2010 at 09:01 am

There is only one reason people send papers to for-profit scientific journals (better word "magazines') of the Nature group as oppossed to non-profit journals of scientific societies (i.e. Physical Review of the American Physical Society). It is prestige. Not exactly a concept the scientific community would die without. Time for a change?

Leslie M. Delserone
Agriculture Librarian
(Liaison to the Depts. of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, Animal Science, Plant Biology, and Plant Pathology)
University of Minnesota
84 Magrath Library
1984 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
(612) 626-6833

June 8, 2010

Solution whe Write and Cite III asks for group code and then rejects it

Just to post this note from Steve Irons for reference, in case we get questions from patrons with a similar problem...

"Over the last week or so, I have come across a few staff computers
where Write-n-Cite III has suddenly decided not to recognize the
computer and asks for a group code. However, when our group code is
entered, it is rejected and the user cannot connect.

I am not sure why this is happening, since all the settings on the
computer appear to be correct. The solution to the problem is to
simply uninstall and reinstall the application."