Library Staff take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

ice-bucket-challenge-fb-user-profile-1What’s better than hanging out with co-workers on a hot Friday afternoon in sunny Orlando in late August? Though “hanging out in the air-conditioning instead” is always an acceptable guess, having the opportunity to cool off and give to charity at the same time is the winning answer this time around. Last Friday, various faculty, students and staff at the COM participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge campaign that was been sweeping social media over the past few weeks. The goal of the campaign is to bring awareness of the disease and raise money to further research of it. According to the ALS Association website, as of this past Monday the 25th, donations had reached a staggering $79.7 MILLION since the campaign started a few weeks ago. Considering that during the same time period a year ago donations totaled around $2.5 million, it looks like the campaign has made a huge splash.

It works like this: If you’re challenged to take the ice bath, you have 24 hours to do so or you have to make a donation to fight ALS. Lots of people do both! It’s fun to challenge your friends and watch the videos they have posted on social media to prove they did in fact take the challenge. At the COM, the Dean of the college was challenged (along with everyone else in the building) by our new Internal Medicine residents. What resulted was a wave of a hundred or so buckets of ice water over the heads of our faculty, staff and students. Check out the video below!

Amongst participants were our library Director, Nadine Dexter, and one of our Senior Library Technical Assistants, Melodie Gardner. Great job, guys!Splashafter

 

 

Afterwards, Nadine decided to issues challenges to the library directors at FIU’s medical library, and UCF’s John C. Hitt Library. We’re looking forward to seeing those videos!

Good thing it’s summer, right? What a refreshing way to make a difference. If you’d like to learn more about ALS and how you can help, visit the ALS Association website.

What you should know about Ebola

By now you’ve probably heard about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The U.S. has been treating two cases at the Emory University Hospital in two American doctors who were working to combat the virus in Liberia. They were both released from the hospital yesterday, and pose no public health threat. Still, it’s good to know some additional information about the disease, so here are some interesting graphics courtesy of the CDC.

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Further, some guidelines on handling potential threats.

 

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For more information about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date news.

 

 

New E-Books with Extra Goodies

The library has purchased access to a couple new resources: Geriatrics Care Online and LWW Health Library.

Geriatrics Care Online contains books, teaching slides, clinical guidelines, and journals published by the American Geriatrics Society. Some of these resources include Geriatrics At Your Fingertips 2014 and the Geriatrics Review Syllabus, 8e.

If users create a free account, they can create bookmarks of webpages, take notes within the content, email specific material links to a colleague, and save search results.

The LWW Health Library contains popular textbooks and multimedia published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Some of these resources include:

Users can download images into PowerPoint presentations, link directly to a section of a chapter, and email links of chapters to colleagues that will be login free for 72 hours.

Enjoy!

 

Implementing a new iPad leasing program

New M1 students receiving leased iPads during the 2014 orientation fair

New M1 students receiving leased iPads during the 2014 orientation fair

This Tuesday 120 new medical students were deployed an iPad by the health sciences library during the annual COM orientation fair. This year, however, the library team worked with the COM, main campus, and Apple to implement a new leasing program. Student equipment fees are being collected to lease iPad minis for each student, which will then be turned in after the first two years of medical school. At that time, the students will be given a new device, depending on which Apple tablet is on the market at that time. At the end of their four-year medical school career, students will be given the option to return their tablet, or to purchase it outright for a nominal fee. The library team hopes the leasing program will allow the library to refresh students’ technology after two years, the average amount of time during which new tablets are released.

Do you know “The Scoop?”

If you have visited the 2nd floor bathrooms near the health sciences library lately, you may have noticed something different. The health sciences library’s newsletter, The Scoop, is posted on the wall in each bathroom stall! Find out about current happenings in the library, learn about new library resources and services, or read a funny (library-related) comic. Check back each month for a new edition. Not on the second floor at COM? You can read the latest and back issues of The Scoop on our website.

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A quick grammar lesson…

We know many of our students are in the midst of their FIRE research this summer, so we thought we’d share this fun (and surprisingly informative) music video. Remember, it’s all very well and good to have excellent research to present. However, if you’re not careful, terrible grammar could ruin everything.

If you’d like some additional tips to make sure your grammar is flawless, there are some great resources available on the UCF University Writing Center website. Should you require any additional help with your writing, consultants are available to work with you in person, or online via Adobe Connect. We also hope to create some more posts on other aspects of writing, like using EndNote to manage your citations and bibliographies, so be on the lookout for those.

Happy writing!

New Resource: The Medical Student Press Journal

The Health Sciences Library recently had the privilege of adding a special new resource to its electronic journal collection – The Medical Student Press Journal, an ambitious creation of the student run Medical Student Press (MSPress). From their website:

“The Medical Student Press provides robust editorial services and multiple online platforms for the publishing projects of medical students. We aim to improve the reach and quality of medical students’ scholarly publications on a global scale.”

Medical students from across the country and world make up the executive team, editorial staff, and blogging staff of MSPress, including 4 of our own (now second-year) medical students; Gabriel Glaun, Aryan Sarparast, Sami Saikaly, and Angela DelPrete.

The journal publishes on a semiannual basis, and accepts a variety of submissions, from honor theses excerpts to creative writing pieces. All submissions are peer-reviewed, and the journal itself is an open-access publication. Volume 1 Number 1 of The Medical Student Press Journal became available in June, and includes an interview conducted by Gabriel, and a research article by third-year student Paul Adedoyin.

You can access The Medical Student Press Journal by visiting their journal website,  or by visiting our library website and clicking the link on the front page under “E-Journals” that says “MSPress”.MspresslinkYou can also visit the E-Journals page on our website and search by title for “The Medical Student Press Journal” or “MSPress”, as well as by subject for “Medicine” or “Medical Student Journals” to find a link.

Congrats to the students involved! We hope to showcase more student work on our website in the future.

 

 

 

ClinicalKey Replaces MD Consult

On July 31, Elsevier is discontinuing their product MD Consult. As you are probably aware, many of the student textbooks provided by the library are available through MD Consult. Have no fear! Elsevier replaced MD Consult with something bigger and better: ClinicalKey.

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Explore ClinicalKey Now! It provides:

  • Over 1,100 medical reference books
  • Over 500 medical journals
  • All Procedures Consult content and associated procedural videos in various specialties
  • Over 750 Point-of-Care clinical monographs
  • Over 2,900 clinical pharmacology drug monographs from Gold Standard
  • Over 450 trusted, surgical, point-of-care content
  • Over 15,000 patient education handouts
  • All clinical trials from the ClinicalTrials.gov database
  • Over 4,000 practice guidelines
  • More than 20 million MEDLINE abstracts
  • Over 13,000 medical and surgical videos and over 5 million images
  • A comprehensive list of the content is located here.

ClinicalKey is available now and located in the Database section of the library’s website. You may also notice direct links to the books and journals appearing in the E-Books and E-Journals section.

The library will provide access to MD Consult until July 31. This provides users with the time they need to replace MD Consult course content links with ones from ClinicalKey. A list of durable URLS for books, book chapters, journals, etc., is located here in the Setup Resources section. If you need assistance, please contact the library and we can provide the links for you.

Tips and tricks for ClinicalKey will be coming in the following weeks, so stay tuned!

 

EDIT 8/18/2014:

We hope you’ve had a chance to use ClinicalKey. If you are interested in helpful tutorials, videos, and guides for navigating ClinicalKey, please visit:

Clinical Key User Guide
Clinical Key Resources

For access to ClinicalKey, please visit the Health Sciences Library website and search for Clinical Key in our Online Databases catalog.

Innovations at your libraries!

You might not know it, but your local library, wherever that may be, is making awesome changes. In order to meet the needs of new generations of patrons, new ways of delivering information and integrating new technologies into the traditional library setting have to be explored if our institutions are going to stay relevant.

You may be fairly familiar with one of our main goals: to provide a core collection that is 100% electronic. This is just one way that we feel we can be of the best use to our community of patrons. If we can provide the information they need to them Anywhere, Anytime, and on Any Device, then our patrons have many ways they can enjoy their library experience; in the library with our wonderful staff, and outside the library wherever they may be. Away from the library, one has the freedom to explore our collection without worrying about business hours or even driving out to Lake Nona (and getting lost on occasion – we are located pretty far out!); what’s more convenient than that?

This is just scratching the surface, of course. Libraries are coming up with lots of great ways to get their patrons excited about the services they can provide. Three quick examples come to mind from right here in the state of Florida:

  • The Orange County Public Library opened the Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation and Creativity, a 26,000 sq. ft. space in the downtown library that has all sorts of neat tools and rooms, including 3D printers and photography, audio, and video studios for patrons to use (we visited back in April). They also offer classes and events.
  • The John C. Hitt library on UCF main campus recently added 3 KIC Book Scanners to their library space. No more bending back book spines to make a photocopy of something! With this Tech Fee-funded project, patrons can use the new scanners to make photocopies and send them immediately to themselves via email, Google Drive, fax, you name it. Of additional benefit is that since it is not a printer, the use of these devices is pretty Green considering how much paper can be saved.
  • This week we heard that the University of South Florida libraries are going to start offering drone checkouts to their students this fall! Don’t expect to check one out just for fun, though – interested patrons need to have a legitimate research use for these devices.

We encourage you to get out to your local library and see what new things they have going on there for you. Chances are, it won’t be the same traditional location you remember!

Florida Academic Medical Library Leaders Gather at COM

Talk about power in numbers! The directors of all major academic medical libraries in the state of Florida met at the COM this June 18-19 for their semi-annual meeting. The Florida Collaboration of Academic Libraries of Medicine (FCALM), currently co-chaired by our very own Nadine Dexter and Rose Bland from USF, is a dynamic group who work together to negotiate better prices on library electronic resources. The group has been meeting since 2010 and has collectively saved the state of Florida millions of dollars!

This June the meeting attendees consisted of Nadine Dexter (UCF), Deedra Walton (UCF), Shalu Gillum (UCF), Rose Bland (USF), Cecilia Botero (UF), David Boilard (FIU), Luda Dolinsky (FIU), Kaye Robertson (Nova Southeastern), JoAnn Van Schaik (Miami), Kim Loper (Miami), and Martin Wood (FSU).

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