Beyond the COM: Library Team Field Trip to the Downtown Public Library

Two weekends ago, the library staff was able to get out of the office and spend an afternoon together at the Orange County Public Library in Downtown Orlando. Specifically, we dropped in to visit the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation and Creativity. We tweeted about the visit at the time; check out our Twitter account if you missed hearing about it or want to see additional pictures!

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Audio Production Studio at the Melrose Center

The center itself is located on the 2nd floor of the library, and covers  26,000 square feet of space. Guests in the center have access to the Video Production Studio, Audio Production Studio, Photography Studio, Simulation Lab, Fabrication Lab, and much more. Further, the library offers lots of classes each month, and provides top software to use on all of the computers in the center.


Prior to use, all interested users need to complete a general  orientation and register for a photo-ID card to be used to access the center services. Separate orientations and training for each of the specialized studios and labs wanting to be utilized by each patron in the center must also be completed  before that resource can be used.

Our boss, Nadine, enjoying the giant Interactive Wall.

Our boss, Nadine, enjoying the giant Interactive Wall.

Perhaps the most impressive part of these offerings is that most of the services are absolutely FREE to Orange County Library District cardholders; if you already have an Orange County Library Card, you’re halfway to enjoying the center to the fullest! Patrons outside of the Orange County Library District can also enjoy the center at a reasonable charge. For more information on booking fees for cardholders and non-cardholders, you can check out their website.

One of the main reasons we decided to visit the Melrose Center was because we heard they had a 3D printer in their possession. Lately, we’ve been really interested in 3D printers and what the they can do. It’s been interesting to think about 3D printers in the context of how they could be used in medical education. We’d never seen one up close and in person, so when we saw we could get a demo of one, we were pretty excited about it. Printing an object can take some time, but the staff member we worked with chose a small and simple object to print, and the whole process took around 5 minutes or so to complete. The printer being used at the time was the MakerBot Replicator 2.

Here’s a short video of that demo for you to enjoy! You’ll hear briefly about what 3D printing entails, how the printer prints, and what sort of maintenance a 3D printer requires. (If you have difficulty hearing the voice audio, turn on Closed Captioning!)

Incidentally, this video was made and edited in iMovie – the iOS App and the desktop version! If you want to know more about making your own short movies in iMovie, feel free to come by the Health Sciences Library and Natasha can give you a quick demo.

Our library’s mission is to provide the COM students, staff, faculty, and community with evidence-based information resources using the latest innovative technology. We want to support the education, research, and patient-care initiatives of the College in a number of ways. This trip allowed us to get a close look at what some of our colleagues in the public library system are doing with cool new technology for their patrons. The more we learn about what others are doing, the more innovations we can work to bring to our library space to share with the COM.




National Nutrition Month ends March 31st!


Image courtesy of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

It’s been a busy month at the College of Medicine this March, but perhaps you’ve had a chance to take an interest in your nutrition at some point during your busy schedule? This month was the perfect month to do so, as it was officially National Nutrition Month. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics sponsors this month-long campaign annually, providing lots of helpful resources and tips for managing your nutrition on their website. This year’s theme was “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right”. According to their website, “Consumer research confirms that taste tops nutrition as the main reason why one food is purchased over another”. The theme for this year was aimed at getting consumers to combine nutrition and taste to produce healthy and delicious meals that also meet the recommendations set forth in the Dietary Guidelines.

finished boardTo do our part to bring the campaign to the COM, we put together an informational display board that has been parked outside the library front doors all month (perhaps you’ve seen it on Popcorn Day?). We’ve gathered some great information regarding some simple tips you can easily start putting into action when thinking about what to buy at the grocery store (for instance, fat-free or skim milk over whole milk – same nutrients, less fat and calories!), or when you’re fixing dinner for your families. In addition to the tips, we’ve  provided some recipe cards courtesy of the Academy, and suggested some mobile apps that we thought would be appropriate from our Workplace Wellness LibGuide.


Incidentally, if you haven’t had a chance to check out our Workplace Wellness LibGuide, it also fits in really nicely with the idea of nutrition and wellness. The guide highlights resources that provide access to a wide range of health and medical information available on the web. The “Apps, Widgets, and Toolkits” page of the guide has the most takeaways for visitors, as it includes a bunch of apps (with room for plenty more!) and toolkits to jump-start your own wellness. So far, it has been a great resource to support the Workplace Wellness Study the library and various others around the college have been participating in since August. If you’d like to know more, just ask a librarian! The study concludes in April, so stay tuned for our final report on our findings.

There are still a few days left to check out the display board! Stop by the library and pick up some recipes and read up on the tips we have. If you find you’re just not able to leave your desk, you can always check out the National Nutrition Month website for this information and more.


Survey Time!

Our display boards in front of the library tend to change from month to month, and are an easy way to display great information for everyone to see. So what do you want to learn more about? Any awareness month’s coming up you’d like to see a board about? Maybe you’d like to see some apps showcased? Whatever interests you, we’d love to know! If you have ideas, please feel free to share. Perhaps we can feature your suggestion :-)



Spring has sprung and the COM is busy!

Lots of great events going on this week at the College of Medicine! Today and tomorrow, the 1st and 2nd year students are participating in the 5th annual FIRE Research Conference. The Focused Inquiry and Research Experience Conference showcases the completed research projects of our second year medical students. Select first year students also give oral presentations of projects they will complete in their 2nd year. Visit the 4th floor tomorrow from 9:00am – 12:00pm to discuss the M2 projects with each researcher, and COM102 from 1:00 – 5:00 today and tomorrow for the oral presentations. Follow us on Twitter @ucfcomhsl to see pictures from today and tomorrow!FIRE


Additionally, tomorrow the College will be celebrating its second Match Day as the Class of 2014 finds out where they will be venturing off to complete their residency programs. We did a great post explaining what Match Day is last year when our Charter Class matched, so give it a look if you’re interested in learning more about this tradition. We’ll also be posting pictures from this happy event tomorrow on our Twitter, so look out around noon for those!

Today is also Popcorn Day! We hope to see you in the library at 3pm.  Happy Thursday!



Natural Standard Database: Beer for Lactation, and other Myths – Busted!

Did you know that the health sciences library subscribes to some excellent, evidence-based databases about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)? These CAM resources include information on dietary supplements and integrative therapies. Natural Standard in particular uses a grading system to indicate the level of high-quality scientific data available either for or against a particular therapy or medical condition.

Did you also know that people have historically recommended beer for lactating women to increase their milk supply? As crazy as this sounds, this myth still persists today, despite a complete lack of scientific evidence supporting such treatment. In fact, search for “beer” in the Natural Standard database, and you will see several studies (here, here, here, AND here) that actually show that beer as a breast milk stimulant lacks sufficient evidence. By the way, there is also insufficient evidence in favor of beer as a treatment of diabetes, endometrial cancer, esophageal cancer, and osteoporosis, among other conditions!

Natural Standard actually indicates that, “at this time, there is a lack of strong scientific evidence to support beer consumption for any clinical purpose” (sorry, kids). They give beer an Evidence Grade of “C” which means there is “unclear or conflicting scientific evidence” in favor of a particular therapy, based on current randomized controlled trials.

This extensive database also features recipes, multidisciplinary continuing education, and patient handouts. To access Natural Standard and see what myths you can bust, check out the health sciences library’s Online Databases page and look under “Drug Information” to find this and other great databases. Happy myth busting!



Beyond the COM: HSL Librarians @ 2014 Information Fluency Conference

Your HSL librarians held a panel discussion yesterday, February 26th,  at Day 1 of the 2014 Information Fluency Conference at the UCF main campus. The panel discussed how the Harriet F. Ginsburg Health Sciences Library went from a staff of one (Director Nadine Dexter), to the dynamic team it is today, and how the library came to be a 98% virtual library and a national leader in tablet deployment in medical education.

Head over to SlideShare to check out our presentation, “Creating a Virtual Health Sciences Library for the 21st Century: From Vision to National Leader.”



UpToDate is here!

We’re pleased to announce that you now have access to UpToDate!

UpToDate is now available from the health sciences library for all users on campus. If you would like off-campus access to UpToDate, please contact the library at or via phone at 407.266.1400. Click on the image above to see the library’s UpToDate LibGuide for more tips and help.

As always, if you need assistance with this or any other library resource, please contact us!

ReelDX 60-day Trial now available!

The Health Sciences Library is trialing ReelDx, a site with real patient video case studies. The purpose of ReelDx is to expand the time medical students have with patients.  The videos put the student in a clinical type setting where they can observe the symptoms on the video, gather patient history, and think critically about the patient diagnosis. Currently, ReelDx only has pediatric videos and cases. They add new cases weekly, and the company plans to expand their medical specialties over time.

Each case video is about 1 minute. Below the video is basic patient information, the actual outcome of the case, and the standards of care to use on the patient.  Students can watch the video, diagnose the patient, and then review the information listed with the case. Some cases also include “Expert Commentary,” which summarize the key learning points of the case.


To explore ReelDx, please:

  1. Go to the library’s website.
  2. Click on “Online Databases”
  3. Type in “ReelDx” using the “Search by Title” box
  4. Click on ReelDx (60 day Trial)
  5. If off-campus, please log in with your library ID and Password.

We would appreciate any feedback on ReelDx.  Please contact:

Deedra Walton

Electronic Resources Librarian



Pamela Herring

Electronic Resources Librarian



Wear Red Day is just around the corner!

It’s time again to show your support of the American Heart Association’s campaign to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease in women. Just wear red on Friday, February 7th!  Last year, we took some great photos of the COM community “Going Red”, and it would be great to do that again. Follow us on Twitter @ucfcomhsl for another reminder to pull that favorite red shirt or dress out of the laundry in preparation for Friday!

Additionally, feel free to stop by the library and visit our promotional board to pick up some related informational materials courtesy of the American Heart Association.

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