Archive for June, 2010

Finding copies of Scientific American at UCLA

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Are you wondering why you can’t access electronic copies of Scientific American on web pages? Have you asked your colleagues at other UC campuses, only to find out they are having problems too? It’s not a problem with your computer or the network: it’s a challenge to licensing.

Nature Publishing Group recently took over publication of the journal Scientific American. The license terms for electronic access offered to the 10 UC campuses after this publisher change were prohibitive: according to the Challenges to Licensing web page maintained by the California Digital Library (CDL), the “cost of UC’s online site license [for Scientific American only] would be more than twice the fee currently charged for systemwide access. It is worth noting that this fee represents a ‘discounted’ offer: the list price quoted to the CDL is well over five times our current cost. The price of an institutional print subscription is also increasing more than seven-fold.”

Given these cost increases, the electronic subscription to Scientific American on for all UC campuses was not renewed when it expired in May 2010. However, the UCLA Biomedical Library, the UCLA College Library, and the UCLA Science and Engineering Library have retained print subscriptions to this periodical. View a map of campus libraries to find these locations and get your hands on a print copy of Scientific American. Additionally, UCLA’s subscriptions to the Academic Search Complete and Business Source Complete databases includes access to selected articles from Scientific American from 1995 to the present.

If you’re interested in learning more about barriers to licensing or purhasing electronic materials, keep an eye on the CDL’s Challenges to Licensing page . It is updated when new  information is available, and provides insight into the challenges of maintaining a world-class electronic collection for the libraries which are part of the University of California.

<submitted by Amy Chatfield>

Biomedical Library Says Goodbye to Amy Chatfield

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

The Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library says goodbye to a member of the Research, Instruction, and Collection Services (RICS) Division.

Amy Chatfield began her career at the UCLA Library in December 2006 after completing her MLS degree in the spring of 2006. When Amy was hired she became RICS’ first-ever Outreach and Communications Coordinator. Some of her accomplishments during this period included transitioning the Biomedical Library newsletter into the Biomed Blog in the fall of 2007, providing for more effective and timely communication from Biomedical Library to patrons, and expanding the library’s presence at events on campus, such as the School of Public Health’s Career Fair in May 2008 and the Office of Residential Life’s TechFair in October 2008, by providing promotional materials and staff.

In February 2009, Amy transitioned into the role of Instruction Coordinator, assuming responsibility for coordinating RICS curriculum-based instruction and consultations in information literacy, informatics, and evidence-based medicine for medical and other health sciences students, including the planning and development of new instructional programs. Amy has served as Subject Specialist and Liaison for Biology, Botany, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Nephrology, Nuclear Medicine/Radiology, Oncology, Plant Sciences, Psychology, Urology and Zoology.

Amy’s final day is today, June 30th. On July 12th she will begin a new chapter in her career as a reference and instruction librarian at USC’s Norris Medical Library. Please join us in wishing Amy well as she leaves UCLA.

<submitted by Paul Camp>

Instruction Materials for SMDEP (Summer Medical and Dental Education Program)

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Below are links to the materials for the SMDEP library instruction sessions to be held on June 25, 2010 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. and 4 – 5 p.m. in the Biomedical Library Classroom. Students will be meeting near the Biomedical Library’s Public Service Desk prior to each session.

Important links:

  • Biomedical Library homepage
  • Off Campus Access to Electronic Resources
  • Need help? Contact the Biomedical Library!
  • <submitted by Amy Chatfield>

    Instruction Materials for PREP/RAP (pre-medical, pre-dental enrichment program/reapplication program)

    Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

    Below are links to the materials for the PREP/RAP library instruction sessions to be held on June 22, 2010 from 1:30  – 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in the Biomedical Library Classroom. Students will be meeting near the Biomedical Library’s Public Service Desk prior to each session.

    Important links:

  • Biomedical Library homepage
  • Off Campus Access to Electronic Resources
  • Need help? Contact the Biomedical Library!
  • <submitted by Amy Chatfield>

    eRA Commons and MyNCBI: managing your grant citations more easily

    Thursday, June 17th, 2010

    eRA Commons and MyNCBI are partnering to make managing your grant bibliographies easier.  Commons requires investigators to submit bibliographies during the submission process for NIH grants.  In the past, investigators entered citations manually.  As of July 23rd, 2010, Commons will no longer be accepting manual submissions.  Instead, they will be leveraging the power of PubMed, the NIH Manuscript Submissions System and PubMed Central via MyNCBI to directly import citations into eRA Commons.

    MyNCBI is a customization feature available in PubMed and other NCBI databases like Entrez. MyNCBI not only allows  customization and saved searches, but also has a featured called My Bibliography. My Bibliography  saves citations from PubMed, NIH Manuscript Submissions system and PubMed Central to create bibliographies.  It also gives the ability to add non-Pubmed citations from books, chapters, presentations, meeting abstracts and more.

    An investigator can link his existing MyNCBI account to his Commons account or go through Commons to create a new MyNCBI account.  Instructions for creating and linking accounts can be found on the eRA site. After investigators link their MyNCBI and Commons accounts, citations they have saved in My Bibliography will appear automatically in their Commons account. The investigator or his designate will then be able to associate papers with grant awards.   The Office of Extramural Research hopes this will improve the quality of citation data and NIH Public Access Policy compliance.

    Dates to note:

    • July 22, 2010: Manual citations added to a Commons account should be moved to MyNCBI
    • July 23, 2010: Investigators will no longer be able to add manual citations to Commons
    • October 22, 2010: Commons will no longer display citations manually entered into Commons.  All citations previously entered will be removed from the Commons system.

    Related Web sites and help documents:

    <submitted by Rikke Ogawa>

    Looking for County Health Statistics?

    Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

    The County Health Rankings are a key component of the Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) project. MATCH is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

    This web site provides access to the 50 state reports, ranking each county within the 50 states according to its health outcomes and the multiple health factors that determine a county’s health. Each county receives a summary rank for its health outcomes and health factors and also for the four different types of health factors: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment. Each county can also drill down to see specific county-level data (as well as state benchmarks) for the measures upon which the rankings are based.

    <submitted by Tania Bardyn>

    Biomedical Library Hours: Intersession and Summer

    Friday, June 11th, 2010

    Intersession Hours: June 12 – 20:

    • Saturday & Sunday, June 12 & 13, Closed
    • Monday – Friday, June 14 – 18, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Saturday & Sunday, June 19 & 20, Closed

    Summer Hours: June 21 – September 22:

    • Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Saturday, Closed
    • Sunday, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

    Please note that the library will be closed on July 4 and 5 in honor of Independence Day.

    <submitted by Bob Freel>

    Possible Boycott of Nature Publishing Group Journals: an Open Letter from Gary Strong, University Librarian, to UCLA Faculty

    Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

    Dear Members of the UCLA Faculty,

    Please see the attached document regarding a possible boycott of Nature Publishing Group journals by UC faculty. We urge you to read this important update, which has been jointly prepared by the University Libraries and the University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication. Please contact me directly with your comments and concerns.

    Gary E. Strong
    UCLA University Librarian

    Artists’ Books from Library and Classroom

    Monday, June 7th, 2010


    Fiat Lux artist book

    This past quarter, undergraduate students in UCLA Arts librarian Robert Gore’s Fiat Lux seminar, Artists’ Books in the UCLA Library and Beyond, made and presented their own books as class projects. Several of these unique creations are on display in two exhibit cases in the Biomedical Library lobby, alongside published examples collected by History & Special Collections for the Sciences. From “double happiness” to “words to live by” and various topics in between, the students and other artists comment through unusual combinations of content, structures, and images.

    <submitted by Russell Johnson>

    Baby books a mother lode for research

    Monday, June 7th, 2010


    History and Special Collections for the Sciences’ Baby Books Collection is profiled this week in UCLA Today, the twice-monthly online bulletin of faculty and staff news.

    <submitted by Russell Johnson>