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Building on the success of past Open Access Days, 2009 features the first ever Open Access Week from October 19-23, to highlight the benefits of removing barriers to scholarly research.
October 19, 2009 also marks the fifth birthday for Public Library of Science (PloS) Medicine, one of the world’s premiere open access journals. Open access journals are peer reviewed, and available online at no cost to anyone. Open access offers one alternative to traditional subscription-based journals, which become harder for libraries to afford with every passing year. This is especially true during this year's UC budget crisis.
At UCSF we'll have information tables over lunch hour in Saunders Court on October 20, and at Genentech Hall on October 22. So stop by, grab a cookie, take a flyer, and talk about how to change scholarly publishing.
The Library has extended the trial period for access to Ingenuity Pathways Analysis (IPA) until June 2010.
IPA is a software application that allows researchers to compare pathways for common or unique biological molecules and to identify potential biomarkers. Users have been enthusiastic about how IPA can help facilitate their research.
The construction project to create a new Teaching and Learning Center on the 2nd floor of the Parnassus Library building is back in full swing after a nine-month delay due to the California state budget deficits.
The new Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) will expand UCSF’s educational facilities and provide a state-of-the-art clinical skills, simulation, and telemedicine training center. Technology-enhanced classrooms will be part of the facility, and it will also contain updated student computing space to replace the Library’s existing lab. The TLC has been planned by a cross-campus team, including representatives from each of the schools and the campus leadership.
The Library is pleased to offer two new browser toolbars: a general Library Toolbar and the Clinician's Toolbar.
Use library toolbars to search key resources -- including PubMed@UCSF, Cross-Database Search, Library Quick Search, and the UCSF catalog -- from anywhere on the web. Get news feeds from UCSF Library News, as well as the University's News and Publications. Easily ask for help with library research and resources from any web page. The Clinician's Toolbar also features instant access to UpToDate and drug information.
The flagship journal Annals of Internal Medicine is now available online to the UCSF community through a library agreement. This journal, published by the American College of Physicians (ACP), is one of the top journals treating experimental and clinical medicine. Access includes the entire run, from Volume 1 in 1927 to the current issue, and includes Early Release articles. Online access to ACP Journal Club is also included.
Check out both Annals of Internal Medicine and ACP Journal Club at http://www.annals.org/.
RefWorks has announced the release of RefMobile, a new service that allows registered users to access their RefWorks accounts from a cell phone, smart phone, or PDA. All you need is a RefWorks account user name, password, and group code.
The RefMobile interface gives users immediate access to the most commonly used RefWorks functions, including searching entire RefWorks databases, viewing references by folders, adding and removing references from folders, creating new folders, and adding comments to Notes fields. You can also efficiently import new references using the SmartAdd feature.
For more information, see Working with RefMobile.
STAT!Ref now allows you to search online textbooks across the fields of medicine, nursing, and dentistry. The easiest way to navigate your results is to:
View this brief non-narrated tutorial to see how to narrow your results as described above.
Do you have a web-enabled mobile device? If so, there are loads of health sciences related applications to help with your work. Check out just a few of these handy tools:
Every fall, the UCSF Library reviews its journal subscriptions as part of the renewal process for the upcoming year. Due to the severe UC budget crisis, the rising cost of electronic journal and database subscriptions, and the demand for electronic access, we must identify savings through the reduction of print subscription costs.
For 2010, we are nominating 123 print journals for cancellation. Only the print versions would be discontinued -- all would remain available online to the UCSF community.
The UCSF Library is reducing its hours of operation effective September 7, 2009. This is the result of reduced staffing levels, one of several steps the Library is taking to achieve budget targets. The shorter hours of operation affect both the Parnassus Campus library and Mission Bay.
The reduced hours were determined by reviewing available usage data and eliminating hours when UCSF use is the lowest. For hours the Library is not open, secure classrooms at both Parnassus and Mission Bay will be available to students. See details on these and other alternative study spaces.