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Scholarly Communications
Lisa Palmer
July 18, 2017

Have you viewed your Author Dashboard in your eScholarship@UMMS account? The Author Dashboard is a personalized reporting tool for authors with works published in eScholarship@UMMS. As an author, you can easily access your dashboard to view up-to-date download information for your works, as well as a global readership distribution map and other metrics. This data can be shared or exported. Consider using the Author Dashboard data to enhance your annual evaluation or promotion and tenure package!

Readership Distribution Map

To access your dashboard, click on the "Visit My Dashboard" link in the monthly email you receive from eScholarship@UMMS with the subject line “Your Latest Readership Report from eScholarship@UMMS.”  Or, log into your eScholarship@UMMS account (click on the My Account tab at http://escholarship.umassmed.edu) and click Author Dashboard in the Dashboard Tools section.

Some tips:

  • The dashboard will open up to the Readership Distribution page with a map at the top.  Click the date range in the upper right of the page under your name to select “All Time” or the desired date range.
  • The Readership Distribution map can’t be exported, but you can take a screen capture of it for inclusion in reports. It’s a great way to show global impact.
  • Click the download clusters on the Readership Distribution Map to zoom in for a more granular view and see details of downloaded works.
  • The data in the Institutions, Countries and Referrers sections can be exported as csv files.
  • Click on the chart button in the upper left under the globe button to view Usage Reports.  This will show total number of Downloads over time (click on the “Include additional files” checkbox to ensure that downloads of supplemental files are included in the count), Metadata Page Hits, and download counts for each work.  This section is sorted by number of downloads in descending order to identify your most popular works and can be exported to a csv file. 

You can read more about the Author Dashboard tool at https://www.bepress.com/reference_guide_dc/author-dashboard/, or consult Lisa Palmer (lisa.palmer@umassmed.edu). 

Readership Distribution Map
Events
Events
Tess Grynoch
July 17, 2017

The Lamar Soutter Library presents “Medicinal Flora of Massachusetts” curated by Tess Grynoch, exhibiting August 1 – September 30, 2017.

Witch HazelIllustrating and describing the medicinal properties of plants has captured human interest for centuries and the search is ongoing for new cures the plant world can provide. The “Medicinal Flora of Massachusetts” exhibit will feature medicinal plants found throughout the state, highlighting both their historical and modern uses as herbal remedies along with their sometimes deadly side effects.

As part of the exhibit, Dayne Laskey (PharmD, DABAT), Assistant Professor of Clinical Toxicology at the University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy, will provide an introduction to medicinal plant uses and the University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy’s evidence-based medicine garden during his talk, “The Medicine Garden: Bioactive plants of the past, present, and future” on August 22nd from noon-1pm in Amphitheater I (S2-102). All are welcome to attend.

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Staff News
Staff News
Robert Vander Hart
June 5, 2017

The following announcement was made by Jean King, PhD, Vice Provost for Biomedical Research, to the UMMS community:

"I am pleased to announce that Mary Piorun, PhD, has been appointed director of the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, effective June 5, 2017.

Since joining UMMS in 1999, Mary has served in a variety of roles and managed every aspect of library services, bringing to this position a commitment to customer service and dedication to excellence.  Mary earned a BA from Assumption College and an MSLS from The Catholic University of America. She served in various positions in libraries in Maryland and Washington, D.C., including as the first systems librarian at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  Mary also holds an MBA from Bentley University, where she received the W. Michael Hoffman Prize for Business Ethics. In 2014, she completed a PhD in managerial leadership at Simmons College, studying and writing about transformational change.

Mary Piorun, PhD

In her time at the Lamar Soutter Library, Mary has served as the associate director for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region, and was selected as a National Library of Medicine/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Fellow in 2006-2007. Most recently, she was the principal investigator for a five-year, $7 million program to promote the National Library of Medicine's programs and services throughout the New England region.  She is a frequent presenter at the Medical Library Association annual conference and other organizations and has written numerous articles on the changing roles of librarians.

I am confident that Mary’s experience combined with her vision for the future of library services positions her to be a leader in our organization. Please join me in congratulating Mary on her new role."

Mary Piorun, PhD
Scholarly Communications
Lisa Palmer
May 18, 2017

UMMS' Journal of Global Radiology (JGR) is pleased to announce that JGR has been accepted into the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). DOAJ is the largest and most well-known service for identifying high-quality, peer-reviewed open access research journals and the articles published within them.

Launched in 2015, JGR documents and studies issues surrounding global access to and delivery of medical imaging services, with a focus on low-income or resource-poor regions. The journal is published by UMMS’ Department of Radiology in collaboration with the Lamar Soutter Library through its eScholarship@UMMS repository and publishing system. This collaboration aligns with the Library’s mission to help UMMS faculty and students create and disseminate scholarly content directly to users, making it openly accessible to the world.

Being accepted into DOAJ is an important step for JGR to achieve the goal of being indexed in leading databases to maximize the visibility, usage and impact of articles published in the journal. All of JGR’s articles are now indexed in DOAJ at https://doaj.org/toc/2372-8418.

Journal of Global Radiology

Journal of Global Radiology
LSL Messages
LSL Messages
Robert Vander Hart
May 9, 2017

On Sunday, May 21 the library will be closed from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. due to an electrical outage. There will be no access to the library until 4 p.m.

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LSL Messages
Robert Vander Hart
May 9, 2017

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2017 the library will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

The library is accessible 24/7 for eligible patrons using their ID badge.

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Events
Events
Nancy Linnehan
April 12, 2017

Join us for the Gerald F. Berlin Prize for Creative Writing Award Ceremony and Readings on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 12:00 – 1:30, in Amphitheater III (S6-102). Bring your own lunch, desserts will be provided.

Berlin Awards

The Gerald F. Berlin Prize is awarded for creative writing, prose or poetry, written by UMass medical students, residents, fellows, graduate students, and nursing students in programs based at UMass Medical School, Berkshire Medical Center or Worcester Medical Center/St. Vincent's.

For more information about the Award, including the work of previous winners, please visit www.richardmberlin.com and go to the Gerald F. Berlin Creative Writing Award section of the website.

Sponsors: Dr. Richard Berlin, Humanities in Medicine Committee of the Lamar Soutter Library, and the Liaison Committee for Interprofessional Curriculum (LCIC) of the Office of Educational Affairs.

Thanks to Sue Collette, Administrative Education Program Coordinator,  Office of Undergraduate Medical Education for her assistance with obtaining the ceremony venue.

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Berlin Awards
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LSL Messages
Penny Glassman
April 11, 2017

On Patriot’s Day, Monday, April 17, 2017, the library will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

The library is accessible 24/7 for eligible patrons using their ID badge.

Scholarly Communications
Lisa Palmer
March 29, 2017

NIH released NOT-OD-17-050 on March 24, 2017, regarding citing preprints and other interim research products in applications and progress reports.  While the inclusion of preprints and interim research products is not required, NIH encourages investigators to make them publicly available in repositories to speed the dissemination and enhance the rigor of their work. 

The change is effective for all applications submitted for the May 25, 2017 due date and thereafter, and for RPPRs submitted on or after May 25, 2017.

Preprints and interim research products

Preprints are generally defined as the author-created first version of a journal manuscript submitted to a publisher, before peer review.  Other interim research products include white papers and annual reports.  These materials do not fall under the NIH public access policy. Read more about the use of preprints in the life sciences from ASAPbio, a scientist-driven initiative to promote the productive use of preprints.  See also NIH's Interim Research Products FAQ and "Ten simple rules to consider regarding preprint submission" (PLOS Computational Biology).

Sharing interim research products through eScholarship@UMMS

While there are many options for publicly sharing preprints (including bioRxiv and PeerJ Preprints), the UMMS institutional repository, eScholarship@UMMS, managed by the Lamar Soutter Library, can also serve as a home for your preprints and other interim research products that you wish to make publicly available.

Why you should consider disseminating your preprints through eScholarship@UMMS:

  • Free for UMass Medical School researchers
  • DOIs, Creative Commons licenses, and usage statistics can  be provided, as specified in the NIH announcement
  • Ability to include supplemental material such as additional tables, video files, etc.
  • Digital materials are permanently archived for the purpose of ensuring long-term availability and accessibility
  • Managed by the library

Here is an example of a preprint archived in eScholarship@UMMS:

http://escholarship.umassmed.edu/ortho_pp/184/

The library wants to help you disseminate your preprints and gain increased exposure and citations for your research.  If you have any questions about our repository services or are interested in depositing a preprint with us, please contact Lisa Palmer (lisa.palmer@umassmed.edu).

Events
Events
Penny Glassman
March 28, 2017

Please join the library in the Library Computer Lab on Friday, March 31st at 2:00pm for the Webinar:The Role of Information Scholars and Professionals in Responding to Fake News, Misinformation, and Propaganda.

In an era where fake news, misinformation, and propaganda are circulated rapidly via social media and destabilize traditional expertise and authority, information scholars and professionals are called upon to respond. We must engage in the public conversation about misinformation and its effects, and support those working to counteract it. Moreover, we need to educate future information professionals who can engage in these conversations and who can help others develop digital literacy skills. Perhaps now more than ever, digital literacy matters, not just as a skill set to enable citizens to analyze and evaluate the information they encounter; it is critical to many important social phenomena, including positive health outcomes (of particular importance when so much health information is now obtained online), workforce development, and participative governance. Increasingly, governments are delivering information and services only online, which requires citizens to be digitally literate in order to access that information.

Digital literacy is also recognized as an essential competency for job performance, since information gathering, manipulation, and application are key work tasks. In light of the relevance and urgency of digital literacy, this webinar will explore ways we can educate information professionals to empower citizens to become discerning information consumers, and will explore the many challenges to the digital literacy agenda.

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