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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
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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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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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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).

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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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Nancy Linnehan
March 27, 2017

The Artist in Residence Series Presents “Discovering Architecture: A Visual Exploration of Our Built Environment” by Ryan Hacker, Exhibiting March 31 - July 28, 2017.

R. Hacker Photography

 

Ryan B. Hacker is an architectural designer who has worked with the Facilities Engineering & Construction team at UMass Medical School since 2012. A BFA graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, Ryan has extensive background in technical settings: Over the last four and a half years, he has built numerous clean room, laboratory, and mechanical spaces, as well as office-zoned occupancies. He was designer/coordinator for the lab fit-ups at the Albert Sherman Center in 2012 and 2013. Currently, Ryan is working on the Commonwealth’s new 22,000 SF Newborn Screening Program laboratory and headquarters, serving as principal draftsmen for that job, and assistant project manager for its construction.

In his free time, the 27 year old Massachusetts native enjoys road tripping around New England, taking photos of his travels, good eats, and community service. He is Treasurer and Director of Support Our Fine Arts, Inc., (SOFA) a 501c3 non-profit that supports and promotes public arts education in Worcester, MA, and also serves as a municipal Election Warden and Massachusetts Notary Public.

A sampling of Ryan's photography can be found on Flickr:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/30525614@N02/

R. Hacker Photography
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Penny Glassman
March 13, 2017

The Lamar Soutter Library will be closed on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

The library will be closed and not staffed from 9:00 PM on Monday, March 13, 2017 until 7:30 AM on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. 

The library will remain accessible for eligible patrons using their ID badge.

According to the National Weather Service, the winter storm will bring significant snowfall and high winds to the region that may impact non-essential operations on our campus. For updates on the status of the UMMS campuses, visit the UMMS Home page and click on the “Campus Status” link or call the UMMS weather information line at 508-856-4000.