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Education & Clinical Services
Len Levin
March 10, 2017

JoMI, the Journal of Medical Insight, has added new videos of procedures in orthopedics, neurosurgery and head and neck surgery.

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The Journal of Medical Insight (JoMI) is a surgical video journal providing high quality, peer-reviewed videos of procedures performed by the best surgeons in their fields.  Content includes orthopedics, orthopedic trauma, neurosurgery, otolaryngology, urology, general and pediatric surgery.  Each video/article includes a peer-reviewed case description, diagnostic images and a full video of each procedure from incision to closure.

Scholarly Communications
February 21, 2017

February means Fair Use Week! This week of February 20 – 24 marks the tradition of reflecting on and appreciating the importance of the Fair Use doctrine in copyright law.

Come by the library and visit our Fair Use Week display to learn more and to test your Fair Use interpretation skills!

Fair Use Week 2017 Cases displayCopyright is a set of exclusive legal rights granted to the creators of works that allows them to control the copying, reuse, redistribution, creation of derivatives, and performance of their works. While copyright allows creators to benefit from their works, particularly financially, copyright also has some important limitations that benefit the public, including term limits and the public domain.

Fair use is one of these important legal limitations, and it allows for the use of copyrighted materials without permission under certain circumstances.  It is an interpretation of one's use of copyrighted material, where the benefits of use outweigh the exclusive rights of the copyright holder. Fair Use is an important public benefit; the reuse of existing cultural and scientific materials is an integral part of creating new works, conducting new research, teaching, and engaging in discourse.

To make a Fair Use determination, each of four factors is considered together and on a case-by-case basis. While typical fair uses include commentary and parody, reporting and research, education, and transformative uses such as indexing for search, these uses in themselves do not guarantee that one’s use is a Fair Use. Each use must be evaluated for its purpose, the nature of the work being used, the amount of the work being used, and the effect that the use will have on value of the work being used.

More information is available through these online resources:

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Fair Use Week 2017 Cases display
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Robert Vander Hart
February 9, 2017

Due to inclement weather, the library will close at 5:00 PM on Thursday, February 9, 2017.

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


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Robert Vander Hart
January 13, 2017

On Monday, January 16, 2017, which is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the library will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

The library is always open for UMMS members with 24/7 card access.

Scholarly Communications
Lisa Palmer
December 16, 2016

The Lamar Soutter Library and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences are pleased to announce that they have developed a new submission and approval process for electronic theses and dissertations at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Students will now submit electronically all theses and dissertations directly to eScholarship@UMMS, the medical school’s open access digital repository of research and scholarship.  A thesis or dissertation accessible through eScholarship@UMMS provides these benefits to students:

  • Immediate exposure through Google and other search engines to maximize readership and impact of scholarship
  • Dissemination to a wider audience and increased exposure potentially lead to earlier and increased citations
  • Download statistics are available
  • Permanent link, DOI and citation for inclusion on  CVs
  • Functionality to share related research data publicly

Before beginning the submission process, students and advisors should review the submission guidelines and policies.  Students will have the option to assign embargoes and Creative Commons licenses to theses and dissertations, and will be asked to register for an ORCID ID if they do not already have one. Binding of theses or dissertations is no longer a UMMS requirement by the Graduate School or the Library.

Questions should be directed to the Library at or to GSBS at

GSBS Dissertations and Theses Collection in eScholarship@UMMS

GSBS Dissertations and Theses Collection in eScholarship@UMMS
Nancy Linnehan
December 16, 2016

The Gerald F. Berlin Prize is awarded for creative writing, prose or poetry, written by UMass medical students, nursing students, graduate students, residents, and fellows based at UMass Medical School, Berkshire Medical Center or Worcester Medical Center/St. Vincent's. Submission deadline: March 31, 2017.

Pen submissions

The Grand prize is $100, a reading at the Awards Ceremony in AMP III (S6-102) on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 (12:00-1:30), and publication in both Worcester Medicine, The Berkshire Medical Journal, and Streams of Consciousness. The Second and third prize winners will also have their work published in Streams of Consciousness.

A panel of three judges will review the submissions.


Guidelines for Authors:

Prose (short fiction or reflective essays):

• 12 pt., Double-spaced

• Judging will be "blind" to author information. Please include a separate cover page for the author's name, address, phone number, e-mail address and title.  This information should appear ONLY on a separate cover page.

• Not to exceed 2,000 words; number all pages


• Up to 3 poems in any style

• Judging will be "blind" to author information.  Please include a separate cover page for the author's name, address, phone number, e-mail address and title.  This information should appear ONLY on a separate cover page.

• Not to exceed 6 pages for the entire submission; please number all pages

 Be sure to disguise any patient details to protect confidentiality

Submit entries in electronic format by March 31, 2017 via e-mail

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


Pen submissions
Nancy Linnehan
December 13, 2016

Join us as Dr. Hatch author of Snowball in a Blizzard will talk about how he came to write his book and discuss the effects of uncertainty in the practice of medicine.

Friday, January 13, 2017

12:30-1:30, Faculty Conference Room

Bring your own lunch, dessert provided 

Books will be available for purchase

Steven Hatch, MD Steven Hatch, MD is Assistant Professor of Medicine at UMass Medical School, working in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology. At present, in addition to his clinical practice, his major focus is clinical education. He is currently engaged in educational endeavors involving every single year of training, from first-year medical students all the way through senior ID Fellows. Among those jobs include serving as core Internal Medicine Clerkship Faculty, core Faculty for the IM Residency, and ID Fellowship Program Director.

Additionally, a major professional activity for Dr. Hatch is writing about medicine for nonprofessional audiences. His experience in writing includes: a memoir of his adventures and misadventures during medical school, Blind Man’s Marathon; a chapter in an anthology on the history and philosophy of science “The Virus as Metaphor in American Popular Culture” in Science at the Frontiers; and his featured book, SNOWBALL IN A BLIZZARD, about the effects of uncertainty in the practice of medicine. A forthcoming book, Inferno, a Doctor’s Ebola Story, is about his experiences during the Ebola outbreak.

Dr. Hatch attended the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, and attended Tufts in Boston for his Internal Medicine Residency. While there, and talking to his advisor about ID careers, Dr. Hatch expressed that his major interest was studying hemorrhagic fever. His advisor suggested Umass where dengue fever was being researched. “And the rest, as they say, is history; I’ve been here 11+ years now.”

Sponsored by the Humanities in Medicine Committee of the Lamar Soutter Library

Steven Hatch, MD
Scholarly Communications
November 22, 2016

On Wednesday, November 16, Faculty Council and the Lamar Soutter Library hosted an Open Access Policy Forum for the campus. We were joined by panelists Peter Suber, Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, and Scott Lapinski, Digital Resources and Services Librarian at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS).

Open Access PanelThe Forum began with Peter Suber discussing the merits of a rights-based Open Access Policy. With a rights-based Open Access policy—the kind that we are hoping to implement here at UMMS—faculty grant UMMS the non-exclusive right to redistribute their work non-commercially. There is no action to take for this to occur; rights are conferred through the adoption of the policy.

Faculty will benefit from this kind of policy for a number of reasons: first there is the consistency that comes with an institution-wide policy, relieving individual faculty from having to negotiate to maintain their rights to control or reuse their own work. Second, by depositing their author final manuscript with the library, faculty will automatically increase the dissemination of their work via eScholarship@UMMS and will receive regular usage statics for these works. As a result, faculty will benefit from a citation advantage for these openly available works (an advantagewhich has long been studied and confirmed. Beyond these immediate benefits to the faculty, there is also the convenience of participating in the development of an institution-wide safety net for any NIH non-compliant papers.

Scott Lapinski then talked about the implementation of this kind of rights-based Open Access policy at HMS, which adopted their Open Access Policy in 2014 by unanimous vote. HMS faculties have integrated the policy into their workflows without disruption and demonstrate, across all Harvard schools, a less than 5% waiver request rate. Citing the early adoption of an Open Access policy at other Harvard schools as well as the safety net for NIH non-compliant papers, Lapinski noted there has been no resistance to the HMS Open Access policy, with his troubleshooting being limited to assisting with manuscript deposition or pointing faculty to their waiver. As Peter Suber noted, Harvard has not had a take-down notice since it has had an Open Access policy in place. 

Finally, Dr. Robert Weinstein, Faculty Council Chair, and Rebecca Reznik-Zellen, Head of Research and Scholarly Communication Services at Lamar Soutter Library, closed the panel with a discussion of the state of the pending Open Access policy at UMMS and a demonstration of the UMMS Open Access Policy portal. The portal is dedicated to implementing an Open Access policy on this campus and has an easy-to-use interface to submit papers to eScholarship@UMMS.

The event wrapped up with an open Question and Answer session. Many questions focused on policy implementation, such as:

  • if coauthors on a single manuscript are all affiliated with UMMS, who should deposit the paper (the submitting author);
  • or, how does the policy impact any agreement I may make with my publisher (the Open Access Policy grants a non-exclusive license to the institution and, as a preexisting license, it survives any subsequent grant);
  • or, does this policy apply to journal articles only or to other forms of scholarship as well, such as book chapters (it applies specifically to journal articles, although faculty are welcome to deposit other forms of research to eScholarship@UMMS)?

Other questions more directly addressed the purpose of the initiative: why does UMMS need an Open Access Policy? An Open Access Policy would support the research and educational missions of UMMS by making all scholarly products openly available. Not all research produced at UMMS is funded through the National Institutes of Health, and an Open Access Policy would enable the institution to make those works publicly available. An Open Access Policy would make an explicit institutional statement in support of Open Access through author self-archiving, a legal and no-cost alternative to publishing in author-pays Open Access journals.  In addition, having the full-text of all research produced at UMMS would make text- and data-mining projects barrier free.

With engaging and well-informed panelists, the Open Access Policy Forum provided an excellent discussion about the purpose and impact of an Open Access Policy for UMMS. Any departments that are interested in learning more about the pending Open Access Policy should contact Rebecca Reznik-Zellen ( 

Open Access Panel
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Robert Vander Hart
November 21, 2016

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday this week, the Library will be open reduced hours:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 23: 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Thursday, Nov. 24: Closed
  • Friday, Nov. 25: Closed

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

If you have questions, please call the Library Service Point at 508-856-6099.

Scholarly Communications
November 8, 2016

On Wednesday, November 16, Faculty Council and the Lamar Soutter Library will host an open forum about the pending UMMS Open Access Policy.

OA Policy Forum posterThe forum will include a brief panel discussion followed by an open Q&A session about implementing an Open Access Policy at UMMS. Panelists Peter Suber and Scott Lapinski, both of Harvard University, will discuss the merits of a rights-based Open Access Policy and describe the support for and implementation of the Harvard Medical School’s Open Access Policy. In addition, the Lamar Soutter Library will present an online portal for implementing an Open Access policy at UMMS.

  • When: Wednesday, November 16, Noon – 1 PM
  • Where: Albert Sherman Center Cube
  • Plus: Coffee and desserts will be served!

This is an opportunity for faculty, students, and staff to ask questions about the policy, the proposed implementation process, and how it will affect you. Please plan to attend!

Peter Suber is the Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication and Director of the Harvard Open Access Project. He is a Senior Researcher at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. He is the author of Knowledge Unbound (MIT Press, 2016) and Open Access (MIT Press, 2012), and has written extensively on open access. He is an original drafter of the Budapest Open Access Initiative (2002), which gives us the definition of open access that we use today.(View his complete list of open access writings.) In addition, he was a professor of Philosophy at Earlham College from 1982-2003 and holds a JD from Northwestern University.

Scott Lapinski is the Digital Resources and Services Librarian at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He has been involved with outreach and implementation for the HMS Open Access Policy, which was adopted unanimously by faculty in 2014. He holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a MS from Simmons College. 

OA Policy Forum poster