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New Class Offered

The library is offering a new class, NIH Public Access Policy: Submitting Manuscripts to PubMed Central, which provides an overview of the Policy and covers the practical steps for compliance including determining copyright of currently published articles, maintaining author rights, and using the NIH Manuscript Submission System. For more information, go to the library Classes site.

(Posted on 4-14-09)

Regional E-Science Symposium for Librarians

On Monday, April 6, 2009, regional science and health science librarians will gather at the Hoagland-Pincus Conference Center to collaborate in an invitation-only symposium to address e-science trends in the scientific research arenas at their institutions. A day-long event, the University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian E-Science Symposium is co-sponsored by the Lamar Soutter Library, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine–New England Region and the Boston Library Consortium. The day features a morning address by UMass Medical School (UMMS) Chancellor Michael Collins, MD, a panel discussion with perspectives on e-science from two librarians and a UMMS researcher, a presentation on biotools and e-science resources used by researchers and librarians alike, and a presentation on Clinical & Translational Science research by Dr. John Sullivan of UMMS.

The afternoon is an opportunity for librarians to engage in breakout sessions and facilitated group discussion in order to identify next steps for action that will enable library support for their research institutions. The discussion will ultimately be reported as specific recommendations for area librarians to explore in the support of their institutional scientific research.

To view documents generated from the symposium, go to the E-Science Symposium website.

(Posted on 3-27-09)
Berlin Prize for Creative Writing Office of Student Affairs, Office of Educational Affairs, and The Humanities in Medicine Committee of the Lamar Soutter Library
invite you to attend

The Fifth Annual Gerald F. Berlin Prize for Creative Writing Award Ceremony & Readings

Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Place: Rare Book Room, Lamar Soutter Library

Refreshments will be served.

For additional information about the Berlin Awards and to read previous winning submissions visit:
http://www.richardmberlin.com/creative.html


(Posted on 3-27-09)
  The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Eagle Peak Media and Midway Pictures

present

TB Awareness Day

Featuring a special advanced screening of the documentary, On the Lake: Life and Love in a Distant Place and Q & A with the filmmakers as well as a forum on the current TB epidemic from both global and local perspectives.

Thursday, March 12, 2009
Beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Faculty Conference Room, UMass Medical School

More information on the movie.


(Posted on 2-24-09)
  The Women's Faculty Committee and the Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office

present

"Nineteenth-Century Women Physicians and the Homeopathic Choice"

Anne Taylor Kirschmann, PhD
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Dr. Kirschmann is the author of A Vital Force: Woman In Homeopathy. This event is being held in celebration of Women's History Month.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Faculty Conference Room, UMass Medical School
Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for lunch.

RSVP to Nellie.Toney@umassmed.edu.


(Posted on 2-20-09)
Library Artist in Residence Series The Lamar Soutter Library's
Artist in Residence Series
presents
A Student Art Show:

Perspectives

The exhibit will feature the artwork of UMass Worcester Students

On display: March 2 - April 10, 2009
Reception: Monday, March 9, 2009 at 5:00 p.m.

Place: First Floor of the Library

For more information contact Cindy Lai
Cindy.Lai@umassmed.edu


(Posted on 2-19-09)
Photo of Nsidinanya Okike, M.D. In celebration of Black History Month, the library and the Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office are co-sponsoring "A Century of Black Surgeons." Featured speaker will be Nsidinanya Okike, M.D., Professor of Surgery at UMass Medical School.

When: Thursday, February 12, 2009, 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Faculty Conference Room, UMass Medical School

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Nellie Toney.


(Posted on 1-29-09)
The Lamar Soutter Library and the UMMS Office of Research present a panel discussion:

"A New Era of Scholarly Publishing: The NIH Public Access Policy Leading the Way"

Panelists:
  • Dr. Phil Zamore – Gretchen Stone Cook Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, UMMS; Editor, PLoS Biology; Editor-in-Chief, Silence
  • Dr. Richard Irwin – Professor, Department of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine; Editor, Chest
  • Tom RichardsonNew England Journal of Medicine
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Faculty Conference Room, UMass Medical School

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Sally Gore, Sally.Gore@umassmed.edu, 508-856-1966

(Posted on 1-26-09)
In celebration of Black History Month the library will hold a reception on Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. for two exhibits:

Image for Traveling Exhibit "Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons" is an exhibit that chronicles the history of African American surgeons and was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture. It will be on display in the library from February 1 to March 27, 2009.
Library Artist in Residence Series As part of the library's continuing Artist in Residence Series, a Student Art Show honoring Black History Month will also open on February 4.


(Posted on 1-23-09)
SciFinder® is now on the web. The client version will no longer be available effective March 15, 2009. Researchers who use SciFinder® must contact the library to request a personal login and password. A link to the web version can be found from the library website.

SciFinder® is a research discovery tool that allows you to explore the CAS databases that contain literature from many scientific disciplines including biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, materials science, agricultural science. You can explore one single source for scientific information in journals and patent literature from around the world.

(Posted on 1-14-09)
  The Humanities in Medicine Committee of the Lamar Soutter Library, and The Department of Psychiatry at UMass Medical School

present

Poets on Prozac

Mental Illness, Treatment and the Creative Process

A reading and book signing

Richard M. Berlin, MD, associate professor of psychiatry at UMass Medical School, is a psychiatrist in private practice, and a published poet. He writes a monthly poetry column for Psychiatric Times and is author of the award-winning How JFK Killed My Father, a poetry collection about illness and the healing arts. He is the editor of Poets on Prozac. Gwyneth Lewis, DPhil, Wales' first National Poet from 2005-2006 and a nonfiction writer, has published six books of poetry in Welsh and English and two nonfiction books. Her 2002 Sunbathing in the Rain: A Cheerful Book on Depression was shortlisted for the Mind Book of the Year. Her essay "Dark Gifts" opens Poets on Prozac. She is currently a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009
6:00 p.m.
Hiatt Auditorium, UMass Medical School
Reception in the Library at 5:30 p.m.


(Posted on 1-6-09)
On January 5, 2009, the Lamar Soutter Library will launch the new Library Service Point (LSP) for library patrons. The LSP will consolidate the reference desk and circulation desk into one location (at the current Circulation Desk). If you have any questions, please contact the Library Service Point at 508-856-6099.

(Posted on 12-19-08)
  The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, The Humanities in Medicine Committee of the Lamar Soutter Library, and The Worcester District Medical Society

present

The Wisdom of Wit

An Artistic Portrayal of Life, Relationships and the Human Spirit

Megan Cole originated the role of Vivian Bearing in the world premiere of WIT in 1995, which allowed her to work directly with the playwright, Margaret Edson, in honing and understanding this exceptional play. She developed a solo version called The Wisdom of WIT, which offers insight into the mental, emotional and spiritual issues that cancer patients often face.

Friday, January 9, 2009
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Amphitheater 1, UMass Medical School
Lunch will be served

Please RSVP to Nancy Harger
508-856-3334 / Nancy.Harger@umassmed.edu


(Posted on 12-18-08)
Library Artist in Residence Series The Lamar Soutter Library
invites you to its
Artist in Residence Series

Abstract Views

acrylics by Jean-Pierre Etchegaray

Exhibiting: December 1, 2008 - January 9, 2009
Reception: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Place: First Floor of the Library

For more information contact Nancy Harger
508-856-3334 / Nancy.Harger@umassmed.edu


(Posted on 11-21-08)
Library event The Department of Family Medicine & Community Health, The Humanities in Medicine Committee of the Lamar Soutter Library, The International Medical Education Program, and the International Health Student Interest Group
invite you to
Writing that changes lives: the importance of sharing health stories.

By Kris Holloway
Reflections and book signing:
Monique and the Mango Rains


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Reception in the Library: 5:00-5:30 p.m.
Presentation in the Hiatt Auditorium, UMass Medical School: 5:30-7:00 p.m.

For more information contact Nancy Harger
508-856-3334 / Nancy.Harger@umassmed.edu


(Posted on 11-13-08)
You are invited to participate in a unique reading and discussion group, "Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care." Open to all members of the UMMHC and UMMS community – physicians, nurses, allied health providers, community outreach workers, administrative and support staff, trustees, and medical, graduate nursing and GSBS students – the seminar is free and will meet one evening a month, January through June 2009. Registration is limited; applicant deadline is December 22nd.

To register, see the full announcement, including a link to the syllabus.

(Posted on 11-12-08)
  The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, the Humanities in Medicine Committee of the Lamar Soutter Library, and the OB/GYN and Family Medicine Student Groups
invite you to

A Walk to Beautiful

A Nova documentary capturing hard truths in Ethiopia

"A Walk to Beautiful" tells the story of five women in Ethiopia suffering from devastating childbirth injuries.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at 5:00 p.m.

Place: Amphitheater 3, UMass Medical School

A panel discussion will follow the movie showing. Pizza and salad will be served. For more information contact Nancy Harger:
508-856-3334 / Nancy.Harger@umassmed.edu


(Posted on 10-27-08; revised 11-4-08)
Elaine R. Martin, DA, Director of Library Services, has sent out a letter to the campus community regarding upcoming changes to the library's journal collection, including 121 titles being cancelled in 2009 and 2010, 6 new titles for 2009, and 212 titles converted to electronic-only format in 2009.

Relevant documents:

(Posted on 10-24-08)
Library art series The Lamar Soutter Library
invites you to its
Artist in Residence Series

The Selective Eye: Finding order in a chaotic world

Photographs by David Drachman, M.D.
Chairman Emeritus, Department of Neurology

Exhibiting: October 20 - November 28, 2008
Reception: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 5:00 p.m.

Place: First Floor of the Library

For more information contact Nancy Harger
508-856-3334 / Nancy.Harger@umassmed.edu


(Posted on 10-16-08)
  The Lamar Soutter Library and Humanities in Medicine Committee
invite you to

memories like burrs

Reading and Film Screening Featuring

Gertrude Halstead

Poet Laureate of Worcester and Holocaust Survivor

Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Reception: 5:00 p.m.
Reading and Film Screening: 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Place: Amphitheater 1, UMass Medical School

For more information contact Nancy Harger
508-856-3334 / Nancy.Harger@umassmed.edu


(Posted on 10-2-08)
The Office of Medical History and Archives of the Lamar Soutter Library is pleased to announce the opening of its newest web-based historical exhibit, "The People's Medicine Comes to Massachusetts: Establishing a Family Medicine Residency at UMass Medical School." Written by Dr. Ellen More with research assistance from Dr. Heather-Lyn Haley and web design and management by Robert Vander Hart (with assistance from Julia Powell), and administrative support from library director Dr. Elaine Martin, the site describes the background and significance for health care in central Massachusetts of the founding of the state's first Family Medicine residency in 1974. Using archival documents and oral history interviews, we recreate the challenges of bringing Family Medicine to an academic health center. The site includes audio clips, digitized documents, and a bibliography as well as text.

(Posted on 10-1-08)
The Lamar Soutter Library's Office of Medical History and Archives and the Humanities in Medicine Committee invite you to a presentation by John Harley Warner, Ph.D., Avalon Professor and Chair of the History of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine, entitled "The Image of Modern Medicine: Professional Identity and Visual Culture in America at the Turn of the 20th Century."

When: Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: Reception (5:00-5:30) in the Lamar Soutter Library; Presentation (5:30-7:00) in Amphitheater 2 at UMass Medical School.

For more information, contact Ellen More.

(Posted on 9-18-08)
The library now offers a class, Excel: Introduction, which is an introduction to the basics of Microsoft Excel. For more information, go to the library Classes site.

(Posted on 9-8-08)
Library art series The Lamar Soutter Library
invites you to its
Artist in Residence Series

Watercolors: People, Places, Etc.

by Christina Giza

Exhibiting: September 8 - October 17, 2008
Reception: Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 5:00 p.m.

Place: First Floor of the Library

For more information contact Nancy Harger
508-856-3334 / Nancy.Harger@umassmed.edu


(Posted on 8-25-08)
Over the past six years, there has been a drastic reduction in the amount of photocopying and printing done in the library by patrons. The volume decrease directly affects the library's ability to pay for the copying and printing hardware and maintenance. In FY07 we reduced the number of copy machines from six to four in order to reduce our costs. Further equipment reduction will not appreciably affect cost. In FY08 the library added, at no additional cost to patrons, a finisher to one copy machine per students' requests.

However, in order to continue to provide this photocopying and printing service to our patrons, a fee increase is necessary. As of August 1, 2008 the fees will be:
  • $.20 per page for printing
  • $.20 per page for photocopying using a Copico card
  • $.25 per page for photocopying using coins
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jane Fama at Jane.Fama@umassmed.edu or (508) 856-2099.

(Posted on 7-24-08)
Library art series The Lamar Soutter Library
invites you to its
Artist in Residence Series

You and me and what was missed
Conceptual Photographique

by Greg Seward

Exhibiting: July 28 - September 5, 2008
Reception: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 5:00 p.m.

Place: First Floor of the Library

For more information contact Nancy Harger
508-856-3334 / Nancy.Harger@umassmed.edu


(Posted on 7-15-08)
Library art series The Lamar Soutter Library
invites you to its
Artist in Residence Series

The View from Here
Landscape Paintings in Pastels

by Nancy E. von Hone

Exhibiting: June 11 - July 18, 2008
Reception: Monday, June 16, 2008 at 5:00 p.m.

Place: First Floor of the Library

For more information contact Nancy Harger
508-856-3334 / Nancy.Harger@umassmed.edu


(Posted on 5-29-08)
Lori Arviso Alvord, M.D. The Worcester District Medical Society, The Lamar Soutter Library, and The Humanities in Medicine Committee
invite you to a lecture and book signing by

Lori Arviso Alvord, M.D.

the first Navajo woman surgeon and author of
The Scalpel and the Silver Bear

Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Reception: Library Conference Room, Lamar Soutter Library - 5:30 p.m.
Lecture: Lazare Auditorium - 6:00-7:00 p.m.

For more information contact Ellen.More@umassmed.edu


(Posted on 5-2-08)
Library art series The Lamar Soutter Library
invites you to its
Artist in Residence Series

Through My Eyes

Photography & Paintings
By Sherry A. Moskowitz

Exhibiting: April 28 - June 6, 2008
Reception: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at 5:00 p.m.

Place: First Floor of the Library

For more information contact Nancy Harger
508-856-3334 / Nancy.Harger@umassmed.edu


(Posted on 4-16-08)
NCMETV™ is a monthly series of professionally produced CME video programs on important state-mandated and other topics of interest to practicing clinicians. The library has subscribed to these for many years as videocassettes and, more recently, as DVDs. Now they are available online for registered library users and can be accessed 24/7. Several types of CME credit are available for those who complete a self-assessment quiz.

To use NCMETV™, registration with the Hospital ID is required. To obtain this login code to get started, please call the library Public Desk and User Services Department at 508-856-6099. A sample program is also available.

(Posted on 4-4-08)
Berlin Prize for Creative Writing The Humanities in Medicine Committee of the Lamar Soutter Library and the Office of Student Affairs
invite you to attend

The Fourth Annual Gerald F. Berlin Prize for Creative Writing Award Ceremony & Readings

Wednesday, April 2, 2008, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Place: Library Conference Room, Lamar Soutter Library

Refreshments will be served.

For additional information about the Berlin Awards and to read previous winning submissions visit:
http://www.richardmberlin.com/creative_writing_award.html


(Posted on 3-18-08)
Library art series The Humanities in Medicine Committee of the Lamar Soutter Library
invites you to a book signing and lecture by author

Carla Yanni
Associate Professor of Art History and Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Rutgers University

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Place: Rare Book Room, Lamar Soutter Library

Dr. Yanni promotes the study of architectural history as a way of understanding a society's values.


(Posted on 2-20-08)
Library art series The Lamar Soutter Library
invites you to its
Artist in Residence Series by

Paul Berman, M.D.

New England Landscapes

Exhibiting: March 7 - April 18, 2008
Reception: Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at 5:00 p.m.

Place: First Floor of the Library

For more information contact Nancy Harger
508-856-3334 / Nancy.Harger@umassmed.edu


(Posted on 2-19-08)
On February 4, 2008, Ovid will introduce a new search interface, OvidSP, incorporating new searching tools. To preview OvidSP, go to the Ovid Choose a Database screen and click on the Try OvidSP! link at the top. Tabs allow you to choose Basic Search, Find Citation, Search Tools, Search Fields, or Advanced Ovid Search.

If you have questions, please contact Jim Comes or Len Levin.

(Posted on 1-25-08; revised 2-4-08)
Library art series The Lamar Soutter Library
invites you to its
Artist in Residence Series

A Celebration of
Black History Month
February 2008

Featuring the artwork of UMass students, local artists, and artworks purchased abroad

Reception in the Lamar Soutter Library, Thursday, February 7 at 5:00 p.m.

For more information contact Josue Chery at Josue.Chery@umassmed.edu


(Posted on 1-25-08; revised 2-1-08)
Beginning in 2008, access to CINAHL is now available to library users only from EBSCO. To aid users in the transition from the Ovid platform, the library offers a CINAHL class, open to all UMMS and UMMHC personnel.

(Posted on 1-3-08)
The Alchemy of Grief The Humanities in Medicine Committee of the Lamar Soutter Library presents:

The Alchemy of Grief

by Emily Ferrara

A Reading from her award-winning book of poetry about writing and healing after the loss of her 19-year-old son

Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Reading, reception, and book-signing will be held in the Rare Book Room of the Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Medical School

Emily Ferrara, M.A., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at UMass Medical School.


(Posted on 1-2-08)
The Lamar Soutter Library's Artist in Residence Series will feature the art of 14 UMass students. The exhibit will start on Monday, December 17, 2007 and go through Friday, January 25, 2008. For more information, contact Cindy Lai.

(Posted on 12-12-07)
The library pays all the necessary copyright fees for the articles supplied via the Loansome Doc service. Due to increases in copyright fees, we find it necessary to increase our charge to $25.00 per article, with a surcharge of $5.00 for material held at other institutions. This price increase will go into effect on January 1, 2008.

If you have any questions about the price increase, please contact Jane Fama at 508-856-2099, or Vivian Frempong at 508-856-2080.

(Posted on 12-4-07)
Eileen Costello, M.D., co-author of Quirky Kids, will be speaking on Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Rare Book Room of the Lamar Soutter Library.

Sponsored by the Central Massachusetts Early Childhood Resource Center, Lamar Soutter Library and the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. For more information, contact Nancy Harger at 508-856-3334.

(Posted on 11-29-07)
David Loxterkamp, M.D., will be speaking on the topic, "A Storied Life: Why Words Matter in Medicine." Copies of his book A Measure of My Days: The Journal of a Country Doctor will also be available for purchase and signing.

When: Wednesday, November 14, 2007; 5:00 p.m.
Where: Rare Book Room, Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Medical School
Refreshments will be served.

David Loxterkamp, M.D. is a family physician from Belfast, Maine, where he has lived for 23 years with his wife, Lindsay, and their two children. His stories and essays have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association and the British Medical Journal. He has written popularly for America Magazine, Commonweal and the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. His work as a family physician was the subject of a Life Magazine photoessay in 1998 and an NBC Nightline documentary in 2000.

Dr. Loxterkamp has authored A Measure of My Days: The Journal of a Country Doctor (University of New England Press, 1997) and contributed to two anthologies, A Life in Medicine, edited by Robert Coles and Randy Testa (The New Press, 2002) and Professions of Face, edited by James Martin and Jeremy Langford (Sheed & Ward, 2002). He is currently writing a book on pilgrimage.

This event is co-sponsored by the library's Humanities in Medicine Committee, the UMMS Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and the UMMS Family Medicine Interest Group.

For more information, contact Nancy Harger at Nancy.Harger@umassmed.edu

(Posted on 10-25-07; revised 10-26-07)
The Medical Dimension of Non-medical Movies series continues with a presentation of the 1997 TV movie ...First Do No Harm (94 mins., rated PG-13), starring Meryl Streep. The film addresses epilepsy and the ketogenic diet.

Participation: Open to students, postdocs, staff, faculty, and their family and friends at no charge.
When: Monday, October 22, 2007; 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: Room S1-123, UMass Medical School
Pizza will be served.

The Medical Dimension of Non-medical Movies series is presented and facilitated by Cristian Stefan, M.D., Associate Professor in the Departments of Cell Biology and Radiation Oncology. Dr. Stefan will lead a discussion following the movie. The series is sponsored by the library's Humanities in Medicine Committee.

For more information, contact Nancy Harger at Nancy.Harger@umassmed.edu

(Posted on 10-18-07)
Library art series The Lamar Soutter Library
invites you to its
Artist in Residence Series by

Jessica Vasale

One if by Land, Two if by Sea
topside and underwater images capturing the colorful creations of nature

Exhibiting: November 2, 2007 - December 14, 2007
Reception: Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 5:00 p.m.

Place: First Floor of the Library

For more information contact Nancy Harger
508-856-3334 / Nancy.Harger@umassmed.edu


(Posted on 10-18-07)
The library has recently acquired online access to four titles in the Current Protocols series:
  • Current Protocols in Cytometry
  • Current Protocols in Immunology
  • Current Protocols in Molecular Biology
  • Current Protocols in Protein Science
These resources are available from the library's Online Textbooks site.

(Posted on 10-10-07)
The Humanities in Medicine Committee of the Lamar Soutter Library presents a book discussion and book signing, The Lonely Patient: How We Experience Illness, by the acclaimed novelist Michael Stein, M.D., Professor of Medicine & Community Health at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University.

When: Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Rare Book Room, Lamar Soutter Library

Refreshments will be served. Please join us!

(Posted on 9-11-07)
Library art series The Lamar Soutter Library
invites you to its
Artist in Residence Series by

Barry Hanshaw: textures of nature in paint and pastel

Exhibiting: September 17, 2007 - October 26, 2007
Reception: Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 5:00 p.m.

Place: First Floor of the Library

For more information contact Nancy Harger
508-856-3334 / Nancy.Harger@umassmed.edu


(Posted on 8-22-07)
Library art series The Lamar Soutter Library
invites you to its
Artist in Residence Series

Language of the Sea

Oil paintings by Marianne Felice, M.D.

Exhibiting: July 16, 2007 - August 24, 2007
Reception: Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at 5:00 p.m.

Place: First Floor of the Library

For more information contact Nancy Harger
508-856-3334 / Nancy.Harger@umassmed.edu


(Posted on 7-6-07)
The library has acquired access to the Global Health database from Ovid. Global Health provides "an alternative, complementary point of reference with a broad analysis of foreign language journals, books, research reports, patents and standards, dissertations, conference proceedings, annual reports, public health, developing country information, and other difficult to obtain material." Coverage includes the areas of tropical, communicable, and parasitic diseases, human nutrition, community and public health, and medicinal and poisonous plants.

Access to Global Health is available on-campus or to UMMS users via the library's proxy service.

(Posted on 6-13-07)
Library art series The Lamar Soutter Library
invites you to its
Artist in Residence Series

Cloisonné Enamels

by Peter Grigg

June 4, 2007 - mid-July, 2007
Reception: Tuesday, June 5, 2007 at 4:00 p.m.

Place: First Floor of the Library

For more information contact Nancy Harger
508-856-3334 / Nancy.Harger@umassmed.edu


(Posted on 5-24-07; revised 5-25-07)
The Humanities in Medicine Committee of the library presents a reading by physician-poets Dagan Coppock and Richard Berlin from Body Language, a collection of poems written by doctors-in-training.

When: Wednesday, May 30, 2007; 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Rare Book Room, Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Medical School
Refreshments will be served.

A "Meet the Poets Seminar" will be held preceding the event from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Enrollment for this seminar is limited and pre-registration is required. To pre-register, contact Emily Ferrara: Emily.Ferrara@umassmed.edu or (508) 856-5134.

(Posted on 5-8-07)
In conjunction with Asian-Pacific Awareness Month, the Asian Community Outreach Organization (ACOO) and the Lamar Soutter Library are co-sponsoring a movie screening of Searching for Asian America (2003).

Through intimate profiles of three Asian American individuals, this movie follows the lives of a governor, physicians, and a young cartoonist/actress as they address the question of where and who is Asian American, and how is it changing?

When: Tuesday, May 1, 2007; 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Where: Amphitheater 2, UMass Medical School
Food will be provided.

For more information, contact Angela Lo at Angela.Lo@umassmed.edu

(Posted on 4-27-07)
Due to rising costs, the Lamar Soutter Library must raise the fee for the Pull and Copy Service from $5.00 to $8.00 for the first 20 pages of an article. Additional pages will be charged at the current rate of $.20 per page. The current fee of $5.00 has been in place for over 5 years. This increase will help us to partially recover costs while continuing to provide the service you need.

The increase will go into effect on May 1, 2007. We remain dedicated to providing you with the materials that you need to continue with your research. In the past year we have migrated from paper to email delivery of Pull and Copy articles. We hope that the convenience and speed of electronic delivery has been helpful. If you have any questions about the fee increase or about our Pull and Copy Service, please contact Jane Fama at (508) 856-2099.

(Posted on 4-25-07)
The Medical Dimension of Non-medical Movies series continues with a presentation of the 1989 TV movie Age Old Friends (90 mins., directed by Allan Kroeker), starring Hume Cronyn and Vincent Gardenia. Both actors received Emmy Awards for their performances.

Participation: Open to students, postdocs, staff, faculty, and their family and friends at no charge.
When: Thursday, April 26, 2007; 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: Amphitheater 3, UMass Medical School
Pizza will be served.

The Medical Dimension of Non-medical Movies series is presented and facilitated by Cristian Stefan, M.D., Associate Professor in the Departments of Cell Biology and Radiation Oncology. Dr. Stefan will lead a discussion following the movie. The series is sponsored by the library's Humanities in Medicine Committee.

For more information, contact Nancy Harger at Nancy.Harger@umassmed.edu

(Posted on 4-9-07)
The Medical Dimension of Non-medical Movies series continues with a presentation of the 1996 film The Road to Galveston (93 mins., rated PG-13), starring Cicely Tyson.

Participation: Open to students, postdocs, staff, faculty, and their family and friends at no charge.
When: Thursday, April 5, 2007; 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: Amphitheater 2, UMass Medical School
Pizza will be served.

The Medical Dimension of Non-medical Movies series is presented and facilitated by Cristian Stefan, M.D., Associate Professor in the Departments of Cell Biology and Radiation Oncology. Dr. Stefan will lead a discussion following the movie. The series is sponsored by the library's Humanities in Medicine Committee.

For more information, contact Nancy Harger at Nancy.Harger@umassmed.edu

(Posted on 3-29-07)
You are invited to attend the Third Annual Gerald F. Berlin Prize for Creative Writing Award Ceremony & Readings.

When: Wednesday, April 4, 2007; 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Where: Rare Book Room, Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Medical School
Refreshments will be served.

The Gerald F. Berlin Prize is being awarded for an essay, a poem or series of poems, or a work of short fiction written by a University of Massachusetts medical student or resident. Richard Berlin is a poet and psychiatrist in private practice in Lenox, MA, and an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Berkshire campus in Pittsfield. For additional information about the Berlin Awards and to read previous winning submissions visit http://www.richardmberlin.com/creative_writing_award.html.

This event is co-sponsored by the Lamar Soutter Library and its Humanities in Medicine Committee.

(Posted on 3-29-07)
The Office of Medical History and Archives and the Faculty Women's Committee are sponsoring Hors d'Oeuvres and Conversation with Naomi Rogers, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History of Medicine and of Women's and Gender Studies at Yale University. The Conversation is entitled "Women and Mentoring."

When: Wednesday, March 28, 2007. Hors d'Oeuvres at 4:00 p.m.; Conversation at 4:30 p.m.
Where: Rare Book Room, Lamar Soutter Library
RSVP: Ellen More at Ellen.More@umassmed.edu

(Posted on 3-22-07)
The Humanities in Medicine Committee of the Lamar Soutter Library invites you to a reading and book signing with physician and writer Rafael Campo, M.D.. Dr. Campo currently teaches and practices general internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He will be signing copies of several of his books: The Desire to Heal, What the Body Told, and Landscape with Human Figure. His most recent book, The Enemy, will be available soon.

When: Thursday, March 22, 2007, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: Rare Book Room, Lamar Soutter Library
Reception at 5:00 p.m.

For additional information about Rafael Campo visit http://www.rafaelcampo.com.

(Posted on 3-15-07; revised 3-16-07)
Library art series The Lamar Soutter Library
invites you to its
Artist in Residence Series

Synergy of Art & Techniques

by Timothy Dailey

March 5, 2007 - April 27, 2007
Reception: Thursday, March 8, 2007 at 3:00 p.m.

Place: First Floor of the Library

For more information contact Nancy Harger
508-856-3334 / Nancy.Harger@umassmed.edu


(Posted on 2-27-07)
The Student National Medical Association
presents


forgotten GENIUS

The story of the amazing life of Dr. Percy Julian
1899-1975

a NOVA production

In honor of Black History Month

Photo of Dr. Percy Julian
forgotten GENIUS will be shown on

Monday, February 26th
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Amphitheater 1


Sandwiches and salad will be served.

Sponsored by the
Lamar Soutter Library


For additional information,
contact
michelle.st.fleur@umassmed.edu
or
elizabeth.portnoy@umassmed.edu

"Black Heritage of Massachusetts"
poster series from the
Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office
is displayed in the Library.


(Posted on 2-20-07)
Photo of fast food Super Size Me
A movie sponsored by
Step Ahead
and the
Lamar Soutter Library

will be shown on
Thursday, February 15, 2007
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
in Amphitheater I in the Medical School


Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Nancy Harger at 508-856-3334.


(Posted on 2-2-07)
December 29, 2006 – Welcome to the Lamar Soutter Library's newly redesigned website! The website provides enhanced accessibility to the wealth of resources available through the Library. New site navigation, graphic design, and reorganized content structure are among many notable changes. Important research tools and resources are linked for immediate access from the home page and other pages. New content includes subject guides to online resources, information on library policies and services, and an FAQ section. User input – through focus groups and usability testing throughout the process – was crucial to the redevelopment of the site. Launch celebrations are planned in the Library during the first week of January 2007.
New Library home page The Lamar Soutter Library
invites you to celebrate
the launch of its redesigned website

http://library.umassmed.edu

Tuesday, January 2 - Friday, January 5, 2007

Place: First Floor of the Library

Come celebrate with us!
Demonstrations daily
Giveaways and refreshments each day from 12-2 p.m.


(Posted on 12-7-06)
Library art series The Lamar Soutter Library
invites you to its
Artist in Residence Series

Vibrant Blooms

by Shoba Balaji

December 4, 2006 - January 15, 2007
Reception: Monday, December 4, 2006 at Noon

Place: First Floor of the Library

For more information contact Nancy Harger
508-856-3334 / Nancy.Harger@umassmed.edu


(Posted on 12-1-06)
The Medical Dimension of Non-medical Movies film series continues with a presentation of the film, The Doctor (1991, rated PG-13), starring William Hurt, Christine Lahti, and Elizabeth Perkins.

Participation: Open to students, postdocs, staff, faculty, and their family and friends at no charge.
Date: Thursday, November 30, 2006
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: UMass Medical School, Amphitheater III

Note: Pizza will be served.

The Medical Dimension of Non-medical Movies series is presented and facilitated by Cristian Stefan, M.D., Associate Professor in the Departments of Cell Biology and Radiation Oncology. The series is sponsored by the library's Humanities in Medicine Collection subcommittee.

(Posted on 11-27-06; revised 11-30-06)
The Medical Dimension of Non-medical Movies film series continues with a presentation of the film, Rat (2000, rated PG).

Participation: Open to students, postdocs, staff, faculty, and their family and friends at no charge.
Date: Thursday, October 26, 2006
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: UMass Medical School, Amphitheater I

Note: Pizza, chips, and soda will be served.

The Medical Dimension of Non-medical Movies series is presented and facilitated by Cristian Stefan, M.D., Associate Professor in the Departments of Cell Biology and Radiation Oncology. The series is sponsored by the library's Humanities in Medicine Collection subcommittee.

(Posted on 10-19-06)
The library announces the launch of eScholarship@UMMS, a digital repository of scholarly work from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The purpose is to make the research and scholarly output of the faculty, researchers, staff, and students accessible campus-wide and through internet search engines. Content may include articles, dissertations, presentations, conference papers, or other research in digital form. Each contribution is indexed with medical subject headings and searchable.

With eScholarship@UMMS, the Lamar Soutter Library joins about 160 U.S. academic libraries creating "institutional repositories." Institutional repositories establish a showcase for the school's research, teaching, and scholarship; provide open access to research; and offer a user-friendly process for faculty, researchers, and staff to promote and distribute their work.

As of October 1, 2006, 275 documents have been added to the repository: 157 dissertations from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; published articles from the departments of Family Medicine and Community Health, and Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology; and Library staff publications.

For more information about eScholarship@UMMS, contact Jim Comes at 508-856-6810.

(Posted on 10-4-06)
Library art series The Lamar Soutter Library
Announces its
Artist in Residence Series

Inaugural Opening

a practice of art making
prints   drawings   sculpture   video

by Lynn Simmons

September 20 - November 1, 2006
Reception: Wednesday, September 20, 2006, 4-7 p.m.

Place: First Floor of the Library

For more information contact Nancy Harger
508-856-3334 / Nancy.Harger@umassmed.edu


(Posted on 9-13-06)
The Medical Dimension of Non-medical Movies film series continues with a presentation of the 1996 U.S. film, Phenomenon (123 mins., rated PG). Directed by Jon Turteltaub, Phenomenon stars John Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker, and Robert Duvall.

Participation: Open to students, postdocs, staff, faculty, and their family and friends at no charge.
Date: Thursday, September 14, 2006
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: UMass Medical School, Goff Learning Center room S1-607

The Medical Dimension of Non-medical Movies series is presented and facilitated by Cristian Stefan, M.D., Associate Professor in the Departments of Cell Biology and Radiation Oncology. The series is sponsored by the library's Humanities in Medicine Collection subcommittee.

For more information, contact Jan Sohigian at Jan.Sohigian@umassmed.edu

(Posted on 9-13-06)
The library now provides access to eMedicine Clinical Knowledge Base, a highly regarded evidenced-based medicine database covering 59 specialties. Unique features include Drug Recalls and Alerts, links to National Guidelines Clearinghouse, a Differential Diagnosis Generator, 803 Patient Education articles, and 30,000 high-resolution images for clinical and classroom use. eMedicine is also available for off-site use.

(Posted on 6-16-06)
Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians is a traveling exhibit currently on display in the Lamar Soutter Library. The exhibit will close on Thursday, June 15. All are invited to view the exhibit before it leaves the library. For more information, visit the exhibit's website.

(Posted on 6-8-06)
This live performance of the one-woman play "A Lady Alone" is about Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor in America. Written by Lynn Eckhert, MD and performed by Linda Gray Kelley, the play will be performed in the Faculty Conference Room (University Campus) Wednesday, June 7, 2006 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The encore performance is co-sponsored by Faculty Administration and the Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office, in conjunction with the traveling exhibit in the Lamar Soutter Library--"Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians."

(Posted on 6-6-06)
The Lamar Soutter Library and the UMMS Humanities in Medicine Committee are co-sponsoring a lecture by Perri Klass, MD, Medical Director and President, Reach Out and Read National Center, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Klass will speak on "A World Full of Stories: Writing and Medicine" on Monday, June 5 at 5:00 p.m. in the Rare Books Room of the Lamar Soutter Library. Following her talk, Dr. Klass will sign copies of her recent novel, The Mystery of Breathing (Houghton Mifflin).

(Posted on 6-5-06)
The library now offers online access to The Medical Letter® on Drugs and Therapeutics and Treatment Guidelines from The Medical Letter®. The Medical Letter® publishes critical appraisals of new drugs as well as comparative reviews of older drugs. As a non-profit entity, the publishers of The Medical Letter® are able to develop prescribing recommendations that are completely independent of the pharmaceutical industry. To quickly access either or these titles, go to the library's Online Journals site.

(Posted on 5-16-06)
The library has acquired backfiles of online journals from the American Chemical Society. Most titles are now available from volume 1. For details, go to the library's Online Journals site and enter American Chemical Society in the keyword box.

(Posted on 4-19-06)
You are invited to attend the Second Annual Gerald F. Berlin Prize for Creative Writing Award Ceremony & Literary Reading.

When: Wednesday, April 5, 2006; 4:30 p.m.--Reception, 5:00 p.m.--Award Ceremony & Medical Student/Resident Reading
Where: Rare Books Room, Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Medical School

The Gerald F. Berlin Prize was established by UMMS Psychiatry Faculty member Richard M. Berlin, MD, in honor of his father. The prize is being awarded for an essay, a poem or series of poems, or a work of short fiction written by a University of Massachusetts medical student or resident. Richard Berlin is a poet and psychiatrist in private practice in Lenox, MA, and an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Berkshire campus in Pittsfield.

This event is co-sponsored by the Lamar Soutter Library and its Humanities in Medicine Collection subcommittee.

(Posted on 3-24-06)
The Lamar Soutter Library is pleased to announce the opening of an exciting new exhibition, Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians on May 5, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. The library is one of 61 libraries in the United States selected to host the traveling exhibition. Interactive kiosks provide educational activities, information about medical careers, and biographies of outstanding women physicians.

The exhibit will be at the Library May 5-June 15, 2006. The Library has assembled a wide array of events in conjunction with local sponsors to celebrate the exhibit, including book signings, guest speakers and an essay contest. See the website for additional information.

(Posted on 3-1-06)
The Lamar Soutter Library and the Humanities in Medicine Committee are presenting a reading and book signing by Darshak Sanghavi, M.D., Pediatric Cardiologist at UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center and also a UMass Medical School faculty member. Dr. Sanghavi is author of A Map of the Child: A Pediatrician's Tour of the Body.

When: Wednesday, February 8, 2006 at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Rare Books Room, Lamar Soutter Library
Refreshments will be served. Copies of A Map of the Child will be available for purchase at the event (cash and checks accepted).

(Posted on 1-19-06)
The library is offering an easier way for users to access full-text articles: The Get it service, powered by SFX from Ex Libris LTD.

With the Get it service, you can search in one database and be easily connected to the full-text article in another database. If the database you are searching (e.g., Ovid) doesn't provide full-text to an article, a button will appear:

SFX button

Clicking on the button will open a menu of services available to UMMS/UMMHC users:
  • Full-text access
  • A link to QUIN, the library's online catalog
  • A link to ILLiad to request the article from another library
  • The ability to export the citation into RefWorks or EndNote
Here's an example of a Get it menu:

SFX menu

Questions? Please contact the Reference Desk at 508-856-6857 or email RefStaff@umassmed.edu.

(Posted on 11-15-05)
The UMass HealthNet website has been redesigned as a portal for the library's various consumer health projects. Specific sites linked from the UMass HealthNet home page include: MedlinePlus, a site from the National Library of Medicine that provides health information on more than 700 topics, is also included on the UMass HealthNet home page.

(Posted on 8-29-05)
Backfiles of most of the Annual Reviews series are now accessible online through the library's website.

(Posted on 8-12-05).
The journal Nature Methods from Nature Publishing Group is now available online to the UMMS and UMMHC community. In addition, UMMS faculty, staff and students have offsite access through the library's proxy service.

(Posted on 8-4-05).
The library has acquired site-wide access to eleven online journals from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), including:
  • Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
  • Applied and Environmental Microbiology
  • Clinical and Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology
  • Clinical Microbiology Reviews
  • Eukaryotic Cell
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Journal of Bacteriology
  • Journal of Clinical Microbiology
  • Journal of Virology
  • Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
The journals are available both on-campus and through the library's proxy service from the online journals site.

(Posted on 5-27-05).
Users of MICROMEDEX® will soon notice a new look to the interface (see below). For more information on MICROMEDEX®, contact Nancy Harger (508-856-3334) or Janet Dadoly (508-856-4513).

Screenshot of New Micromedex

(Posted on 5-4-05; revised 5-6-05).

Help Us Redesign Our Web Site! Get Free Food and a Gift!

The library is looking for UMMS/UMMHC focus group participants to discuss our web site during the week of May 2-6. You will get:
  • Lunch or dinner
  • A $10 gift card from your choice of Copico or Borders
  • A chance to share your thoughts with a group of your peers
Groups will be held either during lunch (12-1) or dinner (5-6) and will last one hour.

    Available times:
  • Monday, May 2 at 12:00-1:00
  • Tuesday, May 3 at 12:00-1:00 OR 5:00-6:00
  • Thursday, May 5 at 5:00-6:00 (GSBS students only)
  • Friday, May 6 at 12:00-1:00 OR 5:00-6:00
Sign up at the library Circulation Desk or the Reference Desk, or by emailing Bob Vander Hart at Robert.VanderHart@umassmed.edu.

(Posted on 4-20-05; revised 4-21-05, 5-2-05).
My NCBI, a new feature of PubMed, saves your searches and gives you options to set up search filters and to automatically update and e-mail search results from those saved searches. My NCBI takes the place of and enhances the capabilities of the former PubMed Cubby. Learn how to utilize this new tool that will help you use the MEDLINE database in a more efficient manner. To register for an individual class (at your convenience) or to arrange a demonstration in your department, contact Len Levin, the library's Manager of Educational Programs, at 508-856-6028.

(Posted on 4-6-05).
On Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Greendale Mall in Worcester, a Teddy Bear Clinic will be held. Admission is free for this event to help children of all ages to learn about health and safety with fun and interactive booths. Teddy bears and stuffed dolls are welcome to come with their owners for a physical exam by a doctor.

(Posted on 3-17-05).
3/9/05--Please come to a celebration to honor Dr. Lamar Soutter, founding dean of UMass Medical School. Dr. Soutter was born on March 9, 1909 and died in 1996.

We would like to take this opportunity to showcase a permanent display and unveil the Lamar Soutter Web Exhibit, which begins the first phase of a library initiative to archive the history of UMass Medical School.

Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2005
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (Drop in any time)
Place: Lamar Soutter Library entrance
Worcester District Medical Society and the Lamar Soutter Library invite you to join us to "Meet the Author." Alice W. Flaherty, M.D., author of The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer's Block, and the Creative Brain, will be available in the Rare Book Room of the library on Wednesday, March 16 at 6:45 p.m. to sign copies of her book.

Dr. Flaherty is a neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and teaches at Harvard Medical School.

To register, please call 508-753-1579 by March 9.

(Posted on 2-25-05).
2/15/05--State and federal tax materials for 2004 returns are again available in the library on a first-come, first-served basis. The forms are located on the low Reference shelves near the Humanities in Medicine Collection. Tax materials can also be found on the web:
1/27/05--Come hear these poets read works reflecting the human side of healing:
  • Emily Ferrara, M.A., Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at UMass Medical School, where she teaches creative writing, and a published poet.
  • Victoria Longino, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Humanities and Communication at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston, and a published poet.
  • Eve Rifkah, M.F.A., Co-Founder of Worcester's Poetry Oasis, Editor of Diner, and author of "At the Leprosarium" inspired by the Penikese Island Leper Hospital.
Date: February 9, 2005 (snow date February 16)
Time: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Place: The Rare Book Room in the Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Medical School
11/9/04--November, December, and January holiday hours for the library have been announced. The library will be closed on November 25-26, December 24-25, and January 1. The complete schedule:
November
Wed., 11-247:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thurs., 11-25Closed
Fri., 11-26Closed
December
Thurs., 12-238:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Fri., 12-24Closed
Sat., 12-25Closed
Fri., 12-318:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
January
Sat., 1-1Closed
9/9/04--Please take note of the following upcoming events in the Lamar Soutter Library:
  • On Thursday October 7, 2004, Aaron Lazare, MD, Chancellor/Dean, and Elaine R. Martin, Director of Library Services will accept the United States National Commission on Libraries and Information Science Blue Ribbon Consumer Health Information Recognition Award on behalf of the Lamar Soutter Library of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

    The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the Lamar Soutter Library. A reception will follow.

    The award honors the Lamar Soutter Library for programs providing essential health-related information to patients and others interested in patient care. The award will be presented by Commissioner Edward L. Bertorelli on behalf of the United States National Commission on Libraries and Information Science.

    The award presentation is open to the public. RSVP to Deanna Lucia at 508-856-7633 or via email at Deanna.Lucia@umassmed.edu.


  • On Friday, October 15, 2004, Aaron Lazare, MD, Chancellor/Dean will do a reading from his new book On Apology and will sign books after the reading. Books can be purchased in the Library at the signing, or in the Campus Bookstore prior to the signing. All are welcome to attend. Please call Deanna Lucia at 508-856-7633 with any questions.
7/12/04--During the past several months, the Lamar Soutter Library has been soliciting your feedback on the UpToDate and MDConsult products. We have received numerous comments and want to thank you for taking the time to use these resources and then, let us know what you thought about them. As a result of your input, I am pleased to inform you that the Library has purchased a subscription to UpToDate. We will also continue to subscribe to MD Consult but will be reducing the number of user seats for this product.

UpToDate can only be accessed from UMMS/UMMHC computers and will not be accessible from home via proxy. To logon and access the UpToDate product go to the Library's homepage: http://library.umassmed.edu/ and click on the UpToDate link. For more information or for a 5-minute demonstration, please visit www.uptodate.com.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the UpToDate product, it is an on-line medical reference service designed to answer tough clinical questions, quickly. Please feel free to pass this information along to anyone interested in this service.

Thank you,

Elaine R. Martin
Director of Library Services
4/1/04--A Session about the crisis in scholarly communication is being co-sponsored by The Lamar Soutter Library and the UMMS Office of Faculty Administration.

The scholarly communication system is under siege. The free flow of information and discovery is severely threatened by:
  • Soaring journal subscription prices
  • License restrictions on the use of electronic content
  • Loss of author control due to copyright transfers to publishers.
What can we do to resolve this crisis? What are the options?

"Is Open Access Publishing the Answer?"

Attend a presentation facilitated by Marc Kirschner, Ph.D., Carl W. Walker Professor of Systems Biology and Head of the Department of Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School.

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2004
Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Place: Amphitheater I (3rd floor), University of Massachusetts Medical School

For additional information, please contact Barbara Ingrassia at 508-856-1041.
3/5/04--The Lamar Soutter Library is genuinely interested in hearing your thoughts, suggestions, commendations, or complaints regarding your library experience.

The Library has provided three options for you to use:
  • A notebook at the circulation desk.
  • A locked suggestion box at the circulation desk.
  • A form on the Library Web site.
We will post responses to your comments and suggestions in a timely manner. If you want a personal response, please provide contact information.

Your thoughtful suggestions will enable us to provide the best possible service for all patrons of this Library.

Thank you!

Jim Comes
Associate Director, Reference

Jane Fama
Associate Director, Access Services
2/10/04--Effective March 1, 2004, the library will increase its hours to the following (changed hours are in bold):

Main Library Hours (as of 3/1/04)
Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

The Reference Desk hours will also change to the following:

Reference Desk Hours (as of 3/1/04)
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
11/25/03--November, December, and January holiday hours for the library have been announced. Please note that the library will be closed on November 27-28, December 24-25, and January 1. The complete schedule is as follows:
November
Wed., 11-268:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thurs., 11-27Closed
Fri., 11-28Closed
Sat., 11-2910:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sun., 11-303:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
December
Wed., 12-24Closed
Thurs., 12-25Closed
Fri., 12-268:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wed., 12-318:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
January
Thurs., 1-1Closed
Fri., 1-28:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
9/2/03--A letter from Library Director Elaine Martin updates the UMMS community on the library's journal subscriptions for fiscal year 2004. Only 40 subscriptions will be cut. The letter can be read at http://library.umassmed.edu/journalupdate.pdf.
6/18/03--A letter from Elaine Martin, Director of Library Services, explaining the rationale for the Journal Cancellation Project and the reduction of library hours, is available. This letter can be read at http://library.umassmed.edu/directorletter.pdf.
6/17/03--Urgent help is requested from the UMMS/UMMHC community for the Library's Journal Cancellation Project. Complete project details can be found at http://library.umassmed.edu/journaldata.cfm.
6/4/03--Due to major budget cuts, the library will be forced to permanently reduce hours effective June 29, 2003. The new hours will be as follows:

Main Library Hours
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday 3 p.m.-11 p.m.

The Reference Desk will be open the following hours:

Reference Desk Hours
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday 3 p.m.-11 p.m.
3/26/03
Open House logo

Come to the Library's 4th Annual Open House!

"Rededication: New Beginnings, Old Friends"

Thursday, April 3, 2003
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m. by Dr. Aaron Lazare

Please join us to celebrate our renovation and our new Humanities in Medicine Collection

Music, exhibits, door prizes, giveaways, raffle


Please join us!

3/14/03--The Lamar Soutter Library will launch the LibQUAL+ (TM) Survey on March 17, 2003. As one of 315 participants in the Spring 2003 program, the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Lamar Soutter Library will implement the survey, analyze results, identify service strengths and areas needing improvement, and utilize the information in its strategic planning process to ensure that services are closely aligned with user expectations. In addition, LibQUAL+ (TM) results will enable comparison of service quality with peer institutions, development of benchmarks, and understanding of best practices across institutions. The Library in partnership with Information Services has been designing the bulk online mailing process, properly formatting the invitation letter, and running the programs to identify students, faculty and a random sample of staff to receive the survey. For more details about the LibQUAL+ (TM) project, please visit the LibQUAL+ (TM) FAQ site at http://library.umassmed.edu/libqual.cfm or the LibQUAL+ (TM) home page at http://www.libqual.org. Your participation is very important! The survey will be available March 17th - March 28th.
3/10/03--Nine online journals from Cell Press are now available fulltext to UMMS and UMMHC users. The titles are: Cell, Cancer Cell, Developmental Cell, Current Biology, Chemistry & Biology, Immunity, Molecular Cell, Neuron, and Structure. Access to these titles is available from the Online Journals page.
3/3/03--Access is now available to thirty online journals from the American Chemical Society, including such titles as Biochemistry, Chemical Reviews, and the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Access to these titles, which are linked from the Online Journals page, is restricted to UMMS or UMMHC users or by proxy service.
2/4/03--The library is again offering state and federal tax forms, schedules, and publications for 2002 returns on a first-come, first-served basis. They are located on the first floor at the end of the current journal stacks.

Other options for obtaining federal and state tax products include:
  • Reproducible Copies of Federal Tax Forms, located at the library Reserve Desk, from which users can make photocopies
  • Package X, for Massachusetts forms, at the Reserve Desk
  • 2002 Federal Tax Products on CD-ROM, also at the Reserve Desk
  • The Internal Revenue Service web site at http://www.irs.treas.gov/formspubs/index.html
  • The Massachusetts Department of Revenue web site at http://www.mass.gov/dor
11/22/02--Effective January 2, 2003, the library will begin charging for printing from computer workstations. Copy cards will be required for all printing done in the library from public terminals.

For more information, go to http://library.umassmed.edu/payprint.cfm.
11/8/02--November, December, and January holiday hours for the library have been announced. Please note that the library will be closed on November 28-29, December 24-25, and January 1. The complete schedule is as follows:
November
Wed., 11-277:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thurs., 11-28Closed
Fri., 11-29Closed
Sat., 11-309:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
December
Sun., 12-110:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Sun., 12-2210:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Mon., 12-237:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Tues., 12-24Closed
Wed., 12-25Closed
Thurs., 12-267:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Fri., 12-277:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sat., 12-289:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sun., 12-2910:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Mon., 12-307:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Tues., 12-317:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
January
Wed., 1-1Closed
5/31/02--The International Healthcare Opportunities Clearinghouse (IHOC) site has been updated and revised. IHOC is designed for health-care professionals and students who are interested in volunteer work with underserved communities at home or abroad.

The IHOC Web site was begun in 1996 by a small group of faculty members and students from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and is hosted by the Lamar Soutter Library.
5/22/02--On June 6, 2002, the Lamar Soutter Library will be changing to a new photocopier system. The new system offers many improvements, including:
  • Digital copiers.
  • Cash/coin capability on two machines.
  • ADA adjustments on one machine.

IMPORTANT CHANGES THAT WILL AFFECT ALL DEPARTMENTS

  • Library staff will no longer be able to sell or add value to cards.
  • Current cards can be used for six months.
  • We ask that current cards be used ASAP.
  • Order new cards ASAP.
  • For further details and FAQs, please see the Lamar Soutter Library website at http://library.umassmed.edu/newcopyservice.html.
  • If you have any additional questions, please call 508-856-5830.
We understand that during this transition there may be some difficulties, and we apologize for any inconvenience.
4/16/02--The library's second floor is currently being carpeted and painted. Some of the bound journals have been temporarily moved to the second floor mezzanine outside the library administration offices. The second floor remains open but patrons may find some aisles temporarily blocked during the laying of carpet.

Meanwhile, the computer classroom (formerly the photocopy room) is now furnished and computers will be installed beginning April 17. Also this week some computers will be moved from the library computing area to new areas just outside of the computer classroom.
3/21/02--Carpet removal on the library's third floor has commenced and will continue into the week of March 25. The walls and ceilings will also be painted beginning next week. Some of the bound journals will be temporarily moved to the second floor mezzanine outside the library administration offices. The third floor will remain open during this time, but patrons may find some aisles temporarily blocked during the laying of carpet.
2/21/02--As part of the library's renovation project, the photocopiers will be moved out of the copy room and distributed throughout the library, including two machines each on the first, second, and third floors. This move is scheduled for Saturday, February 23.

Watch this page for future announcements regarding the library's renovation.
2/12/02--Once again, the library is offering state and federal tax forms, schedules, and publications for 2001 returns on a first-come, first-served basis. They are located on the first floor at the end of the book stacks near the photocopy room. More forms are currently on order.

Other options for obtaining federal tax products include:
  • Reproducible Copies of Federal Tax Forms, located behind the library Reserve Desk, with which users can make photocopies of tax forms.
  • 2001 Federal Tax Products on CD-ROM, also behind the Reserve Desk.
  • The Internal Revenue Service web site at http://www.irs.treas.gov/forms_pubs/index.html.
1/23/02--Current issues of Science magazine are now available online at www.sciencemag.org. Access is available from any UMMS or UMMHC workstation or by proxy service. Older issues (1880-1996) of Science are also available at the JSTOR web site, so that UMMS and UMMHC users now have online access to the entire run of the journal. Science can be accessed through the library's Online Journals page, and is also available at Journals@Ovid.
10/2/01--The Nature group of journals is now available full-text from the library's web site. As the result of a license agreement between Nature Publishing and the Northeast Research Libraries (NERL), users at any UMMS or UMMHC workstation can now access the full-text of eleven Nature titles. No password is required. The titles include: Nature, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Cell Biology, Nature Genetics, Nature Immunology, Nature Medicine, Nature Neuroscience, Nature Reviews Genetics, Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology, Nature Reviews Neuroscience, and Nature Structural Biology. The Nature titles can be accessed through the library's Online Journals page.
8/7/01--The library's Interlibrary Borrowing (ILB) department is happy to announce the debut of their new Interlibrary Loan Management System: ILLiad. Go to http://library.umassmed.edu/ilbrequest.cfm for a link to ILLiad.

Benefits to you include:
  • Enter all ILB requests on the web 24 hours a day. (The library will no longer accept paper forms or phone requests).
  • View the status of your ILL request at any stage of the process, eliminating phone calls to the ILL office.
  • Cancel your requests online as well as re-submit cancelled requests, retaining all notes and tracking for the item.
  • View lists of checked out items and renew loans on-line.
  • View entire request history, including cancelled and completed items, with all tracking and notes.
  • Update your personal contact information at any time.
  • Choose from a variety of request types, each with their own request form--Photocopy, Book, Patent or Thesis request.
Each user will be required to register, which includes choosing a username and password, the first time they use the ILLiad system. Users are reminded that there are fees associated with ILB services and will be expected to enter valid account number(s) at registration and with each request submitted. No request will be processed without an account number. The ILB office is staffed Monday - Friday 8:30 - 5:00.

Questions and comments may be directed to the Interlibrary Borrowing Office at 508-856-2080.
6/25/01--The Virtual Catalog is now available! The Virtual Catalog provides a single, searchable catalog of books held by participating libraries of the Boston Library Consortium (BLC) and two major Boston-area public library networks. Qualified patrons may directly request books at no charge from other participating libraries. See Library Catalogs for more information.
6/20/01--The New England Regional Medical Library web site is now online at http://nnlm.gov/ner. For more information see the News item below dated 5/8/01.
5/8/01--The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has awarded the Lamar Soutter Library a five-year Regional Medical Library contract. Details of the award can be found at the NLM's web site:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/press_releases/rmlcontracts01.html


4/29/01--A Subject Search feature is the latest addition to the library's web site. This interface allows users to search the library's collections of online journals, online textbooks, databases, and other sites by subject category.
4/10/01--The Mental Measurements Yearbook is now available from the library's web site. Access has been made possible for all five UMass campuses as part of the UMass Digital Library Initiative.

The Mental Measurements Yearbook is currently linked from the library's Searchable Databases page.
4/2/01

Come to the 3rd Annual Library Open House!

On April 4, 2001, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.,
the Lamar Soutter Library will celebrate National Library Week
with its 3rd Annual Open House,

Café Bibliothèque.

Representatives from Ovid, Elsevier, EBSCO, ISI, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and MD Consult will demonstrate their software products. Giveaways and tip sheets will be available!

In addition, there will be exhibit tables that focus on new and improved library services.

Browse the exhibits. Attend a program or two. Win a door prize.
Enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres from Struck Catering!

Join us for the Library's 3rd Annual Open House!

3/27/01--Current Index to Statistics (CIS), a bibliographic index to publications in statistics and related fields, is the latest resource added to the library's web site. CIS includes coverage from 106 core journals from 1974 to the present, as well as selected articles from an additional 900 journals. In addition, about 8000 books in statistics are indexed in CIS.

Access to CIS is restricted to UMMS/UMMHC workstations or by proxy service. CIS is currently linked from the library's Searchable Databases page.
3/19/01--The following library online services will be unavailable on Wednesday, March 21 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. due to an operating system upgrade:
  • QUIN--the library's online catalog
  • Proxy service--off-site access to restricted-access journals and databases
  • The library staff regret any inconvenience to our users.
    3/9/01--Three new electronic resources for general research have recently been added to the library's web site:
  • netLibrary includes approximately 3000 online books in several subject areas, including consumer health and psychology. netLibrary is available for statewide access in all libraries that are members of the Massachusetts Regional Library Systems and to all Massachusetts residents who have Internet access. Users can also create a personal account.

    netLibrary is currently linked from the library's Online Textbooks page.

  • ProQuest is a periodicals database that indexes over 1600 periodicals and newspapers, primarily in the business and economy fields. Access has been made possible for all five UMass campuses as part of the UMass Digital Library Initiative.

    ProQuest is currently linked from the library's Searchable Databases page.

  • Biography Resource Center contains information on more than 185,000 people, with full-text articles from nearly 250 periodicals. Access is available for all libraries that are members of the Central Massachusetts Regional Library System (CMRLS).

    Biography Resource Center is currently linked from the library's Searchable Databases and Ready Reference pages.
  • 2/27/01--The latest feature of the library's web site is the Online Books page located at http://library.umassmed.edu/ebooks.cfm. This page lists all of the library's subscribed online textbooks including Harrison's Online, the MD Consult Reference Books, the STAT!Ref collection, and the Books@Ovid titles. Free online books will also be added.

    The Online Books list is dynamically generated by the ColdFusion web development system. Comments and questions about the Online Books page may be forwarded to Robert Vander Hart at Robert.VanderHart@umassmed.edu or by telephone at 856-3290.
    1/24/01--The New Ovid Interface is Now Available!

    Now you can search the Ovid databases without using a password! The library now has access to Ovid at

    http://gateway.ovid.com/autologin.html

    The new Ovid is available from any UMMS or UMMHC workstation. NOTE: off-campus use is available by using the library's proxy service. See http://library.umassmed.edu/proxy for more details.

    IMPORTANT: the current, password-accessed system will not be available after January 31, 2001.

    Features of the new interface include:
    • Simultaneous searching of databases
    • Books@Ovid, which includes full-text of eighteen medical and nursing textbooks
    • Direct export to bibliographic management software such as EndNote or Reference Manager
    The new Ovid is also linked from the library's web site at http://library.umassmed.edu/ovid.cfm.
    1/12/01--The library is offering a new proxy service for off-campus users of online journals and databases. This service is available to UMMS and UMMHC faculty, staff and students. You must be currently registered as a library user in order to utilize the proxy service, because your library barcode number is used for authentication. If you are not registered as a library user, just stop by the library Circulation Desk.

    For more information on this new library service, go to http://library.umassmed.edu/proxy.
    1/10/01--State and federal tax forms for the year 2000 are now available in the library on a first-come, first-served basis. Massachusetts Form 1 for full-year residents is available for state tax returns. For federal taxes, the library currently has 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ forms, instructions, and supporting schedules, as well as an assortment of miscellaneous forms and publications.

    Tax materials are located in the Government Documents stacks near the library photocopy room. Just follow the green signs.
    11/1/00--Journal Citation Reports® on the Web (JCR Web) is now available! JCR Web provides access to evaluative and comparative data for over 8,400 scholarly journals, and allows researchers to identify the highest impact and most frequently used journals in their fields.

    Access to JCR Web is restricted to workstations within the UMMS and UMMHC domains. To begin using JCR Web, go to http://jcrweb.com.
    9/29/00--The library has unveiled a new web site interface, replacing the site that was introduced in April 1998. The new site is powered by the ColdFusion web development system, which allows web pages to be generated dynamically from database content. To see an example of ColdFusion in operation, visit the library's new Online Journals page.

    In the near future, other pages on the library's web site will be converted from static to dynamic presentation. If you have any questions about this new interface, please contact Robert Vander Hart, the library's web site manager at 856-3290 or by email at Robert.VanderHart@umassmed.edu.