Thursday, May 31, 2012

TMC Library announces two new open access journals

TMC Library announces two new open access journals, which may be found via the Library’s eresources portal eresources portal within our website or directly via the Internet.

The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (JLSC)  (2162-3309) is a quarterly, peer-reviewed open-access publication that “provides a focused forum for library practitioners to share ideas, strategies, research and pragmatic explorations of library-led initiatives related to such areas as institutional repository and digital collection management, library publishing/hosting services and authors’ rights advocacy efforts. As technology, scholarly communication, the economics of publishing, and the roles of libraries all continue to evolve, the work shared in JLSC informs practices that strengthen librarianship.” Volume 1, Issue 1, is now available online. JLSC is published by Pacific University Library in Oregon, a private undergraduate liberal arts institution.

TMC Library’s Digital Initiatives Librarian, Kate Krause, is pleased to see the inaugural issue of JLSC:  “Open Access journals like these are the future of scholarly publishing. Traditional publishing methods limit rather than enhance access to academic research. Fewer and fewer libraries are able to pay big publishing companies’ exorbitant subscription rates so researchers are not able to read all the information they need to.  The TMC Library can help you put your research online.  We publish two digital peer-reviewed medical journals in the TMC Digital Commons as well as many dissertations and theses, conference proceedings, and other types of data. For more information go to: or contact

The Journal of eScience Librarianship (JESLIB) (2161-3974) “is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that advances the theory and practice of librarianship with a special focus on services related to data-driven research in the physical, biological, and medical sciences. The journal explores the many roles of librarians in supporting eScience and welcomes articles related to education, outreach, collaborations, and current practices, by contributors from all areas of the globe.”  Volume 1, Issue 1 is now available online.  JESLIB is published by the University of Massachusetts Medical School with partial funding from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services.

Neville Prendergast, Director of the Matas Health Sciences Library at Tulane, lists JESLIB as recommended reading for the librarians in his Data Management Group.  He stresses the importance of this new publication: “Information gathered from the literature, on which research and analysis have been done, serves to help generate new information, ideas and data. These new ideas and data in turn generate new knowledge about eScience ... and the cycle goes on. Data Profiling, Data Management and Data Curation are but a few of the new waves being ridden in an ocean of managing research and new science paradigms. JESLIB is one gateway to learning more on the great strides occurring in eScience and eResearch.  Now is a good time to “get with it” and follow or contribute to JESLIB.”

Audio Digest CME Certification Tests

Audios Digest CME credits can be earned by taking the pre and post-tests that are freely available as part of The TMC Library’s annual subscription.  Paper tests are available at the Circulation Desk;  online tests are not available to institutional subscribers of Audio Digest.  Instructions on the test form explain how to submit completed tests and receive your CME certificate.  Audio Digest mails out all earned CME certificates once per calendar year, but you may call them at the number on the test form and make an early certificate request.  There is no fee as long as requests do not exceed once per quarter.

The TMC Library subscribes to the following Audio Digest CD modules:

•    Audio Digest-Emergency Medicine
•    Audio Digest-Family Practice
•    Audio Digest-General Surgery
•    Audio Digest-Internal Medicine
•    Audio Digest-Obstetrics & Gynecology
•    Audio Digest-Pediatrics
•    Audio Digest-Psychiatry

If you have any questions on Audio Digest CD CME certification, please contact the Circulation Desk at 713-799-7147.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Library Holiday Hours

The TMC Library will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of
Memorial Day.

Regular hours resume on Tuesday, May 29.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

JAMA and Archives migrate to new platform

On May 14, JAMA & Archives was relaunched by the AMA as: The JAMA Network. The new URL link is:  

This migration from Highwire to Silverchair may result in interruptions to access and slow response times.  The publisher did not effectively notify their library customers about this migration; we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  Please note that the login box is for users who wish to access their personalized features on The JAMA Network site.  Once you have logged in via our proxy server, your full text access is securedUsers will have to resubscribe to the new alerts features.  If you have any questions about this platform migration, please contact

Journals migrating to new platforms

Two ejournals are migrating platforms in June 2012, and as with all platform migrations, there are always glitches, which often result in downtime for electronic access. Please plan ahead for these two migrations, so that you are well prepared for classroom work or ongoing research work. 

The Annals of Internal Medicine will migrate away from Highwire Press and move to Silverchair--the date is yet to be announced by the publisher.   The new URL to connect to the new platform will remain the same as the old URL; however, it would be wise to expect problems with nonaccess on the migration date  and perhaps for several days. Please plan ahead and download any articles that you may require in electronic format. There is alternate electronic access as part of EbscoHost Academic SearchPremier and Proquest Nursing and Allied Health. Users will have to resubscribe to the new alerts features once the new platform at Silverchair is running.  The migration date will be posted once notice is received from the publisher.

Chest has announced a migration from Highwire Press to Silverchair on June 28th.  Please plan ahead in case of disruptions in electronic access as advised above.  The new URL will be:  

If you have any questions about these journal platform migrations, please contact:  Thank you.

Friday, May 11, 2012

NN/LM SCR Symposium Award

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce that the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library, is the recipient of the 2012-2013 Regional Symposium Award.

The symposium Vaccines, Epidemics and Ethics will highlight the latest research on vaccines and their role in the prevention and control of infectious diseases and epidemics. This symposium will include a series of speakers, a physical and digital archival display, a website, a print and web research guide, and an interactive quiz on using NLM databases.

Kate Krause, Digital Projects Librarian at the Texas Medical Center Library, is the principal investigator.

TMC Library Launches LibAnswers on May 14, 2012

Do you have questions on how to access an electronic journal? 

Are you in the middle of a search and need help using the right keywords? 

Do you have a paper due but are not sure where to start looking for the information?

Welcome to LibAnswers. LibAnswers is a reference service platform that allows you to search for answers in the Knowledge Base to any library question you may have; it also connects you to a librarian to ask for help via email, chat, or text – TXT your question to 713.636.5295.

To access LibAnswers go to:

 For more information on LibAnswers visit the link:

Monday, May 7, 2012

Upcoming Library Classes

Do you want to find out what's new in PubMed? Do you need a refresher on searching PubMed?
Join us for a free PubMed - Basic class on Wednesday, May 9 from 10:00 A.M.  - 11:00 A.M. in the library classroom.

This class teaches how to use PubMed, the National Library of Medicine's search service, which provides access to the 21 million citations in MEDLINE and Pre-MEDLINE (with links to participating on-line journals), and other related databases. How to search subject headings, keywords, authors, use limitations and more will be covered.

Taught by: Allen Lopez, Education Librarian - Reference & Outreach
Phone: 713.799.7170

Thursday, May 3, 2012

TMC Library Receives Express Outreach Award

The Texas MedicalCenter Library is one of five recipients of the Express Outreach Award for the project: Shining a Light onto MedlinePlus: Collaboration with the Light and Salt Association

This award, funded by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region supports a wide range of outreach projects aimed at improving access to and use of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) databases.

This project will provide a dedicated desktop, laptop and printing capabilities for the staff at Light and Salt (an Asian American community-based organization) for use with their clients and visitors in order to promote the following NLM databases: MedlinePlus’ Health Information in Multiple Languages webpage, Asian American Health and NIHSeniorHealth.

Adela Justice, MLS, Consumer Health Librarian, is the principal investigator.

The TMC Library has provided community health outreach initiatives to the Asian community since 1998.

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