Monday, June 24, 2013

Exam Master Upgrade Delayed

Exam Master has notified us that the planned upgrade ran into problems on June 23rd. They will attempt the upgrade to our version of the database again on July 7th.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Coming Soon- New, Enhanced Exam Master

There will be several hours' down time for Exam Master, from about 11:00 p.m. Saturday, June 22nd (CDT) to 6:00 a.m. Sunday, June 23rd. New features will be launched with this upgrade, being called simply the 'Enhanced System.'  Access a short video highlighting the changes here.

These upgrades include...
  • Easy-to-remember urls
  • Ability to create exams consisting solely of missed questions
  • Creation of exams drawn from multiple outlines, topics and subjects
  • Score reports available from Study mode sessions
  • Streamlined interface and dashboard enhancements
  • In-system email messaging

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

ProQuest Databases - Scheduled Maintenance

From approximately 10:00 p.m. Saturday, June 15th to 2:00 a.m. Sunday, June 16th, all ProQuest databases will be down while ProQuest installs upgrades.  The most notable databases affected are:

Nursing & Allied Health Source

The outage will include Chadwyck-Healy databases, as well as the social sciences and humanities databases we can access (for a list, search using the keyword term "ProQuest" in the Databases list.)  We thank you for your patience while this work is carried out.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Altmetrics: New Measures for Scholarly Output

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Traditionally, scholarly output has been measured over time by counting research publications.  Publications are also tracked by counting citations to them.  Finally, citation relationships are measured through journal impact factor.  While this explanation is simplified, scholarly output measurements are often used in tenure, grant, and employment applications and to indicate how a specific researcher has contributed to scholarship over time.  Traditional metrics are lagging indicators and non-traditional publications are often not represented.
With the explosion of social networks, online communities, and web-native publishing, new methods to measure scholarship are being developed.  The Altmetrics movement is envisioned to monitor and capture how an individual article is disseminated through the worldwide scholarly community.  By capturing links and bookmarks, from tools such as Mendeley or Twitter, and including more than just articles (data-sets, code, designs, etc.), the measurements can be more inclusive.  Altmetrics aims to measure more than just the articles; the measurement would include the conversation around an article, the views, the comments, tweets, and links.
This new movement further demonstrates that an evolvement of the paper-native era into a web-native era is occurring and that current measurement standards need to be examined.
Try it out:
For more information:
Katie Prentice, Head of Education and Information Services
Chris Gaspard, Head of Access Services and Interlibrary Loan
Briscoe Library, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Street Level Computer Lab to Close Weekends

Street Level Computer Lab to Close Weekends

Beginning Saturday, June 15, the computer lab in the street level of The Library will be closed on weekends in order conserve power and cooling costs. Walk in computer usage is still available in the first-floor lab and by using various desktops located on the second floor. There is ubiquitous Wi-Fi in all areas of The Library for those bringing in their own laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Free Kaplan Medical Events

Free Kaplan Medical Event 

Internal Medicine Sample Lecture, Dr. Conrad Fischer 
Wednesday, June 6, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.

Begin Your ERAS Application
Wednesday, June 20,2013 at 5:30 p.m. 

Med Expo: Free Day of Study and Live Lecture Sneak Preview
Friday, June 28, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.

All Programs Held at Houston Central
2500 Dunstan, 5th Floor

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