On November 18th, the National Library of Medicine marks the 50th anniversary of MeSH with a talk by Robert Braude, PhD. The talk entitled MeSH at 50 – 50th Anniversary of Medical Subject Headings will be videocast with captioning at http://videocast.nih.gov/ The event is scheduled from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm CST.
MeSH was first published in 1960; in 2010 we observe 50 years of this subject control authority. The seeds of MeSH were planted in December 1947. The Army Medical Library, the NLM predecessor, sponsored a Symposium on Medical Subject Headings in 1947. Participants, who included Seymour Taine, Thelma Charen, and Eugene Garfield, considered the challenges of the bibliographical control of publications. It was noted that the increasing complexity of scientific literature necessitated increasingly sophisticated approaches to organization and access. The participants recognized that the issue of a subject authority was not an academic exercise. Rather, subject cataloging and the subject indexing of journal articles were acknowledged as the essence of bibliographic control. The needs of the user of scientific information was to be always at the forefront in creating a set of medical subject headings that were made equally for subject description of books and for indexing of journal articles.
That first edition of MeSH represented a departure from the then usual library practice. MeSH contained 4300 descriptors, and it was designed to be used for both indexing and cataloging. It is likely the first vocabulary engineered for use in an automated environment for production and retrieval. MeSH continues to evolve and grow. The 2011 edition contains more than 26,000 subject headings in an eleven-level hierarchy and 83 subheadings. Annual revision and updating are ongoing to assure that MeSH remains useful as a way to categorize medical knowledge and knowledge in allied and related disciplines for retrieval of key information. MeSH is 50 years old and new each year.
The speaker: Robert M. Braude received his Masters of Library Science in 1964 from UCLA. In 1965, he attended MEDLARS training at the National Library of Medicine and his talk reflects on his 45 years of life with MeSH. In 1987 he received a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Nebraska. His career included director of three academic health science libraries and he has served on many NLM Committees and Panels such as IAMS Review Committees, the Planning Panels on Medical Informatics and NLM Outreach Programs, and the Biomedical Library Review Committee. He is a past Janet Doe Lecturer, a Fellow of the Medical Library Association and Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics.
The new SciVerse platform combines Scopus, ScienceDirect, and web content from Scirus. It also includes the new SciVerse Hub. For more information about SciVerse, please visit www.acceleratescience.com.
“Combining familiar resources with new efficiencies, SciVerse also enables interoperability among ScienceDirect, Scopus and the new SciVerse Hub beta. For example, ScienceDirect users who also subscribe to Scopus will now be able to access key author information without leaving the article, and link directly into comprehensive lists of all an author’s documents and citations in Scopus.
SciVerse Hub beta will include three search and discovery applications at launch:
Methods section search application – allows researchers to search only the methodology and protocol sections of full-text articles.
Matching Sentences application – returns search results with the query words highlighted in the full sentence where they appear.
Prolific Authors application – prominently displays the most prolific authors for each search result.
The initial applications offer an example of the possible solutions that can be built using content APIs and were developed by NextBio, a provider of a SaaS (Software as a Service) platform for life sciences researchers which includes ontology-based semantic tools. Elsevier began collaborating with NextBio in 2009.”
On March 4, MU Libraries’ Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books (SCARaB) division will open an exhibition in the Ellis Library Colonnade entitled Anatomical Illustration: Art Informing Science: 1543 -1950.
The Medical Library Association (MLA) created the NMLM observance to raise awareness of the important role of the health information professional. Patients and those in the health care community need the specialized services that medical librarians provide now more than ever before.
The Veterinary Medical Libraries Section of MLA is one of the most active and engaged sections!
Join us as we host Changing the Face of Medicine, an exhibit chronicling women’s impact on the medical field. The exhibit highlights women’s battle to gain access to medical education, and also their breakthroughs and achievements as physicians. Come view the exhibit panels, browse the web kiosks and attend scheduled events.
Come celebrate Darwin’s 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species at MU’s Darwin Days. Lots of great speakers and events (including an exhibit at Ellis Library and movies at Ragtag Cinema).
Free and open to the public; registration required.