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50th Anniversary of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)

Happy 50th, MeSH!

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.

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Open Access Week: Oct 18 – 24

Join the MU Libraries for two events celebrating Open Access Week!

“Open Access University Repositories”

Paul Thirion from the University of Liege, Belgium
Co-sponsored by SISLT and the RJI Transatlantic Center
2 pm, Tuesday, October 19
Fred W. Smith Forum, Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI)

Reception 3:30-5 in RJI 100

“Open Access Textbook Solutions”

Eric Frank from Flatworld Knowledge
Co-sponsored by the University Bookstore
Panel discussion to follow
2 pm,  Thursday, October 21
Jesse Wrench Auditorium (in the South wing of the Memorial Union)

Followed by refreshments
RSVP for both events to Mark Ellis at ellismw@missouri.edu or 573-882-4701.

Visitor parking information

For more information about Open Access, visit http://www.openaccess.org/

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SciVerse Launched

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.

From Elsevier:

“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.”

home Events and Exhibits Anatomical Illustrations: Online Exhibit

Anatomical Illustrations: Online Exhibit

The “Anatomical Illustration: Art Informing Science” online exhibit highlights items from the Zalk Veterinary Medical Library special collections.

Check it out at: http://mulibraries.missouri.edu/specialcollections/exhibits/anatomy/about.htm

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From Art to Biology and Back Again

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 exhibition will run in conjunction with the 6th Annual Life Sciences & Society Symposium: From Art to Biology and Back Again.  A wide variety of materials—books, prints, artifacts—from the collections of Special Collections & Rare Books, University Archives, J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library Rare Book Room and the Zalk Veterinary Medical Library will be displayed.

Michael Holland, the Director of SCARAB division, is the curator of the exhibit. The display will run till March 26th 2010.

Opening lecture entitled: “Art and Human Nature” by Professor Carsten Strathausen
Chair, MU Department of German & Russian Studies

  • Thurs. March 4, 2:00pm
  • Ellis Library Colonnade
  • home Events and Exhibits October is National Medical Librarians Month

    October is National Medical Librarians Month

    Have you hugged your medical librarian today?

    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!

    Let the staff of Zalk Veterinary Medical Library know what we can do for you!

    October is National Medical Librarians Month
    October is National Medical Librarians Month
    home Events and Exhibits Changing the Face of Medicine

    Changing the Face of Medicine

    October 5th-November 14: Health Sciences Library

    Changing the Face of Medicine
    Changing the Face of Medicine

    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.

    Changing the Face of Medicine Home

    Schedule of Events

    The Changing the Face of Medicine Exhibit will be located in the Health Sciences Library from October 2nd to November 14th.

    home Events and Exhibits Graduate Student Research Workshops: Oct 12 & 15

    Graduate Student Research Workshops: Oct 12 & 15

    Interested in Zotero? Want to learn more about Google Scholar?

    MU Libraries is offering several workshops geared toward graduate students. All classes will be held in 213 Ellis Library.

    Full schedule and online registration.

    Workshops don’t fit your schedule? Want a session on something else?

    Contact Kate Anderson for courses tailored to CVM students and faculty.

    home Events and Exhibits Save the Date: Changing the Face of Medicine

    Save the Date: Changing the Face of Medicine

    October 2 – November 14, 2009: The Health Sciences Library will be hosting Changing the Face of Medicine, a National Library of Medicince traveling exhibit celebrating America’s Women Physicians.

    In addition to the exhibit, there will be lectures and discussion groups on the role of women in the health sciences.

    home Events and Exhibits Darwin Days: March 13-15

    Darwin Days: March 13-15

    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.

    Darwin’s Ongoing Revolution: Evolutionary Thought in Emerging Fields