home Budget, J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library, Resources and Services Some Taylor & Francis journal prices increasing as much as 25% in 2017

Some Taylor & Francis journal prices increasing as much as 25% in 2017

Pricing for 2017 subscriptions is starting to come in, and once again, their prices are increasing. These journals are among a list of 21 subscriptions that will cost the University Libraries $6000 more in 2017 than a year ago. That's an increase between 15-25%. 

Meanwhile, US inflation for 2017 is projected to be about 2%; nowhere near the average increase of journal subscriptions featured in the list. 

Many disciplines are impacted by these subscription price increases, not just the health sciences:

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Thank you Dr. Phillip Apprill

Dr. Phillip Apprill, an alum of the University of Missouri School of Medicine and practicing cardiologist in the St. Louis area, recently gifted a book to the Health Sciences Library. 

We wanted to take this time to thank Dr. Apprill for donating Pathophysiology of Heart Disease by Dr. Leonard S. Lilly. It is a wonderful addition to our collection.

Dr. Apprill's name will appear on a bookplate that can be found on the inside of the book. The print copy can be found on the first floor of the library. 

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Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, emergency medicine, and social media for the health sciences library.

Adobe Software Available on Library Computers

Library Technology Services has an array of Adobe Software available for students, faculty and staff of the University of Missouri. The software includes 

  • Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • After Effects
  • Audition
  • Bridge
  • Dreamweaver
  • Fireworks
  • Flash
  • Illustrator
  • InCopy
  • InDesign
  • Lightroom
  • Muse
  • Photoshop
  • Prelude
  • Premiere Pro

Users can access the software on the Macs in the Information Commons at Ellis, the Health Sciences Library 1st floor computers, the Journalism Lab and the Journalism Macbook Pro laptops. However, the software is not included within Software Anywhere.

This software will be useful for digital storytelling students, journalism students and anyone interested in using more creative software for a variety of projects.

home J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library, Resources and Services Facile and Efficient Preparation of Tri-component Fluorescent Glycopolymers (Open Access)

Facile and Efficient Preparation of Tri-component Fluorescent Glycopolymers (Open Access)

This week's Open Access article features two University of Missouri Faculty. 

  • Dr. Deborah Chance PhD., is an Assistant Research Professor in the Molecular Microbiology and Immunology Department at the School of Medicine. Dr. Chance's primary research interest is mucins and pathogens in Cystic Fibrosis. If you would like to learn more about Dr. Chance, click here
  • Dr. Thomas Mawhinney, PhD., is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Missouri. He is also the State Chemist of Missouri, and the Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station Chemical Laboratories. Click here to learn more about Dr. Mawhinney

Dr. Chance, Dr. Mawhinney, and their research team pubished in JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments. JoVE publishes peer-reviewed scientific video protocols to accelerate biological, medical, chemical and physical research.

This research team chose to pay an additional fee to make Facile and Efficient Preparation of Tri-component Fluorescent Glycopolymers via RAFT-controlled Polymerization open access. Their article/video features "an efficient, three-step synthesis of RAFT-based fluorescent glycopolymers, consisting of glycomonomer preparation, copolymerization, and post-modification, is demonstrated. This protocol can be used to prepare RAFT-based statistical glycopolymers with desired structures." Synthetic glycopolymers are instrumental in various biochemical and biomedical research fields. 

home J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library, Staff news Rebecca Graves selected for Interpretations IV

Rebecca Graves selected for Interpretations IV

Interpretations IV features 40 visual artists and 40 literary artists. Each artist submitted one work of his/her own choice with any theme. Those lucky to have their work selected, participated in an art swap. Each artist received a work from one of the writers; each writher received an artwork.The pairs were tasked with creating a second piece, interpreting the work of their partner. The end result is a showcase of 80 pieces of artwork and writing, currently on display at the Columbia Art League.

This exhibit is a reminder that we all see the world differently and our interpretations are uniqeuly our own. What's even more exciting about this years show is that our very own Rebecca Graves was selected as one of the literary artists. With her partner, Kim Carr, they created 4 pieces of original work. Interpretations IV is up until November 4th. 

Rebecca's initital submission, entitled Heavenly Hosts, was matched up with Kim Carr's photograph, Virture and Vice. Once selected, Rebecca was given Kim Carr's How Far to the Sky?, and interpreted the photograph into a writing titled Relative Value.

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Short answer, to improve my writing and to have people read it.  Long answer is having a goal – the deadline of the submission date plus getting accepted – is a big way to improve.  It’s easy working alone to not finish projects, not carve out the time for them, or not to polish them by revising.  Committing to a submission deadline gives me an added reason to follow through on what I want to do and to also do the revisions and re-writes.  The dirty little secret is that I have been jealous of friends who had had submissions accepted in the past. I’d submitted to this show a couple years ago and didn’t make the cut.  (Not my only rejection either.)  I’ve learned to follow the jealousy.  It’s telling us something.

 

What do you like most about the exhibt?

The word count limit of 100 words is both a low bar and a high bar.  Low in the sense that most of us can get 100 words down on paper.  High in that you have to have it pretty tight and well-crafted to convey a story or sketch a scene.  I like the collaboration with an artist, the pairing of works and art.  It was fun to find “my” artist and see how she had interpreted my piece and then to see her reaction of my interpretation of hers. 

 

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How did your partner's intrepretation differ from your writing? Were there any surprises?

I love her interpretation.  I think it captures the piece.  Though, yes, I was surprised by the muted colors and tone of her work.  I was expecting bright colors and action.  Funny expectation that, as I don’t have much color in the piece.

 

Will you be submitting next year? 

Yes!

 

Any other comments?

Check out the show. It’s up through Nov 4th.  And the Art League will be holding the Interpretations book reading night on Tuesday 1st November, from 6.30-7.30pm in the Missouri Theatre lobby. 

Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, emergency medicine, and social media for the health sciences library.

home Budget, J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library $101,000 cut from Health Sciences Library journal subscriptions in 2017

$101,000 cut from Health Sciences Library journal subscriptions in 2017

The Health Sciences Library journal list has been updated to show the latest cancellation decisions. A total of $101,116 was cut from these subscriptions under the control of the Health Sciences Library – a cut of about 20%.

As previously announced,  book purchasing will also be drastically curtailed this year as a further cost saving measure. 

Subject and title lists of journals being cancelled across all the campus libraries  have also been posted and will be updated as needed throughout the fall semester.  

Contract negotiations are underway with Elsevier, Springer, Wiley, Sage and Oxford, and we will share information on the future of those journal packages as it becomes available. 

Read more about the budget challenges facing the Health Sciences Library 

 

home Events and Exhibits, J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library A Personal Perspective on Race, Opportunity and the US Health System LIVE STREAM

A Personal Perspective on Race, Opportunity and the US Health System LIVE STREAM

You're Invited: Louis W. Sullivan, MD, US Secretary of Health and Human Services (1989–1993), will talk about his life story, and racial disparities and medical care on Tuesday, October 4, 2:00-3:00 pm (eastern time). Dr. Sullivan’s presentation will be live-streamed globally. It will also open be to the public at NIH, Building 10, in the Lipsett Auditorium.

A meet and greet with Dr. Sullivan, sponsored by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, will follow the presentation.

Dr. Sullivan will share his life story, growing up in rural Georgia during the period of legally-sanctioned and enforced racial segregation, and the impact it had on him, his family, and on the black community. He was inspired to become a physician when, at age 5, he met the only black physician in Southwest Georgia.

After becoming a hematologist and professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, he went on to found the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, followed by an appointment as US Secretary of Health and Human Services in the administration of George H.W. Bush.

Dr. Sullivan developed initiatives to increase racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in the US Department of Health and Human Services and in the nation’s health workforce.

Throughout his career, Sullivan has worked to improve the effectiveness of the US health system and the diversity of its workforce. The elimination of disparities in health care, which exist between whites and the nation’s underserved minorities, is an ongoing priority of Dr. Sullivan. He’ll discuss progress to date and remaining challenges.

History of Medicine Lecture Series
Dr. Sullivan’s presentation is part of NLM’s History of Medicine Lectures for 2016. The lecture series, sponsored by the NLM History of Medicine Division, promotes awareness and use of NLM and other historical collections for research, education, and public service in biomedicine, the social sciences, and the humanities. The series also supports the commitment of the NLM to recognizing and celebrating diversity.

All lectures are free and open to the public. They are also live-streamed globally, and subsequently archived, by NIH VideoCasting.

 

Thank You James J. and Anita K. Lyon

The University Libraries Honor with Books program lets patrons honor someone special with a book purchase. Every $100 increment funds the acquisition of one new book selected by the Health Sciences Library's subject specialists

James J. and Anita K. Lyon recently gifted Functional Mapping of the Cerebal Cortex: Safe Surgery in Eloquent Brain by Richard. W. Byrne. James J. and Anita K. Lyon's names appear on a bookplate linked to the ebook.

Thank you to the Lyons for their donation and this wonderful addition to our collection. 

 

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home J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library, Resources and Services Drs. Lin, McElroy, and Nagel: Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals and Oil and Natural Gas Operations (Open Access)

Drs. Lin, McElroy, and Nagel: Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals and Oil and Natural Gas Operations (Open Access)

This week's Open Access blog post features, not one, not two, but three University of Missouri Faculty:

  • Dr. Chung-Ho Lin, PhD., is an Assistant Research Professor in the School of Natural Resources. Dr. Lin's primary research involves the use of plants and genetics modified microbes for applications in the area of phytoremediation and bioremediation in agroforestry. Click here to learn more. 
  • Dr. Jane McElroy, PhD., in an Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine in the School of Medicine. Dr. McElroy's research interests include cancer and chronic disease, environmental exposures with metals, and geographical information systems. Click here to learn more about Dr. McElroy.
  • Dr. Suan Nagel, PhD., is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women's Health in the School of Medicine. Dr. Nagel's clincal and research interests include endocrine disruption, fetal origins of adult disease, and epigenetics, to name a few. To learn more about Dr. Nagel, click here

This research team published in the open access journal Environmental Health Perspectives back in March. Environmental Health Perspectives is "a monthly peer-reviewed journal of research and news published with support from the National Insititure of Environmental Health, National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services."

Their article, Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals and Oil and Natural Gas Operations: Potential Environmental Contamination and Recommendations to Assess Complex Environmental Mixtures, is a commentary on hydraulic fracking technologies and the potiential for environmental release of oil and gas chemicals and potential endocine-related health effects from exposure to the hazardous chemcials. They describe a need for an endocrine componement to health asssessments conducted in regards to hydraulic fracking. 

home Events and Exhibits, J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library New Artist on Display – Kelsey Westhoff

New Artist on Display – Kelsey Westhoff

Kelsey's art captures images of fleeting memories: planes fying overhead, flag banner fluttering in the breeze. Additional images in some of the paintings are a depiction of feelings evoked by those memories. The whites and blues, punctuated by pops of bright colors and darker tones, give a look of freshness and crispness to the oil paintings. 

Kelsey is a staff nurse at the Women's and Children's Hospital. Her art will be on display in the library through December.