Dr. Donald Lindberg was a pioneer in using computer technology to improve health care. Beginning his career in 1960 at the University of Missouri as a professor of information science and pathology, he was named Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in 1984 and served until 2015.
During his tenure at the NLM, he spearheaded digitizing the library’s vast holdings to make them accessible to researchers around the world. For the first time clinical trials, environmental data, and genomic information were available to users. In addition to this work, he helped establish the National Center for Biotechnology Information, which provides access to the results of the human genome project and to current as well as historical full-text biomedical and life sciences journals . To learn more about Dr. Lindberg’s life please read the New York Times write up about him as well as the piece by the National Institutes of Health.
Recently, Rob Logan. PhD, gifted a digital copy of Improving Usability, Safety, and Patient Outcomes with Health Information Technology in memory of Dr. Lindberg.
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.
Citing your work and creating reference lists are a necessary evil when researching. It’s evil because you have to keep track of all the resources you use, learn many citation styles, and then go through your paper to type in text citations. A way to combat this evil is using Endnote.
Endnote is a citation management system that does all the things for you. You can import citations directly from the database and you can easily switch citation styles. Endnote also cites while you write, allowing you to insert a citation as you type and automatically creating a reference list.
As a Mizzou student, you can download Endnote for free through DoIT’s Self Portal. If you need assistance, we have step by step directions here.
Once you have Endnote on your computer, make sure to take a look at our Endnote Guide for tips and tricks on how to use the program.
Check out this month’s new books at the Health Sciences Library. You can use the drop down menu to see previous month’s additions.
Have a purchase recommendation? You can request a book for your teaching or research using this form.
Each month we provide an overview of University of Missouri authored articles in medicine and related fields as well as a featured article from a School of Medicine author with the highest journal impact factor.
This month’s featured article:
“Blood pressure control and clinical outcomes in acute intracerebral haemorrhage: a preplanned pooled analysis of individual participant data” was co-authored by Dr. Adnan Qureshi of the Department of Neurology. The article was published in The Lancet. Neurology (impact factor of 28.755 in 2018).
See the list of publications in medicine and related fields we retrieved for this month: http://library.muhealth.org/resourcesfor/faculty/faculty-publications/sep2019
*This list is not intended to be comprehensive.
Did we miss something? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add your publication to the list.
This week is the annual Celebrate Ability Week on campus during which special events are planned celebrating disability awareness and culture at Mizzou. This is the fourth year the University Libraries have purchased a film and the public performance rights and partnered with the Disability Center to show a movie depicting a person with a disability.
The movie this year, Deej, is a Peabody award-winning documentary and listed on the American Library Association Film and Media Round Table 2019 list of Notable Videos for Adults. DJ (Deej) Savarese, is a non-speaking young man with autism. Abandoned by his birth parents and presumed incompetent, Deej found not only a loving family but also a life in words, which he types on a text-to-voice synthesizer. As he makes his way through high school and begins his journey at Oberlin College, he confronts the terrors of his past, society’s obstacles to inclusion, and the sometimes paralyzing beauty of his own senses.
In his advocacy on behalf of other nonspeaking autistics, he embraces filmmaking and poetry, and discovers what having a voice can truly mean.
Deej, (2017, dir. Robert Rooy) is 72 minutes and will be shown Wednesday, Oct 2nd, 8:00 pm in Memorial Union, Jesse Wrench Auditorium
On Oct. 3rd-4th, the first floor will be restricted to 3rd year medical students for testing between the hours of 8:00am-5:00pm.
If you need a book from the first floor, please visit the Service Desk.
Remember, if you need to print, use the Health Sciences Library Copy Room printers located on the main floor of the library.
Are you a Mizzou student who has feedback about the Libraries and the ways their services can be enhanced? Come talk with the University Libraries Student Advisory Council (ULSAC) at one of its monthly meetings!
ULSAC is a dedicated group of student leaders who work with Library Administrators to advocate for student concerns. The first thirty minutes of each ULSAC meeting is dedicated to providing all students with an opportunity to talk about their ideas regarding the Libraries.
Fall 2019 meetings are at 5 PM in room 159 in Ellis Library:
- September 26th
- October 17th
- November 7th
- December 5th
If you have any questions, please contact ULSAC’s adviser, Taira Meadowcroft (email@example.com) or ULSAC’s chair, Mathew Swan (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Scholarly publishing is big business
“The industry built to publish and disseminate scientific articles — companies such as Elsevier and Springer Nature — has managed to become incredibly profitable by getting a lot of taxpayer-funded, highly skilled labor for free and affixing a premium price tag to its goods.” (1)
In order for universities to access this research, they are often required to purchase subscriptions with a hefty price tag. Universities worldwide spend millions per year so faculty can download and read their own work and that of their colleagues. Since these journals are behind university paywalls, the only option for members of the tax-paying public to gain access is for them to purchase individual articles. That can be pricey when articles may cost $20-$50 each.
Pay more, get less every year
How much money is at stake? Billions of dollars (2). Every year universities struggle to keep up with price increases to journal subscription packages that are far above annual inflation. Since subscription prices are rising much faster than library budgets, collections cuts are necessary.
Universities are fighting back
Many universities have established or are currently looking into establishing programs to assist in the transition of journals from the subscription model to open access. Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment. Open access is the needed modern update for the communication of research that fully utilizes the Internet for what it was originally built to do—accelerate research. Accelerated research means increased return on investment, increased potential contributors, increased audience and collaborators, and increased access for the public. (3).
The University of Missouri System currently has the Open Access Publishing Task Force examining the rising costs of journal subscriptions and review the many open access opportunities available to the four campus system.
Read more about the impact these increases are having across the country.
Since April 2019, the UM System Open Access Publishing Task Force has been hard at work examining the rising costs of journal subscriptions and reviewing the many open access opportunities available.
The system task force, representing all four universities, including faculty, librarians and vice chancellors of research and academic leadership, is chaired by Ann Campion Riley, Vice Provost for Libraries and University Librarian at the University of Missouri Libraries. Campion Riley is a nationally-recognized leader with nearly 30 years of professional service in academic and research libraries, serving as president of the Association of College and Research Libraries in 2015 and a research library leadership fellow by the Association of Research Libraries. Campion Riley brings key experience in open access publishing and scholarly communication to the task force.
University of Missouri System President Mun Choi tasked the group to “recommend potential strategies, actions and desired outcomes for the UM System to embark on a path to a more sustainable model of scholarly communication and library collection costs. Additionally, they will build faculty consensus to support open access publishing; develop systemwide guiding principles; support faculty in retaining copyrights and protecting author rights; identify alternative sources for access to scholarly publications; increase financial support for institutional repositories; and establish a data-driven process to inform decision-making.”
The task force will release a final recommendation report at the end of the month.
In addition to Campion Riley, members of the task force include:
- James Birchler, Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences, MU
- Michael Bruening, Associate Professor of History and IFC Rep., Missouri S&T
- Brenda Dingley, Scholarly Communications Librarian, UMKC
- Jun Fan, Cynthia Tang Missouri Distinguished Professor in Computer Engineering, Missouri S&T
- Emily Goldstein, Assistant Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning and Instructional Designer, UMSL
- Sherry Mahnken, Research Librarian, Missouri S&T
- Ed Malone, Professor of English and Technical Communication, Missouri S&T
- Gary Myers, Earl F. Nelson Professor of Law, MU
- Tim Nelson, Collection, Development and Acquisitions Librarian, UMSL
- John Spertus, MD, MPH, FACC and FAHA, UMKC
- Jill Wood, Director, Academic Affairs, UM System
- Xiaolan Yao, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences , UMKC
- Bethany Zolman, Associate Professor in Biology and Director of the Biochemistry and Biotechnology Program, UMSL
If you find yourself off campus and need access to the Health Sciences Library, we’ve got you covered. If you access articles, databases, and other electronic resources through our library website, no special steps are necessary. You will be prompted to log in with your pawprint and password and once logged in, you are good to go.
You also have the option to use the University of Missouri’s VPN service. This service is useful if you regularly use library resources from off-campus from the same computer. The VPN system is available for free and installing is easy. Visit https://anyconnect.missouri.edu to learn how to download the program.
For items the library only has in print, there’s no need to come into the library (unless you really do want to visit us). You can request a pdf copy of the article or book chapter through our Scan and Deliver service.
As always, librarians are available to assist you through email, chat, and phone. Need more in depth research help? You can schedule an online research consultation by emailing email@example.com or scheduling an appointment through MUConnect.