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Exam Master Changes Log-In Name

Beginning today, November 16, 2009, Exam Master users will log-in with the email address they registered with, rather than with a separate user name.  Note that when using Exam Master from off-campus, users will still need to log in first with their HawkID and password, to verify that they are affiliated with the University of Iowa, before logging into Exam Master with their email address.


New PubMed Interface Back

PubMed‘s new interface is back, after a few technical issues Monday and Tuesday. The new look is streamlined, but all of the previous functionality is there — just click Advanced Search. The University of Washington has developed a great tipsheet comparing the old and new interfaces, and NLM has updated the help files found in PubMed to reflect the new version.

Questions? Give us a call at 335-9151 or email us at lib-hardin@uiowa.edu.


Open Access Publishing in the Health Sciences

Editor’s Note: Throughout Open Access Week (Oct 19-23), the UI Libraries will be sharing the views of our UI colleagues on the topic of open access.

by Dr. William Sivitz, Professor of Internal Medicine

I recently published an article in PlosOne (Mitochondrial Targeted Coenzyme Q, Superoxide, and Fuel Selectivity in Endothelial Cells by Brian D. Fink, Yunxia O’Malley, Brian L. Dake, Nicolette C. Ross, Thomas E. Prisinzano, and William I. Sivitz). I found the process straightforward and faster than most other journals. The peer review was thorough but fair. I hope to see this used more frequently.


by Dr. Michael Knudson, Association Professor of Pathology

We published in Plos One and found it a very satisfying experience.  Quick, insightful reviews, no charge for color figures and no copyright forms to sign.

The journal allows readers to provide feedback and ratings of each article.  I would recommend Open Access to all.


Who Should Pay? Does Open Access Mean Free Access?

Editor’s note: Throughout Open Access Week (Oct 19-23), the UI Libraries will be sharing the views of our UI colleagues on the topic of open access.

by Dr. Christopher Squier, Professor, College of Dentistry and Christine White, Librarian, College of Dentistry

Traditionally, the cost of publishing articles in print journals has been borne (apart from page charges for lengthy articles or colored illustrations) by the publisher, based on income, from subscriptions from readers or libraries. This is reasonable considering the high cost of supporting the scholarship that forms the basis of a publication. With open access articles, however, there is now a movement towards freely providing the material to the reader but shifting the cost of publication on the scholar. Fees, which may range from $500 to $3000, are requested from the author, although in a few situations, voluntary donations are solicited to help support a journal (e.g., Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists / Angle Orthodontist), or the publication may be subsidized by a publisher’s other journals, as acknowledged by PLoS. Other mechanisms include support from advertisers, such as the Journal of Chemical Education, which notes that “advertising in the Journal plays a significant role in helping to keep your subscription affordable,” or sponsored by an open access individual/institutional membership fee, which provides discounts to authors based on the number of articles submitted for publication (e.g., Bentham Open: http://bentham.org/open/).

There are good reasons to resist moving the costs of publication from the publisher to the author, even when there may be grant or institutional funding to support this. The major objection is the temptation to base publication on the ability to pay rather than on the quality of work, as determined by peers. When costs are passed onto grants or academic institutions, the sponsor is, in effect, paying twice: once for the cost of doing the research and again to publish it, and the support available for new research is reduced. Of course, it could be argued that the institution pays when it purchases subscriptions, but because a large number of academic and industrial organizations all do this, the cost is spread over a large pool.

Should the reader be allowed free access as well as open access? Should the traditional balance be kept between authors, institutions and publishers? These are questions that we must continue to discuss.


“Open Access or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the Internet”

Did you know that access to some scholarly journals can cost as much as buying a new car…every year? That is a price that UI Libraries cannot afford, but it is a research tool that YOU can’t afford to work without. So what do we do? Open Access: it means more readers, more recognition and more impact for new ideas.

We invite you to join us to hear Molly Kleinman, Special Assistant to the Dean of Libraries at the University of Michigan and a copyright specialist, talk about it: “Open Access or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the Internet” at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 20th in the Bijou at the Iowa Memorial Union. 

This event is part of UI Libraries’ celebration of Open Access Week, October 19-23, 2009. Also that week, we’ll be posting more useful information about open access including our UI colleagues own experiences with open access.

For more information about scholarly communication and your role in creating a
sustainable system, check the Libraries website (www.lib.uiowa.edu/scholarly).

Co-sponsors of this event include the University of Iowa Libraries, Department of Communication Studies, Graduate Student Senate, the UI Center for Human Rights, College of Public Health, Widernet, Executive Council of Graduate and Professional Students, and the Project on the Rhetoric of Inquiry (POROI).


Preview the new PubMed interface

The National Library of Medicine has posted a preview of the new PubMed interface.  To try it out, go to PubMed as usual, through the Library’s website (so that the links to full-text will work), then click on Try the redesigned PubMed.   Notice that features like Limits, Details, and History that were previously available through tabs are now available by using Advanced Search.

Questions?  Feel free to call Hardin Reference staff at 319-335-9151, but please realize that we are just now becoming acquainted with the new interface, too!


Clinical Education Librarian Position Available

For more information, please review the complete job announcement.

Reporting to the Hardin Library’s Coordinator, Education and Research, the Clinical Education Librarian plans, promotes and provides information services that support the needs of faculty, researchers, staff and students of the university’s five health sciences colleges and affiliated hospitals and clinics. The incumbent:

  • serves as the liaison to the Carver College of Medicine’s Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum and the Graduate Medical Education office by cultivating relationships with faculty and researchers to identify opportunities for library partnerships; 
  • works with faculty to integrate library education into the curriculum;
  • writes curriculum and provides instruction to students, staff and faculty one-on-one and in group settings;
  • provides reference service at public services desks;
  • assists users with research and information management tools;
  • serves as Hardin Library’s expert on Evidence-Based Practice;
  • is proficient with current technologies and investigates new technologies;
  • works with others to develop and revise programs to respond to changing information needs;
  • serves on working groups/committees and participates in initiatives of the Libraries, health colleges, university, and hospital; and
  • contributes to and learns from the profession through such avenues as local, state and national professional organizations and publications.


Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science;
  • Three years post-Masters experience in a health sciences or life sciences library;
  • Experience providing instruction and reference services; 
  • Knowledge of Evidence-Based Practice concepts;
  • Experience with mobile devices, social networking and other new forms of technology
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community;
  • Strong customer service and public services abilities;
  • Experience providing advanced information services, including searching biomedical literature and full-text databases;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as part of a team; and
  • Demonstrated involvement in an area or areas of professional interest that will enhance the candidate’s value to the Libraries, the University, the profession of librarianship, or the scholarly community.




Try DynaMed in place of Essential Evidence Plus

Due to budget constraints, Hardin Library must cancel our subscription to Essential Evidence Plus as of August 7.  We would like to suggest that you try DynaMed in its place.  DynaMed offers evidence-based information in bulleted format on a wide range of diseases and conditions, with links to references embedded within the description.

If you are a fan of the calculators found in Essential Evidence Plus, we suggest that you look at the calculators tab on Hardin’s Evidence Based Practice guide.  We will continue to add calculators to the guide and appreciate suggestions.

If you have suggestions or comments, please contact Janna Lawrence, Hardin Library Assistant Director, at janna-lawrence@uiowa.edu


Memorial Service for Kathy Skhal

Kathy Skhal, Clinical Education Librarian at Hardin Library, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, June 16.  A memorial service will be held this Saturday, June 20, at 10:00 a.m. in the Sahai Auditorium (Room 1103) in MERF (Medical Education & Research Facility) at 375 Newton Road on the University of Iowa Health Sciences Campus. [map]  All of Kathy’s friends and colleagues are welcome to attend.  Parking is available at the Newton Road Parking Ramp, across the street from MERF.

Arrangements and online condolences are with Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service.  Memorials may be directed to Shriners Hospitals for Children

For more information, please call the Hardin Library at 319-335-9151.


Electronic Book Collection Under Evaluation

The R2 Library, a collection of electronic books in the health sciences from Rittenhouse Book Distributors, is currently being evaluated by the Hardin Library.  Books in the collection come from a wide variety of publishers, including Wiley, Thomson Healthcare, Elsevier, McGraw-Hill, and many others. The books in the collection can be browsed or searched. All artwork, including tables, graphs, charts, illustrations and photographs, may be used for educational purposes in the classroom.

The R2 Library is available for evaluation through December. For off-campus access, you will be required to enter your HawkID and password. Please send comments, including recommendations on individual book titles that you find useful, to Janna Lawrence (janna-lawrence@uiowa.edu).