|E-Journal Usage Continues to Soar||.||
Usage, as measured by the number of PDF and HTML documents accessed, rose by 30% in 2001/02 over 2000/01 for the e-journals for which usage data are available for both years. Usage of all e-journals in 2001/02 for which data are available totaled 378,000, an increase of 54% over 2000/01. The number of hits of each journal, including usage such as browsing the tables of contents and abstracts, is estimated to easily exceed 1 million. The following biomedical e-journals are the most frequently used University-wide:
Since Spring 2001, the Library's free high-speed network printing capabilities grew to an average of 60,000 copies per month by the end of 2001/02. Over the summer, the number of copies grew another 30%, and there is increasing evidence of unnecessary printing from public access computers on the Library's first floor in the form of uncollected copies from the printers. It is with regret that the Library imposed the following nominal printing fees to offset the high costs associated with this high volume of printing:
Effective October 1, 2002 when you use your copicard to activate a high-speed printer, the number of units programmed on your copicard will be reduced by one for each copy printed. This is the same mechanism and fee structure in place for photocopies. Alternatives to using the Library's high-speed printers include accessing the Internet from a computer and using a printer not in the Library.
"Educational Tutorials," a new link on the Library's website: calder.med.miami.edu, provides rapid access to excellent informatics and evidence-based medicine tutorials, including the newly revised Calder Ovid Manual and two new resources:
"User's Guide to the Genome Databases," produced by the National Human Genome Research Institute of the NIH, will soon be available. The Guide was announced by Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director of the NHGRI during his Leiter Lecture "Genomics, Medicine, and Society" at the National Library of Medicine on July 15, 2002. Sponsored by the NLM and the Medical Library Association, his lecture is available in its entirety at: http://videocast.nih.gov/PastEvents.asp?c=4.
Tutorials are also available on workstations in the Multimedia Lab at the rear of the Library's first floor:
In response to regular requests from patrons in the Library, UpToDate, a popular and highly useful resource to answer clinical questions easily and quickly, is now accessible on a workstation in the Multimedia Lab at the rear of the first floor.
of syntheses of informa-
The syntheses are updated monthly with evidence-based information in more than 300 journals.
During September, enhanced
access to most of the 2,200 biomedical e-journals and databases, from
computers that are not in the UM/JMMC I.P. domain, became available to
UM/JMMC faculty, staff and students via the new EZ Proxy software. In
addition to continued access to resources by publisher or aggregator,
the new software permits access by individual journal title. It is also
not necessary to reconfigure your browser to use the EZ Proxy software.
Joaquin Arriaga was a co-convener of the Problem-Based Learning Special Interest Group's meeting at the Medical Library Association (MLA) Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX in May, 2002.
Suzetta Burrows gave a presentation, "Accessing E-Journals" at the Retreat of the academic library directors of the Consortium of Biomedical Libraries of the South (CONBLS), in Memphis, TN in April, 2002.
Tanya Feddern was appointed to a three-year term as editor of FHSLAlert, the newsletter of the Florida Health Sciences Library Association, beginning 2002/03. Feddern was certified by the MLA and accepted as a member of its Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) in July, 2002. Together with Kristine Alpi and Barbara Bibel, their syllabus for an MLA course, “Providing Health Information Resources and Services in other Languages,” was approved for 8 hours of CE credit in September.
Yanira Garcia-Barcena and Joaquin Arriaga, in conjunction with the University's Animal Care and Use Committee, sponsored online training sessions for faculty on Searching for Animal Studies and Alternatives Using Biological Abstracts on August 21 and 22, 2002.
Henry L. Lemkau, Jr. and Suzetta Burrows gave a 2-hour presentation on the "Evidence-Based Medicine Longitudinal Theme of the New Outcomes-based Curriculum at the School of Medicine" at the CONBLS Retreat in Memphis, TN in April, 2002. A paper invited and accepted by the Journal of the Medical Library Association in August is authored by S. Burrows, K. Moore, J. Arriaga, G. Paulaitis, and H. Lemkau. Lemkau was appointed Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for the October 2003 Annual Meeting of the Southern Chapter/MLA in Coral Gables.
Kelly M. Moore was awarded an MBA degree by the University of Miami in June, 2002.
Paulaitis was certified by the Medical Library Association and
accepted as a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals
(AHIP) in September.
Effective May 25, 2002, more than 200 journals, published by Academic Press and accessible on the IDEAL platform since January 2000, are also accessible on Science Direct. This dual accessibility will continue until the end of 2002, at which time IDEAL will cease operation and Science Direct will be the sole source of Academic Press titles.
Since May, titles published by Saunders and Churchill Livingstone, as well as all titles published by Mosby, also became available on Science Direct, but they are not accessible to UM patrons there. Some of the Mosby and Saunders titles subscribed to by Calder are accessible on Calder's website. Some of the Saunders and Churchill Livingstone titles continue to be accessible only on IDEAL until December when IDEAL ceases operation.
The reason for these changes is Elsevier Science, the publisher of Science Direct titles, has purchased Harcourt Health Sciences (HHS), which includes Academic Press, Mosby, Churchill Livingstone and Saunders, and will phase out the HHS IDEAL platform in December.
At this time, the Library expects that all e-journals from these four publishers that were used more than five time in 2001/02 will continue to be available to UM patrons in 2003 on Science Direct.