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E-Journal Usage Continues to Soar

New Printing Fees

New Online Tutorials

UpToDate Now Accessible at Calder

New Remote Access to E-Resources from Off Campus Sites

Faculty News

Major Enhancements to Science Direct/Changes in IDEAL

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VOL. 23 NO. 4 July - September, 2002


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:


Individual Title Circulation
JBC
Nature
PNAS
Science
  2000/01
3,172
11,570
N/A
6,661
9,245
  2001/02
23,910
17,187
21,783
13,258
12,912
  %Change
+87%
+49%

+99%
+40%

Aggregators            
ASM
IDEAL
Link
Science Direct*
Synergy
Wiley
  7,075
5,651
N/A
15,384
3,682**
17,652
  15,017
12,075
15,064
38,579
23,704
27,126
  +113%
+114%

+151%

+544%
+54%
*UM/JMMC only
**access to selective titles only

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New Printing Fees

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:

UM/JMMC Faculty, staff, patients, and members
UM/JMMC Students
All Others
10 cents/page
5 cents/page
30 cents/page

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.

 

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New Online Tutorials

"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:

  • "Accessing Calder's E-Journals," a short and easy to use guide through the basic steps of accessing the Library's electronic journals via the Internet, created by Tanya Feddern, MLIS, MOT, of the Library's Reference and Education Department.
  • "CATMaker Tutorial," a guide to using the CATMaker software to create a clinically appraised topic (CAT), also created by Tanya Feddern.

 

"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:

  • The "National Guideline Clearinghouse Tutorial", recently distributed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on CD-ROM, which "walks the user through a series of informative demonstrations and scenarios on using the NCG." Individual copies are also freely available upon request from the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse at 800-358-9295 or via e-mail at ahrqpubs@ahrq.gov.
  • The "MEDLINEplus Health Information" tutorial, distributed by the National Library
    of Medicine, which provides an easy-to-use overview of NLM's consumer health website. Copies are also freely available upon request from NLM at 301-496-6308 or via e-mail at kcravedi@nlm.nih.gov.

 

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UpToDate Now Accessible at Calder

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.

UpToDate consists of syntheses of informa-
tion on more than 5,000 clinical topics that combine the best evidence and experience of experts in 12 comprehensive specialties: Adult Primary Care & Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine, Endocrinology & Diabetes, Family Practice, Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Hematology, Infectious Diseases, Nephrology & Hypertension, Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women’s Health, Oncology, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, and Rheumatology

The syntheses are updated monthly with evidence-based information in more than 300 journals.

 

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New Remote Access to E-Resources from Off Campus Sites

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.

Now, when you select “Remote Access” near the bottom of the “Quick Links” section on the Library’s website, you are prompted to select either the new EZ Proxy or the old WAM Proxy access. Both options require the same user name and barcode, which can be easily procured at the Circulation Desk.

You are encouraged to use the new enhanced proxy access and to contact the Systems Department at 305-243-5530 or via email at wwwadmin@caldmed.med.miami.edu for any additional assistance or information you may need. It is anticipated that the old WAM Proxy will be discontinued at the end of 2002.

 

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Faculty News

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.

Gediminas Paulaitis was certified by the Medical Library Association and accepted as a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) in September.

Erica Powell served as Past-Chair of the Florida Health Sciences Library Association during 2001/02.

 

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Major Enhancements to Science Direct/Changes in IDEAL

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.

 

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