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Palliative Care Info Added to UpToDate

UpToDate has added new information for the palliative care specialty. According to their announcement:

Content includes comprehensive information on clinical and psychosocial issues and evidence-based recommendations for assessing and managing pain and non-pain symptoms.

UpToDate in Palliative Care includes:

  • 90+ clinical topics — a list of topics for any specialty can be found through the “Contents” link on the top toolbar
  • 40 patient education topics — print or email information to help patients make informed decisions
  • 45 new graphics — created specifically for palliative care topics
  • 100+ contributors — as with all UpToDate content, authors and editors are clearly identified in each topic

The UpToDate subscription provided by the Eskind Biomedical Library can be accessed through the Digital Library.

EBL Closed on July 4th

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The Eskind Biomedical Library will be closed on Friday, July 4, 2014, for the Independence Day holiday.

The library will resume normal hours on Saturday, July 5.

Online resources such as journals and textbooks will be available through the Digital Library. Online tutorials are available for many resources, and requests for further help can be made through our online forms. When the library is closed, checked out items you are returning can be left in the book drop outside the library.

CME Credits Available from Eskind

The Eskind Biomedical Library offers up to 1.5 hours of CME or attendance credit for each of these areas of library training:

  1. Primary Literature Searching: PubMed
  2. Productivity Tools/Software: Notability, EndNote, Zotero
  3. Genetic Variation Resources
  4. Clinical Genetics and Pharmacogenetics

Course descriptions are provided at http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/diglib/services/training.html and CME/attendance-eligible sessions are marked with: yellow rectangle reading "CME credit" to show what the icon marking the eligible trainings looks like

To register and request CME/attendance credit for these classes, follow the “Click to Request Training” link for the desired topic and complete the training request form.

Important Changes to PLoS Publication Fees

Public Library of Science (PLoS) has changed the model it uses for charging publication fees. PLoS has eliminated its institutional membership program, which offered authors a 20% discount on publication fees. As of June 1st, Vanderbilt authors submitting articles to PLoS need to pay the publication fee without the previous discount.

Updated Code for Lexi-Comp Mobile Access

If you previously activated Lexi-Comp on your mobile device, you will need a new code for continuing access, as the old one has expired.

To install/renew your subscription, please click here for device specific installation instructions: Lexi-Comp mobile access

This code is valid until 5/31/2015.

For more information on mobile access to Lexi-Comp, see this previous post.

New Biosketch Format Coming for NIH Applications

According to the NIH’s Rock Talk blog:

We’re set for a major change in how you portray your body of work when applying for NIH funds. With strong support from NIH leadership, we will be rolling out a new biosketch format. The new NIH biosketch emphasizes your accomplishments instead of just a list of publications, which, as previously discussed, we questioned as the best way to showcase your scientific contributions.

The blog post provides more information and links to resources on the change.

The agency expects to roll out the new biosketch format for all grant applications received for FY 2016 funding and beyond (which generally refers to applications submitted in early 2015).

Memorial Day Hours 2014

The Eskind Biomedical Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Memorial Day (Monday, May 26, 2014).

The library will resume normal hours on Tuesday, May 27.

Special and holiday hours will always be posted here on the news site, and mentioned on our Twitter and Facebook profiles.

Alert for Users of Geriatrics Review Syllabus App

We receiving the following information from the American Geriatrics Society:

Subject: GeriatricsCareOnline GRS8 offline CME app alert
Dear GRS8 Subscriber:

We wanted to alert you that the GRS8 CME app for iPad is currently unavailable due to a compatibility issue with a required platform upgrade (iOS V7.x). This unexpected conflict caused the loss of previously stored information in the GRS8 CME app for the iPad (only). Please do not use previously downloaded versions of the GRS8 CME app, in order to ensure that you do not lose any progress in your tests. We will follow up as soon as we have further information, and apologize for any inconvenience.

Collector’s Book Sale at Eskind Library – May 12-16, 2014

Eskind Biomedical Library will be conducting its annual Collector’s Book Sale May 12th through May 16th. It will be held in the Historical Collections Room located on the third floor of the Eskind Biomedical Library. Books for sale will include older medical textbooks of all specialties, biographies, history of medicine and science. Prices will be very reasonable with many marked $1.00 to $2.00.

Hours of the sale are 9:00-5:00, Monday through Friday. For more information please contact Jim Thweatt at: james.thweatt@vanderbilt.edu 936-1408, or Chris Ryland: at christopher.ryland@vanderbilt.edu 936-1406.

“Library Account” Validation Email is NOT from Eskind

We are receiving reports that many people have received the email copied below. This message is NOT from the Eskind Biomedical Library, and you should NOT click any links provided in the message.

Eskind Biomedical Library – 17 April 2014

Library Account

Dear Student, Faculty, Staff
Due to high numbers of inactive library accounts on our server, you are urged to validate your library account within a week after receiving this e-mail, by using the validation link: Click Here and login to your library account to confirm that your library account is active.
Failure to update will process your account being temporarily blocked or suspended from the network and may not be able to receive.
Do not ignore this message to avoid termination of your library account. Thanks for your co-operation.

Yours sincerely,
Larry J.LeBlanc
Eskind Biomedical Library
Vanderbilt University

The library will not email you asking that you “validate” your library account. You do not need to take any action to maintain your library account.

Typical emails from Vanderbilt libraries may include notices of overdue or recalled materials, library fines, or Document Delivery items. If you ever have questions about a message appearing to be from the Eskind Biomedical Library, feel free to contact us.

Additional resource: Learn more about phishing.