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“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.

Space and Collection Updates Happening in EBL

The Eskind Biomedical Library collection development team is undertaking a major review and reduction of our print journal holdings – you may see empty shelves where print journals once stood during this process.

The collection development team has determined that EBL is providing reliable online access to the journals that have been removed. These can be accessed online via the Digital Library. Online access provides many benefits to users, including access from off-campus, access when the library is closed, and the ability for more than one person to use the same material simultaneously.

Supplements and special issues that are not available electronically are being retained so we will not affect the integrity of the collection. Interrupted series of older bound volumes of journals that could not be donated due to missing volumes are being recycled. We have also provided a list of publishers’ resources for developing countries for those interested in programs connecting other nations to low-cost and free journals.

As redundant print materials are removed, EBL will also be developing a plan for the vacated space to better suit the needs of library visitors and the medical center. We appreciate your patience during the transition.

EBL/KM Reorganization

To continue to enhance our services and workflow, the Eskind Biomedical Library/Knowledge Management has made several leadership and organizational changes, effective March 7, 2014.

Please see the organizational chart on the EBL/KM website: http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/diglib/about/orgchart.html

Instructions for VPN Users

Users of the VPN may have experienced trouble accessing electronic resources (journals, books, etc.) from off-campus when trying to access the resources through their own bookmarks. The VUIT Information Security Team has provided the following information to help resolve these issues:

If you access library research material via the Enterprise VPN when off campus, your machine may need to have a Vanderbilt IP Address to facilitate access. Please submit a help desk ticket to Network Security Support requesting that your VUNet ID be added to the VUIT_No_Tunneling Active Directory group. This will alleviate potential issues encountered when attempting to access research journals that do not reside within the Vanderbilt University network. If you do not access library research items remotely, no action is needed.

Additional details are provided by IT.

It is not necessary to use the VPN to access electronic resources from off-campus. If you have a valid VUnet ID and password, you can log in through the Digital Library and access resources remotely as though you were on-campus – look for this yellow login button that will only appear when you are outside the Vanderbilt network.

After you have logged in, simply search the Digital Library for the name of the book, journal, database, or website you would like to access. Learn more about searching and browsing the digital library from the online help, or request additional training.

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2014 Recommended Immunization Schedules

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Recommended Immunization Schedules for adults and children for 2014.

Information about the schedules, including changes for 2014, appears in the PDFs linked below. The recommendation tables are no longer being published within the MMWR issue, but the current birth to 18 years and catch-up and adult schedules are posted separately online.

Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults Aged 19 Years or Older — United States, 2014 [PDF]

Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 Years — United States, 2014 [PDF]

2014 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes Now Available

The 2014 Clinical Practice Recommendations issue of Diabetes Care, containing comprehensive recommendations from the American Diabetes Association, has been published and is available through the Eskind Biomedical Library’s subscription to that journal.

This annual special issue includes the full 2014 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes, which provides guidance for clinicians on topics such as testing and diagnosis, glycemic control, pregnancy, pharmacologic therapy, nutrition and physical activity, prevention of complications including cardiovascular disease, neuropathy, and retinopathy, self-management education and support, and diabetes care in special populations and settings. A summary of revisions for 2014 is also provided in the issue.

Additional issues covered in separate publications in the issue include diagnosis and classification, driving, employment, school and day care settings, management in correctional institutions, nutrition therapy, and other topics.

On-campus users should be able to access these materials by clicking the links above. If you are off-campus, please visit our Digital Library, log in with your VUnet ID and password, search for the journal Diabetes Care, and follow the link to that title. The 2014 recommendations appear in the January 2014; 37 (Supplement 1) issue of the journal.

Eskind to Host “Every Necessary Care and Attention: George Washington and Medicine” Exhibit, Dec 23-Jan 31

Every Necessary Care and Attention


The Eskind Biomedical Library will host “Every Necessary Care and Attention: George Washington and Medicine,” a traveling exhibition from the National Library of Medicine, from December 23, 2013 through January 31, 2014. This exhibit presents the life and family of our first president in the context of the medical practices of his day. Located in the Historical Collections room on the third floor of the library, the exhibit will also include rare books and artifacts from the library’s collections. The exhibit will be open 9-5, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Please contact Christopher Ryland at 936-1406, or James Thweatt at 936-1408, for more information.

The exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health with the Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. 


Holiday Hours 2013

The Eskind Biomedical Library will observe the following special hours around the University’s Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays:

Date Hours Limited Services
Monday, 12/23/13 Regular hours Regular hours
Tuesday, 12/24/13 (Christmas Eve) Closed Closed
Wednesday, 12/25/13 (Christmas Day) Closed Closed
Thursday, 12/26/13 8am to 6pm 8am to 9am
Friday, 12/27/13 8am to 6pm 8am to 9am
Saturday, 12/28/13 Regular hours Regular hours
Sunday, 12/29/13 Regular hours Regular hours
Monday, 12/30/13 Regular hours Regular hours
Tuesday, 12/31/13 (New Year’s Eve) 8am to 6pm 8am to 9am
Wednesday, 1/1/14 (New Year’s Day) Closed Closed

Regular hours are listed on our website. A valid Vanderbilt or Meharry ID is required for entrance during Limited Service Hours.

The library will resume normal hours on Thursday, January 2, 2014.

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 and will be responded to when we return. When the library is closed, checked out items you are returning can be left in the book drop outside the library.

How are Patients Using Mobile Health Apps?

The use of smartphones – including mobile apps – for improving patients’ health has been a topic of interest for several years, but a recent report suggests that patients are currently using mobile apps for fairly limited purposes.

The IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics recently took a look at “health and fitness” and “medical” apps intended for the general public via the U.S. iTunes store. They found more than 16,000 apps that met this criteria, but the largest group of them (5,400 apps) were “designed for the purpose of counting calories or tracking calorie consumption, providing fitness routines and monitoring weight or body mass index.”

Pew found similar results in their 2012 survey of 254 mobile app users – respondents were mostly using apps for exercise/fitness (38% of health app users), diet/food/calorie monitoring (31%), and weight (12%).

IMS also found that most apps focused on informing or instructing the patient or on tracking (such as calories), but few focused on communication, reminders, or patient-specific guidance. Few (1,980) apps in IMS’s study focused on specific conditions and therapies – those that did tended to focus on chronic diseases, with mental health making up the biggest chunk of those apps.

More information:
NPR Shots blog – The Long List Of Health Apps Features Few Clear Winners
Pew – Mobile Health 2012
Pew – Health Online 2013
New York Times – F.D.A. to Regulate Some Health Apps
New York Times – Monitoring Your Health With Mobile Devices

Collector’s Book Sale at Eskind Library – December 2nd Through 6th

Just in time for the holidays, the Eskind Biomedical Library will be conducting a special edition Collector’s Book Sale December 2-6. 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 am-5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. For more information please contact Jim Thweatt (james.thweatt@vanderbilt.edu or 936-1408) or Chris Ryland (christopher.ryland@vanderbilt.edu or 936-1406).