Saturday, March 24, 2012

Internet outage Sunday, March 25

Please note that we will be without Internet access this Sunday, March 25th, from 1-1:30 p.m while faulty equipment is replaced.

Visit the front desk if you need to print and/or make room reservations as these services will also be affected by the Internet outage.

Thanks for your patience!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Reserve your own study rooms!

KUMC students, faculty, and staff:

Dykes Library has debuted a new online reservation system for study rooms called Book It! Find the Book It! icon on the homepage, log-in using your username and password, and reserve a study room* without the assistance of front desk staff. Study rooms will also be self-service - doors will remain unlocked and staff will not be checking out keys anymore! If a room is empty, you may "walk in" to use it and reserve it on the spot until the next student who has reserved it (if any) shows up.

Please feel free to send comments to or stop by the front desk to let us know how the system works for you.

Book It!

*Regular study room policies apply

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Predatory/Vanity Publishers

Just because a publisher claims to be open access and follows the author pays fees OA Model, not all publishers are on the up-and-up. Have you been solicited to publish in a particular journal? Are you skeptical? How can you be sure the journal is reputable?
Features to look for and verify:
  • Are there typos or grammatical errors? That's usually a flag.
  • Did you check the databases in which the journal claims to appear and find them? If you didn't find them, that's a flag. Example: the journal title claims to be indexed in PubMed but you can't find the journal title in PubMed. Not good.
  • Did you find any journal issues in the archive? In the current journal list? If you can't find back issues or if there are only a couple of back issues or maybe just an image of a journal flyer, that's a flag.
  • What is the pricing structure? How many journal articles will be accepted during the membership time frame? Is the pricing information clear? Is there a mechanism in place in which you agree or not agree to pay? Be careful.
  • Are you prompted to check with your Institution to find out if there is an Institution-paid membership on your behalf? If not, be careful.
  • What do you get for the price? Beware of publishers who offer you a certificate of membership suitable for framing and/or a designated title to add to your signature. Example: Publisher boasts that membership includes certificate suitable for framing and permission to add their group member designation behind your signature: I. M. Smart, MD, Member, Association of Predatory Publishers (MAPP)
  • A publisher may claim to provide peer review and to list an impressive editorial board. Contact the listed board members to verify.
Be skeptical when you are solicited to publish anywhere. If you find any of the above flags, or others, beware and seek assistance from your librarian liaison.
Crystal Cameron-Vedros,

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

New Features in Archie, January 3, 2012 Release

On January 3, we upgraded Archie to the latest DSpace software release, version 1.8.1. This release includes new features and bug fixes.  We've also added some customizations requested by KUMC faculty.
Some of the more noticeable changes include:

  • Export item and collection metadata that conforms to NLM Journal Submission format. See an example of a Kansas Journal of Medicine article at Find more information about submitting ejournals to PubMed at
  • RSS feeds now support iTunes podcast and publishing to iTunesU.
  • Create or edit metadata in batches.
  • Customize submission workflows.
  • Execute routine "curation tasks" across collections.
  • Improved Creative Commons licensing support.
  • Use controlled vocabularies when submitting items.
Learn more about Archie, KUMC's institutional repository services for digital content.
DSpace is institutional repository software widely used by institutions around the world.

Henry Stewart Talks - new series added

Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection January 2012 updates include a new series Good Laboratory Practice: Principles, Compliance and Mutual Recognition.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

EMR reduce costs - maybe not

Health Affairs reports, "Despite the widely held assumption that having computer access to patients' test results will reduce testing, a new study shows that doctors who have such access to tests in the ambulatory care setting are more likely to order imaging and lab tests. Researchers writing in the March issue of the journal Health Affairs say their findings challenge one premise of the nation's multibillion-dollar effort to promote widespread adoption of health information technology (HIT). They warn that the effort 'may not yield anticipated cost savings from reductions in duplicative or inappropriate diagnostic testing' and, in fact, could drive costs up."

Academic Medicine iPad application

Academic Medicine is now available for the iPad. The journal has released a new app for iPad, available now through the App Store. The app offers a print-like reading experience of each issue, with easy-to-read, full-text articles; adjustable text sizing with “pinch and zoom;” access to tables, figures, and supplemental content; ability to store or delete downloaded issues; and convenient notification when a new issue is available. The March issue, released last week, is free to download for non-subscribers.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Access to USMLE-Easy has changed

Trying to access USMLE-Easy via AccessMedicine? Update your bookmarks because USMLE-Easy is no longer available via the AccessMedicine database; it is now accessible at its own website; click here for access. If you haven't set up a personal account yet you may do that on the homepage; if you're a returning user, enter your previous username and password for access to the tests and your personal progress reports. If you have trouble accessing USMLE Easy, please contact Bob Pisciotta at for assistance.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Patient-centered medical home

A new systematic review of evidence conducted by Mathematica Policy Research in collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and published in the American Journal of Managed Care "reveals that the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model has the potential to improve quality of care, hospital care, and patient experience within the healthcare system." According to Mathematica, "The review was conducted to help inform healthcare reform policy and program efforts across the nation and to offer guidance in how to better structure future evaluations."

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Students, looking for a part-time job?

The library is currently hiring for a part-time Student Assistant. You must maintain a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester to qualify. Work schedule is 8-12 hours each week, between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.


1. Use citations to locate and retrieve journals/books in the library’s physical collection

2. Scan/photocopy/attach and send articles to other libraries or individuals via electronic transmission.

3. Package books for delivery via UPS or courier

4. Work on special projects and other duties as assigned

If interested, please apply in person at the front desk, or email the hiring manager at for the application packet.

Thank you!