Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Journals at Dykes Library


A special thank you to University Leadership for working with the Faculty Assembly Information Resources Committee and Dykes Library personnel in making additional funding available to Dykes Library to support collections (journals) for researchers, faculty, clinicians, students. 

Information is not free and continued inflation of the current journal list makes sustaining the status quo untenable.  With the support of University Leadership the cancellations for FY2013 will not be as aggressive as believed in the Spring of 2012. 

With input from your faculty representatives to the Faculty Assembly Information Resources Committee (FAIRC) and Dykes Library personnel, the revised journal cancellation list is now available.  We will again purchase monographs and will discuss with FAIRC criteria by which those funds should be allocated and expended - print or electronic monographs.

During the Fall semester working with University Leadership and FAIRC, it appears that a work group will be formed to develop a plan to address a more reasonable and sustainable method of supporting information and services needs of researchers, faculty, clinicians and students.   Stay tuned.  We will keep the University community updated.   

The updated FAQ identifying how these cancellation decisions were made is here for your review.

Thank you again to the support of FAIRC members and University Leadership.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Upcoming Training: What's New on PubMed?

Dykes Library's NN/LM Biomedical Librarian Rachel Vukas will be presenting about new developments on PubMed Wednesday, September 26 at 2 p.m. CT.

This free, one-hour online training only requires computer access and a phone. Visit this URL: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/mcr2/ then login as a guest with your first and last name. Instructions to connect to the audio will show up once you’ve logged in. Captioning will be provided.

This online training is made available through National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region (NN/LM). See more information and learn more about additional NN/LM training opportunities here.  

Thursday, September 13, 2012

New art display at Dykes Library!

Be sure to stop by and enjoy Jean Howard: On Site, a beautiful new art collection on display at Dykes Library’s second floor gallery!

Jean Howard: On Site includes works painted "en plein air" by Howard during her travels around the world. "En plein air" literally translates as "in the open air" and describes works that are created out-of-doors working directly from nature. This sampling of pieces painted in Mexico, Italy, Greece, China, New Mexico, England, France, and Morocco function as a visual travel journal and convey a sense of place and light.

Jean Howard is an accomplished painter and educator. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing and a Doctorate in Visual Arts Education from the University of Kansas. She taught painting and drawing at Johnson County Community College for more than two decades and holds the title of Professor Emeritus. Her works have been widely exhibited regionally. Many of her former students, now working artists, acknowledge her as a major influence in their careers.

Jean Howard: On Site is available for your viewing pleasure at Dykes Library through November 11.  


Monday, September 10, 2012

Henry Stewart Talks has a new look

The Henry Stewart Talks website has been redesigned to make it easier to quickly find relevant audio visual presentations by leading world experts (including Nobel Laureates).  

The website site can be accessed at

As a licensed resource be sure that when you are off campus you have signed on to licensed resources through the proxy server using CAS.

For those of you not familiar, The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection provides access to over 1,500 talks each specially commissioned from leading world experts. The talks are in the format of slides with synchronized narration and are arranged into comprehensive series. The talks are ideal for independent research and for teaching including distance learning. For advice on how best to use the talks in teaching or for assistance in identifying relevant talks please contact beth@hstalks.com

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

EndNote X6 for Windows is Here!

EndNote is a software application that is used to store and organize the bibliographic information that comprises citations. And, EndNote is designed to house and search the full text of journal articles, including your annotations! With EndNote's integration with Microsoft Word, creating a bibliography becomes a seamless part of the writing process.

Download EndNote X6 for Windows today for free from myKUMC! (And Mac users, look for EndNote X6 this fall!)

 Register for EndNote classes: http://www.trumba.com/calendars/irtraining

Also, check out Dykes Library EndNote Resources: http://library.kumc.edu/resources/EndNote.htm