Friday, October 25, 2013

Congressional and Higher Ed Support for OA

Kansas Representative Kevin Yoder gives a shout-out to OA Week and support for FASTR- Fair Access to Science and Research Act A Letter of Support for FASTR was signed by 65 presidents and provosts of higher education, including U of Kansas Provost, Jeffrey Vitter and sent to Congress on October 25, 2013.

OA Funds

$$$$ is Available to U of Kansas researchers for OA publishing OA Week is winding down but the revelry carries on!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Open Access MegaJournals

How do OA megajournals speed-up article acceptance? What about niche journals compared to wide scope of megajournals? What about journal impact compared to article impact?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Open Access Week 2013

Follow Open Access Week for news, events around the globe. #oaweek Find links to interesting articles on journal publishing like this one

Monday, October 21, 2013

Welcome to Open Access Week

"The Internet lets us share perfect copies of our work with a worldwide audience at virtually no cost. We take advantage of this revolutionary opportunity when we make our work “open access”: digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Open access is made possible by the Internet and copyright-holder consent, and many authors, musicians, filmmakers, and other creators who depend on royalties are understandably unwilling to give their consent. But for 350 years, scholars have written peer-reviewed journal articles for impact, not for money, and are free to consent to open access without losing revenue." Peter Suber

Friday, August 30, 2013

Building a Federated System for Publicly Funded Research

Three higher education associations have formed a joint steering group aiming to build a network of repositories to provide public access to federally funded research articles and data. The proposed SHare network is a response to the White House Directivee issued in February, 2013 that requires all federal agencies providing funding of 100 + million to make publicly available the articles resulting from such funding. The SHare group is comprised of members from the Association of American Universities, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and Association of Research Libraries. An alternative public access plan, Chorus, has been proposed by the American Association of Publishers. The issue of whether publisher groups or higher education groups should build and manage repositories of research articles resulting from federal funds is under debate.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

August 27 was Deadline for Public Access Expansion Plans by U.S. Agencies doing R & D

Federal agencies with 100 + million in R & D funding were to have submitted public access plans to the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) by August 27, 2013 per a White House Directive issued in February, 2013. The public access expansion directs other federal agencies who issue grant funding to require that recipients post the results of their research in public access systems similar to PubMed Cental, the NIH funded research article repository. This news announcement by the Association of American of Publishers contains their proposal for developing a public access database called Chorus. There are pros and cons to giving publishers control of public access databases, so look for future posts pointing to news announcements from other agencies proposing alternative public access repositories.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Medical Students Get Free Epocrates Essentials in August

Epocrates is continuing their Student Appreciation Program. Through the month of August, KUMC Medical Students can use Epocrates Essentials free for the entire year. This is a $159 value!
To register for a license and download the app:
  1. Complete the form at, selecting "Univ of Ks Sch of Med" as your school.
  2. Select “GET IT NOW”. You will be redirected to the Epocrates registration page where you can register for a new account or sign into your existing account. To access the free Epocrates Essentials you must list your occupation as “medical student”.
  3. Verify their medical student standing. If you cannot be verified immediately, you can “SKIP” this section and Epocrates will follow up directly to verify.
  4. Once the registration is complete, you will see your shopping cart with
  5. Epocrates Essentials and the discount should reflect a cost of $0.00.
  6. When you have confirmed the purchase, you will be directed to download Epocrates on your device.
We're sorry that Epocrates only offers the Appreciation program for medical students and not nursing or other health profession students.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

NIH Public Access Compliance

NIH Public Access Policy Compliance
Presentation offered by the Dykes Library with Cancer Center & Research Institute staff
Tuesday, August 13
10-11 am
School of Nursing B011

Learn how to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy, and use the tools needed to manage the compliance process.  Tools covered include PubMed, PubMed Central, My NCBI, and eRA Commons. Target audience is principal investigators, research administrators, faculty and staff involved in NIH grant administration. To register, visit

Monday, July 15, 2013

Dykes Library is open 24/7!

Beginning today (July 15), Dykes Library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to KUMC students, faculty, staff and employees/residents of The University of Kansas Hospital!

Library personnel will be available to assist users Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

Please note that all patrons will need their KUMC ID badge to access the library after 6 p.m.

If you are a KU affiliate or would like access to the library for health sciences or scholarly research, please call ahead for access information at 913-588-7166 during library business hours.

Questions? Please call the library front desk at 913-588-7166.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 is online is now available. Our host has resolved their outage problem which affected multiple sites across the U.S. We apologize for the inconvenience. temporarily unavailable may be unavailable temporarily. We're investigated the cause and hope to have it resolved shortly.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Universities and Libraries Release Plan to Comply with White House Directive to Expand Public Access to Research and Data

A proposal recommending that  universities and libraries  collaborate with federal research funding agencies to expand public access to research is circulating. Shared Access Research Ecosystem, or Share, maintains that universities and libraries have infrastructure in place via institutional repositories and have long histories of experience with sharing and preserving research. The Share proposal is under review by the Association of American Universities, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and Association of Research Libraries. An article in The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on the Share proposal and references another recent draft released  by the  publishing industry that outlines publishers' solutions for meeting the August 22nd deadline to expand public access to federally funded research and data. You can view that blog posting here.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

New display at Dykes Library!

Come check out our new "eye" catching June display celebrating Vision month!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Journal Publishers Propose to Run a Clearinghouse for Open Research

If journal publishers, with the backing of the Association of American Publishers, get congressional approval to implement a  public access clearinghouse, one  blogger states "this would be the equivalent of the NRA running background checks on firearms purchases." Read the full post by Michael Eisen.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Booking a study room is now mobile-friendly!

Booking a study room has never been easier! Next time you want to reserve a study space, simply use your Smartphone to visit the library website, click on “Book a Study Room” and type in your reservation information. Voila! 

This new mobile-friendly feature will make it even more convenient to reserve an individual or group room. Study room policies apply. 

Additional changes in this release include:

  • Start and End time dates display in reservation boxes for desktop and mobile.
  • Reservation boxes stay with the table and don't get lost outside the viewing area.
  • Room names stay in view as you scroll down the table. 
  • Updated to the latest KUMC branding. 

  • Questions? Call the front desk at 913-588-7166.

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

    2013 Science Pioneer Winners

    For many years, the A.R. Dykes Library has participated in the Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair sponsored by Science Pioneers.

    Dykes Library awards one prize in both the Junior and Senior categories. Only medically related projects (health, anatomy, vision, dentistry, psychology, etc.) in the Biological and Behavior Sciences categories from the Junior and Senior levels are judged.

    This year’s winners include junior Ashley E. for her project “Don’t Flush the PH!” and senior Nathan W. for his project “Developing a PCR technique to determine the distribution of Lyme Disease in Johnson County, Kansas.”

    The Senior division winner receives a one-year membership, which includes remote access to electronic resources. The winner in the Junior division receives eight hours of research consultation with a librarian and $50 of free printing.

    Awards were presented March 16.

    Congratulations Ashley and Nathan!

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013 is closing

    We are no longer maintaining the web site. Visit the links below to find more information about SEPA Kansas.
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    Monday, May 20, 2013

    Statistical software available at Dykes Library

    The following statistical software is available at Dykes Library:

    1. SAS: Available in library classrooms G024, G025 and 1028.

    2. SPSS: Available on all library ground and first floor PCs, all study rooms, all library classrooms and Orr-Major student machines.

    3. MatLab: Available in library classrooms G024, G025 and 1028.

    Wednesday, May 15, 2013

    Being Human: medicine and poetry display

    Learn more about the display at Dykes Library from public services assistant and display creator, Christina:

     April was National Poetry Month and, although I was a little late getting the display up, the Being Human medicine and poetry display is now finished. I have seen several students looking at the displayed materials (we even checked out one of the books yesterday) and the “magnetic” poetry board has been put to use. The display has materials from both Dykes Library stacks and Clendening, as well as articles from PubMed that discuss the validity of poetry in a medical practice. Each of the books should have either a Clendening bookmark, or a bookmark showcasing “Aphasia,” a poem by Noah Capurso for the Yale UCL Medical Students Poetry Competition. Hopefully this is the first of many interesting displays, as we plan on rotating them throughout the year.
    Be sure to check it out today!

    Front of display

    "Magnetic" poetry board

    QR codes for medical poetry websites