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Got the LWW app? Wait to install iOS8!

Anyone using the app on their iPad for accessing Journals@Ovid Full Text, read the alert from LWW:

“We have just been notified of a critical issue that has been detected within the upcoming release of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 8.  Any users updating to iOS 8 will be unable to view existing downloaded journal content or download new journal content within the app.

To ensure we provide you with the best experience, we ask that ALL USERS REFRAIN FROM UPDATING TO IOS 8 until we publish an update.  

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. Please rest assured knowing that we are working diligently to ensure that all of our iPad apps are back to normal as soon as possible. We’ll provide you with an update once available.

If you have questions or need assistance, please email or call us at (800) 638–3030, outside US call 1(301) 223-2300.

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, P.O. Box 1620, Hagerstown, MD 21740.”

Kanopy Streaming Video

kanopyThe University Libraries are providing even more access to streaming videos to support classroom instruction. Kanopy Streaming Video is now available through a joint pilot project with other regional colleges.

Kanopy offers more than 6,500 films in a wide variety of subject areas and from several educational film distributors including these popular collections: Criterion Collection, Symptom Media, PBS, Green Planet Films, First Run Features, California Newsreel, BBCActive, NEVCO and German Film.

Create clips/playlists and embed any video or clip in UBlearns.

Questions? Please contact Multimedia Collections and Services at

New workshops: iPad Productivity, PubMed/MyNCBI, and Predatory Publishers…

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Our Fall 2014 workshops are now available for registration.  Don’t miss our three new classes described below.  Also check out the many No Experience Endnote, Advanced EndNote, and Prezi offerings at the link above.

Health Sciences Researchers Beware: Predatory Journals & Publishers 

Learn about questionable, scholarly open-access journals and publishers and their predatory solicitation practices.  We’ll look at resources that help identify questionable titles, review criteria to assist in evaluating publishers, and use real life examples from the Health Sciences of spamming and suspect invitations.

Friday, November 21 • 10:00 am-11:15 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)

PubMed and My NCBI

Want to personalize and maximize your searches in PubMed?  Join the Health Sciences Library for a 1-hour library workshop and learn how to search, streamline and customize your experience in PubMed using My NCBI.  Some familiarity with PubMed is recommended in order to get the most out of this class.

Wednesday, November 26 • 2:00 pm-3:00 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)

iPad Productivity

In this one-hour class at the Health Sciences Library, we will explore a variety of medical apps as well as a selection of apps for productivity. Bring your iPad or simply follow along as we investigate useful tools for health care, organization and efficiency.

Tuesday, October 28 • 2:00 pm-3:00 pm • B2C MIR (HSL South Campus)

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Welcome – check out our giveaways and prizes!

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WelcomeTable2014FallWelcome to a new semester!   Be sure to stop by our “welcome” table in the front lobby.    Grab some free swag.   Pick a question from the jar to win a prize – we have luggage tags, notebooks, reusable bags and car chargers.

For those who were gone all summer, you’ll notice some changes.  First, we now have just one “Information Services” desk at which to begin if you have a question or need help.  Reference services are still here, with librarians standing ready to help on demand, so don’t hesitate to ask.

Second, we now have self checkout for books and a scanner for all your copying needs located near the Information Services desk.

We all look forward to helping you do your research, finish your papers, and get that degree!  Don’t forget to check out our workshops too!

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George Washington and Medicine – last days!

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gw-dentures“Every Necessary Care and Attention: George Washington and Medicine”,  a six panel exhibit, is now on display in the HSL Lobby just until Monday, Sept. 15.

Don’t miss the display case of instruments similar to those that would have been used in George Washington’s time, courtesy of our History of Medicine Collection located on the lower level.   Who knows?  Some of these artifacts may have been used by George himself!

Instruments on display include:

  • Blue cobalt leech jar
  • Sterling silver feeding boat
  • Heart Model
  • Wooden Monaural Stethescope
  • Pottery invalid feeding boat
  • Bloodletting lancets and case
  • Bleeding bowl
  • Dental tooth key
  • Dental instruments
  • Ceramic hot water bottle
  • Wooden mortar and pestle

As head of household, plantation owner, businessman, Revolutionary War general, and president, George Washington had many different concerns and responsibilities, from running his estate to ensuring the stability of a new nation. Alongside the traditional demands of political life and military leadership, he focused considerable attention on the health and safety of his family, staff, slaves, and troops.

Like others in the 18th century who needed medical assistance, Washington relied on a combination of home health remedies, common sense, herbal treatments, and medical science, as dispensed by an array of doctors, surgeons, dentists, barbers, apothecaries, nurses, midwives, and the occasional charlatan or quack. He turned to medical advice found in the books in his library, and ordered an assortment of common and patent medicines.

George himself survived smallpox, malaria, anthrax, pneumonia, and skin cancer, but his own health never deterred his and his wife, Martha’s, efforts to keep those close to them in the best possible health given the limitations of the time.

Also visit NLM’s online version of the exhibit, and don’t forget to stop by HSL’s History of Medicine Collection to view some of the instruments and artifacts of the time.


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Introducing “My Account”

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My Library Card and Delivery+ have been merged into one account.

Login to My Account to:

  • view your checked-out items
  • view your library fines/fees
  • place requests and recalls
  • renew your books online
  • request materials from another UB library or from libraries anywhere in the world (Delivery+)


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Ebola information you can trust!

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Authoritative Ebola Information

Media outlet reports on the Ebola crisis vary widely, and often include conflicting details as the situation evolves.  Where can you go to get the latest authoritative information?

Ebola Resource Guide

Comprehensive listing, part of the Tropical Medicine and Parasitology subject guide pages from the Matas Health Sciences Library at Tulane University.  Links to  CDC, WHO and NLM RSS feeds (see below as well), plus connects to blogs, listservs, literature queries and reviews, travelers’ health information, and suggested books on the topic.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization

National Library of Medicine (NLM) MedlinePlus Resource Guides

NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC)

U.S. Joint Commission

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New Scanners!

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The UB Libraries are going green once again!

Located adjacent to our Information Desk for your convenience,  scanning is a free service and is environmentally friendly – no debit cards, no money, no paper, no waste, no toner.  Images can be scanned and manipulated in various format options, including searchable PDF’s and text-to-voice, and then sent to your USB flash drive, Google Drive, or your personal email.  A basic User Guide is available at each unit.

If you have questions about operating the scanner or about this new service, the staff at the HSL Information desk will be happy to assist you, as well as provide information about the now retired Jamex print/copy debit cards.

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Check out our new On Call Services!


Do you need help with a literature search?  Or need to figure out how to download citations, find books, or need assistance with Delivery +?

If you need a librarian, we are On Call and ready to help at a moment’s notice!

Now that we have just one service desk to answer all your information needs, don’t hesitate to ask for the special expertise that our librarians can offer.

Students and Faculty in the health sciences schools can also directly contact their subject librarian liaisons via the links from the main HSL page.

As you use our new services, let us know how you like the new model – just go to, or chat with one of our capable staff.

Enjoy the summer too!

ClinicalKey Updates due in Late Summer

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ClinicalKey is getting a makeover, with enhancements due to be released later this summer. clinicalkeylogoHere are some of the main changes to keep an eye out for:

  • New topic page summaries – more than 1,400 high level disease condition overviews. Content is pulled from frequently updated textbooks. Updates will occur any time there’s a new edition or chapter. Related content is hyperlinked.
  • The ability to search and browse by content type, including First Consult.
  • Mobile optimization.
  • Greater customization of patient education materials. Select a language, change the font size, and add your own notes.
  • An expanded “Presentation Maker” enables ClinicalKey account holders to create and manage multiple presentations.

Check with our Medical School liaison librarian for more information!

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