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Multimedia Creation Lab for Students!

Students!    This project is for you!

The UB Libraries is running a pilot project called the Multimedia Creation Lab.  The main audiences are UB students because there is no other on campus media lab available.  (UB faculty and staff can also use the service, but students have first priority for equipment loans and lab use.  Faculty and staff are encouraged to use the Office of Educational Innovation & Assessment (ubtlc)).

The Multimedia Creation Lab is composed of two parts:  First, we will loan out cameras, voice recorders, and other equipment to students for creating the media for their projects.  Second, once they have their video or audio files, they can use the computers in our lab to put their project together.

The Multimedia Creation Lab is located in the Health Sciences Library, room 105 Abbott Hall, South Campus.

Visit us at

(From the Main Library page top menu > Libraries & Collections > Multimedia Collections > Find & Borrow > Multimedia Creation Lab)

If you have any questions, contact Chris Cheung  or call 829-5745.

The New ClinicalKey Experience is Live!

clinicalkeylogoClinicalKey now makes it easier than ever for staff to find fast, concise answers, and deep access to evidence whenever, wherever they need it.  Visit our new Customer Resource Center.  We’ve added new videos and updated our materials to include information on the new enhancements.


  • A cleaner, mobile-friendly design for discovering clinical content on the go
  • 1,400+ new Topic Pages that offer quick access to point-of-care content, including risk factors, treatments and more
  • A new browse page with a searchable, filterable list of sources
  • new search history feature enabling you to view and retry recent queries

And much more.

To access all of these tools, visit and click on the Resource Center link.

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

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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

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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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