Library News - 2017

Riley Recognized by Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries

Ruth receiving plaque

Ruth A. Riley, MS, AHIP, was recognized at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) in Boston on November 3, 2017 for her role as Past President. For the past three years, she has served on the AAHSL Board of Directors as President-Elect, President and Past President. AAHSL comprises the libraries serving the accredited U.S. and Canadian medical schools belonging to or affiliated with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). It includes other related libraries and organizations that lead in resolving information and knowledge management problems in the health care environment.  Pictured here is Ruth with Neil Rambo, Director, NYU Health Sciences Library, AAHSL President.


Journal Cancellations for 2018

Due to continuing budget constraints, the Library has to undertake another round of print and electronic journal cancellations effective January 2018. The Library conducted a journal collection analysis to identify titles for potential cancellation. Criteria used for the analysis included usage, impact factor/ranking, renewal cost, availability from Thomas Cooper Library, and relevance to School of Medicine programs.  For the complete list of proposed cancellations, see below.

After the cancellations become effective, access to back files may still be available due to the licensing agreements with vendors/publishers or via alternate means.  Please go to our e-journal management system, Full Text Finder, to check on the coverage.  For articles that are no longer available, please request them via interlibrary loan at our ILL Express page.

List of journal titles cancelled in 2018:
American Journal of Public Health
Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis & Vascular Biology
Biology of Reproduction
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Assoc. Journal
College & Research Libraries News
Experimental Biology and Medicine
Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Journal of Nuclear Medicine
Pc Magazine - Digital ed


Photos and Video Available for Dr. Margaret Humphreys Lecture and Reception

Ruth Riley, Charles Bryan, and Maraget Humphreys image
Ruth Riley, Dr. Charles Bryan, Dr. Margaret Humphreys

The School of Medicine Library proudly sponsored a lecture by Dr. Margaret Humphreys, Josiah Charles Trent Professor of the History of Medicine, Duke University, on “African Americans in Civil War Medicine,” on September 21, 2017. The lecture celebrated the opening of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) traveling exhibit Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine which is available for viewing in the School of Medicine Library until October 28, 2017.  The exhibit looks at the African American men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their work as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender. 

Photos of the lecture and reception are available here.  Although the lecture was not recorded, a similar version of the lecture was presented by Dr. Humphreys at the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library at Columbia University on May 20, 2017 and is available for viewing here.


Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database

The Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database allows you to search simultaneously, a wide range of summarized and appraised evidence, to inform your practice. This comprehensive range of resources includes over 3,000 records across seven publication types: Evidence Based Recommended Practices, Evidence Summaries, Best Practice Information Sheets, Systematic Reviews, Consumer Information Sheets, Systematic Review Protocols, and Technical Reports.
Subject Area Nodes: Evidence organized into health care area/specialties. Only information specific to that health topic is included in each database.

Publication Types
Evidence Based Recommended Practices: Interventions or procedures that describe and/or recommend certain practices on selected clinical topics. Recommended Practices are based on the best available evidence and each practice consists of an equipment list, a recommended practice, occupational health and safety provisions, and an adjoining evidence summary where evidence is available.

Evidence Summaries: Short abstracts that summarize existing international evidence on common health care interventions and activities. Based on structured searches of the literature and selected evidence-based health care databases.

Best Practice Information Sheets (BPIS): Short summaries based on the results and recommendations of systematic reviews. BPIS are easily disseminated and provide busy health professionals access to key issues and recommendations that have been collected from a large volume of material.

Systematic Reviews: An analysis of all of the available literature (that is, evidence) and involves developing a question; establishing inclusion criteria; developing a strategy to comprehensively search for the evidence; appraising the quality of each paper; excluding papers of poor quality; extracting the findings of included papers; and synthesizing the findings of included papers.

Consumer Information Sheets (CIS): Standardized summaries on a wide range of health care interventions and activities targeted at consumers of health care i.e. patients/residents/clients, relatives and carers. Each Consumer Information Sheet is based on the best available international evidence and each year, every existing entry is updated and new entries are added in response to customer requests.

Systematic Review Protocol: Documents background information and the plan for conducting a systematic review.

Technical Report: Documents the development of best practice information sheets from the source systematic review.


University Libraries announces Data Management Resources support

Federal agencies are placing an increasing emphasis on quality data management plans for grant submissions and awards. University Libraries at USC has created resources and services to assist researchers with data management. Stacy Winchester, Sciences and Engineering Librarian at Thomas Cooper Library, is the contact for these resources. She can be reached at winches2@mailbox.sc.edu or 803-777-1968. Please see the below links for more information:

Guide to Research Data Management
Learn about principles of data management including links to a number of useful online tools.

Data Management Plan Collection

View a collection of data management plans created by USC researchers for funded NSF and NIH projects. These plans can serve as a starting point for your DMP.

Data Management Planning Workshops

Register for Data Management Planning and DMPTool to learn about the data management planning process and gain hands-on experience with DMPTool, an online wizard for creating DMPs that meet specific funder requirements.

Data Repository Identification Help

USC does not currently have a university-wide data repository. If you would like help identifying a discipline-specific or general repository to house your datasets for sharing and to meet funder requirements, please contact Stacy.


Labor Day Hours

Friday, September 1           8:00am – 6:00pm

Saturday, September 2       CLOSED

Sunday, September 3         CLOSED

Monday, September 4         CLOSED

24-hour access available to SOM students, faculty and staff.


Save the Date!

Dr. Margaret Humphreys to Speak on
African Americans in Civil War Medicine

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Lecture - 5:30 PM
USC School of Medicine VA Campus
6311 Garners Ferry Road - M-I Classroom – Building 104
Reception to follow in School of Medicine Library

Dr. Margaret Humphreys is the Josiah Charles Trent Professor of the History of Medicine at Duke University. She received her Ph.D. in the History of Science and M.D. from Harvard University. She is the author of Yellow Fever and the South, Malaria: Poverty, Race and Public Health in the United States, Intensely Human: The Health of Black Soldiers in the American Civil War, and Marrow of Tragedy: the Health Crisis of the American Civil War. She teaches the history of medicine, public health, global health, food, and biology at Duke University, and is editor emeritus of the Journal of the History of Medicine. Learn more at www.mehumphreys.com

Dr. Humphrey’s lecture is sponsored by the School of Medicine Library in conjunction with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) traveling exhibit Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine which will be available for viewing in the School of Medicine Library September 18, 2017 – October 28, 2017.

A reception will follow the lecture in the School of Medicine Library – Building 101 - where guests are invited to explore the NLM exhibit and the Charles S. Bryan History of Medicine Room. For additional information about the lecture, please contact the School of Medicine Library, 216-3208. Parking map available at http://www.med.sc.edu/maps.asp  The lecture is free and open to the public.


Fall Hours

July 31, 2017 – September 1, 2017
Monday – Friday:  8:00AM-6:00PM
Saturday:  11:00AM-5:00PM
Sunday:  1:00PM-5:00PM

September 2, 3 & 4: CLOSED

September 4, 2017 – December 8, 2017
Monday – Friday:  8:00AM-6:00PM
Saturday: CLOSED 
Sunday:  1:00PM-5:00PM

December 9, 2017 – December 20, 2017
Monday – Friday:  8:00AM-5:00PM
Saturday: CLOSED 
Sunday:  1:00PM-5:00PM

24-hour access available to SOM students, faculty and staff.


Nancy Kress Donates Mobile Glassboard

Nancy Kress and Ruth Riley next to Glass Board
Nancy Kress, Ruth Riley

Mrs. Nancy Kress, one of the earliest members of the School of Medicine Library Circle of Friends, has kindly donated funding for purchase of a Clarus mobile glassboard for the second floor of the Library. The glassboard is multi-sided with tempered safety writing glass that never ghosts nor stains with markers. Highly popular with students, the glassboard can be easily rolled to different areas of the Library and used for group and individual study. Many thanks to Mrs. Kress for her generosity and her kindness to the Library!


New Printing/Copying/Scanning Services

We’ve replaced our printers, copier and scanner with new Bizhub multifunction devices, one Black and White and one Color, which are located in the computer pods on the first floor of the library.  You can now print, copy, and scan at the same device.  The Color Bizhub can print B&W and color jobs.  The B&W Bizhub can only print B&W jobs.  To scan, you’ll need to enter an email address to receive the scan.

CarolinaCard (SOM ID)
You will now use your SOM ID card as your print card!  ALL students will need to do a one-time registration of their SOM ID Card (CarolinaCard) at one of the Bizhub munitfunction devices. Your fall semester credit of $45 will be available once you have registered your SOM ID.
For more information on printing/copying/scanning services at the SOM Library, please see our “Uniprint FAQ for School of Medicine Students”.

For laptop printing instructions, please see the Laptop Printing FAQs.
Mac Users
Mac Users will need to delete any existing library printers, i.e. B&W Printer AND Color Printer.  Then you’ll need to install the new Popup software.

Uniprint Cards
So what about your old print card, if you have one?  If you have added funds using cash to your old Uniprint account, that account is still open, and you can use up those funds.  If you have used up all of the funds the library credited you, you can discard the card.  

For more information on printing/copying/scanning services at the SOM Library, please see our “Unicard FAQ for School of Medicine Faculty, Staff, Residents, Fellows and general public”.


Sarah Holmes has been appointed Library Specialist

Sarah Holmes

The School of Medicine Library welcomes Sarah Holmes to the Access Services Department as a Library Specialist. Sarah will provide support in Circulation, Serials Management, and Document Delivery.  Sarah has a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Montana State University.


4th of July Holiday Hours

Saturday, July 1--CLOSED
Sunday, July 2--CLOSED
Monday, July 3--8:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday, July 4--CLOSED
Wednesday, July 5--8:00am-5:00pm

24-hour access available to SOM students, faculty and staff.


Printing Changes

On June 5, 2017, the Library will begin the process of converting its public printers to multifunctional “Bizhubs.”

This process will likely take a few days. Meanwhile, printing is still available through the color printer, but print jobs must first be “released” by Library Staff. Check at the Library Circulation Desk for more details on printing during this transition.


Library Closed Sunday, May 28th

The Library will be closed Sunday, May 28th, in honor of Memorial Day.

24-hour access available to SOM students, faculty and staff.


Library Summer 2017 Hours

Saturday, May 13, 2017 – Friday, July 28, 2017

Monday – Friday – 8:00AM – 5:00PM
Saturday – CLOSED
Sunday – 1:00PM – 5:00PM

24-hour access available to SOM students, faculty and staff.


Library Closed Easter Sunday

The School of Medicine Library will be closed Sunday, April 16, for Easter.

24-hour access available to SOM students, faculty and staff.


Changes to SOM Library Building Access Points

SOM students and VA campus faculty and staff,

With the addition of a new classroom and offices, changes have been made to the Library building’s access points.

-The Library’s internal elevator now provides open access to all floors of the building – basement, first, second, and third floors.

-SOM ID badge swipe readers (identical to the ones by the Library’s front door) have been installed on the front stairwell entrances into the basement and third floor.

-Effective Friday, March 10, at 9:00 AM, entrance into the Library building through the front stairwell entrances into the basement and third floor will require that you swipe your SOM ID badge.

-The stairwell entrance in the Library’s external foyer by the vending machines will not change and will continue to be openly available.

-The elevator located in the rear of Library Building 101 (by the circle drive at rear of building) will be accessible only by keypad to authorized personnel.

-Stairwells at the rear of the Library Building are only accessible by key to authorized personnel.

Please ensure that you have your SOM ID badge with you if you want to use the stairwell entrances. All SOM student, staff, and faculty ID badges are compatible with the ID badge swipe readers.

Signage will be available at all ID badge swipe readers with instructions on usage.

Please contact Facilities Management and Support Services at 216-3150 or via email at facilities@uscmed.sc.edu with any questions.

Rick Campbell
SOM Facilities Management and Support Services


Library Building Roof Repair

On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, roof repairs will begin on Library Building 101.

Please be aware of the potential for increased noise in the building, especially on the 3rd floor.  Roof repairs are estimated to take approximately five weeks to complete.

As the repairs move forward, please report any issues related to the project to SOM Facilities Management at 216-3150 or facilities@uscmed.sc.edu


Spring Break Library Hours

Fri., March 3rd, 8 am – 5 pm
Sat., March 4th, CLOSED
Sun., March 5th, CLOSED
Mon., March 6th, 8 am – 5 pm
Tues., March 7th, 8 am – 5 pm
Wed., March 8th, 8 am – 5 pm
Thurs., March 9th, 8 am – 5 pm
Fri., March 10th, 8 am – 5 pm
Sat., March 11th, 11 pm – 5 pm
Sun., March 12th, 1 pm – 5 pm

24/7 Access Available to Students, Faculty, and Staff.


Library Closed Saturday, January 7th


24/7 Access Available to Students, Faculty, and Staff.


Library Closed on Martin Luther King JR. Day


24/7 Access Available to Students, Faculty, and Staff.


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