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Library News - 2002

ILL Express! has arrived!

The School of Medicine Library has moved from a paper-based system to a new web-based system for managing Interlibrary Loans called ILL Express. We expect this to streamline ILL processes for individuals requesting service and for the Library staff as well. Following an initial registration procedure, you will no longer have to enter personal information when requesting a document, and, after submitting a request, you will have the capability of logging into the system to check its progress. Notifying you when materials are available will also be simplified and the new system interfaces smoothly with electronic document delivery systems. You will be required to establish a username and password when you register and you will need to retain that information to access the system.

You will still enter the system by clicking on Interlibrary Loan on the Library's homepage. If you do not have web access you may complete the initial registration using the computer stations in the Library or you can call Erica Peake at 803-733-3321 for assistance. We can still accept requests submitted through Loansome Doc, Ovid, phone, e-mail or fax, but you must be a registered user.

We have enjoyed serving you in the past and we look forward to offering you improved service through the use of ILL Express.

Library Hours Change

Beginning with the Fall 2002 semester, the Library's regular hours will be as follows:

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

This slight reduction in hours will allow the Library to eliminate one graduate assistant position and help balance the Library's reduced budget in 2002-2003. School of Medicine students and faculty will continue to have after- hours access privileges which provide 24x7 access to the Library.

Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences Now Online

The Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences is now available online, beginning with volumes for 1998. This is a long awaited event, as this title is much used by the medical and scientific community. Online will be free to all until June 30, 2002. After that, School of Medicine patrons will continue to have access.

New E-Textbooks

The Library has added six new e-textbooks to its E-Textbooks page. These titles are also available via PubMed's Bookshelf.

Cancer Medicine. 5th ed. Bast, Robert C.; Kufe, Donald W.; Pollock, Raphael E.; Weichselbaum, Ralph R.; Holland, James F.; Frei, Emil, editors. Canada: BC Decker Inc; c2000.

C. elegans II. Riddle, Donald L.; Blumenthal, Thomas; Meyer, Barbara J.; Priess, James R., editors. Plainview (NY): Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press; c1997.

Introduction to Genetic Analysis. 7th ed. Griffiths, Anthony J.F.; Gelbart, William M.; Miller, Jeffrey H.; Lewontin, Richard C. New York: W H Freeman & Co; c1999.

Modern Genetic Analysis. Griffiths, Anthony J.F.; Gelbart, William M.; Miller, Jeffrey H.; Lewontin, Richard C. New York: W H Freeman & Co; c1999.

Molecular Biology of the Cell. 3rd ed. Alberts, Bruce; Bray, Dennis; Lewis, Julian; Raff, Martin; Roberts, Keith; Watson, James D. New York and London: Garland Publishing; c1994.

Molecular Cell Biology. 4th ed. Lodish, Harvey; Berk, Arnold; Zipursky, S. Lawrence; Matsudaira, Paul; Baltimore, David; Darnell, James E. New York: W H Freeman & Co; c1999.

Retroviruses. Coffin, John M.; Hughes, Stephen H.; Varmus, Harold E. Plainview (NY): Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press; c1997.

PDA Teleconference

The USC School of Medicine Library and the Computer and Communications Resource Center are sponsoring a teleconference entitled "Sync or Swim: Managing the Flood of PDAs in Health Care" on Wednesday, February 6, 2002. This event, hosted by the Josey Health Sciences Library, Palmetto Health Richland, is a production of the Medical Library Association. The teleconference will focus on helping librarians promote PDA technology to healthcare professionals; highlight currently available handheld devices, software and peripherals; provide a framework for designing educational sessions about this technology, including "how-to" information; and demonstrate innovative programs that illustrate the potential of handheld technology for physicians and allied health professionals. The teleconference agenda is available at

The teleconference will take place from 3:00pm to 4:30 pm EST in main auditorium at Palmetto Health Richland. The teleconference is open to all, and MLA members will receive 1.5 hours CE credit. Parking is scarce so plan to come early.

To request additional information, please contact Soumitra Kayal at or 803-733-3344.

OVID Online

In October 2001, you received a memo regarding the Library's trial of the Ovid Online system. Based on the positive response from users and our assessment of the trial, the Library has migrated from its present local installation to the Ovid Online system.

As noted in the previous memo, Ovid Online offers several advantages:

  • The ability to search the entire MEDLINE file, 1966-present, all at once
  • More frequent database updates. Medline is updated weekly. At present, Medline is updated monthly with our local installation.
  • More up-to-date software features. As soon as a software release is ready, Ovid makes it available online. Local installations must wait months for new software features.
  • Reduced system administration. Eliminates the need for the Library to load CD-ROM updates to the local server and troubleshoot server hardware problems.
  • Elimination of the need for local hardware upgrades and maintenance costs.
We have added one new Ovid database, Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HAPI). Produced by Behavioral Measurement Database Services, HAPI provides comprehensive coverage of a wide variety of evaluation and measurement tools for health and psychosocial studies.

You no longer need a password as Ovid Online will authenticate users by their computer's network address and eliminate the need for passwords. As long as you are searching Ovid from a computer on the School of Medicine network, you won't be prompted for a password.

If you are using Ovid from home or from a computer that isn't on the School of Medicine network, the Library's proxy server will recognize that and prompt you for your School of Medicine network logon ID and password. These are the ones that you use when you boot up your workstation and logon to the SOM network. They were issued to you by the SOM Office of Computer and Communications Resources (CCR). If you don't have a current SOM network logon ID and password and want to use the proxy server to access Ovid or any of the Library's restricted access resources from the PRMH campus, from home, or elsewhere, we will set up a special proxy server account for you. Please contact Soumitra Kayal, Systems Librarian, at 733-3321 or for such an account.

If you regularly save your search strategies for use at another time or use the AutoAlert feature, you will still need an Ovid password. Your old Ovid password will no longer work. You may request a new Ovid password from Soumitra Kayal.

If you are presently accessing Ovid by clicking on an icon on your desktop (green ball), you are using the Ovid Windows client. With the implementation of Ovid Online, the Library will no longer support the Windows version. All access will be through the Library's website.

We hope that this improved version of Ovid will provide you with better access to the Ovid databases - Medline, Evidence-Based Medicine Reviews, Journals@Ovid, Pre-Medline, and HAPI.

The training schedule of the School of Medicine Library

Communications, the newsletter of the Library.

New Book List

One of the enhancements of our new online system, SCarlit, is a constantly-updated list of books added to the Library's collection. To access this list, go to the SCarlit main page, and click on the "New Books" link.