Library News - 2002
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
We have enjoyed serving you in the past and we look forward
to offering you improved service through the use of ILL Express.
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.
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.
The Library has added six new e-textbooks to its E-Textbooks page. These titles are also available via
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;
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
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 http://www.mlanet.org/education/telecon/pda/sync_agenda.html
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
As noted in the previous memo, Ovid Online offers several advantages:
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.
- 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
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 email@example.com
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.
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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, http://muscls.musc.edu/ftlist
and click on the "New Books" link.