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Library News - 2009

For the 2009 holiday season the School of Medicine Library once again partnered with Palmetto Health Cancer Centers. Faculty and staff donated over 700 items ranging from lip balm & puzzle books to crackers & chocolate candy. These items were put together into gift bags that Santa delivered to the adult cancer patients at Richland and Baptist.

Holiday Service Project

Pictured with Santa is Carole Howell, Manager of Volunteer Service Palmetto Health Richland.

Winner of Digital Camera Announced

The library conducted a study to determine whether the design of online tutorials improves understanding of key concepts. All M-I students were eligible to participate in the study. Those who chose to participate were entered into a drawing for a digital camera. The drawing took place at noon on January 5th and the winner of the digital camera was Mandi Klein. Congratulations Mandi! And thank you to all of the students who participated in the study!

Student Camera Winner

ATTENTION Firefox, Chrome, and Opera OFF Campus Users!

Firefox and other non-Internet Explorer users may encounter proxy server messages when trying to connect to the Library’s e-resources from off campus or when trying to connect to e-journals from TDNet. This is due to an issue related to those browsers and our SSL (secure sockets layer) certificate. If you encounter this message “This Connection is Untrusted” simply click on “I Understand the Risks” and then click on “Add Exception” and you will be able to access the Library’s e-resources.

As far as we know, our SSL vendor IPSCA is actively working to correct this problem. We apologize for any inconvenience.

New e-journal Science Translational Medicine available in January 2010

The School of Medicine Library is pleased to announce the availability of Science Translational Medicine beginning January 2010. This new e-resource from AAAS links basic scientists and clinical researchers to improve patient care worldwide. Furthermore, it offers cutting-edge, original, peer-reviewed research, commentary, and reviews on translational medicine. To learn more, please go here.

Access to this e-journal will be available via TDNet, the Library's e-journal management system.

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Book Signing and Lecture – Dr. Charles S. Bryan – December 9, 2009

The School of Medicine Library hosted a book signing reception for Dr. Charles S. Bryan, Heyward Gibbes Distinguished Professor of Internal Medicine, on December 9, 2009, to celebrate the publication of his new book, Oliver Wendell Holmes: Physician and Man of Letters. Numerous School of Medicine faculty and students attended the event as well as colleagues and friends of Dr. Bryan. Dr. Bryan delivered a thought-provoking lecture in the M-I Classroom entitled “Oliver Wendell Holmes and the Religio Medici.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809–1894) spent parts of the nineteenth century as America’s best-known physician and best-selling author. Sir William Osler praised him as “the most successful combination which the world has ever seen, of the physician and man of letters.” Today, he is remembered as a physician for his investigation of the contagiousness of puerperal fever (well before the advent of the germ theory), for his advocacy for therapeutic skepticism and rationalism, and for coining such terms as “anesthesia.” He is celebrated as a literary and cultural figure for such poems as “Old Ironsides”. The present volume, celebrating the bicentennial of Holmes’s birth, offers a fresh look at Holmes in both of his major identities.

The book is available for purchase from or the publisher.

Ruth with food Dr. Bryan signing books
Ruth Riley Dr. Robert Milling (with red tie)
Dr. Bryan singing boks 2Dr. Bryan signing books 3
Dr. Tom McCutchen Dr. Donald Wouri, Dr. Richard Hunt,
Dr. Wickie Wheeler, and Dr. Mac Chapman
Dr. Bryan signing books 4Dr. Hoppmann with Dr. and Mrs. William Lindler
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Waldron

Dr. and Mrs. William Lindler and Dean
Richard Hoppmann

Dr. Bryan's lectureDr. Bryan's lecture 2
Dr. Bryan delivering lecture Lecture audience

New computer use policy goes into effect December 15, 2009

Effective December 15, 2009, the following changes will take place regarding computer workstations within the School of Medicine Library:

  • Eight workstations will be for use by current USC School of Medicine students, faculty, and staff ONLY. USC School of Medicine students, faculty, and staff will be required to use their SOM network ID/password to log-on to these computers.

  • Two 30-minute Express Workstations will be available for use by the general public (patrons who are NOT students, faculty, or staff of the School of Medicine).

  • General public patrons must go to the Circulation desk to sign in. Library staff will log public patrons onto one of the two designated workstations.

  • General public patrons will be limited to 30 minutes per session. If after the first 30 minute session no other patrons are waiting, an additional 30 minutes may be granted at the discretion of library staff. Total access time is limited to one hour per day.

  • The two general public workstations will be available for Internet use only. Microsoft Office and other software will not be available.

  • If at any time an Express Workstation is needed by a current USC School of Medicine student, faculty, or staff member, library personnel can ask that the general public patron give up the workstation for the length of time that is needed by the student, faculty or staff member.

For additional information on the use of library workstations, please see our Computer and Internet Use Policy.

Two New E-Textbooks added to support the Nurse Anesthesia program.

The SOM Library has purchased two E-Textbooks to support the Nurse Anesthesia program.

These e-textbooks are available through OVID and are searched by selecting the “Books@OVID” link, or browsed by selecting the “Browse Books” link.

For more information contact Christine Whitaker at 803-733-3346 or

New e-journals available in January 2010

Due to savings resulting from the journal cancellations in 2010, the Library plans to subscribe to the following eight new e-journals effective January 2010. These are faculty purchase recommendations received from 2007 to 2009 which are considered to be high priority needs.

  • Annals of Medicine
  • Cell Metabolism
  • Current Protocols in Immunology
  • Genome Research
  • Journal of Clinical Oncology
  • Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network
  • Molecular Interventions
  • Simulation in Healthcare: Journal of the Society for Medical Simulation

Notice: Login change for EXAM Master Users

For your convenience and ease of logging in, Exam Master OnLine will be switching to your email address as your primary login. This change will be effective Monday, November 16. You will be able to access your account using the email address that you used when you registered with Exam Master and your normal password.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact or Christine Whitaker at 803-733-3346 or for assistance.

Interlibrary Loan Fees Increase

The Interlibrary Loan fee for SOM faculty, staff, and students has increased from $4 to $5. This change is necessary to cover the ever-increasing fees charged by other libraries involved in the article and book lending process. Most medical libraries in the Southeastern/Atlantic region charge between $5 and $15 per interlibrary loan transaction. The SOM Library has not increased its fee for over 20 years. Please contact Laura Kane at with questions.

Library Faculty Presentations at Southern Chapter of Medical Library Association Annual Meeting

Library faculty made the following presentations at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association in Memphis, Tennessee, October 29 - November 1, 2009:

Tutorial Design: Is Interactive Better Than Passive? (Research Paper Award - Second Place)
Roz Anderson, Steve Wilson

Safety First: How an Academic Medical Library Enhanced Security for Users and Staff.
Karen McMullen, Laura Kane

First Steps to Increasing Access to a History of Medicine Collection through Digitization.
Christine Whitaker, Felicia Yeh

Creating a Disability Information Portal for a Support Network for Families.
Steve Wilson, Roz Anderson

Library Survival in Hard Economic Times Panel.
Invited Speaker - Ruth Riley


Southern Chapter of Medical Library Association Elects Library Faculty as Officers

Ruth Riley, Director of Library Services, has been elected as Chair-Elect/Program Chair of the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association for 2009-10. Laura Kane, Assistant Director for Information Services, has been elected as Program Chair-Elect as well. The Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SC/MLA) is a professional organization made up of health science librarians from the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

Library Faculty Member Receives Planning and Assessment Award Grant

Felicia Yeh (PI), Assistant Director for Collections Management, and Melanie Huggins (Co-PI), Executive Director, Richland County Public Library have been awarded a $6,000 Planning and Assessment Award grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern/Atlantic Region for the project entitled: “Building Partnerships Between Libraries and Community Emergency Management Personnel in South Carolina.” This project's objective is to encourage, strengthen and expand library partnerships with first responders and community emergency management personnel in South Carolina. The School of Medicine Library will be partnering with Richland County Public Library to plan and host a state-wide emergency preparedness conference for public library leaders and community emergency management personnel. The conference will allow attendees to learn about best practices in other states and provide an opportunity for initial dialogue between library leaders and first responders about the potential role of libraries in disaster management.

American Academy of Pediatrics Releases 2009 Edition of Red Book

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has made the newly revised and updated Red Book: 2009 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases, 28th edition, available on Red Book Online. This edition includes new and updated sections, chapters, and appendixes; updated references to AAP policy recommendations; standardized vaccine abbreviations; and more. In addition, over 200 new images were added to the Red Book Online Visual Library. USC SOM has access through the E-Textbooks Page or directly at

Access to Nature E-Journals Backfiles Now Available

USC University Libraries recently added access to the backfiles of currently subscribed Nature e-journals as follows:

  • Nature Biotechnology 1983 – 2006
  • Nature Cell Biology 1999 – 2006
  • Nature Chemical Biology 2005 – 2008
  • Nature Materials 2002 – 2008
  • Nature Photonics 2007 – 2008
  • Nature Reviews Drug Discovery 2002 – 2006
  • Nature Reviews Genetics 2000 – 2008
  • Nature Structural And Molecular Biology 1994 - 2007
Access to the backfiles is now available via TDNet, the Library's e-journal management system. Links to individual articles for most of the coverage are also available in PubMed and Ovid.

OECD Health Data Available

OECD Health Data is considered the most comprehensive source of comparable statistics on health and health care systems in Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) economies. It’s is an essential tool for comparative analyses and cross-country comparisons of national health systems. This unique, interactive database covering over 1,200 indicators, including:

  • Health Status
  • Health Care Resources
  • Health Care Utilisation
  • Long-Term Care Resources and Utilisation
  • Expenditure on Health
  • Health Care Financing
  • Social Protection
  • Pharmaceutical Market
  • Non-medical Determinants of Health
  • Demographic References
  • Economic References
OECD Health Data is available on the Databases page in the General Reference section. OECD Health Data is part of the Source OECD database. From the OECD site, select OECD Health Data from TOP 12 MOST FREQUENTLY USED SERVICES on the left.

Library Spring Service Project

For the second year, the library’s Spring Service Project benefited Ronald McDonald House of Columbia. The house is located on the campus of Palmetto Health Richland and serves as a home away from home for families with children being treated at Children’s Hospital. Not only is this a place for families to stay, but meals are provided as well. All of this helps to relieve some of the financial burden for these families. This year the library donated: granola bars, chips, juice boxes, plates, napkins, toilet paper and other items.

2010 Journal Cancellations

Due to continuing budget constraints, further reduction of the Library’s print and electronic journal collection will be made effective January 2010. The Library conducted a journal collection analysis to identify titles for potential cancellation. Criteria used for the analysis included use, ranking, renewal cost, availability from Thomas Cooper Library, and relevance to School of Medicine programs, The proposed cancellations fall into three major categories:

  1. Cancel print with online version retained: These are current journals for which we have both print and online subscriptions. The print subscriptions will be cancelled, but the online version will continue to be available.

  2. Cancel print and online versions: 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. See the right column for providers and coverage. For articles that are no longer available, please request them via interlibrary loan at our ILL Express page:

  3. Print only journal cancellations: These are state medical journals for which there is no electronic counterpart.

Essential Evidence Plus re-registration for PDA access

This is a reminder that all University of South Carolina's users must re-register Essential Evidence Plus on their Pocket PC, and Palm OS by next week, if they have not already. See the following link for instructions:

If you have questions, problems or comments, please contact Christine Whitaker at or by phone at 803-733-3346.

2009 Journal Cancellations

In light of budget constraints in 2008-09, the Library cancelled the print version of numerous journals effective January 2009 due to low use of the print version. These titles will continue to be available online. The print and online versions of twelve journal titles were cancelled effective January 2009 due to low use of both the print and online versions. To see the list of cancellations, click here.

Library Faculty Receive Digitization Grant Award

Felicia Yeh (PI), Assistant Director for Collections Management, and Christine Whitaker (Co-PI), Collection Development Librarian, have been awarded a $4,800 grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern/Atlantic Region for the project entitled: “Digitization Project for the History of Medicine Collection.” This project's objective is to digitize selected materials from the Library’s Charles S. Bryan History of Medicine Room collection and make them freely available online. The following five books were selected to be digitized for this project:

1. Hippocrates upon air, water, and situation; upon epidemical diseases; and upon prognosticks, in acute cases especially. To this is added (by way of comparison) Thucydides's account of the plague of Athens, the whole translated, methodis'd, and illustrated with useful and explanatory notes. By Francis Clifton. London: Printed for J. Watts., 1734.

2. An essay concerning the nature of aliments, and the choice of them, according to different constitutions of human bodies. In which, the different effects, advantages and disadvantages of animal and vegetable diet are explain'd. Arbuthnot, John. London: J. Tonson, 1731.

3. The family physician: being a domestic medical work, written in plain style, and divided into four parts. Folger, Alfred M. Spartanburg, S. C.: Cottrell, 1845.

4. The Practice of Physick : or, Dr. Sydenham's Processus integri / translated out of Latin into English, with large annotations, animadversions and practical observations on the same ... by William Salmon and Thomas Sydenham. 3d ed. London: Printed for J. Knapton ... and W. Innys, 1716.

5. A compendium of the theory and practice of midwifery, containing practical instructions for the management of women during pregnancy, in labour, and in child-bed …. Samuel Bard. New York: Collins and Perkins, 1807.

Once digitized, the content of these titles will be freely accessible via the Library’s web site. The School of Medicine Library will create a new area on its website called Digital Resources which will include links to these titles as well as links to the University Libraries Digital Collection website, the South Carolina Digital Library website, and the Online Exhibitions and Digital Projects area of the National Library of Medicine’s website.

Those titles related to South Carolina history will be added to the SC Digital Library database and searchable with many other SC historical collections within that site. The non-SC related books will be available from the USC Digital Collections site and searchable with all of USC digital collections.

Library Faculty Win Research Paper Competition

Roz Anderson, Assistant Director for Education & Outreach, and Steve Wilson, Coordinator, Center for Disability Resources Library, have won first place in the research paper competition at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association in Birmingham, Alabama, October 26-30, 2008, for their paper, “Quantifying the Effectiveness of Interactive Tutorials.” Congratulations!

School of Medicine Librarians Publish Book for Health Consumers

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Three librarians from the School of Medicine Library have published Answers to the Health Questions People Ask in Libraries, a new book that provides health consumers with reliable, authoritative answers to common health questions. The authors, Laura Kane, Rozalynd McConnaughy, and Steven Wilson worked with a physician consultant, David Townsend, MD, to author the book. Each entry provides a clear, easy-to-understand explanation of medical conditions and treatment, and provides critical facts to support better understanding. Readers will also discover tips, checklists for questions to ask healthcare professionals, charts and other easy-access information to address their specific concerns and provide important background information as they determine the next appropriate steps for their care. When it comes to consumer-friendly, reliable health information and answers, this new reference book is just what the doctor and the librarian ordered! The book was published by Medical Library Association Publishing in cooperation with Neal-Schuman Publishers in October 2008. (Neal-Schuman, 247 pages, $65) Link to Neal-Schuman Press Release.

About the Authors

Laura Townsend Kane, M.L.I.S., is the Assistant Director for Information Services at the School of Medicine Library, University of South Carolina. She is the author of Straight From the Stacks: A Firsthand Guide to Careers in Library and Information Science (ALA Editions, 2003) and “Access Versus Ownership” in the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science (Dekker, 2003). She is a Distinguished member of the Medical Library Association’s Academy of Health Information Professionals.

Rozalynd P. McConnaughy, M.L.I.S, is the Assistant Director for Education and Outreach at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Library. She has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals and appears regularly on the local radio show, “Health, Wealth, and Happiness.”

Steven Patrick Wilson, M.L.I.S., M.A. in English Literature, is a medical librarian at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Library, and Coordinator of the Center for Disability Resources Library collection, which is one of the largest developmental disability collections in the southeast.

David L. Townsend, MD, is an Internal Medicine physician practicing in North Carolina. He graduated summa cum laude with a double-major in biology and psychology from the University of Georgia, and then attended medical school at the Medical College of Georgia, where he graduated with top honors. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina and was selected to serve as Assistant Chief of Medicine at that institution.

Winners of iPod Shuffles Announced

The library conducted a study to determine whether the design of online tutorials improves understanding of key concepts. All M-I students were eligible to participate in the study. Those who chose to participate were entered into a drawing for two iPod Shuffles. The drawing took place at noon on January 8th and the winners of the Shuffles were Cory Janney and Jonathan Abbott. Congratulations Cory and Jonathan! And thank you to all of the students who participated in the study!


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.