School of Medicine Library

University of South Carolina


October 2001

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From the Director's Desk


On behalf of the Library faculty and staff, I would like to welcome all new students, faculty, and staff to the School of Medicine and welcome back our returning students.

It has been another busy summer of renovation activity. Over the summer, with the excellent assistance of the Physical Facilities and Auxiliary Services staff, we packed the entire journal collection into 3,700 boxes and moved them into storage along with the study carrels. At this writing, the contractors have completed the majority of their work, the shelving is being reinstalled, and the study carrels are back in place. We will be re-opening the second floor shortly and begin moving the journal collection back onto the shelves. I believe that you will be pleased with the renovation results. You will find four large group study rooms, increased space for the study carrels area, additional page phones, a new history of medicine room, and a much improved look that matches the first floor decor. The Library is planning an open house in early October to celebrate the new space.

2000-2001 Accomplishments
As we begin the new academic year, it's appropriate to reflect on a few of the Library's major accomplishments during the past year. In addition to completing two major renovation projects, the Library faculty and staff had a highly productive year.

Expanded information resources

Improved access to databases and e-journals via Library web page.

Enhanced remote access to electronic resources

New partnerships and collaborations

I would like to thank the Library faculty and staff for their excellent work this past year. The renovation projects have absorbed a significant amount of their time and energy. As evidenced by the above accomplishments, they performed at a very high level and helped strengthen the Library's resources and services while also enduring the challenges of renovation.

Ruth Riley, Director of Library Services - 733-3353

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The Center for Disability Resources Library

The School of Medicine Library and the Center for Disability Resources have formed a collaborative partnership to provide disability information services to anyone living in South Carolina. The Center for Disability Resources Library is located on the first floor of the School of Medicine Library. The CDR Library consists of books, videos, audiotapes, and brochures covering a variety of disability-related topics. There are materials geared toward professionals, parents, teens, and children. The library materials are currently being cataloged into SCarlit, the online catalog of the SOM Library. The catalog can be accessed from the Library's web site.The web site also includes contact information, the library hours, and directions to the library.

Library Materials can be mailed to you, and we provide postage-paid return mailers for materials sent to families.

Roz McConnaughy, Coordinator, CDR Library - (803) 733-3310

Contact the CDR Library
School of Medicine Library
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
(803) 733-3361

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New Book Drop

The Library is pleased to announce a new service for your convenience. A new exterior book drop has been located in the parking lot directly in front of the library building. Now you can return library materials 24 hours a day and seven days a week without leaving the comfort of your car. To best access the book drop from the driver's side of your car, please drive all the way around the parking lot, and then return all library materials as you exit.

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Our newly designed E-Journal webpage ( provides subject access, keyword searching, access information as to who and where the fulltext of the journal can be found, and additional print holdings in case the issue you desire is not available electronically. To access a particular title, click on the title name you are interested in, and you will then view a full record.

Karen Rosati, Head of Serials - (803) 733-3355

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The Library is partnering with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Library on a new project, Hands-On-Health, funded by the Duke Endowment. The overall project goal is to promote healthier citizens and healthier communities in our state. The primary vehicle will be a website populated with information resources and links to high-quality, easy-to-use, and appropriate health and wellness websites. Special attention will be paid to health issues of particular import to South Carolina citizens and communities.

The partnership of the MUSC Library and the USC SOM Library brings expertise in health information management and access. The South Carolina State Library and the South Carolina Hospital Association are the other major partners. The SOM Library has agreed to maintain two subject areas of the Hands-on-Health website -- disabilities and AIDS. Roz McConnaughy and Lisa Antley-Hearn are the key SOM Library members who will be working on the project. The project is still in the construction phase. For more information, please visit the Hands-On-Health website at

Ruth Riley

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Recent Enhancements

An interactive NLM PubMed Tutorial has just recently become available! Access to it appears on the sidebar on the PubMed main page. As a PubMed user you can access this training from the comfort of your own office. PubMed is evolving rapidly, and knowing how to use it effectively is becoming more and more important.

You may have noticed that the School of Medicine Library is now an active participant in the PubMed Linkout feature which not only shows a Publisher Icon at the article level in PubMed, but will now also show the USC-SOM Logo in garnet and black to let you know that our library supports online access through PubMed to this particular title.

USC SOM Holdings thru PubMed:

When you see this icon you can link to the full text.

PUBMED's New Abbreviated URL:

Our patrons can now access over 700 of the 4000 journal titles indexed in Medline. However, broken links and problems with access all years available online through a publisher are not infrequent. Please feel free to call about any problem you have in accessing a particular title which you believe we should have access to, but with which you are having problems. This new Linkout feature is fantastic, but it does require maintenance on our side, and also relies on the publishers sending correct information to PubMed.

Access to fulltext is growing rapidly in PubMed. Over 2000 of the 4000 indexed titles are now potentially available in fulltext through PubMed. Please bear in mind, however, that our Library has had to make arrangements with publishers to gain this access which includes having a subscription, paying extra fees, or required usernames and passwords.

PubMed links to fulltext of 350 of the biomedically related 110 ScienceDirect titles. If you would like to check to see if a title you are particularly interested in is available in fulltext through PubMed, use the Journal Browser option, and there is an alphabetic, as well as a publisher listing. The Single Citation Matcher has been enhanced, with a title words box added.

Internet Grateful Med search interface is being phased out and will no longer be accessible in September 2001.

The following databases, accessible at the NLM only via Internet Grateful Med during 2000, were all closed in December 2000. During February - September, they will all cease to exist as separate NLM Databases:

Karen Rosati, Head of Serials - (803) 733-3355

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Staff News

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SC Medical Association

SOM Library Exhibits for NLM

On behalf of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the School of Medicine Library exhibited at the 153rd Annual Session and Scientific Assembly of the South Carolina Medical Association. The meeting was held April 26th-29th at the Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston, SC. At the request of the Southeastern Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), the School of Medicine Library rented a booth and demonstrated the products and services of the NLM and the School of Medicine Library. This included the MEDLINE search interface, PubMed; the consumer health website, MEDLINEplus; and the NLM gateway. Ruth Riley and Sarah Gable, who manned the booth, demonstrated to attendees how to reach these resources and many others from the web page of the School of Medicine Library. The Southeastern Atlantic Region/NNLM covered the costs of participating in the meeting.

Sarah Gable, Associate Director - (803) 733-3351

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Staff Spotlight:

Roz McConnaughy

The School of Medicine Library shines its spotlight this quarter on Roz McConnaughy, Coordinator of the Center for Disability Resources Library. Roz hails from Carrollton, Ohio. She graduated from East Carolina University with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Geography. Her interest in the "Information Age" and all its opportunities led her to pursue a Master's degree in Library and Information Science. "My Mom used to call me a librarian when I was little because I was always reading books," she says. She graduated with her MLIS from USC's School of Library and Information Science in May 2001. Besides reading, Roz enjoys outdoor activities, including camping, hiking, canoeing, yoga, and volleyball. She is a welcome addition to the School of Medicine Library faculty.

Laura Kane, Head of Cataloging and Acquisitions

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SOM Authors Highlighted in Online Catalog Records

When an author or editor of a newly acquired book is affiliated with the School of Medicine, the Library makes note of it in SCarlit, our online catalog. The writer's name is highlighted in a special note field in the bibliographic record for that particular book. The name is also added in a designated "author" field, allowing a search by the author's name in SCarlit.

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Library Departments

Administration (Director, Ruth Riley): 733-3350
Circulation (Head, Victor Jenkinson): 733-3344
Reference (Head, Sarah Gable): 733-3351
Cataloging (Head, Laura Kane): 733-3352
Acquisitions (Head, Laura Kane): 733-3352
Serials (Head, Karen Rosati): 733-3355
Systems (Head, Ed Sperr): 733-3347
Interlibrary Loan (Head, Sarah Gable): 733-3347

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Library Hours and General Information

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

Telephone Number: (803) 733-3344

Fax Number: (803) 733-1509

School of Medicine Library
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208

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Newsletter Committee

For comments or suggestions regarding the newsletter, please call Karen Rosati at 733-3355.

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This page updated on 1 November 2001
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