Communications January 2002
the Newsletter of the School of Medicine Library,
January 2002

SC Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network

The School of Medicine Library is proud to be playing a key role in the South Carolina Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (SC BRIN) initiative. This three-year, $6 million project, funded by the National Center for Research Resources, National Institutes of Health, is being led by Principal Investigator, Dr. John Baynes, Department of Biochemistry and Chemistry, USC. The grant is part of an NIH program to develop research activity in states that received lass than $70 million in NIH grant funds between 1995 and 1999. The goal of the BRIN is to increase the NIH research capacity of the state through faculty expansion and networking of research activities of faculty and students at academic institutions in SC.

These goals will be achieved through faculty expansion at the three research universities in South Carolina: Clemson University, the University of South Carolina, and the Medical University of South Carolina. These Mentor Institutions will work closely with the three 4-year institutes in South Carolina that are at an earlier stage, but at the frontline in South Carolina, in developing their research activities: The College of Charleston, Furman University, and South Carolina State University. Another 24 4-year institutions in South Carolina with Bachelor programs in Chemistry and Biology will participate in the BRIN as Outreach Institutions.

The School of Medicine Library is serving as the SC BRIN Bioinformatics Core. The function of the Bioinformatics Core is to optimize desktop access to 1) library information resources which are critical to doing biomedical research such as electronic journals and databases, and 2) bioinformatics tools such as DNA and protein sequence databases and sequence analysis tools. The goal is to secure state-wide access to these resources but the initial phase of the project will focus on access for researchers at the six mentor and mentored institutions. The SOM Library is also maintaining the SC BRIN website at Library staff involved in the SC BRIN are Ruth Riley, Bioinformatics Core Director, Sarah Gable, Bioinformatics Core Outreach Librarian, and Lisa Antley-Hearn, SC BRIN Webmaster.

The Library is pleased to be part of the SC BRIN and believes that the project represents an excellent opportunity for the state's academic libraries to work together collaboratively to strengthen the biomedical research information infrastructure in the state. Please check the SC BRIN website at frequently!

Ruth Riley, Director of Library Services - 733-3353

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Remote Access Made Easier

The USC School of Medicine Library provides online access to a number of databases, electronic journals, and electronic books. The usage agreements for these products require that we limit access to USC SOM-affiliated users only. This is not a problem for people using workstations physically connected to the SOM network but many legitimate SOM users would like to be able to use these resources from the Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital campus, from home, or on the road.

To date, the only remote access option we could offer was the Virtual Private Network service. While this service has worked for people from home, it has not been a viable solution for our faculty and students at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital who work in buildings that are not on the SOM network. To resolve this access problem, the Library has installed a proxy server that will provide users with access to the restricted resources.

The proxy server works like this. When you use the Library's web page ( and click on a restricted-access resource (MD Consult, Harrison's Online, Science Direct, a particular e-journal, etc.), the proxy server will check the address of your workstation. If it sees that your workstation has a valid network address, you will be allowed to proceed to the resource. This will be transparent to you.

If, however, it sees that your workstation has an invalid network address, it will prompt you for a logon ID and password. At this point, you simply type in your SOM network ID and password. Once the proxy server has verified your SOM status, you will be allowed to proceed to the resource. You will only be prompted for this logon once per search session.

Your SOM network logon ID and password 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 the Library's restricted resources from the PRMH campus, from home, or elsewhere, we will set up a special proxy server account for you. Please contact Ed Sperr, Systems Librarian, at 733-3347 or for such an account.

The target date for implementation of the new proxy server is Monday, January 14, 2002. If you have been using the VPN for remote access from your home, you will no longer need to use that method as you will automatically be prompted for your SOM network logon ID and password when you try to access a restricted-access resource.

We hope that this new service will provide increased access to the Library's resources for our users on the PRMH campus, many of whom have been denied such access for years due to the firewalls in the PRMH network. We also think that the proxy server will provide easier access than the VPN for our other remote users. If you have any problems using this new access method, please contact Ed Sperr.

Ruth Riley, Director of Library Services, 733-3353

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Library Committee

The Library Committee of the School of Medicine is charged with advising the Director of Library Services on policy matters, especially relating to the collection and staffing of the Medical Library. The committee is made up of seven faculty members from basic and clinical sciences, three medical and graduate students, and two ex-officio members. Dr. Margaret Shugart, Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science, currently serves as Chair. Meeting minutes and the committee roster are available through the Library's web page. Go to and click on "Library Committee" under the heading "Library Information."

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Electronic Resources News

NATURE Online Access Restored

SOM patrons once again have access to Nature Online. For many years no, the print journal Nature has been one of the Library's most used titles. For a time prior to 2001, we had access to all Nature titles with a library administered username and password. Online access ceased when the publishers of Nature began charging for online and restricted access of current news items.

After much protest from the library community, the publisher relented and now provides complete full-text (by IP authentication). Although we are unable to afford purchasing online access to the numerous other Nature journals (i.e. Nature Medicine, Nature Genetics, et al) Nature itself is now available for use by all SOM personnel.

Please visit the Library's E-Journal web page for access.

Karen Rosati, Head of Serials, 733-3355

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American Society of Microbiology Journals Now Accessible Online

For 2002, the SOM Library has subscribed to the American Society of Microbiology's new introductory-year package consisting of all 11 of its online journals. ASM publishes some of the most influential, highly cited journals (see complete list below*) in the fields of microbiology, virology, immunology, and molecular and cellular biology.

Previously the SOM was purchasing online access to only two of these titles (**). We currently have print subscriptions to seven(*). Online access will be available to all USC-Columbia users including the medical school.

  • Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy*
  • Applied and environmental Microbiology*
  • Clinical and Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology
  • Clinical Microbiology Reviews
  • Eukaryotic Cell (First issue, February 2002)
  • Infection and Immunology
  • Journal of Bacteriology*
  • Journal of Clinical Microbiology*
  • Journal of Virology**
  • Microbiology Molecular Biology Reviews*
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology**
Karen Rosati, Head of Serials, 733-3355

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New Electronic Journals

The Library is increasingly receiving requests from faculty and students for access to the online version of our print journals. It is a challenge to meet these information needs with a reduced budget in 2001-2002. To accommodate these requests, the Library has reduced its book budget and canceled the microfilm version of several journals. For 2002, the Library has ordered the online version of the following journals. Please note that the following publishers have many, but not all, of their journals online, due to a variety of circumstances. Additionally, please note that due to registration requirements, these titles may not be available immediately to SOM patrons. (Stay tuned.)

Blackwell Publishers:

  • Acta Physiologica Scandinavica
  • Andrologia
  • Anesthesia
  • ANZ Journal of Surgery
  • British Journal of Dermatology
  • British Journal of Surgery
  • Clinical Endocrinology
  • Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
  • Clinical and Experimental Immunology
  • Epilepsia
  • European Journal of Neuroscience
  • Headache
  • Internal Medicine
  • International Journal of Dermatology
  • Journal of American Geriatrics Society
  • Journal of Intellectual Disability Research
  • Journal of Internal Medicine
  • Journal of Investigational Dermatology
  • Journal of Neurochemistry
  • Kidney International
  • Medical Education
  • Cardiology
  • Digestion
  • Gerontology
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmologica
  • Methods in Cell Science
Munksgaard (All free now with print):
  • Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
  • Acta Ophthalmologica
  • Acta Psychiatrica
  • Acta Radiologica
  • Clinical Genetics
  • Immunological reviews
  • Hormone and Metabolic Research
  • Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Seminars in Neurology
Karen Rosati, Head of Serials, 733-3355

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SciFinder Scholar

School of Medicine faculty and students now have access to SciFinder Scholar. SciFinder Scholar is a desktop research tool for students and faculty that provides easy access to the rich and diverse scientific information offered by the Chemical Abstracts Service databases from the American Chemical Society.

SciFinder Scholar is today's leader in providing the most accurate and comprehensive chemical and related scientific information including:

  • journal articles and patents together in one source
  • substance data
  • chemical reactions
  • chemical regulatory data
  • chemical suppliers
  • biomedical literature
SciFinder Scholar allows you to do several types of searches including substructure searching, reaction searching, polymer searches, biosequence searching, and searching Chemical Abstracts and MEDLINE simultaneously. SciFinder Scholar will be available for searching from the public workstations on the first floor of the Library. In order to use SciFinder Scholar from your personal desktop, it is necessary to have software loaded on your computer's hard drive. If you would like to use SciFinder Scholar from your personal computer, please contact Ed Sperr, Systems Librarian, at 733-3347 or via email at to schedule a time for the software installation.

CAS has imposed some very stringent requirements for the license for this product. SciFinder Scholar is limited to academic research only and "research performed under a funding or consultant contract with the intention of delivering results to a for-profit organization, or patentability research" is prohibited. Use is restricted to "current faculty or administrative staff ... or ... registered students of USC...." Those not on the USC payroll or registered as USC students should not be allowed access to SciFinder Scholar.

If our subscription to SciFinder Scholar is canceled, we must "erase or otherwise destroy all copies of SciFinder Scholar software ... and provide CAS with written certification of the destruction within a two week period."

Each SciFinder Scholar user will be required to click through all of the user agreement. It is very important that all users adhere to all the requirements of the license.

The funding for SciFinder Scholar is coming primarily from the USC College of Science and Mathematics. In order to continue the subscription, funding for SciFinder Scholar must be identified in July 2002.

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REPROTOX Database now Available

The Library now provides access to REPROTOX, a database that contains information on the potentially harmful effects of environmental exposure to chemicals and physical agents on human pregnancy, reproduction, and development. Records retrieved provide you with current information summaries and selected references about the reproductive effects of prescription, over-the-counter, and recreational drugs as well as industrial and environmental chemicals. A link to REPROTOX is available on our Databases page, but a username and password is required for access. School of Medicine faculty, staff, and students may obtain the password by calling 733-3361 or 733-3344.

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Library Receives NEH Grant to Help Preserve Rare Book Collection

The School of Medicine Library is home to a small collection of rare books dealing with medicine and the history of medicine. Each of the 500 volumes has a pre-1900 copyright date, with many dating form the middle of the 19th century. These books have been generously donated to the Library over the years by the families of physicians who practiced medicine or resided in the state of South Carolina. Many are in poor shape, a reflection, perhaps, of the constant use they received by the physicians who owned them. Fearful of damaging the texts further, the library staff opted to leave the books in the condition in which they were acquired. They were cataloged in the local online catalog, marked "non-circulating,", and stored in a darkened room in a remote part of the Library. There they have sat -- some for twenty years -- largely untouched and seldom used.

Recently, Laura Kane, Head of Cataloging & Acquisitions, was awarded a "Preservation Needs Assessment" grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant will allow the Library to bring in a consultant to conduct a preservation needs assessment of the rare medical books collection. At the end of January 2002, a Preservation Consultant from SOLINET (Southeastern Library Network) will spend two days evaluating the condition of the rare books collection and provide the Library with a long-range preservation plan. The History of Medicine Room, currently under construction on the newly renovated second floor of the library, will house the rare books collection once the needs assessment is complete.

Laura Kane, Head of Cataloging and Acquisitions 733-3352

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We are proud to announce that the OVID Online test was successful and that beginning Wednesday, January 23rd, when you log into OVID you will no longer access information stored on the Library server. In a move that will be beneficial to the Library and to you, the end user, we will now access databases mounted on OVID's servers located in Utah. This is done primarily to make the information you retrieve as current as possible. It will eliminate the lag time that results from mailed updates that are loaded on the library server and will bring a level of currency for OVID that parallels that of PubMed. Login will also be simpler. Access will be by IP address for the majority of users and we will no longer have to assign passwords. Only those users who desire the capability of storing searches will need to have a username and password to access the system.

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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 current 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 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST in the 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 Erica Peake at or 733-3344.

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PubMed Auto Alerts

If you are a regular PubMed searcher, you are probably aware that you can use the "Cubby" feature to store searches that can be executed at regular intervals to keep you up-to-date in a specific topic. However, if you tend to forget to login and execute the search as often as you would like, you might want to consider the auto alert feature available now at the BioMail website ( After a simple registration procedure you can create up to 20 saved searches and choose the interval (twice per week, weekly, twice per month, monthly) at which you would like to have the searches run. Following execution of the search, the results will be sent automatically to your email account. You can stipulate the number of citations you want to receive (up to 400) as well as the frequency with which you would like the search executed. Citations may be received in plain text or HTML format. The latter is best to optimize the full functionality of the system. A number of options are available for dealing with the output, including displaying records in formats for importing into a database, spreadsheet or citation manager, and storing citations in a personalized "Reference Treasury" thereby keeping references from multiple searches in one designated location. Hosted by the University Hospital and Medical Center at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, this system is free and simple to use.

Sarah Gable, Associate Director 733-3351

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Staff Spotlight:

Karen Thompson Rosati

Our SOM Serials Librarian for 18 years, M. Rosati is a former Air Force brat who was born in Germany, lived four years in Japan, and landed in Sumter, South Carolina when her father was transferred to Shaw Air Force Base. Ms. Rosati wasn't too sure what "small town living" would be like having lived in Atlanta for a decade after graduating from USC (and getting her Master's at Emory) but she now considers South Carolina and Columbia her permanent home.

In 1999, Karen married Dr. Jerel Rosati, a USC professor in the GINT department. They enjoy traveling together -- and their most exciting trip was to China in the Summer of 1999, where Dr. Rosati taught US Foreign Policy to a group of Master's and Ph.D. students in Beijing. Together they have 4 children.

Karen considers library work the perfect job as it provides unlimited learning possibilities. She has decided not to retire just yet are there are too many exciting things going on with scientific research and publications. So you'll be seeing her at the Medical School Library for a while, (until it gets TOO exciting).

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Upcoming Online Library Survey of Patron Satisfaction

Within the next month everyone in the School of Medicine will be notified of an upcoming web-based survey. Please plan on participating!

This ground-breaking and innovative survey project in which our library has been allowed to participate, formulated by the Association of Academic Health Science Libraries (AAHSL) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), will hopefully provide our library with quantifiable feedback to help better meet library service needs.

Libraries all over the United States regularly query their patrons regarding levels of satisfaction and needed improvements. This development phase is meant to produce instruments which may eliminate substantial duplication of effort and allow for comparisons on quality service rather that "who owns more of what." Direct submission of surveys by users will allow centralized computer generated statistical reports and more useful inter-institutional comparisons, as well as individualized reports for each institution.

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Preservation Training Participation

Two of the SOM librarians, Laura Kane and Roz McConnaughy, are participating in the Preservation Training Initiative for Small Libraries and Museums in South Carolina. The Preservative Training Initiative is a joint effort of USC's Thomas Cooper Library Preservation Services Department and McKissick Museum. USC was awarded a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museums and Library Services to fund the project. The goal of the project is to educate staff of small libraries and museums in South Carolina regarding inexpensive collection care techniques. Some of the class topics include preservation of books and paper, preservation of electronic media, and disaster recovery. The web site address for the Preservation Training Initiative is

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Staff News

  • Karen Rosati and Marge Terracio attended the Carolina Innovative Users Group (CIUG) in Rock Hill, SC, October 25-26, 2001. (20 librarians from NC and SC attended to learn more about what the online cataloging system have in common.)
  • Karen Rosati attended the 20th Annual Charleston Conference on Book and Serials Acquisitions, November 4-7, 2001. Librarians and publishers from all over the United States and the United Kingdom convene yearly in Charleston for this information-packed learning opportunity.
  • Karen Rosati was the SOM representative at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) training session. :LibQUAL+: A Total-Market Survey. (January 21-22 in New Orleans.)
  • Sarah Gable, Laura Kane, Roz McConnaughy, and Ed Sperr attended the Triple Chapter Meeting of the Medical Library Association in New Orleans, Louisiana, October 24-28, 2001. This was a joint meeting of MLA's Southern, Midcontinental, and South Central Chapters.
  • For the third year in a row, the School of Medicine Library adopted a family through the Families Helping Families program to help spread Christmas cheer.
  • Ruth Riley attended the First Annual Institutional Development Award (IdeA) Program Meeting in Oklahoma City, October 25-28, 2001 in her role as Director, Bioinformatics Core, SC Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (SC BRIN).
  • Ruth Riley attended the annual meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) meeting in Washington, DC November 2-7, 2001. Ruth is a member of the AAHSL Future Leadership Task Force and the AAHSL Annual Statistics Editorial Board.
  • The Library welcomes its newest Circulation Technician Jerry Hutcheson.

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Scenes from the Library's Second Floor Renovation Open House: October 3, 2001

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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 and 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
Center for Disability Resources Library (Head, Roz McConnaughy): 733-3310

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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

  • Laura Kane, Chair
  • Karen Rosati
  • Lisa Antley-Hearn
  • Victor Jenkinson
  • Roz McConnaughy
For comments or suggestions regarding the newsletter, please call Karen Rosati at 733-3355.

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