January 2003
The School
of Medicine Library
the Newsletter of the School of Medicine Library,
January 2003

From the Director

As we enter the new year, there are numerous exciting developments to report from the School of Medicine Library.

New Access to Kluwer E-Journals in 2003

The Library is participating in a large consortial deal with the National Science Foundation Electronic Science Information Group (ESIG). ESIG is a group of libraries in the various EPSCoR states. The purpose of ESIG is to enable participating libraries to better provide scientific, medical, and technical information to their researchers, who are eligible to participate in the National Science Foundation's EPSCoR program. This deal will provide School of Medicine users with new access to over 200 medical e-journals in 2003. Because of the size of the joint journal holdings between the 47 libraries in ESIG, we are able to participate in this deal for minimal cost, under $1,000. This is further evidence of the power of consortial purchasing for libraries! For more information on ESIG, visit their website at

National Library of Medicine Grant

We are pleased to announce that the Library is a key partner in a grant recently awarded to Palmetto Health Richland Hospital from the National Library of Medicine in the amount of $76,988 to create GeriatricWeb: a geriatric digital library. The grant is part of the National Library of Medicine's Internet Access to Digital Libraries grant program. We are exited about this important collaboration between librarians at the School of Medicine and geriatricians at Palmetto Health Richland.

Ruth Riley, Director of Library Services, 733-3353

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Charles S. Bryan
History of Medicine Room

Photograph by Ellen Reynolds

With great pleasure, Dean Larry R. Faulkner recently announced that the Library's newly renovated History of Medicine Room will be named in honor of Dr. Charles S. Bryan, Heyward Gibbes Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean and Director of the USC/Palmetto Health Alliance Center for Medical Humanities. Dr. Bryan has provided a generous gift to create the USC School of Medicine Library Endowment. The endowment will provide support for Preservation of the rare book collection housed in the room, the acquisition of additional historical works, the purchase of books for the general circulating collection, and support in other specialized areas of the Library. A dedication of the room was held on January 15, 2003. We are very grateful to Dr. Bryan for his wonderful support and commitment to the Library.

Ruth Riley, Director of Library Services

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2002-2003 Strategic Plan

This past summer, the Library faculty and staff engaged in a day-long retreat to brainstorm about its 2002-2003 strategic plan. The faculty and staff conducted an environmental scan by reviewing copies of current strategic plans from the School of Medicine, the USC University Libraries, the USC Division of Libraries and Instructional Services, the USC Office of Information Technology, and USC Computer Services. We also reviewed the feedback received from our users in the LibQual+ user satisfaction survey conducted in May 2002. The outcome of these fruitful deliberations was an ambitious plan of action in 2002-2003. Please visit the Strategic Plan webpage ( for the full text of the plan.

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Informatics in the Curriculum

The Library is pleased to report on a collaboration with a School of Medicine faculty member that is a good step towards having the library and its resources more integrated into the medical school curriculum. Dr. Clarke Millette, Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology & Anatomy, and course director for histology in the M-I year, approached the Library about incorporating informatics into the essay assignment for histology. Sarah Gable and Ruth Riley met with him and offered the option of creating a web page for the assignment that would have hot links to the full text articles that he had been distributing in hard copy. The advantages are several: 1) Saves paper. 2) Familiarizes students with the use of e-journals. 3) The electronic versions of the articles provide students with color images that may be viewed from their laptops. Many e-journals also offer the option of viewing enlarged images. Students accessed the assignment via the M-I schedule on the School of Medicine website. Many thanks to Dr. Millette for his interest in working with the Library on this effort, and to Sarah Gable, Associate Director, and Lisa Antley-Hearn, Library Web Manager, for helping make it happen.

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The School of Medicine Library has recently licensed access to Medical Matrix, a medical search engine and directory of medical sites on the Internet. This resource is a project of the American Medical Informatics Association's Internet Working Group. It retrieves peer reviewed clinical resources from over 6,000 annotated medical web sites selected by the Medical Matrix editorial board to provide health professionals with point-of-care information. Sites are reviewed by a team of physicians and medical librarians and ranked using a 5 star rating system. Quality, peer review, full content, multimedia features, and unrestricted access are emphasized in the rankings. To locate information you can search the descriptions and titles of the resources or you can browse by broad subject sections. Links are checked continuously by an automated system so that search results will link properly. From the USC School of Medicine Library homepage, you can link to Medical Matrix by clicking on Databases in the Electronic Resources section or Biomedical Sites in the Biomedical Links section. Note: a username, password, and email address are required; more information is available on the "Databases" or "Biomedical Sites" pages.

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Rare Books in Online Catalog

The Library has a 500-volume collection of rare medical books housed in the newly named "Charles S. Bryan History of Medicine Room" (see From the Director). To locate these materials in SCarlit, the Library's online catalog, follow these steps:

  • Log into SCarlit
  • Click "Keywords" to execute a Keyword search
  • Enter a general keyword such as "obstetrics"
  • Click on the "Location" drop-down menu and select "USC-SOM Rare Books"
  • Click "Submit your search"

The rare books are for use in the History of Medicine Room only. For questions regarding this collection, contact Laura Kane at 0r at 733-3352.

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Electronic Resources News

OVID Changes
Full-text access in OVID Medline has changed. There will be MORE full-text access than ever before, even though many Journals@OVID titles were canceled for cost savings. A new product known as OVID OpenLinks provides access directly to an article in a publisher's website. See the OVID article later in this issue for more details. This new enhancement to OVID makes the most of our Library's full-text access to many other titles. Previously OVID Users had access to over 50 Journals@OVID titles. Now, users will have access to around 900 full text journals.

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Print Cancellations

Print versions of all Elsevier, Academic Press, American Chemical Society, American Society for Microbiology, and Kluwer journal titles have been canceled. The Library is subscribing to the online only beginning 2003. Previous to this year, the first title we subscribed to only online was the Journal of Biological Chemistry. In 2002, print issues of a number of Elsevier titles were canceled, including Brain Research. Since there has been no negative feedback from patrons, we now cancel more print with less trepidation. Print cancellations have funded the one-time purchase of online versions of the journals, but in actuality very little cost savings is realized when we cancel print versions of journals, as the online is subject to inflation and price increases just as the print is. However, the Library does save on binding, reshelving, and shelving costs incurred by print journals.

At least one faculty member did mention to us, when contacted regarding the print cancellations, that the Current Reading Room we maintain in the Library will soon be deserted if print cancellations continue. Based on this observation, it has been decided to maintain for now a print subscription to a title if it meets two criteria that would qualify it as a heavily-read journal:

  1. Inclusion in the Abridged Index Medicus list of titles.
  2. Inclusion in the Brandon-Hill list of journal titles (for hospitals).

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Within the last year the Library installed a proxy server to make off-campus access to our electronic resources easy and convenient for School of Medicine students, faculty, and staff. To use the proxy server all you need is the username and password you use to sign on to your School of Medicine p-mail or Groupwise account (your Novell logon). Unfortunately, there are some exceptions.

Some publishers and content providers require the Library to issue separate usernames and passwords for their specific resources. To name a few, Academic Medicine, Gerontology, Oncology, and Southern Medical Journals all require usernames and passwords different from your proxy server login. Additionally, Medical Matrix and Reprotox are two websites that require passwords. So how do you know which have passwords and which don't?

Simple. When you are using the SOM E-Journals webpage, and you click on a journal title, look in the Restrictions field. If you see the following comment....

Available to USC School of Medicine Patrons Only - Publisher requires username and password. Click here for more information.
...follow the link "here" to find a list of all the journals that require passwords. For Medical Matrix and Reprotox, look at their listings on our Databases page.

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Consumer Health Information
You may not be aware that the Library has a small collection of consumer health materials. The books are written in lay terms so you don't need an M.D. to understand them! They may be checked out for two weeks. Below is a list of subjects covered in the collection:
  • AIDS & HIV
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Back Pain
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breastfeeding
  • Cancer
  • Child Health & Nutrition
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Dental Care
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Drug Information
  • Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Eye Care
  • Exercise & Fitness
  • Family Health
  • First Aid
  • Geriatrics
  • Grief
  • Heart Disease
  • Hepatitis & Liver Disease
  • Herbal Medicine / Complementary Therapies
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Incontinence
  • Infertility / In Vitro Fertilization
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Learning Disorders
  • Long-Term Care / Home Caregiving
  • Lupus
  • Medical Tests
  • Medicare
  • Men's Health
  • Mental Health
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Health
  • Osteoporosis
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Physical Fitness
  • Pregnancy & Childbirth
  • Sex & Sexuality
  • Skin Disorders
  • Snoring & Sleep Apnea
  • Spina Bifida
  • Substance Abuse
  • Surgery
  • Women's Health

Here are a few examples of actual titles:

  • The American Cancer Society's Healthy Eating Cookbook: A Celebration of Food, Friends, and Health Living
  • The Arthritis Helpbook: A Tested Self-Management Program for Coping with Arthritis and Fibromyalgia
  • Snoring and Sleep Apnea: Sleep Well, Feel Better
  • The Allergy Bible: The Conventional and Alternative Guide to Understanding, Avoiding, and Treating Allergies
  • American College of Physicians Complete Home Medical Guide
Come and check out these informative books! If you don't find what you're looking for, keep in mind that our CDR (Center for Disability Resources) Collection also has a large variety of consumer health materials. As for help at the Reference Desk if you need it!
Laura Kane, Head of Cataloging & Acquisitions

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Center for Disability Resources Library News

October was a busy month for the Center for Disability Resources Library. Roz McConnaughy and Sarah Gable presented a paper about the CDR Library titled "Marketing the Special Collection in a Health Sciences Library" at the Southern Chapter Meeting of the Medical Library Association in Nashville, TN. There were exhibits about the CDR Library at the following conferences held in Columbia:

  • South Carolina Autism Society Annual Meeting
  • Pathways to Independence Conference: Annual Meeting of the South Carolina Independent Living Council

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Journals News

Four years ago, e-journals accounted for less than 10% of our journal collection, with the print medium dominating. In 2002-2003, any use of print by patrons was the exception, rather than the rule. Except for the less than 20% of our journal collection which is still not available online, overwhelmingly journal use is electronic. These changes have been dramatic and unrelenting -- with out electronic access essentially doubling each of the last 3 years. It seems inevitable that all biomedical literature will soon be available in electronic format.

SOM Library tracking of print and electronic use has confirmed that a title being online is no longer a luxury but a necessity. Print use in general has declined, even for titles which do not have electronic versions. Library patrons have quickly become used to electronic formats and prefer not to use the print unless absolutely necessary.

Journals owned by the School of Medicine have also been sprouting their electronic versions and the Library is purchasing online access for titles for which the print has proven use. We are also, with Thomas Cooper Library, moving ahead with the cancellation of print titles, if doing so will allow us to purchase the online versions. This is an unsettling but financially necessary development, which everyone is hoping will not come back to haunt us in the future.

This past year has seen an unprecedented number of inter-library agreements to provide cooperative electronic access to e-journals. This has included cancellation of duplicate biomedical titles between Thomas Cooper Library and the School of Medicine saving over $70,000 between the two institutions, grant fund purchasing of Nature Publishing titles for South Carolina BRIN participants, Kluwer journal access through consortial purchasing with other EPSCOR institutions, and continued joint purchasing of American Chemical Society titles and American Society of Microbiology journals.

As of January 2003, three-fourths (3,574) of all MEDLINE titles can be accessed in full text through PubMed, where the Library owns access rights. SOM patrons have online full-text access to 1000+ of the 4,600 titles indexed in MEDLINE (a good number of the full-text titles which link in PubMed are available to the School of Medicine through Thomas Cooper Library journals subscriptions, and our addition of the Kluwer package of 200+ titles, gives our patrons additional online access to 109 of these MEDLINE titles.

For 2003-2004, the Library will continue to explore advantageous agreements and make collection development decisions that will increase our patrons' online access to biomedical journals.

What's Next?
After the current journal literature has become totally electronic, there will be other issues to address, such as the unrelenting cost pressure on libraries to purchase this access; the scholarly publishing model between researchers, publisher and libraries, which needs to be changed; and the need for access by all researchers to the scientific literature record. The work in electronic access to journals has many permutations yet to go. With part of it behind us, we will need to look forward to the next round of change. If it happens as quickly as the transitions from print to electronic, things will continue to be very interesting.

Inflation Not Lower For Journals

Although inflation rates have fallen for everything else around, the aggregate increase of Scientific, Technical, and Medical (STM) journals by publishers has not fallen any lower than 10%. Since journals are the largest material of a medical library's budget, this means that every year there is not a budget increase for journals, subscriptions must be cut or other large cost savings measures must be instituted. Just thought we'd remind everyone that the journal pricing crisis continues.

TDNet -- Another Journal Access Point

Thomas Cooper Library's purchase of TDNet, an e-journal management product, which will become operational in early 2003, will give the Library the option of using this new system. Our plan is to use it as a side-by-side access point to our e-journal webpage ( until comparisons are made on functionality and ease of use. Patrons will be notified when the School of Medicine Library's TDNet is available for use.

Karen Rosati, Head of Serials

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Staff News

  • Ruth Riley attended the annual meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) in San Francisco in November. She is a member of the AAHSL Future Leadership Task Force and the AAHSL annual Statistics Editorial Board.
  • Ruth Riley appeared on Gary Pozsik's AM radio show "Health, Wealth, and Happiness" in November, December, and January and discussed various health-related websites on the Internet.
  • Several Library faculty made presentations at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association in Nashville in October. Karen Rosati presented a poster session on the Library's participation in the LIBQUAL+ project. Sarah Gable and Rozalynd McConnaughy presented a contributed paper on "Marketing the Special Collection in a Health Sciences Library." Sarah Gable and Ruth Riley presented a contributed paper on the Library's leadership of the Bioinformatics Core for the South Carolina Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (SC-BRIN).
  • Karen Rosati attended the Charleston Conference on Book and Serial Acquisitions entitled "Two Faces Have I: One for Books and One for Bytes," November 2002. This annual meeting was attended by more than 500 librarians, publishers, and vendors from the US and UK, to share information on all issues facing the information industry now, and has become especially more attune to electronic publishing.
  • Karen Rosati worked on the Thomas Cooper Library Electronic Information Products Task Force, September-December 2002. The Task Force examined and made recommendations regarding the utilization of information products at USC, as well as management, selection, user support, access issues, and sharing opportunities.
  • The Library bids farewell to Systems Librarian Ed Sperr, who is relocating to the Boston area. We'll miss you, Ed.
  • Victor Jenkinson is the Library's new Systems Librarian. He comes to the Systems department from Circulation, where he has worked for the past three years.
  • Kasey Albert has been appointed the new Circulation Librarian. We will feature Kasey in our next regular issue's Staff Spotlight. In brief, though, Kasey is a brand-new graduate of the School of Library and Information Science at USC, a native of Ohio, and a former Graduate Assistant in the Library. Congratulations, Kasey!

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Searching OVID for Full Text? Read This

The Journals@Ovid portion of OVID should generally be avoided while conducting MEDLINE searches. It is easily mistaken as a way to search and retrieve only full-text articles. Although there are several dozen full-text journals you can access through Journals@Ovid, you eliminate over 900 other full-text journals that are available through our OVID subscription.

Most regular OVID users are aware of the "OVID Full Text" link available under some search results. This link provides easy access to a full-text version of the citation under which it appears. "OpenLink Full Text" is another brand new link that will frequently appear under OVID search results. It also will retrieve the full text of the article.

So what's the difference? "OVID Full Text" links are journals we pay for from OVID. "OpenLink Full Text" represents subscriptions from other sources. So when you retrieve an OpenLink article you actually leave OVID's website and go to the publisher's or provider's website. We've increased full-text access in OVID over 1800% through utilizing the band new OpenLink feature. However, there is one downside.

When you use the "Limit to Full Text" function, you are limiting to only the several dozen journals we pay for through OVID. You will actually reduce full-text retrieval in most cases. One option to consider instead is "Limit to Local Holdings." Many more of these titles will be available full-text online than in "Limit to Full Text."

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Staff Spotlight:
Laura Kane
As Head of Cataloging and Acquisitions, Laura Kane is responsible for managing the ordering, receiving, processing, and cataloging of all print and electronic textbooks for the Library. She has been a member of the Library faculty for ten years. She was recruited into the position shortly after graduating with her MLIS from USC's College of Library and Information Science in 1991.

Though most of her day is spent immersed in "technical services" duties behind the scenes, you may spot Ms. Kane staffing the Reference Desk during the week. "I really enjoy the technical aspects of my job," she says, "but it's nice to be able to interact directly with students and faculty on a regular basis." Last year, the Library implemented a schedule that allows all the library faculty to work with the public on a weekly basis.

Ms. Kane is in the process of writing a book for the American Library Association entitled Voices From the Workforce: A First-Hand Guide to Careers in Library and Information Science. The book, scheduled for publication in early 2004, will feature interviews of over thirty librarians working in a variety of libraries. "Recruitment of new librarians is going to be a huge issue within the next decade, when the majority of the workforce reaches retirement age," Ms. Kane says. "Today, there are more opportunities than ever for professional librarians. It is my hope that this book will help recruit and retain more people in the field." Ms. Kane has also recently written a chapter for the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science entitled "Access Versus Ownership," due to be published within the next few months.

Ms. Kane serves on a number of committees, including the Library's Newsletter Committee, where she has been chair and/or co-chair for eight years. She is a member of the Faculty Senate and the SOM Library Committee. She maintains active memberships in the Medical Library Association, the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association, and the American Library Association, and attends conferences when possible. She is also the current President of CAMLA, the Columbia Area Medical Librarians Association.

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Library Departments
Administration (Director, Ruth Riley): 733-3350
Circulation (Head, Kasey Albert): 733-3344
Reference (Head, Sarah Gable): 733-3351
Cataloging and Acquisitions(Head, Laura Kane): 733-3352
Serials (Head, Karen Rosati): 733-3355
Systems (Head, Victor Jenkinson): 733-3347
Interlibrary Loan (Head, Sarah Gable): 733-3347
Center for Disability Resources Library (Head, Roz McConnaughy): 733-3310

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Telephone Number: (803) 733-3344

Fax Number: (803) 733-1509

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