October 2004
The School
of Medicine Library
the Newsletter of the School of Medicine Library,
October 2004

From the Director
2003-2004 In Review

The Library had over 85,000 visitors last year. It circulated over 8,000 books and journals, answered more than 4,000 questions, borrowed over 4,000 items for faculty, students, staff, and area health professionals, and loaned more than 5,000 items to other libraries. The Library purchased and cataloged 1,700 books and journals and bound over 1,000 journal volumes. In addition, please note these accomplishments by the Library faculty and staff:

Digital Library Expansion

  • Collaborated with University Libraries on the creation of a combined listing of all e-journals available through Thomas Cooper Library and the School of Medicine Library allowing one-stop searching for e-journals available at USC Columbia.
  • Expanded the e-journal collection to include access to over 2,500 e-journals from the School of Medicine e-journal list and over 10,000 e-journals from the combined list of all e-journals available at USC Columbia.
  • Added 50 medical and health-related e-textbooks available on the Library's E-Textbooks webpage.
  • Users may now access 56 databases from the databases area of the Library web site. New additions this year include Asian American Health, Genetics Home Reference, HazDat, Haz-Map, etc.
  • Sponsored an institutional membership to BioMed Central qualifying all researchers at the University to receive an article-processing charge ($500 per article) waiver.
  • Redesigned the Library's web site to provide a common look and feel with other USC web pages.

Educational Partnerships

  • Revamped M-I orientation from a large lecture format to small groups, hands-on sessions with library faculty facilitators.
  • Introduced M-I students to evidence-based medicine concepts and resources in the library component of the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course.
  • Provided sessions on evidence-based medicine resources for surgery & ob/gyn residents, nurse anesthesia students, and School of Nursing faculty.
  • Continued to provide library research instruction for BMSC 700 and the nurse anesthesia program.

Grants and Partnership Projects

  • Developed GeriatricWeb, a web site of peer-reviewed links to Geriatric Internet resources, in collaboration with the Division of Geriatrics at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital and the USC School of Medicine with funding from a National Library of Medicine grant. The web site opened in February 2004 at
  • Led the Bioinformatics Core for the NIH-funded South Carolina Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (SC BRIN) grant project. Sponsored the South Carolina Bioinformatics Symposium at Wild Dunes, Isle of Palms, and the Field Guide to GenBank and NCBI Molecular Biology Resources workshop in Columbia in March 2004. Purchased Sequencer DNA sequence analysis software. Coordinated renewal of consortial purchase of SciFinder Scholar (Chemical Abstracts) subscriptions for USC, Clemson, MUSC, College of Charleston, Furman, SC State, Claflin, and Benedict.
  • Continued partnership with Center for Disability Resources in expanding the Center for Disability Resources (CDR) Library. The CDR Library received over 900 questions, checked out over 700 items, and mailed materials to over 300 individuals in South Carolina who needed disability information for their families.
  • Partnered with Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Library on the successful submission of a proposal to the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to be a participant in NLM's MedlinePlus "Go Local" program. MedlinePlus "Go Local" provides links from MedlinePlus health topic pages to information about health services in the users' local geographic areas.

Integration of William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute Library Collection

  • In March 2004, the Library completed the integration of 5,000 volumes of books and journals from the William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute Library that were donated by the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. Library staff spent months transporting, processing, cataloging, and integrating these items into the current collection. The Library is pleased to have this valuable collection.

I would like to thank the Library faculty and staff for their excellent work this past year. As evidenced by this report, they have continued to strengthen the Library's resources and services for our users.

Ruth Riley, Director of Library Services

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Library Endowment Donors

On January 15, 2003, The University of South Carolina School of Medicine officially dedicated the Charles S. Bryan History of Medicine Room, named in honor of Charles S. Bryan, M.D., Heyward Gibbes Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean and Director of the University of South Carolina - Palmetto Health Alliance Center for Medical Humanities. With the approval of the University of South Carolina, Dean Larry R. Faulkner, M.D., directed Dr. Byran's generous gift to establishing the USC School of Medicine Library Endowment.

The Endowment provides support for the preservation of the rare book collection housed in the Charles S. Bryan History of Medicine Room, the acquisition of additional historical works, the purchase of books for the general circulating collection, and other specialized areas of the School of Medicine Library. The Library gratefully acknowledges the following donors to the Library Endowment since its establishment in January 2003.

Library Circle of Friends: Donors of $500 or more:
  • Dr. Charles S. Bryan
  • BlueCross BlueShield of SC
  • Debi Baker Brookshire (in memory of Mr. & Mrs. David Baker)
  • John S. Dunbar III
  • Drs. Larry R. & Judith S. Faulkner
  • Sarah H. Gable
  • Col. & Mrs. Robert E. Humphreys
  • Nancy W. Kress
  • Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth Ludmerer
  • Dr. Robert N. Milling
  • John Davis McLeod
  • Dr. & Mrs. W. M. Bryan
  • Dr. Fe A. Cardona
  • Dr. J.P. Ginsberg
  • Dr. Eugene H. Kaplan
  • Mr. & Mrs. Theodore B. Hayne
  • Drs. Anne & James Meriwether
  • Dr. J. Gray Macaulay
  • Thomas McCutchen
  • John D. McLeod
  • Dr. Harry Wright
  • Dr. Richard M. Kennedy, III

If you would like to add your name to the growing list of people who support the USC School of Medicine Library Endowment, please send your donation to the USC School of Medicine Development Office, Columbia, SC 29208. Library Circle of Friends names are placed on a plaque adjacent to the Charles S. Bryan History of Medicine Room.

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Journal Cancellations and Purchases

In the face of a 10% increase in journal prices for the 2005 subscription year and a reduced budget in 2004-2005, it was necessary for the Library to initiate journal cancellations. The Library solicited feedback from School of Medicine faculty in May and June 2004 about the proposed cancellations. Based on feedback received, three titles have been retained as online-only subscriptions -- American Journal of Public Health, Clinical Anatomy, and European Journal of Neuroscience. All other proposed titles will be cancelled for 2005. Several titles will remain available online or in print from Thomas Cooper Library. The Library will also provide complimentary interlibrary loan (ILL) service for articles requested from cancelled journal titles. The Library also received requests for two new journals that will be purchased: Focus: Journal of Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry and Tissue Engineering.

Am J of Medical Genetics $10,272
Andrologia $1,055
Ann of Human Biology $1,142
Ann of Ophthalmology $160
Anticancer Research $2,054
Arch of Environmental Health $382
Arzneimittel Forschung $473
ASHA Leader $140
Behavioral Neuroscience $602
Bibliography of Systematic Mycology $280
Biochemistry and Cell Biology $654
Biometrics $220
Br J of Pharmacology $2,263
BJR - Br J of Radiology $934
Cancer Letter $325
Can J of Microbiology $788
Can J of Ophthalmology $100
Can J of Physiology and Pharmacology $929
Cardiology $1,559
Clin and Exp Dermatology $1,448
Clin and Exp Immunology $1,810
Clin Pediatrics $307
Clinics in Plastic Surgery $346
Comparative Medicine $190
Contemporary Surgery $138
Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift $442
Econtent $112
Electromyography and Clin Neurophysiol $130
Federal Assistance Monitor $359
Genetic Counseling $274
Health Care Management Review $232
Immunological Reviews $825
Int J for Vitamin and Nutrition Res $358
Int J of Fertility and Womens Med $150
Int J of Health Services $262
Int Surgery $190
J of Alcohol and Drug Education $45
J of Cardiovascular Pharmacology $1,229
J of Electrocardiology $281
J of Healthcare Management $95
J of Neuropathol and Exper Neurol $223
J of Pharmaceutical Sciences $1,095
J of Respiratory Diseases $95
J of Speech Language and Hearing Research $325
J of Spinal Cord Medicine $265
Lipids $675
Medical Trial Technique Quarterly $395
Medicine & Health Newsletter $579
Microbiology and Immunology $255
Molecular Carcinogenesis $2,140
Neuropediatrics $472
Nurses Drug Alert $102
Nursing Clinics of North America $174
Ophthalmologica $1,056
Placenta $634
Practitioner (Gale) $256
Radiologic Technology (Gale) $60
Trans of Royal Soc of Tropical Med & Hygiene $517
Veterinary Medicine $59
Veterinary Pathology $180

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CAMLA Meets in Lexington

The Columbia Area Medical Librarians Association met on July 9th at Lexington Medical Center. Area librarians who had attended the annual meeting of the Medical Library Association reported items of interest from the meeting. Those making reports were Fred Roper, Elaine Sandberg, Ruth Riley, Sarah Gable, and Roz McConnaughy. Following the reports the group was given a tour of the Lexington Medical Center Library by Lynn Ashby.
Lynn also gave an electronic tour of the library's attractive and well-designed new web site.

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Nature E-Journals Access

Thanks to funding from the South Carolina Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (SC BRIN) grant project, the University of South Carolina has enjoyed access for the past two years to the following e-journals from Nature Publishing:
Nature Nature Neuroscience
Nature Biotechnology Nature Reviews Cancer
Nature Cell Biology Nature Reviews Genetics
Nature Genetics Nature Reviews Immunology
Nature Immunology Nature Reviews Mol Cell Biol
Nature Medicine Nature Reviews Neuroscience

The SC BRIN grant funding of these e-journals ended on August 31, 2004. After reviewing the use statistics for each of these titles, obtaining quotes from Nature Publishing to renew the titles, and working with Thomas Cooper Library on cost sharing, the Library's Collection Development Committee has determined that online access to Nature, Nature Genetics, Nature Medicine, and Nature Neuroscience will continue. Access to the other titles will cease.

The Library will retain the print version of Nature but not renew the print versions of Nature Genetics, Nature Immunology, Nature Medicine, Nature Neuroscience, Nature Reviews Genetics, Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology, and Nature Reviews Neuroscience in 2005. The cancellation of these print titles allows the Library to have sufficient funding to retain online access to Nature Genetics, Nature Medicine, and Nature Neuroscience, the most heavily used e-journals.

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APS Legacy Content

The USC University Libraries recently purchased the American Physiological Society (APS) Journal Legacy Content package that provides perpetual access to the online content from all APS journals from 1898 to 1996-98, depending on the journal. This content goes back to the first issue of each of the APS journals, including the APS's first journal in 1898, the American Journal of Physiology. This legacy content can be viewed as completely searchable scanned images of the printed pages.

All content between 1966 and 1998 is now available online. The final stage (to be completed by year-end 2004) is now in the process of putting all content from 1965 back to 1898 online. Following are the APS journals affected by this purchase. Use the School of Medicine Library's E-Journals page to access the journals.

  • Journal of Applied Physiology
  • Journal of Neurophysiology
  • American Journal of Physiology (AJP)
  • AJP - Cell Physiology
  • AJP - Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • AJP - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
  • AJP - Heart and Circulatory Physiology
  • AJP - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
  • AJP - Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
  • AJP - Renal Physiology
  • Advances in Physiology Education
  • Physiological Reviews Physiology (formerly News in Physiological Sciences)

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In honor of National Medical Librarians
Month, you are invited to the

School of Medicine Library
Digital Showcase

Wednesday, October 20th
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Please drop in!
Free cookies and coffee all day!

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A New Look

Lisa Antley-Hearn, the Library's web master, recently completed the huge task of converting the Library's homepage (consisting of over a hundred static pages) to the University's "Web Presence" design. The project is designed to give USC's web pages a consistent "look and feel" and to standardize navigation. Thank you Lisa.

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Ruth Riley, Director of Library Services, and Dr. Ihab Hajjar, Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Geriatrics, ventured out to Las Vegas May 18-19, 2004, to showcase GeriatricWeb at the American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting. GeriatricWeb ( is a web site with links to peer-reviewed geriatrics Internet resources. Ruth and Dr. Hajjar provided over 150 one-on-one demonstrations to meeting attendees and received some very positive feedback.

Some of the comments included:

"I will definitely be using this in my practice."

"Thank you for doing this!"

"Give me 14 brochures. I will give them to all my residents."

GeriatricWeb is a collaborative effort between the division of Geriatrics at Palmetto Health Richland Hopsital, USC School of Medicine, and the USC School of Medicine Library. The project was funded by a grant from the National Library of Medicine.

A library director is often called upon to make sacrifices, and Ruth Riley, our director, is no exception. Here she is pictured braving the wilds of Las Vegas to spread the word about GeriatricWeb.

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TDNet: Searching for E-Journals Just Got Easier

Looking for electronic journals? Thanks to the folks at TDNet, it just got easier. When you follow the "E-Journals" link on the Library's homepage, you will now search a combined list of Thomas Cooper Library and the School of Medicine Library holdings. This is now the best way to search for the over 12,000 electronic journals available to those on the VA and Columbia campuses.

Note: It is still possible, via the "choose to view per library" box, to limit to one library's holdings or the other, but this is not recommended for School of Medicine users since many of Thomas Cooper's holdings are clinical- or research-oriented.

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South Carolina "Go Local" Project

The USC School of Medicine Library and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Library have been selected as a participant in the National Library of Medicine's MedlinePlus "Go Local" program. MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine's consumer health web site, provides authoritative health information from the National Institutes of Health and other reliable sources on over 650 diseases and conditions. It is available at The goal of "Go Local" is to provide links on MedlinePlus health topic pages that take users to information about health services in their local geographic areas. These links include web sites from hospitals, physicians, nursing homes, support groups, health screening providers, etc. For example, if you choose "Go Local" from the MedlinePlus Breast Cancer page, you will find links to Cancer Clinics, Oncologists, Support Groups, etc. on the Go Local-SC site. North Carolina and Missouri are the only Go Local states currently available on MedlinePlus.

Hands on Health-SC, a collaborative consumer health web site project of the MUSC Library and the USC School of Medicine Library, will provide the basis for the "Go Local-SC" site. Hands on Health-SC is available at Staff at public libraries have agreed to identify and create records for health services in their countries. Go Local-SC will include many resources that do not have a web presence. It will serve the important function of making available, for the first time, a single online directory of health services throughout the state.

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PDA and MDConsult

MDConsult has recently upgraded the PDA program that is made available to subscribers at no additional cost. Formerly called MDC Mobile, the name has been changed to POCKETConsult and a number of new features were added. After registering for POCKETConsult and downloading the necessary software, users are able to:

  • Automatically receive news and drug updates from MDConsult.
  • Access Mosby's Drug Consult and a number of medical calculators at no cost.
  • Store search terms to run searches automatically when the systems are synched.
If the user ops to purchase other handheld products from Elsevier (i.e., e-ditions texts) those can also be managed and used through POCKETConsult.

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Staff News

  • An essay by Laura Kane entitled "The Accidental Librarian" was published in the July issue of Southern Expressions, the newsletter of the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association.
  • Ruth Riley and Roz McConnaughy were featured on Gary Pozsick's radio show. Past shows are available on his website
  • The School of Medicine Library's Collection Development Policy is featured in MLA's new DocKit entitled "Collection Development and Management for Electronic, Audiovisual, and Print Resources in Health Sciences Libraries." Large portions of our policy are included as examples in this publication.
  • Laura Kane was approved for membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) at the Distinguished Member Level. AHIP is the Medical Library Association's peer-reviewed professional development and career recognition credentialing program. AHIP promotes lifelong learning and exemplary professional performance by recognizing achievements in continuing education, teaching, publishing, research, and other contributions to the profession.
  • Victor Jenkinson was elected to the USC Faculty Senate for a three year term. He will be one of the ten SOM faculty members who represent the School of Medicine.
  • Laura Kane was elected to the USC Faculty Senate during 2004-2005.
  • Allison Duncan has been invited by the Provost to serve on the Advisory Committee on Women's Issues for a three-year term. The committee identifies concerns of women at USC and brings issues forward for discussion and recommendations.
  • Allison Duncan was elected by the SOM faculty to the SOM Information Technology Committee for a three-year term from 2004-2007.
  • Laura Kane's book, Straight from the Stacks, got three great reviews in the following publications: Journal of the Medical LIbrary Association July 2004 issue, Public Libraries July/August 2004 issue, and Catholic Library World June 2004 issue.

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Staff Spotlight: Kelly Doyle
I work at the USC Medical Library on Fridays and the rest of my times is spent at the Center for Disability Resources as a Self-Advocacy Trainer. I love watching TV, mainly Sabrina the teenage witch. If the show is off the air I have 13 tapes I can watch. My closest friends are: Jeremy, Abbie, and Bobbi. My family includes: Irene (mom), Colin (dad), Kevin, and Shannon (brother and sister). I take two classes, dance and acting. I like everything about this job, I wish I could work in the library full-time because I love everything I do. Some things I like most are: labeling, working on the computer, and answering the phone. My job at the Library includes: working on the computer, processing new books and videos, and secretarial work. I also volunteer at the Richland County Public Library Southeast Branch. My duties there include: labeling the paperback books, folding bags and towels, packing the delivery boxes with items that belong to other branches, putting out paper and pencils, gathering the paper for the recycling bin, and stuffing brochures for new patrons.

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Library Departments
Administration (Director, Ruth Riley): 733-3350
Circulation (Head, Allison Duncan): 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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Library Hours and General Information

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Saturday - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday - 1 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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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For comments or suggestions regarding the newsletter, please call Victor Jenkinson at 733-3347 or email

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