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BiblioBlast, November 2015: Home

The D. Samuel Gottesman Library's Monthly Newsletter


Welcome to BiblioBlast, the newsletter of the D. Samuel Gottesman Library of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. BiblioBlast will inform you about new Library resources and keep you up to date with our classes, events and other activities. It will also highlight tips to make our online resources easier and faster to use. 

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In this issue:

October Library Celebrations

New! Library Launches 3D Printing Service

Nature Compares Reference Management Software

Library Staff Spotlight

NLM Releases New Research Resource for Domestic Violence

Einstein Book Club

New Built Environment Assessment Tool from the CDC

New E-Books from AccessMedicine and AccessPediatrics

New E-Books from Science Direct

Upcoming Library Events

Workshops are held in the Library Training Room, Forchheimer 119N. Click on a title to sign up.

Contact the Reference Department for more information, or to schedule an individual or small-group session.

NLM Releases New Research Resource for Domestic Violence

The National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new health services research resource, Domestic Violence. It is intended to support health services researchers, policymakers, administrators, and practitioners involved in detection, prevention and treatment services for this underserved and often unnoticed community. The scope of this resource includes Intimate Partner Violence, Reproductive and Sexual Coercion, Child Abuse and Maltreatment, and Elder Abuse.

The Domestic Violence resource will assist researchers, both novice and advanced, by providing detailed search queries for key NLM databases: PubMed, PubMed Health, HSRProj (Health Services Research Projects in Progress), and HSRR (Health Services and Sciences Research Resources). These searches will enable users to readily discover relevant published medical literature, clinical effectiveness research, ongoing HSR projects, and related datasets, instruments and other tools. In addition, the resource identifies important guidelines, assessment instruments and measures, and includes a structured query for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s National Guidelines Clearinghouse.

October Library Celebrations

 The Library celebrated National Medical Library Month throughout October with events and giveaways, including the ever-popular retractable ID holders. Events during the month included Study Break with snacks and soft drinks for students, weekly raffle drawings for Amazon or Starbucks gift cards, and Amnesty Week when fines for overdue materials were waived. At the Library Open House on October 28, Library staff and representatives from Faculty of 1000, Mendeley, uCentral and UpToDate were on hand to show Library users how to get the most from their products. Mark your calendars for October 2016!

New! Library Launches 3D Printing Service

The Library launched a 3D printing service in October, as part of its mission to provide resources and services that support and advance the education and scholarship of the Einstein community.  The service has proved to be an overwhelming success thus far. Recently printed models include skulls (pictured), hearts, and molecules. Pictures of additional print projects are featured on the Gallery page of our 3D printing guide.

The printer is a Makerbot Replicator 3D printer (5th generation) which uses 1.75 mm polylactic acid (PLA) filament. PLA is a bioplastic made from renewable resources. Current colors available are red, blue, black, white, neutral.

This project was funded in part by a Technology Grant from the New York Metropolitan Library Council (METRO).

3D printing will be free during the pilot project in 2015. Starting in January 2016 the Library will charge for 3D printing on a cost-recovery basis. For more information, questions and to arrange a time to print, see our 3D printing guide

Nature Compares Reference Management Software

In a recent article in Nature, Jeffrey M. Perkell(1) discusses how reference management software can help researchers get control of the “flotsam and jetsam of scattered, downloaded PDFs” so they can find relevant articles when they need them. Whether you are in the market for reference management software or are struggling with EndNote, F1000 Workspace, Mendeley, RefWorks or Zotero, librarians can help you.

Check out our Research Guides:

Sign up for a workshop:

1. Perkel JM. Eight ways to clean a digital library. Nature. 2015;527(7576):123-4.

Einstein Book Club

Join the Einstein Book Club on November 19 at 9:00am to discuss Salt: A World History, Mark Kurlansky, the final book of 2015, which had food as its them. by. The theme for 2016 is New York City, and the six books we will read will be chosen at that meeting. Be there! The Book Club is open to the entire Einstein community.

Built Environment Assessment Tool from the CDC

The Built Environment Assessment Tool (BE Tool) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) measures the core features and qualities of the built environment that affect health, especially walking, biking and other types of physical activity. The built environment includes the physical makeup of where we live—our homes, schools, businesses, streets and sidewalks, open spaces and transportation options.

The core features assessed in the BE Tool include:

  • Built environment infrastructure—such as road types, curb cuts and ramps, intersections and crosswalks, traffic control and public transportation.
  • Walkability—for example, access to safe, attractive sidewalks and paths with inviting features.
  • Bikeability—such as the presence of bike lane or bike path features.
  • Recreational sites and structures.
  • Food environment—such as access to grocery stores, convenience stores, and farmers markets.
  • Users can add questions or modules if more detail about an aspect of the built environment is desired (e.g. nutrition environment or pedestrian environment).

Library Staff Spotlight

On October 28, Latrina Keith, our Library’s Head of Resources Management, and Robin Wright, Health and Human Services Librarian, Lehman College, City University of New York, presented  “Wearable Technology: If the Tech Fits, Wear It,” an online session for the Middle Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. "Wearable technology" and "wearable devices" are phrases that describe electronics and computers that are integrated into clothing and other accessories that can be worn comfortably on the body. While these technologies show great influence in fashion and entertainment, they have the largest impact in the areas of health, medicine, and fitness. Librarians are also exploring wearable technology's potential for enhancing services and expanding outreach to their organizations.

Their presentation was based on their article of the same name, published in the Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries (Volume 11 (4), 2014, pages 204-216).