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The National Academies Press

February 24th, 2012 by Mary Wood

Evidently I have an RSS feed for NAP books on Public Health, because following is a list of new titles I received.

Beyond just public health, the National Academies Press publish broadly in the sciences, engineering, and health.

All NAP publications are available free online

The UC Davis libraries include indexing and access information for NAP titles in the Harvest catalog, and often purchase hard copies, as well.

The National Academies Press (NAP) was created by the National Academies to publish the reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council, all operating under a charter granted by the Congress of the United States. The NAP publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and health, capturing the most authoritative views on important issues in science and health policy. The institutions represented by the NAP are unique in that they attract the nation’s leading experts in every field to serve on their award-wining panels and committees. The nation turns to the work of NAP for definitive information on everything from space science to animal nutrition.


New Public Health titles:

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….Informing the Future: Critical Issues in Health

….Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research

….Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies

….Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality

….Prepositioning Antibiotics for Anthrax

….Essential Health Benefits: Balancing Coverage and Cost

….The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding

….Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care

….Breast Cancer and the Environment: A Life Course Approach

….Advancing Oral Health in America

….For the Public’s Health: Revitalizing Law and Policy to Meet New Challenges

….Climate Change, the Indoor Environment, and Health

….Learning What Works: Infrastructure Required for Comparative Effectiveness Research




Dynamed trial

February 15th, 2012 by Bruce Abbott
We have instituted a trial of Dynamed :

from the About DynaMed description:

DynaMed™ is a clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other health care professionals for use at the point-of-care. With clinically -organized summaries for more than 3,200 topics, DynaMed provides the latest content and resources with validity, relevance and convenience, making DynaMed an indispensable resource for answering most clinical questions during practice.

Below you will see the access information for the Dynamed trial. It has been set up for 90 days and it also includes direct linking to the Cochrane Systematic Reviews.

You can access the trial:

1) If you are on an IP authenticated computer, use this direct link to access Dynamed:

2) From off-campus, use the Library VPN:,

Contact Bruce Abbott at the Blaisdell Library for further information:

Vertebrate Animal Section – New Factsheet

February 15th, 2012 by Mary Wood

NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER)
Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW)

……New VAS Factsheet to Assist Applicants

Preparing the Vertebrate Animal Section (VAS) –
a new factsheet developed by OLAW to assist applicants in completing the VAS of grant applications, contract proposals and cooperative agreements for submission to the NIH.

Provides an overview of the requirements for each of the 5 points of the VAS.

The VAS factsheet can be found on the OLAW homepage under Fast Facts or downloaded (PDF).

Additional information can be found in the VAS worksheets for Grant Applications and Contract Proposals (PDF).


Web Archiving Service

February 13th, 2012 by Mary Wood


The Web Archiving Service, from the California Digital Library, enables librarians, archivists and researchers to capture, curate and preserve websites and web‐published materials.  WAS makes it easy to build web archives, with scheduling and other tools to help manage your archive. You control public access to your archives and can configure the appearance and navigation of each archive. We also provide collection development consultation and help desk support for web archiving questions.

WAS collection stats & trends:  January 2012

82 archives actively collected
1,704 sites archived
1.2 terabytes of content added
UC Irvine archived 495 campus websites
WRCA archived 488 California water agency and resource sites


Library of Congress …..Web Archiving

In 2000, the Library of Congress established a pilot project to collect and preserve websites. A multidisciplinary team of Library staff studied methods to evaluate, select, collect, catalog, provide access to, and preserve these materials for future generations of researchers.

The Library has developed thematic web archives on such topics as the United States National Elections, the Iraq War, and the events of September 11. More about these collections plus many other available collections can be found at the Library of Congress Public Web Archives website.

In July 2003, the Library and the national libraries of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, the British Library (UK), and the Internet Archive (USA) acknowledged the importance of international collaboration for preserving Internet content for future generations and formed the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC).

In 2004, the Library’s Office of Strategic Initiatives created a Web Archiving Team to support the goal of managing and sustaining at-risk digital content. The team is charged with building a Library-wide understanding and technical infrastructure for capturing web content. The team, in collaboration with a variety of Library staff, and national and international partners, is identifying policy issues, establishing best practices and building tools to collect and preserve web content.

The 2005 Hurricane Katrina and Rita web archive collaboration included work by the Library of Congress,  Internet Archive, California Digital Library, and other similar institutions who nominated news, personal, relief and government websites to be captured and archived.

As of January 2012, the Library has collected about 285 terabytes of web archive data; view public web archive collections here.

Library of Congress catalogers at their desks, Library of Congress (circa 1920)


Coaching a Surgeon: What makes a top performer better?

February 13th, 2012 by Mary Wood

New Yorker October 3, 2011

The New Yorker
Reporting | Essays

Annals Of Medicine
Personal Best
Top athletes and singers have coaches. Should you?

by Atul Gawande
October 3, 2011

I’ve been a surgeon for eight years. For the past couple of them, my performance in the operating room has reached a plateau. I’d like to think it’s a good thing—I’ve arrived at my professional peak. But mainly it seems as if I’ve just stopped getting better…

This October New Yorker article is by Dr. Atul Gawande, a professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, who after eight years and over 2,000 operations, was looking for ways to improve his performance.

He reviews coaching history and coaching of some major figures in sports (Rafael Nadal), writing (F. Scott Fitzgerald), music (Itzhask Perlman), education (Jim Knight), singing (Renee Fleming), and himself in medicine; he notes how coaching  has raised performances to higher levels.

Should you like to investigate the possible utility of librarian expertise and coaching for your research-related searching, retrieving, evaluating, information storing, archiving, and managing, please contact us at the Health Sciences Libraries: ;

Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO)

February 13th, 2012 by Mary Wood







GHLO™ is an AAMC application service designed for final year international and domestic medical students applying for clinical and research electives at institutions who are participating in the pilot phase.


The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recognizes that with ever-increasing globalization in medicine there is growing interest on the part of medical students and medical schools to incorporate international electives into medical education. Cross border medical exchanges enable students to work with different patient populations, develop cross-cultural understanding, and learn about health systems and approaches to medical care in other nations.

Increasingly, students are seeking international opportunities from their medical schools, but not all institutions have the capacity to develop and manage such programs.

To meet this demand, the AAMC is launching a new application service called Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO).  Now in a pilot phase, GHLO will facilitate clinical and research elective rotations globally for final year medical students. GHLO has been created to foster collaboration between American and international medical schools for student mobility through a robust web-based application service.

NIH Public Access Policy Implications 2012

February 10th, 2012 by Mary Wood

NIH recently issued a statement on the implications of the NIH Public Access Policy.

Sections in two page document:

What is at stake under the Public Access Policy
Support from the publishers
No harm to publishers is evident
PubMed Central (PMC)
Key facts about PMC


NIH provides 32 billion dollars  in support of biomedical research each year
Over 2.4 million articles are now in PubMed Central
Every weekday, one half million users access the database, retrieving over 1 million articles
An estimated 25% of users are from universities, 17% are from companies, and 40% from the general public
(identified by Cathy Sarli at Becker)

Link is located on the NIH Public Access Training and Communications page.



This statement is likely in direct response to the proposed Research Works Act (noted in a January blog post).

The most recent response may be the bill introduced yesterday (2/9/12) by U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA), Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA) of 2012.  It would require federal agencies with an “extramural” research budget of $100 million or more to “make federally-funded research available for free online access by the general public, no later than six months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal,” according to a statement on Doyle’s website.

Bill would require public access to taxpayer-supported research
Chronicle of Higher Education, February 9, 2012

Additional discussion may be found at the DigitalShift blog post by Michael Kelly.