TML News and Notes: September 2009
Hello! My name is Kris Hughes, and I'm one of the librarians at the Tompkins-McCaw Library, VCU Libraries. I've been a member of the Education Services team since the fall of 2007, when I began working at TML. My professional library interests include consumer health, evidence-based medicine, and instructional design. Before coming to Richmond, I worked as a hospital librarian at the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago as the Technical and Electronic Services Librarian.
Here at VCU, I serve as the library liaison to the VCU Health System, the Massey Cancer Center, and the School of Medicine clinical departments. In this role, I am available to assist you with your research and information-seeking needs. For example, one of the liaison services that TML librarians provide are individual or group research consultations. If you are interested in this service or need more information about other services available to you from the VCU Libraries (www.library.vcu.edu), please feel free to call (827-1150) or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule an appointment.
I'm happy to help!
Hello from the newbie!
As the newest member on the Tompkins-McCaw Library staff I am learning new things about the library, VCU, and the MCV Campus every day. I come to VCU after having earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Central Michigan University (President Rao is following me, or I'm following him) in 2005. In 2007, I received my Masters of Science in Information from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and then moved to North Carolina State University for my first job as a Libraries Fellow. At NCSU, I worked at the William Rand Kenan, Jr. Library of Veterinary Medicine and the Natural Resources Library where my work focused on instruction.
As the Education and Research Librarian, I am available to assist one-on-one, with small groups, or entire classes to impart the knowledge and skills necessary to meet a variety of literature searching needs. In particular, I am a liaison to the VCU School of Medicine's Basic Sciences Department and the School of Allied Health Professions.
I am dedicated to making the library, its resources and information as accessible and user-friendly as possible. I strive to teach transferable skills, relevant across databases, questions and circumstances. Whether you need to answer a specific question or learn how to navigate the library's website I am happy to help.
VCU Libraries has compiled a page of resources on H1N1 Influenza from a variety of sources. You will find links to government and other official web sites around the world, as well medical journals, news sources and articles, maps, and reputable medical blogs. Professional and consumer resources are included.
VCU Libraries will be providing research reference help and consultations in the Learning Center on the 2nd floor at Hunton Student Center (Room 209), MCV Campus. Librarians with expertise in the biomedical sciences will be available to help you find articles and other information for reports and research. Drop by Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - noon, or 1 p.m - 4 p.m. to get expert help.
The Learning Center is open 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 11:00 am - 8:00 pm Sunday. Computers and Pay for Print are available during these times. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 828-3736 or email email@example.com. Walk-ins are welcome.
VCU Libraries is participating in trials of three online products from Springer. These trials are an opportunity to test and evaluate resources under consideration for addition to our online collections. Members of the VCU community are invited to explore these resources and help inform future decisions about purchases. Trial products are only available from computers on the campus network. Trials end on October 30, 2009. Please send comments and feedback to Lynne Turman.
- Springer Protocols contains more than 18,000 molecular biology and biomedical protocols, many from the classic series Methods in Molecular Biology.
- Springer Images includes more than 1.5 million photos, tables, graphs, and histograms from Springer publications and images.MD. Images can be saved and downloaded as PDFs or Powerpoint.
- Springer Ebooks includes access to all English/International language book content from 2005-2009, as well as book series dating back to 1997. This constitutes close to 19,000 titles.
Tompkins-McCaw Library is holding four online classes during the month of September. Two will focus on CINAHL and two will focus on RefWorks.
CINAHL, the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature full-text database, offers over 600 journals plus evidence-based care sheets, legal cases, drug records, and more than 200 books. This is a must have database for those in the Nursing and Allied Health professions. Click on the following dates for more information and to register:
Do you want to save time and energy in managing your citations and creating a bibliography? RefWorks, an online citation management database, is just what you're looking for. We will discuss how to import citations from databases, organize the citations, and correctly format citations for a manuscript. Click on the following dates for more information and to register: