Wednesday, November 28, 2007
The Center for Infectious Disease and Policy has posted on its website an additional commentary by John Barry. Here's the link (and also links to the letter exchange and the original article) which includes introductory comments by Mike Osterholm:
Selected readings on pandemic influenza are available on the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy website, http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/panflu/readings/index.html
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Just as some of the libraries in the article, the Rudolph Matas Library has converted journal subscriptions to electronic formats only (after Katina), in 2006.
The article by Emory suggests a few possible solutions to this crisis. Open access, with costs are paid by universities, foundations, federal agencies or others. Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), an organization dedicated to the promotion of scholarship through competitive alternatives to commercial publishing. Emory also holds institutional memberships with several other the open access publishers such as BioMed Central and the Public Library of Science (PloS).
Scholarly societies are investigating changing current publishing models. The articles also suggests that the academic community has the influence to change the current situation.
1) Carefully examine the pricing, copyright, and subscription licensing agreements of any journal you contribute to as an author, reviewer or editor.Special Report: Rising Journal Costs Limit Scholarly Access INFOcus September 2007
2) Examine copyright agreements before publishing and modify them if possible to ensure your right to use your work or post it on a public archive. ...
3) Where possible, publish in open access journals which employ funding models that do not charge readers or their institutions for access. Serve on editorial boards or review manuscripts for open access journals. (For a list of open access journals, see the Directory of Open Access Journals.
4) Encourage your society to explore alternatives to contacting or selling its publications to a commercial publisher.
5) Start your own open access journal!
Monday, November 12, 2007
Class and group instruction is also available.
To learn more contact the Matas Reference Desk or try the RefWorks tutorial.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Dr. Elson donated a historic copy of the Weekly Picayune, Sept. 23, 1844 to the Matas History Collection. The paper includes an ad for the Medical College of Louisiana, Session of 1844-1845. The ad, which appears on page 255, lists the annual course of lectures with the faculty; John Harrison, M.D., James Jones, M.D., Warren Stone, M.D., J.L. Riddell, M.D., A.H Cenas, M.D. (Dean), A. H. Carpenter, M.D., A. J. Wedderburn, M.D. and John F. Eustis. The paper will be exhibited in the case at the entrance to the Matas Library.
What else happened in 1844 at the Medical School? A school library was established and a librarian was hired. Dr. Isidore Labatut donated several hundred valuable works, spurring the faculty to establish a library in April 25, 1844. For more information concerning the Medical Department of the University of Louisiana in 1844 read the 1984 book by John Duffy titled: The Tulane University Medical Center: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Medical Education.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
- How do I use the Citation Linker?