Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Happy New Year!

The Matas Library will Reopen after the Winter Break on January 4th, 2010 @ 8:00 A.M.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Need an article quick? The Matas Library Interlibrary Loan department can help!

Articles from another library can be provided in digital format straight to your email. This service is provided FREE if you are a Tulane Health Science student, faculty, staff or a Tulane Hospital or Clinic employee. Just register with the Matas Library for our ILLiad Service! Most health science articles are generally provided within two days.

Books are available via Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) as well. Please allow longer for shipping and delivery.

Sign up for the ILLiad service. (Note: you need to be registered with the Matas Library). Call us for more information: 988-5155

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Link for UptoDate to Change Jan. 1, 2010


Change your local links for
UpToDate prior to January 2010.

Remember that you must be on campus in a hospital or university
building licensed for this resource.

UpToDate access is provided by the School of Medicine and HCA.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Participate in the National Dialogue for Healthy People 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services invites comments on the draft set of objectives for Healthy People 2020. For three decades, Healthy People has provided a set of national ten-year health promotion and disease prevention objectives aimed at improving the health of all Americans.

Visit the Healthy People 2020 website to view proposed draft objectives for Healthy People 2020, comment on the proposed objectives, comment on the topic areas, suggest additional objectives, or make a general comment.Your comments will help ensure issues important to you are included in Healthy People. Comments will be accepted through December 31, 2009.

Monday, November 23, 2009

World AIDS Week Events @ Tulane

World AIDS Day, 1st December 2009
World AIDS Week Events

Support World AIDS Day

Exhibit of selected panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt
November 30th-December 2nd, 10:00am-8:00pm
December 3rd, 10:00am-5:00pm
Kendall Cram Lecture Hall
Screening of the film "A Closer Walk"
November 30th, 7:00pm
(Jones 102)
December 1st, 7:00pm: World AIDS Day Special Presentation
(Kendall Cram Lecture Hall)
December 2nd & 3rd, 9:00am-12:00pm
Free HIV Testing for Tulane Students
Uptown Student Health Center

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Matas Library now has the Cochrane Library via Wiley InterScience.

The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases that contain high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. Cochrane Reviews represent the highest level of evidence on which to base clinical treatment decisions. In addition to Cochrane Reviews, The Cochrane Library provides other sources of reliable information: other systematic reviews abstracts, technology assessments, economic evaluations, and individual clinical trials – all the current evidence in one single environment.

The Matas Library now has the Cochrane Library via Wiley InterScience. This new access platform gives more functionality to users and the reviews, protocols etc. are available in PDF format as well as HTML.

We have access to Cochrane Library as “ALL – EBM Reviews” via OVID, and that service is still running concurrently with the Wiley platform, but will END on December 31, 2009.

Please make the switch to a faster accessible Cochrane Library by using the Wiley Interscience platform at http://www.thecochranelibrary.com/ or from the library homepage at http://medlib.tulane.edu/ and select “The Cochrane Library”.

Thanksgiving Library Service Hours

November 25th, 2009 - Wednesday

OPEN 8:00am - 6:00pm
November 26th, 2009 - Thursday (THANKSGIVING DAY)


November 28th, 2009 - Saturday


November 29th, 2009 - Sunday

OPEN 1:00pm - 9:00pm


Library Desk Services Available (REGULAR HOURS):

MONDAY - THURSDAY 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
FRIDAY 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
SATURDAY 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
SUNDAY 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Winter Holidays:
December 18, Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
December 19, Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
December 20, Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
December 21, Monday – December 22, Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
December 23- January 3, Sunday Closed

Reopen for Spring Semester, January 4 at 8:00am
M L King Day:
January 18, Monday Closed

February 12, Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
February 13. Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
February 14, Sunday
through Closed
February 16, Mardi Gras

April 1, Holy Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
April 2, Good Friday
through Closed
April 4, Easter Sunday

Memorial Day:
May 28, Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
May 29, Saturday
through Closed

May 31, Monday, Memorial Day

Monday, November 2, 2009

Opportunity for public comment on draft Healthy People 2020 objectives

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services invites you to comment on the DRAFT set of objectives for Healthy People 2020. For three decades, Healthy People has provided a set of national 10-year health promotion and disease prevention objectives aimed at improving the health of all Americans.

Visit www.healthypeople.gov/hp2020 to
• View proposed draft objectives for Healthy People 2020
• Comment on the proposed objectives
• Comment on the topic areas
• Suggest additional objectives
• Suggest topic areas you feel are missing from the draft set

Your comments will help ensure issues important to you are included in Healthy People. Establishing objectives and providing benchmarks to track progress motivates, guides, and focuses action. Be part of the change. Comments will be accepted through December 31, 2009.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Matas Librarians conduct seminars at TNPRC and in the Biochemistry Department

A seminar, More than MEDLINE: Resources for Researchers, has recently been offered by the Matas Library at the Tulane National Primate Research Center and also in the Biochemistry Department. Please contact the Matas Librarians if you are interested in this seminar or other topics of interest, such as our highly praised workshops on Citation Management (RefWorks and End Note).

The Matas Library's new Teaching Lab is NOW available for reservations and may be reserved for both Matas Library instruction and other Tulane classes (up to 17 hands-ons).

Remember that library seminars may be tailored to your specific needs. The sessions may be scheduled in your department or in the
Library's new teaching lab on the Mezzanine in the Matas Library (M207).

Ask US! We Can Help!

photo: TNPRC, Sept.30, 2009


All classes are held on Tuesdays, noon - 1:00 PM.


  • Tuesday October 6th --

Citation Management : RefWorks -- Learn how to import citations, organize folders, create bibliographies and cite papers

  • Tuesday October 13th --

EMBASE: Helpful tips and search strategies for this recently acquired biomedical and pharmacological database

  • Tuesday October 20th --

Citation Management : EndNote Web - Learn how to import citations, organize folders, create bibliographies and cite papers

  • Tuesday October 27th --

Disaster Managment Tools & Resources.


  • Tuesday November 3rd --

Citation Management : RefWorks / End Note Web - Learn how to import citations, organize folders, create bibliographies and cite papers

  • Tuesday November 17th --

Evidence-Based Public Health - Discuss & demonstrate ways to make your literature searching more evidence based & whys.

For more information on workshop topics or to schedule a workshop for your class or department, contact the Matas Library Reference Department at 504.988.5155 or medref@tulane.edu

Thursday, September 17, 2009

SEMINAR - Friday, Sept. 18, 2009 at 10:30 AM - Gordon McKennon / Thomson Reuters (MICROMEDEX)

Our representive, Gordon McKennon, from Thomson Reuters will be presenting a seminar at the Matas Library’s new educational computer lab tomorrow, Friday, 9/18/2009 at 10:30am-11:30am.

MICROMEDEX Healthcare Series:

Academic User Only - Evidence based information from Micromedex is part of Thomson Healthcare Evidence. This includes all the unbiased, referenced information about drugs, toxicology, diseases, acute care and alternative medicine.

Tulane has an Academic Subscription from Thomson for Toxicology Database Search includes POISINDEX Managements,TOMES System, REPRORISK System, MSDS from USP and Summary Documents.

Monday, August 31, 2009

September Awareness

September is:

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Welcome Public Health Students! 2010

Welcome to Tulane and the Matas Library of the Health Sciences. A brief introduction to the Library will be followed by tours is offered four times on Thursday, August 19th.

Matas Library Orientation Tours
Second floor, Medical School
Choose one 30-minute tour: 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:30 PM or 3:00 PM

Library staff will be available to answer your questions. We look forward to working with you on your research and assisting you with classes on citation managment and other information resources for public health, such as Gideon and Global Health databases. Ask us when you have a question!


Saturday, August 15, 2009

System Upgrade Sunday, 8-16 will interrupt some Tulane Library services

On Sunday, August 16, between the hours of 4:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., the following resources will be unavailable:

  • Library Catalog
  • Article and Database Finder
  • E-Journals at Tulane/TULink
  • Proxy Server/Off-Campus Access to licensed resources
  • Databases at Tulane will be available, but on-campus only.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Why are some journals in Medline and some not?

Answer: Medline (Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System Online) is the bibliographic database from the NLM, the National Library of Medicine. Journals are selected for inclusion based on recommendations from the Literature Selection Technical Review Committee (LSTRC), a group created by the National Institutes of Health.

Decisions about indexing or rejecting specific journals are made collaboratively by the NLM director, the NLM board of regents, and the LSTRC. The review committee meets three times a year and considers approximately 140 titles at each meeting. Areas of emphasis in evaluating journals for possible inclusion in Medline include scope and coverage, quality of content, editorial work, production quality, audience, and types of content. The NLM describes “health professionals” as its intended area of focus for Medline. This category includes physicians, nurses, dentists, veterinarians, and the many types of allied health professionals in the research and health care delivery systems.

For more information about the process of journal selection for Medline, consult the Medline Journal Selection Fact Sheet. (The Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (JAAPA) August 2009, "Ask a Librarian!" column, co-written by Jim Anderson and Librarian Susan Klawansky)

How do you locate articles that are not indexed in MEDLINE?

Increase your coverage by using multiple databases and research sources. In addition to MEDLINE (or PubMed) try a combination of databases such as EMBASE.com, Web of Science, CINAHL, PSYCInfo, etc. You might wish to try our new cross platform search engine, Articles & Databases to discover databases that may be of interest in your area of interest. Tulane has hundreds of databases to choose from.

For example, when searching a topic in the injury prevention and safety literature, no single database included all of the relevant articles on any topic, and the database with the broadest coverage differed by topic. A 2008 study found that a literature search performed in only one database will, on average, lead to a loss of more than half of the available literature on a topic. (Lawrence, 2008)

Lawrence, D.W. What is lost when searching only one literature database for articles relevant to injury prevention and safety promotion? Inj Prev. 2008 Dec;14(6):401-4 (PMID: 19074247)

Suarez-Almazor, M.E. et.al. Identifying clinical trials in the medical literature with electronic databases: MEDLINE alone is not enough. Control Clin Trials. 2000 Oct;21(5):476-87. (PMID: 11018564)

Ask the Matas Librarians for more information about making database and research choices.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Rudolph Matas Library: Fall 2009

Regular Hours begin August 3, 2009

Monday-Thursday 8am - 11pm
Friday 8am -9pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 11am-11pm


Labor Day
Sept. 4 (Friday) OPEN 8am-6pm
Sept 5-7 (Saturday -Monday) LIBRARY CLOSED

Nov. 25 (Wednesday) OPEN 8am-6pm
Nov. 26-28 (Thursday -Saturday) LIBRARY CLOSED
Nov. 29 (Sunday) OPEN 1pm-9pm

Winter Recess

Dec. 23 (Wednesday) OPEN 8am-6pm
Dec. 24 (Thursday) -Jan. 1 (Friday) LIBRARY CLOSED

Library Hours are posted online:

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Welcome T-1 Students - August 4th.

We enjoyed meeting your families on Saturday. Welcome to Tulane and the Rudolph Matas Library. The Matas Librarians look forward to helping you locate the information you need. We will meet you on Tuesday in the Matas Library for library registration. Please let us know what we can do to assist you.

Monday, July 20, 2009

NEW - First Consult -- an evidence based point of care tool in MDConsult

A MESSAGE FROM Neville Prendergast
Director, Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences

Tulane health sciences faculty, students, residents and staff now have campus wide, and remote access to MD Consult for which we formerly had only a 5-user access limit. In addition we now have access campus wide to FIRST Consult – the evidence based point of care tool, which is part of the MD Consult suite of resources. Please access First Consult from within MD Consult at http://www.mdconsult.com/ or from the library’s web page at medlib.tulane.edu.

There are brochures and flyers which have information and brief previews of First Consult in the Matas Library. Classes and seminars will be available. Please let the Matas librarians know if you are interested in the Evidence Based Medicine and Point of Care seminars.

The library is making every effort to provide increased and improved access to resources. On that note we are negotiating access to EMBASE, a critical tool across the Health Sciences disciplines for clinicians and researchers that enhances current Medline by providing more international access to journal articles NOT published in Medline, including access to more pharmacology and pharmaceutical research.

FYI: Here is some technical information to help users with handheld / PDA access.

Monday, June 15, 2009

New: Database & Article Finder (MetaLib) ... beta testing for searching multiple databases

MetaLib, a suite of tools for searching across multiple databases, as well as for database discovery, is now live in beta testing. It is linked from the from the Matas Library website as “NEW Database & Article Finder.” It is located at metalib.tulane.edu. Please try it out. If you have any observations or questions, feel free to contact the Matas Librarians at medref@tulane.edu.

Over the course of the summer, we will be making choices for health science database categories and gathering feedback from users. Further modifications to enhance usability and aesthetics, integrating it with the library’s web sites, and creating instructional materials are in the works. We hope that this will become a valuable new tool to enhance our users' ability to locate research materials over the many electronic resources available to Tulane users.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Swine Influenza A (H1N1) - News & Updates

Swine Flu Investigation

The CDC is actively investigating isolated human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) in several states (CA, TX, OH, KS, NY) and is working closely with Canada and Mexico and with the WHO. The CDC is continuously updating investigation information

As with any infectious disease, CDC recommends that people should take everyday preventive actions.

For more information on Pandemic Flu Preparedness and Planning: http://www.pandemicflu.gov/

Exam Master - Scheduled Server Down Time - Friday, June 12, 1:00am through 4:00am CST

A Message from the Team at Exam Master - Scheduled Server Down Time
Friday, June 12, 2:00am through 5:00am EDT

As we continue to upgrade our system performance, there will be some downtime for system availability. Please note and plan accordingly: On Friday, June 12, from 2:00am through 5:00am (EDT), Exam Master OnLine will be unavailable.

We appreciate your patience during this upgrade!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Cardiosource Plus NOW available to the Tulane community

Cardiosource Plus now available to Tulane Users.

This resource is a portal for Cardiology core content and includes American College of Cardiology journals, self-assessment programs, CME/CE credit resources and tools, and Heart Songs 2.

Cardiosource Plus is made available to the Tulane community by the Rudolph Matas Library, the Department of Medicine at Tulane University and the Tulane University Heart & Vascular Institute.
Users will need to create an account to use the CME resources. There is no charge for a personal account. You must be on the Tulane computer network to create an account.

See the Matas Library Research Guide for Cardiology for more information.

Please contact the Matas Library if you have questions.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Congratulations to all Health Sciences Graduates!

The Matas Library extends our best wishes for the future, for all our 2009 graduates from the Graduate Programs, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and School of Medicine!

Read recent articles from the New Wave:

A Katrina Class Story: ‘This Is My Home’- an article about Ashley Doucette, School of Medicine Graduating Class, 2009 including a slide show.

Global Degrees: Public Health’s First Undergrad Class an article about the first public health class to earn four-year undergraduate degrees.

We applaud your accomplishments!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Upcoming Seminar - Keeping Up with NLM’s PubMed

Keeping Up with NLM’s PubMed
Friday, May 29, 2009
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Tidewater Bldg., Rm. 1218

To register for the classes, go to: http://nnlm.gov/scr/training/register.html

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) will be offering Keeping Up with NLM’s PubMed in the Tidewater Bldg., Rm. 1218 on Friday, May 29, 2009. The session is hosted in New Orleans by Tulane University at the Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Science.

With a hands-on approach, this class will show attendees how to use the features of PubMed effectively. Attendees will be able to describe the contents of PubMed; formulate basic search strategies; display, print, and save results in various formats; revise and refine searches; and use special features such as Related Articles, Clinical Queries and the Advanced Search. The instructor will demonstrate online searches and students, at computers connected to the Internet, will be invited to follow along. Time for individual practice will be provided.

If you have any questions, please contact Karen J. Vargas, MLS , Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Courier Service

The Matas Library is pleased to announce that courier service between the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, The Offsite Depository and the Matas Library has begun!

Please contact the ILL office via your ILLiad account (from the Library homepage, medlib.tulane.edu). First time users of the ILLiad system will need to register.

Matas users requesting an item from Howard-Tilton or the Offsite depository click here.

Howard-Tilton users requesting an item from Matas click here or enter your request via the Howard-Tilton homepage, library.tulane.edu.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

NIH Public Access Policy - One Year After. Update from Nature

Open-access policy flourishes at NIH, by Meredith Wadman,

Excerpt: One year on, advocates of free public access to scientific literature are calling a law that requires researchers at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to make their manuscripts publicly available at the PubMed Central repository a success. At the same time, the measure continues to be challenged by a senior congressman and some publishers.Since the legal requirement that NIH-funded researchers make their manuscripts publicly available after acceptance for journal publication came into effect last April, the number of articles being approved by their authors for processing by the repository has more than tripled. In March 2009, 6,425 such original articles were approved by their authors for processing; a year earlier, the number was 1,852 (see graph)....Author compliance "has been dramatically altered" by converting an "anaemic" voluntary policy into law, says former NIH director Harold Varmus, now president of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and a keen supporter of open-access initiatives.

If you have questions regarding NIH compliance issues related to submissions of manuscripts, such as finding and determining PMID/PMCID numbers contact the Matas Library Reference Department, medref@tulane.edu.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

National Library Week - April 12-18, 2009

National Library Week is an annual celebration of the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.
  • Monday, April 13 - "The State of America's Libraries" report will be released. Visit the Public Information Office Web site for more information.
  • Tuesday, April 14 - Celebrate ALA-APA's National Library Workers Day
  • Wednesday, April 15- ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom will release the “Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2008” list. Visit the Banned Books Week Web site.
For More information about National Library Week and our nation's libraries visit the American Library Association website.

World Day for Safety and Health at Work: April 28, 2009: Health and life at work: A basic human right

Health and life at work: A basic human right

World Day for Safety and Health at Work, April 28, 2009, is an international campaign to promote safe, healthy, and decent work.

In 2003, the International Labour Organization (ILO) began to observe World Day stressing the prevention of accidents and illnesses at work, capitalizing on its traditional strengths of tripartism and social dialogue. 28 April is also a day the world's trade union movement has long associated with commemorating victims of occupational accidents and disease.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Got PMCID? - NIH Public Access Policy is Permanent!


2009 Consolidated Appropriations Act ensures NIH public access policy will persist
Washington, D.C. – March 12, 2009 –

President Obama ... signed into law the 2009 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which includes a provision making the National Institutes’ of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy permanent. The NIH Revised Policy on Enhancing Public Access requires eligible NIH-funded researchers to deposit electronic copies of their peer-reviewed manuscripts into the National Library of Medicine’s online archive, PubMed Central (PMC). Full texts of the articles are made publicly available and searchable online in PMC no later than 12 months after publication in a journal.
The NIH policy was previously implemented with a provision that was subject to annual renewal. Since the implementation of the revised policy the percentage of eligible manuscripts deposited into PMC has increased significantly, with over 3,000 new manuscripts being deposited each month. The PubMed Central database is a part of a valuable set of public database resources at the NIH, which are accessed by more than 2 million users each day.

The new provision reads in full:
The Director of the National Institutes of Health shall require in the current fiscal year and thereafter that all investigators funded by the NIH submit or have submitted for them to the National Library of Medicine's PubMed Central an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication: Provided, That the NIH shall implement the public access policy in a manner consistent with copyright law.

“This is a significant moment for all of us in the health community, and for efforts in health reform. With free access to health research, individuals are empowered with the knowledge necessary to understand the health threats they and their families face,” said Sharon Terry, President and CEO of Genetic Alliance. “Congress recognizes the incredible power of technology and innovation in enabling new solutions for the proactive management of health, consumer-driven healthcare, and novel partnerships and collaborations in research. Congratulations to us all.”
The NIH Public Access Policy addresses the public’s growing need for high-quality health information and promotes accelerated scientific advancement in the biomedical sciences.

"Public access to publicly funded research contributes directly to the mission of higher education,” said David Shulenburger, Vice President for Academic Affairs at NASULGC (the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges). “Improved access will enable universities to maximize their own investment in research, and widen the potential for discovery as the results are more readily available for others to build upon.”

Heather Joseph, spokesperson for the Alliance for Taxpayer Access noted, “Thanks to the work of a wide coalition of patients, libraries, researchers, publishers, students, and taxpayers, the results of NIH-funded research can be accessed – and used - in ways never before possible. The successful implementation of this policy will unlock the potential of this research to benefit the public as a whole. ”

For more information, and a timeline detailing the evolution of the NIH Public Access Policy beginning May 2004, visit the Alliance for Taxpayer Access (ATA) Web site at http://www.taxpayeraccess.org.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

LIVE DEMO of FIRST CONSULT - Fri. Mar. 6, noon-1pm in SOM

First Consult is an evidence‐based, continuously updated clinical resource for health care professionals, providing instant access to the latest in evaluation, diagnosis, management, outcomes and prevention.

Matas Library presents -

  • LIVE DEMO of FIRST CONSULT ‐An EBM “point‐of‐care”Clinical Decision Tool
  • Friday March 6, 2009, 12 noon - 1 pm
  • School of Medicine (1430 Tulane Ave.)
  • Rm. 1525
  • **light refreshments will be available**
A trial period of this product is currently available and will continue through March 30th, 2009. To Access FirstConsult - Go ton MDConsult and choose "FirstConsult".

  • A FirstConsult Flyer for printing is available in .pdf.

Please contact us with you comments, medref@tulane.edu or 988-5155.

Friday, February 13, 2009

SCIFINDER SCHOLAR - Version upgrades and a new web version for off-campus use

SciFinder is a research discovery tool from the American Chemical Society that allows access to research from many scientific disciplines, including biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, materials science, agricultural science, and more!

Two versions of SciFinder Scholar are now available to Tulane users. In addition to the traditional client software download, a web edition is now accessible. Both versions provide access to the same information, but the web edition has some new functionality.

If you have problems with a previously downloaded version of SciFinder, you will need to upgrade to the newer version. The 2006 version of Scifinder Scholar will no longer work, as of February 2009. There are both PC and Mac versions available for download.

Information on Tulane's SciFinder access and the downloads of the software are available at:

Only a limited number of people can use SciFinder Scholar simultaneously. If you have difficulty accessing the database, try again at an off-peak time such as early in the morning or during the evening. SciFinder Scholar client software (downloads) may only be used on campus.

If you need SciFinder Scholar while off campus, try the SciFinder Scholar Web Edition. To use the web version, you must register to establish your own userid and password, but you don’t need to download any client software. The web version allows users to set up current awareness searches, called "Keep Me Posted.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

John Barry's The Great Influenza .. Popular Culture!

Get the Pun? Want to read the book?

Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis. Feb, 11, 2009. From Comics.com -- The great influenza : the epic story of the deadliest plague in history / John M. Barry. NewYork : Viking, 2004. (MATAS LIBRARY - WC 515 B279 2004)

More information about John Barry, Tulane Faculty.
Thanks to Kathleen Puglia..."This was in yesterday's comic pages. How many authors wind up in the funnies?" - Thu 2/12/2009

Friday, January 30, 2009

Trial Period for JAMAevidence until March 31st, 2009

A Free trial to JAMAevidence is available through March 31, 2009.
To access the free trial, please visit: www.jamaevidence.com/
(You must be on the Tulane University Network.)

JAMAevidence is an online resource for teachers, learners, and practitioners of evidence-based medicine. JAMAevidence was developed in partnership with the American Medical Association (AMA) and McGraw-Hill. Its focus on evidence highlights a critical and emerging aspect of modern medicine.

JAMAevidence features:
• Full text access to The User's Guides to the Medical Literature and The Rational Clinical Examination
• Online Education Guide slideshows including teaching points to enhance classroom and conference learning - Also available as downloadable PowerPoints
• Direct free access to referenced articles from JAMA and the Archives Journals that are cited in
• Exclusive online-only content including updates to RCE articles and podcasts from the leading minds in evidence-based medicine
• Core Topics to highlight critical educational concepts across all content types
• Powerful interactive capabilities, including:
• Functional calculators and nomograms
• Question wizards to help users formulate well-built clinical queries
• Customizable worksheets focusing on critical appraisal skills and mastering the information cycle
• Extensive evidence-based medicine glossary

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Lunch time sessions with the Rudolph Matas Library School Of Public Health, Tidewater Bldg (TDW 1202)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009, 12noon-1pm

E-Books for Public Health and Tropical Medicine
E-books are an integral part of the Tulane Libraries’ collection. Come to this informal session to learn how to discover and use electronic information in current and historic books. Bring your questions and suggestions.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 12noon-1pm

Come meet the new Matas Library Director, Neville Prendergast. This will be an information question and answer session.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 12noon-1pm

Gideon and Global Health Databases are two resources licensed specifically to support the curriculum in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. This session will introduce the content, suggest search strategies and give pointers on the use of these sources.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 12noon-1pm

Citation Management
Learn how web-based citation managers can help you with storing, managing, and citing your papers and creating bibliographies. RefWorks and EndNote Web will briefly covered.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009, 12noon-1pm

Citation Management
Learn how web-based citation managers can help you with storing, managing, and citing your papers and creating bibliographies. We will cover both RefWorks and EndNote Web.

Tulane University students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend Library Workshops to learn new skills or find out about new resources. Other topical sessions are available on request during the semester. Please contact the Matas Librarians for more information and to schedule sessions at medref@tulane.edu or (504) 988-5155.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tulane Center for Advanced Medical Simulation and Team Training

Want to know more about medical simulation for physician education?

  • Simulation in healthcare [electronic resource] : journal of the Society for Medical Simulation. Philadelphia, Pa. : Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006-
    Vol. 1, no. 1 (Jan. 2006)-

  • Manual of simulation in healthcare / edited by Richard H.Riley. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008. Matas Library: W 18 M294 2008 (Print volume available for check out)
  • A PubMed Search on Patient simulations in education

    Read the news about the opening of Tulane Center for Advanced Medical Simulation and Team Training:

    Tulane University School of Medicine has opened its new Tulane Center for Advanced Medical Simulation and Team Training, a $3 million, 14,000-square-foot facility dedicated to improving patient safety and preventing medical errors through comprehensive training for healthcare professionals in a realistic environment...

  • Read more of the New Wave article by Keith Brannon (January 27, 2009).

    Doctors in training use robotic patients: They 'bring the book to life' - Times Picayune article by John Pope (Tuesday, January 27, 2009).

    Any department that wishes to register and schedule courses for the Simulation Center, please call 504-988-9150, email simcenter@tulane.edu. Tours of the Simulation Center must be scheduled in advance. The Simulation Center Curriculum Committee meetings the second Tuesday of each month, at 8 am in the meeting room of the Simulation Center.

    Thursday, January 22, 2009

    LSU-VA Hospital hearing set / Bill Barrow, The Times-Picayune Wednesday January 21, 2009

    LSU-VA Hospital hearing set today at state Capitol

    by Bill Barrow, The Times-Picayune
    Wednesday January 21, 2009

    Some hope the government transforms the old Charity Hospital into a modern academic hospital, which a report says would cost less than demolishing historic buildings, businesses and homes in Mid-City to make space for a new one.

    Addressing several hundred New Orleans business and community leaders last month, representatives from the Louisiana State University System and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs spoke definitively about their plans for a $2 billion investment in a joint medical teaching facility near downtown.

    Gov. Bobby Jindal will be represented by state facilities director Jones. Jindal has endorsed LSU's plans, but a spokesman on Wednesday passed on an opportunity to rule out using Charity as part of a new hospital.
    . . . . . . .
    Bill Barrow can be reached at bbarrow@timespicayune.com

    Wednesday, January 21, 2009

    GIDEON is a decision support tool for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology.

    you know that one new infectious disease is reported in mankind every eight months; one new pathogen every week?

    GIDEON is a decision support tool for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology. Here are some of the search options:

    Keep up to date by visiting the GIDEON blog. Comments are welcom e.

    The 2nd floor Matas Library Entrance is OPEN!

    The Matas Library Main is open once again. The entrance had to be closed due to unexpected floor repairs.

    24/7 Entrance, 2nd floor (RM 2520) will once again be available for after library hours only.
    Card access will be required.

    Sorry for the inconvenience.

    Friday, January 16, 2009

    Martin Luther King's Birthday

    Martin Luther King's Birthday
    Monday, January 19, 2009

    The Rudolph Matas Library will be closed for the Martin Luther King Memorial Holiday. 24/7 access will continue to be available.

    We will reopen on Tuesday, January 20th, with regular hours.

    Barack Obama Inaugural @ Matas Library

    A television connection will be set up in the Rudolph Matas Commons area next Tuesday morning, January 20, 2009, showing the historic Inaugural Ceremony.

    Come join your friends and colleagues for this historic occasion.

    Sunday, January 11, 2009

    Education Excellence Week

    J a n u a r y 12 – 16, 2009

    Monday, Jan. 12, 2009
    Jeff Wiese, MD, Associate Dean, GME
    “USMLE Step 1 Preparation: Biostatistics”
    4:00 PM, Room 6065

    Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009
    Philip Walker, TUSOM
    Rudolph Matas Library “@ The Library”
    4:00 PM, Room 6065

    Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009
    John Pelley, PhD, Texas Tech University HSC
    “Life Long Learning: Developing Professional Skills”
    4:30 – 6:30 PM, Room 6065

    Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009
    John Pelley, PhD, Texas Tech University HSC
    “Life Long Learning: Developing Professional Skills” continued
    12:00 PM, Room 6065

    Friday, Jan. 16, 2009
    Donald Melnick, MD, President, NBME
    “USMLE Today and Tomorrow”
    11:30 AM, Room 6065

    For more information, please contact:
    1430 Tulane Avenue, Suite 1730
    Phone: 504-988-6600

    Friday, January 9, 2009

    Announcing the Director of the Rudolph Matas Library: Neville Prendergast

    I am pleased to announce that effective January 9, 2009, Neville Prendergast will be the Director of the Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences at Tulane University in New Orleans.

    Since 2001, Mr. Prendergast has been Associate Director for Health Information Resources at the Becker Medical Library at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Prior to that, he served in increasingly responsible library positions at the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa and in the Health Sciences Library and the School of Pharmacy Library at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He began his professional career as a chemist and science teacher in Jamaica. In 1974 he received his B.S. (Honors) in Biochemistry from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica where he also received his postgraduate degree in library science. In 1988 he earned his M.L.S. from SUNY Buffalo.

    He has been a fellow in the Association of Research Libraries Leadership Medical Informatics, and Career Development Program and the National Library of Medicine (NLM)/Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA.
    Since 2007 he has been a fellow in the NLM/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Institute.

    Mr. Prendergast has a long and distinguished record of professional publications, awards, and grants in the field of health science librarianship.

    He will be joined in New Orleans by his wife, Portia, children and three dogs.

    Neville Prendergast will be a strong contributor and leader in the continued growth of Tulane’s School of Medicine, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the Tulane National Primate Center.
    My thanks to Dr. Kevin Krane of the School of Medicine and the search committee he chaired and to all those who participated in the search. I offer special thanks to Mildred Moore of the Matas Library who served so capably as interim director since January.

    Lance D. Query,
    Dean of Libraries and Academic Information Resources
    Tulane University