Of Interest

RFI on the Future of the National Library of Medicine (and NCBI, PubMed)

You have a unique opportunity to affect the future of the National Library of Medicine. As Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg retires after 30 years as director of NLM, Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, has convened a “Working Group to Chart the Course for the NIH National Library of Medicine.” Chris Shaffer, OHSU University Librarian, is a member of the working group, whose charge and members are at http://www.nih.gov/about/director/02032015_working-group_nlm.htm. Consider responding to this … Read More

Streamlined Requesting from NW Academic Libraries (Summit)

The OHSU Library is a member of Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of academic libraries in the Northwest. One of the major benefits of membership is you can borrow books and videos through the Summit catalog, which contains the holdings of all Orbis Cascade Alliance members. The next iteration of the Summit catalog will appear on Tuesday, January 20th. Some benefits of this development are the requesting interface for consortium materials will be more streamlined, … Read More

New Library Hours!

After collecting and analyzing usage data, we have decided to change the library hours, effective Monday, August 4th. The new hours will  be Monday-Friday 8am-6pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 12-8pm. Our statistics indicate that very few library users are here after 6pm, and the vast majority of those that are in the building are using the After-Hours Study Space. In addition, few circulation transactions are recorded after 6 pm. We believe the impact of closing the … Read More

A Letter from University Librarian, Chris Shaffer

OHSU Community Members: On June 30, 2014, the OHSU Library is transitioning to a new system to help you find information resources more efficiently and effectively. The new system, which will look a bit different, will allow you to search and request materials and access full text online.  It also provides the online search interface used to locate library materials through our consortium of 37 academic libraries, the Orbis Cascade Alliance. The Library will offer … Read More

Ontology Development Group Announces First Release of Monarch Initiative

Dr. Melissa Haendel and the Ontology Development Group announce the first (sneak peak) release of the Monarch Initiative (http://monarchinitiative.org/). The Monarch Initiative Discovery System will contain a wealth of information about model organisms, in vitro models, genes, pathways, gene expression, protein and genetic interactions, orthology, disease, phenotypes, publications, and authors with semantic similarity calculations that suggest novel relationships based on the information content of data descriptions. Why are we calling this a Sneak Peek? Because … Read More

OHSU Library and OHSU WRITEs is proud to announce the results of the 2014 Poetry Contest!

Thank you for your submissions! Participating OHSU students, faculty, and staff were creative and inspired us by sharing their experiences so thoughtfully. We hope you enjoy reading the outstanding poems that were selected for this year’s Poetry Contest. And the winner is… More than Cells by Rebecca L. Smith Honorable mentions include: Artist, Turned Physician by Kate Marshall First Year A Gap by Julia Armendariz

Help make basic science more reproducible and get free stuff

The issue of scientific reproducibility has been at the forefront of the news recently, from the Economist highlighting the lack of reliable research in “Trouble at the Lab” to Francis Collin’s recent Nature article describing the NIH’s new policies to improve reproducibility.  Recently, Dr. Haendel’s group in the Library published a paper (Vasilevsky et al, 2013, PeerJ) showing that a key component of scientific reproducibility, the ability to identify the research resources used in a … Read More

Food for Fines

CLSB Update

The Collaborative Life Sciences Building continues to develop and we wanted to share an update with you. Work has begun on the Learning Resource Center. As part of the Collaborative Life Sciences Building, the Learning Resource Center (LRC) is specifically designed to enable team learning and collaboration in support of interprofessional education. The space is designed to facilitate collaborative study and group learning. There will be a combination of learning environments allowing for quiet studying, … Read More

ACRL-Oregon Awards Todd Hannon

The Oregon Chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL-Oregon) recently recognized OHSU Reference Librarian, Todd Hannon with its 2013 Award for Excellence.  Todd’s work with rural Oregonians on the Community Research Enhancement and Education Development (CREED) project led to the award. The ACRL Oregon Board felt that Todd’s work teaching community members about the role of literature searching in the research process played a vital role in translating librarianship into community empowerment … Read More