Emily McElroy appointed Director at UNMC

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Emily McElroy, Associate University Librarian for Content Management & Systems, has been appointed as the next Library Director of the McGoogan Library of Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Over the past seven years, Ms. McElroy has served the OHSU Library in positions of increasing responsibility. As a member of the Library’s management team, she helped guide strategic initiatives, developed new programs, and mentored junior faculty. A nationally known leader in collection development, Ms. McElroy led the Orbis Cascade Alliance Demand Driven Acquisitions Pilot project, which resulted in a successful program to provide access to thousands of electronic books to faculty, staff, and students at 37 academic institutions in the Pacific Northwest. She currently serves as President of the OHSU Faculty Senate and was a finalist for the 2013 Faculty Senate Leadership Award.

Please join us in wishing Emily McElroy the greatest success in her new endeavors in Nebraska!

Library Closed, November 28, 2013

The OHSU Library will be closed on Thursday, November 28, 2013, in observance of Thanksgiving.

The library will resume regular hours on Friday, November 29, 2013.   For additional information on library hours, please see http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/education/library/about/hours.cfm.

SciFinder Demonstration

Come join us on November 21st, at 2 PM in BRB 381 for a seminar and hands on demonstration of SciFinder.  SciFinder provides researchers with unlimited access to the world’s largest and most reliable collection of chemistry and related science information.

This seminar will focus on demonstrating new features and content that has been added to SciFinder in the last year:

  • experimental procedures from select journals and patents
  • grouping/analysis options for reaction answer sets
  • pricing & availability information for chemical vendors
  • bioactivity & target indicators for substances

We will also review the following topics:

  • query building and analyze/refine tools for structure/reaction searching
  • Markush substance searching
  • SciPlanner for synthetic route planning

Time will be left at the end for a Q&A session.

The seminar is being conducted by Kaushik Patel.  Dr. Patel holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and a M.Sc. from UCLA. His graduate work was in the field of supramolecular chemistry as it pertains to materials and drug delivery. Before starting at CAS, he worked at Sigma Aldrich Materials Science as a Global Product Manager covering Organic and Printed Electronic Materials, Nanomaterials and Polymer Science.

New Library Books with OHSU Authors, October 2013

Acing the IBD questions on the GI board exam : the ultimate crunch-time resource / Brennan Spiegel, Hetal A. Karsan ; contributing editors, Gil Y. Melmed, Nir Modiano.

Contributing editor Nir Modiano affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University.

Fetal and neonatal secrets / [edited by] Richard A. Polin, Alan R. Spitzer.

Contributors Michael F. Chiang and Daniel A. Greninger affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University.

Infections of the gastrointestinal system / editor, Chetana Vaishnavi.

Contributor Ajay Wanchu affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University.

Oesophagogastric surgery / edited by S. Michael Griffin; assistant editors, Simon A. Raimes, Jon Shenfine.

Contributors Nathan W. Bronson and John G. Hunter affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University.

Primer on the metabolic bone diseases and disorders of mineral metabolism.

Contributors Eric S. Orwoll, Lynn Y. Sakai and Gerhard Sengle affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University.

Vascular and interventional radiology : the requisites / John A. Kaufman, Michael J. Lee.

Author John A. Kaufman and contributor Gary M. Nesbit affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University.

WHO classification of tumours of soft tissue and bone / edited by Christopher D.M. Fletcher … [et al.].

Contributor Christopher L. Corless affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University.

VDI Pilot Project Survey-Your Feedback is Needed!

The OHSU Library is piloting a thin client solution from ITG which we hope may someday replace our floor computers available for use by OHSU staff/students and faculty. These terminals all run a modified version of the OHSU Windows 7 build. After 15 minutes of inactivity the terminals reboot into a fresh state so it is important for patrons to remember to save their work before the terminal recycles to avoid losing anything important. The terminals are located at stations 328-331.

We need your help. Please log in to one of these 4 terminals whenever you have few minutes to see how it works. Then please take a moment to tell us about your experience by filling out this survey any time between now and 5pm on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013.

The survey is online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/75PMDGK

We appreciate your help in reviewing this new product.


OHSU Library Collections on the Move

The Science & Engineering and Storage collections, currently housed at West Campus, are being moved to the Old Library on the Main campus. Moving our collections to the Main campus will result in faster delivery for requested items. The move will begin in stages on October 18th and is expected to be completed in early December.

During this period, items from these collections may be temporarily unavailable for requesting and the catalog will display the item’s status as “Being Moved.” Please contact OHSU Library staff for assistance in obtaining any material you need that is being moved and we will be glad to help you.

Ontology Development Group Awarded Funding from Undiagnosed Disease Program

Melissa Haendel, in the Ontology Development Group in the OHSU Library was awarded a one year contract in the amount of $200,000 from the NIH Undiagnosed Disease Program (UDP) to support collaboration between the UDP and the Monarch Initiative.

The goal of this effort is to leverage phenotype information obtained from model organisms such as mice, zebrafish, fruit flies, and worms, to help identify potential genes that are implicated in human undiagnosed diseases. The project will make available the most phenotypically similar models and their related genes directly to the clinical application used by the UDP, Phenotips.

Enhancement of this clinical application with basic science knowledge will help prioritize candidate gene variants of the patients participating in the UDP identified from genome and whole exome sequencing.

The Monarch Initiative is a collaboration with researchers at OHSU, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the University of California San Diego, and the University of Pittsburgh.

For more information, contact Melissa Haendel: haendel@ohsu.edu.

Orbis Cascade Alliance Celebrates 20th Anniversary

EUGENE, Oregon, October 10, 2013 — The Orbis Cascade Alliance is celebrating its 20th anniversary as a consortium serving colleges and universities in the Northwest U.S.  Twenty years ago, academic libraries in Oregon and Washington independently created two state-based consortia named Orbis and Cascade.  Over the course of the last twenty years, these two consortia merged and the resulting Alliance launched new programs and grew from 11 to 37 member colleges and universities across a three-state region.  The consortium is now a nonprofit corporation with an international reputation for its visionary and cohesive membership and broad array of innovative services.  The Orbis Cascade Alliance serves the equivalent of more than 260,000 full-time students across Oregon, Washington, and Idaho and, through its non-member services, the consortium works with 280 libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies in seven western states.

To commemorate its 20th anniversary the Alliance is awarding three $2,500 Professional Development Awards to staff from member libraries.  Recipients of these awards, funded through contributions from members, vendors, and friends of the Alliance, will be announced at a 20th Anniversary celebratory dinner in November 2013.  This event will include former deans and directors of member libraries, former staff of the Alliance, and selected vendor partners.  The Alliance is also creating 20th Anniversary posters, sponsoring a silent auction, and Lynn Chmelir, retired library director and former Alliance staff member, is preparing a history of the consortium for publication next year.  “I have had the good fortune to work for the Alliance and at several member libraries over the course of my career and it is exciting to see how far this group has come,” said Chmelir.  “It is a real pleasure to work on a history of this interesting and successful organization.”

“When I arrived in the northwest five years ago,” recalled Chris Shaffer, Board Chair and Director at Oregon Health & Science University, “I was amazed by the ambition of this united group of libraries.” “I am honored to serve as Chair as we implement a new shared library management system and celebrate two decades of collaborative success.”

“The Orbis Cascade Alliance has grown and become more complex,” stated John F. Helmer, Executive Director, “but the spirit of this group has, if anything, grown over the last 20 years.”  “No deep collaborative effort succeeds to this degree without the vision and hard work of many individuals.”  “We are so very fortunate to draw on fantastic staff at all levels, from entry level to deans and directors,” said Helmer.  “This organization is truly a labor of love and dedication for many people.”

About the Orbis Cascade Alliance

The Orbis Cascade Alliance is a consortium of 37 academic libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho serving faculty and the equivalent of more than 260,000 full time students.  Alliance member libraries work together to provide services to students and faculty, share information resources and expertise, develop library staff, and help members allocate financial and human resources to serve the unique needs of each member. The Alliance supports a number of services that support this vision, including a next-generation Shared Integrated Library System; collaborative technical services program; Summit, a system that allows students, faculty and staff to easily search and request library materials owned by member libraries; courier service providing daily delivery of library materials in Oregon, Washington and Idaho; Northwest Digital Archives, offering enhanced access to primary sources; cooperative collection development; an Alliance distributed print repository; consortium-wide participation in the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST); cooperative purchasing of databases and ejournals, and a demand driven shared ebook program.  In addition to its members, the Alliance extends selected services to more than 280 libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies in seven western states.



For more Information

Chris ShafferCouncil Chair



John F. HelmerExecutive Director

541.246.2470 ext 205



OHSU History of Medicine Society Lecture, October 18th: “Venereal Girls”, The Cedars Detention Home, and the Portland Free Dispensary

Kimberly Jensen, Ph.D.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Public lecture: 12:15pm
Refreshments served at noon
Location: OHSU Old Library Auditorium

Kimberly Jensen received her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in women’s and U.S. history and is professor of history and gender studies at Western Oregon University. She is the author of Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War (University of Illinois Press, 2008) and Oregon’s Doctor to the World: Esther Pohl Lovejoy and a Life in Activism (University of Washington Press, 2012). She served as guest editor for the special issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly on women and citizenship in Fall 2012, serves on the editorial boards of the Oregon Historical Quarterly and the Oregon Encyclopedia Project, and is a board member of the Oregon Women’s History Consortium.

The lecture is free and open to the public. If you have a disability and need an accommodation to attend or participate in this event please contact Maija Anderson (503-418-2287) at least five business days prior to the event.

New Library Books with OHSU Authors, September 2013

Animal models for the study of human disease [electronic resource] / edited by P. Michael Conn.

Editor P. Michael Conn and contributors Kristine Coleman and Doris Kretzschmar affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University.

A clinical guide to nutrition care in kidney disease / edited by Laura Byham-Gray, Jean Stover, Karen Wiesen.

Contibutors Maureen McCarthy and Jessie Pavlinac affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University.

Female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery : clinical practice and surgical atlas / editors, Rebecca G. Rogers … [et al.].

Contributor W. Thomas Gregory affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University.

Neurologic outcomes of surgery and anesthesia / edited by George A. Mashour, Michael S. Avidan.

Contributor Ansgar M. Brambrink affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University.

Novick & Morrow’s public health administration : principles for population-based management.

Contributor Alan L. Melnick affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University.

A practical approach to neuroanesthesia / editors, Paul D. Mongan, Sulpicio G. Soriano III, Tod B. Sloan.

Contributors Grace Chen, Joseph Salama-Hanna and Cuong Vu affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University.

Roberts and Hedges’ clinical procedures in emergency medicine / editor- in-chief, James R. Roberts.

Editor Emeritus Jerris R. Hedges affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University.

Rosen’s emergency medicine : concepts and clinical practice / editor-in-chief, John A. Marx, MD.

Contributors Rachel R. Bengtzen, Laurel R. Berge, Mohamud R. Daya, Robert Hendrickson, Bory Kea, Nathanael J. McKeown and Robert J. Vissers affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University.