Himmelfarb Headlines - February / March 2017

Director's Desk/What's New at Himmelfarb

Anne Linton - Director's DeskThe Library is continually working to improve resources and services. We do this by asking users directly about their needs, by hiring excellent staff, and by building community. See below for some examples.

Bi-annual Student Survey

During late fall 2016, students in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, School of Nursing, and the Milken Institute School of Public Health were surveyed regarding services and information resources at the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library. While analysis is still ongoing, preliminary results are in. Students clearly value the Library’s electronic collections, search tools, and study space. Search tools, such as MEDLINE/PubMed and Health Information @ Himmelfarb, were ranked as the most valuable library resource and electronic access to journals was the second most valuable service.

Preferred search tools varied across schools. The top 4 choices in medicine were PubMED/MEDLINE, DynamedPlus, ClinicalKey, and Health Information @ Himmelfarb. The top choices in nursing were PubMED/MEDLINE, CINAHL, Health Information @ Himmelfarb, and ClinicalKey for Nursing, and the top choices in public health were PubMED/MEDLINE, Health Information @ Himmelfarb, RefWorks, and Scopus. Overall click through to the full-text of journals is reported to be almost always or usually available. Students ranked all aspects of interlibrary loan/document delivery services highly, and most students are either very satisfied or satisfied with their interactions with library staff when they need assistance.

While most feedback was positive, there is room for improvement. Students want more e-content, particularly e-books and texts. They also requested more study rooms and quiet spaces. In the coming months, the staff and librarians at Himmelfarb will be examining the survey results more closely and making changes in content and services as appropriate.

We are also looking at our marketing tools to ensure that we are reaching the greatest number of students about all of the tools and resources available to support their education. For instance, several students requested subject specific guides in areas where we already have a research guide online. Your suggestions on how to promote resources to students are welcome. I always look forward to hearing from our readers at alinton@gwu.edu.

Best wishes for 2017!

Welcome to April Mann

April recently joined Himmelfarb as the Library/Metadata Specialist. In this capacity, she will be will be cataloging the library's print and electronic resources, and providing support for the Health Sciences Research Commons digital repository, a database of scholarship from the GW health sciences communities. You can reach April at mapril@gwu.edu.

Mark Your Calendar

The Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library will be presenting the series, Updates in Scholarly Communications: Publishing, Impact, and Visibility, during the spring 2017 semester. The series is designed to answer the questions: What are the steps involved in getting published? Can you identify a predatory publisher? How can you boost your researcher profile and expand the reach of your scholarly works? How can you ensure that you’re complying with federal funder requirements? Please mark your calendar for the following dates. Information on panelists to follow.

Compliance with NIH Public Access Policies Wednesday, March 22, 12:00 PM

Predatory Publishing—How to Recognize and Avoid Wednesday, March 29, 12:00 PM

Writing a Successful Scientific Article Abstract Wednesday, April 12, 4:30 PM

Promoting Your Research—Tips and Strategies Wednesday, April 19, 12:00 PM

Experiences with Open Access Publishing Wednesday, April 26, 12:00 PM

Establishing Your Scholarly Web Presence Wednesday, May 3, 12:00 PM


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