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Himmelfarb Headlines - February / March 2013

Inside this Edition...

Director's Desk
Anne Linton

Greetings and best wishes for 2013! Generally we look both forward and back at the beginning of a new year. For those of you who wish to review recent events and progress at the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, the Annual Report 2011-2012 is now available. The 2011-2012 year was very busy for the Library. There were 17,129,073 web page views, 13,838 reference questions answered, 1,084 classes/orientations held (with 14,696 attendees!), and 645,721 in-person users. Collections expanded to 3,526 accessible electronic journals and over 800 electronic textbooks. A number of "behind-the-scenes" software programs, such as blog and link-resolving software, changed in 2011-2012 to enhance the availability of the electronic collection.

Looking forward, there will be further software changes in spring 2013 as the Library moves to a new integrated library system. This is the system that creates the catalog, tracks patrons, and allows you to check out materials. Himmelfarb is partnering with the Burns Law Library to bring up the new system. The most obvious change for users will be an enhanced catalog with greater ease of searching and better integration with electronic resources.

We are also conducting a survey to evaluate the Health Information at Himmelfarb search box on the Library's home page. If you are a regular user, please give us feedback at Health Information @ Himmelfarb User Satisfaction Survey.

The GW Healthy Living @ Himmelfarb initiative also continues in the spring with a full list of programs and activities including fitness, and relaxation kits for checkout, sessions on health eating and injury prevention, and board games for a quick break from studying. Go to Healthy Living @ Himmelfarb for the complete list of activities. Study hard but also take time to take care of yourself. Have a great spring semester.

Faculty Profile - Dr. Sandra L. Davis, Professor and Coordinator of the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) Program
Sandra Davis Picture

Himmelfarb Library continues this feature in our newsletter that lets us become better acquainted with our friends and colleagues. In this issue we learn more about Dr. Sandra L. Davis, Professor and Coordinator of the Adult-Gerontology Program.

Tell us a little bit about your current position or research/projects
I am an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) Program in the School of Nursing. I am thrilled to be at GWU working in the School of Nursing with such a dynamic and innovative group of nursing leaders.

As an educator, I have the opportunity to teach nurse practitioners who will provide the direction and leadership for healthcare into the future. Our graduate nursing programs are distance education programs. Although the programs are offered on-line, our students feel connected. They are enthusiastic about the learning because it is interactive and engaging. Our graduate online programs were ranked #1 for Faculty Credentials and Training by US News & World Report. I work with colleagues in the School of Nursing who are visionaries and experts in their field. Together, we are committed to delivering quality and excellence in on-line nurse practitioner (NP) education.


Tool of the Quarter - Introducing the Health Sciences Research Commons: Himmelfarb Library's New Institutional Repository

Last summer Himmelfarb Library subscribed to Digital Commons to manage the Library's growing institutional repository. The Health Sciences Research Commons (HSRC) was established to gather, archive, and disseminate the research output of the schools of Medicine and Health Sciences, Public Health and Health Services, and Nursing. The initial repository launched in 2009 was housed on an open source site sponsored by the Washington Research Libraries Consortium. It offered storage space and accessibility but was not visually appealing and was missing many desired searching and organizational features. Digital Commons brings a new level of functionality and appeal to the HSRC.

Digital Commons software is used by libraries, universities, and corporations worldwide to house repositories and digital collections. It was originally developed as a publishing platform for open access journals and much of that functionality is built into the software and available for use, including peer review management services. To see how journal publications are managed and displayed, check out the Cuentos issues already up on HSRC. Cuentos is a humanities magazine published by the MFA Department of Internal Medicine annually, featuring art work, poetry, essays, and short stories.


Emerging Technologies - Journal Citation Reports

What is the most influential journal in your field? Where should you submit your article for publication to maximize exposure? Which journal might garner your research the most citations? Journal Citation Reports can tell you the top rated journals in your field (as determined by their various calculations).

Journal Citation Reports provides many journal ranking calculations, including:

  • Impact Factor - The average number of times articles from a journal have been cited in the year. High impact factor shows a higher ratio of citations per article. This measurement can favor journals that publish a high volume of review articles, as these are cited more frequently than original research.
  • Immediacy Index - Indicates how quickly articles in a journal are cited. High immediacy index shows quicker citation. This measurement can favor journals that publish more frequently than bimonthly or quarterly, since articles published earlier in the year have a greater chance of being cited within the same year.

Meet Christopher Cook, Cataloging and Collection Content Organization Librarian
Christopher Cook Picture

Christopher Cook is the Cataloging and Collection Content Organization Librarian at Himmelfarb Library. In this role, Chris is responsible for maintaining records of all of the library's resources (books, journals, audiovisual, etc.) in all formats (print, online, multimedia formats). Chris' work means Himmelfarb Library users can identify the resources they need in the Library Catalog and the Health Information @ Himmelfarb research portal. Chris' department also maintains course reserves which can help faculty make sure their students have straightforward access to course materials.

Chris launched the Health Sciences Research Commons (HSRC) last fall. The Health Sciences Research Commons is an online repository of GW-affiliated research and provides a forum for faculty to archive and showcase their research. To learn more about this project and how it can benefit faculty, read Introducing the Health Sciences Research Commons: Himmelfarb Library's New Institutional Repository.


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