Himmelfarb Headlines - May / June 2018

Director's Desk

Director's Desk - May/June 2018The pace of change seems to be accelerating these days-- especially in the world of information retrieval! This month’s Director’s Desk highlights some of these changes within Himmelfarb’s electronic footprint and in the world of publishing.

New Integrated Library System
Look for big changes to Himmelfarb’s integrated library system (ILS) this summer. The ILS performs important behind-the-scenes functions (i.e. cataloging support and compilation of the patron database) and provides an interface to the Library’s collections.

Beginning in July 2018, Himmelfarb Library will launch a new streamlined ILS which will simplify how users find information. Himmelfarb Library is collaborating on this system with the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) libraries. After the updated system debuts, the Health Information @ Himmelfarb interface on the library’s home page will become the single search box for locating library resources including all of the library’s print and other physical collections, e-books, and electronic subscription content (journal articles). For most users, the change will result in easier, more comprehensive searching of Himmelfarb’s collections and greater access to the materials held by WRLC libraries. New functionalities will include the ability to sign in with your GW NetID/password to view checkouts, holds, and bills, and to   place hold requests and renew materials. Once logged in, users will be able to build and save “favorites” lists of resources and search strategies. Documents2Go will be integrated into the new system to allow users to request document delivery easily when resources are not available at Himmelfarb.

Stay tuned for further updates and announcements on Himmelfarb’s web page, blog, and social media channels. Please note that, if you have created durable links to library resources from within your online courses (i.e. linkouts to the full-text of journal articles and e-book chapters), you may need to make some changes to these links! Himmelfarb librarians have created a tool, the Creating Durable Links Guide, to help you update these links. You may call or e-mail Himmelfarb at 202-994-2850 or himmelfarb@gwu.edu if you have any questions about durable links.

New Ways to Document Reviews
Are you an expert in your field? Do you review papers for peer-reviewed publications? If so, how do you track this important work so that you receive recognition for the contributions you make to your field? A new way to get credit for your peer review activities is through Publons, a network of more than 65,000 reviewers, editors, and authors that records, tracks, and verifies researchers' peer review contributions. In its mission statement, Publons says that “…researchers can effortlessly track each review they perform across the world's journals, demonstrating how often top editors rely on their expertise to vet novel research.” Publons’ mission statement notes other key goals, such as" training the next generation of expert reviewers" and "assessing the quality and performance of peer review around the world." To learn more and register, go to the Publons registration page.

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