Thursday, September 30, 2010

National Medical Librarian Month

October is National Medical Librarian’s Month. Come to the library and help your university librarians celebrate. We are bringing back old favorite events and workshops as well as introducing some new ones.

To start it all off on Monday, October 4th is Snapshot Day - a day in the life of your library. Come to the library and use our services and resources as you normally would. Show how much the library means to you, stop and leave your thoughts on our comment boards on the first floor.

  • Oct 4: - Effective study techniques for medical school – Nicholas Blank-Spadoni
  • Oct 6: - Web 2.0 tools in Medicine – Rudy R. Barreras
  • Oct 13: - Clinical Apps in Medicine – Rudy R. Barreras
  • Oct 14: - Using images in PowerPoints and presentations – Ruth Harris
  • Oct 18: - Cite While You Write® and EndNote® Output Styles - Alicia Saulpaugh
  • Oct 21:- Test anxiety and relaxation techniques – Dagmar Cofer
  • Oct 27: - PowerPoint® for students – David Peterson
  • Oct 28: - Researching using embase® – Ruth Harris
For times and more details please visit our workshop guide.  

Book Repair Day – October 19 - Leave a book in need of repair at the library. We’ll fix it and get it back to you. Please allow a few days for staff to repair the book and contact you.  

Bi-annual Library Book Sale – October 25 – 31 - Books will be replenished throughout the week so remember to stop back to see what has been added.  

Fine Free Friday – October 29 - Come in on this one day and the library will forgive a fine on a book that you currently have checked out. Sorry, we can't forgive previous or existing fines, nice try though!  

Candy! - October 25 - 31 - Our public service desks, check out and reference, will have candy on hand.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Pumerantz Library participates in Snapshot Day

The Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library is joining libraries across the state in participating in “Snapshot: One Day in the Life of California Libraries” on October, 4, 2010 to show how important academic, public, school, and special libraries and library systems are to the state of California. This Snapshot Day has been developed by the California Library Association (CLA).

On October, 4, 2010, the Pumerantz Library will compile statistics, customer comments, photographs, and other data chronicling a typical library day. The results collected will be added to those of other libraries across California, by CLA, to show how libraries provide invaluable services to California citizens.

Kim Bui-Burton, CLA President and Director of the Monterey Public Library, “I invite all California community members of any age to visit their library on this historic day and be a part of this first ever "snapshot" of California libraries. Every kind of library provides unique and irreplaceable services; we know this because in communities across the state library usage is rising, and demand is growing for books and other resources, knowledgeable staff assistance and computer/Internet access - despite budget cuts, reduced hours and programs. We believe this California libraries ‘snapshot’ will show the essential library services and life-changing experiences that California's communities depend on, especially during these times of severe economic distress. We look forward to capturing this "day in the life of California libraries" to demonstrate to decision makers the extent that our patrons, customers and future leaders rely on California libraries for critical library services, resources and programs - now, more than ever."

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fahrenheit 451 Screening

On Friday, October 1 at 6pm WesternU will be hosting a screening of the film Fahrenheit 451. The screening will be in the Health Education Center, Lecture Hall 1.

This 1966 film adaptation features Julie Chrisitie and Oskar Werner in the starring roles. Synopsis of the film, "In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty it is to destroy all books begins to question his task."

Popcorn and reader's guides for all attendees.

EndNote X4 for Macs has Arrived!

It is finally here! Endnote X4 for Macs has arrived to WesternU and is ready for Mac users to download.

EndNote is a bibliographic management software program that allows you to store all your citations in one place. It also helps with formatting citations within a Word document.

The new features of EndNote X4 for Macs are:

  • Import bibliographic information from saved PDFs that have Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) and CrossRef® data imbedded into the PDF. This will not work with PDFs that have just been scanned and saved from a print copy.
  • APA 6th now works correctly when citing more than 7 authors.

Please download Endnote X4 for Macs only with Firefox, and utilize Firefox for all importation of references into your libraries. Each authorized user is permitted two (2) EndNote downloads; one for your desktop computer and one for your laptop. Download instructions and EndNote information can be found here!

Rehabilitation Reference Center Trial

The Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library has a new trial to the Rehabilitation Reference Center (RRC). The RRC is an evidence-based clinical reference tool for use by rehabilitation clinicians at the point-of-care. It has been designed to provide therapists and students with the best evidence available in the areas of physical, occupational, and speech therapies.

The Rehabilitation Reference Center content includes:
• Clinical Reviews
• Exercise Images
• Assessment/Plan of Care
• Causes & Risk Factors
• Desired Outcomes/Outcome Measures
• Patient Education
• Guidelines

From the RRC homepage you may click through to DynaMed and other Pumerantz Library EBSCOHost databases, as well as stay current with health news.

At the conclusion of this trial, November 15, the library will evaluate usage data and make purchasing decisions based on usage, pricing, and available funding. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and may be sent to

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Big Read

The Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library has partnered with the Pomona Public Library to host their kick-off event for the Pomona Big Read, October 8, 6pm – 9pm in Health Education Center (HEC), Lecture Hall I.

The book chosen for this year’s Big Read is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. The evening will feature an interactive program with Ray Bradbury and Sam Weller. Sam Weller, Bradbury’s authorized biographer, will discuss his books, The Bradbury Chronicles and the newly released Listen to the Echoes: the Ray Bradbury Interviews. A reception will begin the event at 6pm and a book signing will follow the event.

The Big Read is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information please visit our Big Read guide or our Facebook wall.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Welcome to the R2 Digitial Library Trial

The Harriet K & Philip Pumerantz Library has arranged for a trial of electronic books (eBooks) from the R2 Digital Library. Western University of Health Sciences students, faculty, and staff may access the eBooks here until the conclusion of the trial on October 30th.

The collection contains over 1000 eBooks related to Medicine, close to 200 eBooks related to Nursing and almost 200 eBooks in the fields of Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Laboratory Sciences, and Dentistry. The R2 Digital Library not only contains eBooks on basic clinical topics such as pathophysiology, but also eBooks on topics of interest to health professionals like health policy, ethics, and patient care. Check out the tutorial about the R2 collection.

Currently full-text is available for all titles. At the conclusion of the trial, the library will evaluate usage data and make purchasing decisions based on usage, pricing, and funds available. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and you may email your comments to the reference department.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Primary Care Under Pressure

Julie Rovner has penned a three part special series on the expected short fall of health care professionals as the baby boomers age.

In the series overview Rovner stated that, "By 2030, 70 million Americans — 1 of every 5 — will be over age 65. And seniors need and use more medical care. The new health law will also add to the demand for one-on-one care. By 2019, an estimated 32 million more Americans will have health insurance than have it now. And for many patients, the shortage is already a reality."

Read the overview in its entirety here. The remaining parts are listed below:

Part 1. - Bucking the Trend: Primary Care Doc Practices Solo

Part 2. - Future of Primary Care? Some Say "Medical Home"

Part 3. - Mid-level Providers Fill Primary Care Doctor's Shoes

How do you think this will affect the future of health care? What affects will this have on health care education? Do you think your practice will have to change?

Share your thoughts!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Library Closed for Labor Day

Please note that the Pumerantz Library will be closed Monday, September 6th in observance of Labor Day. We will resume our regular hours of 7 am to 11 pm on Tuesday, September 7th.