Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Proxy Server Upgrade

Hello Western U Community,

On December 5th we will be conducting maintenance on the Library Proxy server from 8am PST to approximately 10am PST.  During this time, access to Electronic Resources will be intermittently unavailable.

We thank you for your patience while we upgrade our systems!

Library Spring Workshops

The library has finalized their Spring presentations.  Presentations include EndNote, Using images in presentations, and WorldCat Local.  To see a list of upcoming presentations, please use this link.  If you are interested in attending these presentations, you may sign up now.  Online sessions will be recorded and posted to the website.

If you would like to learn about library resources or services not listed, please send your suggestions to reference@westernu.edu

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

VisualDx Mobile App

VisualDx is a diagnostic clinical decision support resource that combines high-quality medical images and applicable information.  The Library's subscription to VisualDx includes remote mobile access.  VisualDx mobile is available on iPhone, iPad, and Android apps. 

To get VisualDx mobile, follow these instructions:

1.      From the VisualDx homepage, click on the “FREE APP for iPad, iPhone, and Android” link.

2.      Follow the on-screen instructions to receive a username and password via-email

3.      Once you have a username and password, you can download the free VisualDx Mobile app from the iTunes store or Google Play.

4. Launch the VisualDx app from your device, and sign in using your VisualDx username and password.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Paleo CSI - Family Fun Day

On Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 you are invited to bring your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews to Family Fun Day at the Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library. 

Come join us in celebrating WesternU’s paleontologists and enjoy the Paleo CSI Exhibit. Activities for children and cookies will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information please call 909-469-5323.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Fall Book Sale

The library's annual Fall Book Sale begins Monday October 22. Book prices begin at $.25 and go up to $20.

All book sale items are on the first floor of the Pumerantz Library. Contact the library for more information at 909-469-5323.

Paleo CSI Exhibit

The Pumerantz Library is hosting an exhibit titled “Paleo CSI” which is scheduled to open October 25, 2012.  The exhibit focuses on the research by paleontologists on the Western U faculty: Dr. Elizabeth Rega, Dr. Brian Kraatz, Dr. Amy Chew, Dr. Matthew Wedel and Dr. Gerald Bales.  
Items on display include a black bear and coyote skull, tools used by paleontologists, and a 68-65 million year old triceratops fossil that you can touch! You are invited to view the exhibit anytime during library hours and attend our upcoming speaker series. Dates will be announced at a later time.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Open Access Week

What is open access publishing? According to the Budapest Open Access Initiative open access means making literature:

 "free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited."

Essentially the main goal is to make research literature freely available to allow the rapid spread of the knowledge gained.

To acknowledge this effort the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) organizes Open Access Week to draw attention to open access policies and how they benefit research, researchers, and the spread of knowledge.

Here are some ideas to promote open access efforts by faculty/researchers, administrators, students, and librarians

Budapest Open Access Initiative. (2012). Budapest Open Access Initiative: frequently asked questions  Retrieved October 16, 2012, from http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/boaifaq.htm.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Epocrates Discount

From now until the October 31 Epocrates is offering a discount to WesternU students & faculty. To take advantage of the code follow this URL https://www.epocrates.com/referral.do?p_r_name=WesternUniv2012 for discounted pricing.