Monday, September 26, 2016

National Medical Librarians Month Activties

Don't forget to come by the library and help us celebrate National Medical Librarians Month. We have lots of fun activities lined up.

B - Movie nights (riffing encoouraged)
Screening begin at 5:30 pm
Light refreshments
Library, 4th floor conference room

10/12 – The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972) Rated G, 86 minute run time
      Director – Charles B. Pierce
      Cast - Ensemble
              Limit of 15 persons. Register here.

10/26 – Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) Unrated, 79 minute run time
Director – Ed Wood Jr.
Cast – Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, Vampira, Tom Keene and Gregory Walcott
                Limit of 15 persons. Register here.

Library Game Nights

10/5 – Family Feud
5 pm to 7 pm
Light refreshments
Library, 4th floor conference room
        Limit of 15 persons. Register here.

10/20 – Minute to win it
5 -7 pm
Library Lobby, 1st floor
Light refreshments
        Register here.

Library Workshops

10/3 – VRLC Training
Noon – 1 pm
J and K Virtual Reality Center
Instructor – Karol Almanzar, MLIS
Limit of 10 persons. Register here.

10/11 – Research: Efficiency is the Key
Noon -1 pm
Zoom online workshop - Register here.
Instructor - Ruth Harris, MLIS

10/17 – VRLC Training
Noon – 1 pm
J and K Virtual Reality Center
Instructor – Karol Almanzar, MLIS
Limit of 10 persons. Register here.

10/20 – Distance Services: Not out of sight, out of mind
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Zoom online workshop - Register here.
Instructor – Ruth Harris, MLIS

Fine Free Friday – October 21
        Return an overdue library book on this day without paying the fine. Previous outstanding fines           or fees (damaged or lost) cannot be waived.

Halloween Activities
Trick or Treating at service desks
Circulation and Reference desks

Halloween Movie Screening
        Starting at 5:30
        Library, 4th floor conference room
        Light Refreshments

Night of the living dead (1968) Unrated, 96 min. run time**Graphic content**,
            Director – George A. Romero
            Cast – Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman,               Keith Wayne, Judith Ripley, & assorted “ghouls”
            Limit of 15 persons. Register here.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Library Inventory

The Library be conducting inventory
Monday, June 6 until Wednesday, June 8 from 8 am - 5 pm.

Please pardon our noise during this time period.
Thank you.

Friday, May 6, 2016

One Nightstand - May 2016

What are you currently reading? Let us know in the comments below.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Library Survey Response

Dear WesternU Distance and Rotations (DaR) students,

Thank you for participating in our recent survey. Your input is vital to the Harriet K. and Philip Pumerantz Library as we continue to assess and improve our services. In order to “close the loop,” we would like to share with you some of the concerns you expressed in the survey, and what we are doing to address these opportunities for improvement.

Many of you noted that you had not heard of a number of services vital to DaR students: Interlibrary Loan (ILL), Books-by-Mail, Online Chat, Research Guides, and Ask a Librarian. Librarians are preparing “before-you-go” presentations to provide you with the information you need about library services during your rotations. Some of you also expressed difficulty with navigating the library’s webpages. Our new Web Committee is hard at work editing our web pages to make information and services easier to locate. A new web page and a research guide have already been created for the COMP-NW program. In addition, the liaison librarian for COMP-NW will make additional trips to the Lebanon campus to provide group workshops and one-on-one consultations.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is one way you can obtain articles that the Pumerantz Library does not have in its collection. Your survey responses revealed that the library’s ILL service could be advertised better, with simple instructions, and additional staff available to answer questions.  The library will train all staff to be able to answer basic questions about Interlibrary Loans. Questions requiring more expert attention will be answered within 24 to 48 hours on weekdays and 48 to 72 hours on weekends. The library will also create a searchable FAQ specifically for Interlibrary Loan questions. 

Some of your responses were in relation to the depth and breadth of the Pumerantz Library’s electronic collection (databases, ebooks, and ejournals). The library has over 25,000 electronic journals and over 1200 eBooks and we are regularly reviewing the collection to ensure that it is aligned with individual college and University learning outcomes, and for curricular appropriateness.

Unfortunately some of the issues brought up in the survey are not controlled by the library, such as the formatting of eBooks and electronic journals, the availability to download PDF chapters, etc. These features are controlled by the publishers.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for rating our services and resources 3.76 out of five stars!

Patricia Vader,

Executive Director of the Harriet K and Philip Pumerantz Library 

Monday, May 2, 2016

3rd Annual Research Mixer

Please join us for the 3rd Annual Research Mixer, co-sponsored by the Harriet K. and Philip Pumerantz Library and the Office of Research and Biotechnology.

The Research Mixer is an opportunity for researchers to share their current work in a friendly, interactive venue. This event also demonstrates the value of the WesternU Research Clusters, in bringing together partners from different colleges seeking solutions to critical unresolved problems in the health sciences.

Staff from IT, University Advancement, and the Library will provide information regarding the many services available to researchers.

If you would like your research poster to be included, please submit your poster information here no later than June 7, 2016. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to participate. Space is limited to 20 submissions. Posters with dimensions up to 44” x 65” can be accommodated.  

All are welcome to attend, please RSVP here.

Tuesday June 14, 2016,  4:00 p.m. to 6 ;00 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served.
Harriet K. and Philip Pumerantz Library – First Floor Lobby and J and K Virtual Reality Learning Center

Email questions to the Reference & Outreach Department (

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Monday, March 28, 2016

Fake Doctors/Real Problems - Turfing Patients

Stacked issue #18 discusses the problems of turfing patients or refusing to treat. Share your thoughts with us on this topic. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

National Library Week 2016

The Harriet K. and Philip Pumerantz Library is celebrating National Library Week by offering contests, events and instruction sessions. Today's libraries are not only about loaning items, they are about connecting users with services and resources.


  • Coloring contest - April 11-15, Library 2nd floor
    Mon. - Fri Submissions, Thurs. - Fri. Judging, Mon. Prize awarded 
  • Arts & Healing Lecture - April 13, HEC Classroom E @ Noon
    Valorie Thomas, PhD - Afrofuturists looking to heal
  • Library Game Night - April 14, Library 4th floor conference room
    5 - 7 pm, Registration recommended, walk-in's welcome
  • Fine Free Friday - April 15

CAPE workshops for Faculty

  • DynaMed vs. UpToDate
    Monday, April 11 - Noon
  • That Elephant App: Your questions about Evernote answered
    Tuesday, April 12 - Noon
  • Evidence, shmevidence! Evidence-based medicine roundtable discussion
    Thursday, April 14 - Noon

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Fake Doctors/Real Problems - Animal Cruelty

Please share your thoughts about animal cruelty as mentioned in our current issue of Stacked!