In keeping with President Fry's declaration that the University will close at Noon on Wednesday, November 27th, Hahnemann and Queen Lane Libraries will also close at Noon today.
Hahnemann Library hours for the Thanksgiving holiday will be as follows:
- Wednesday, 11/27 - 7:45 am to 5:00 pm
- Thursday, 11/28 - CLOSED
- Friday, 11/29 - CLOSED
- Saturday, 11/30 and Sunday, 12/1 - 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Queen Lane Library hours will be:
- Wednesday, 11/27 - 8:00 am to midnight
- Thursday, 11/28 - CLOSED
- Friday, 11/29 - Noon to 5:00 pm
- Saturday, 11/30 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
- Sunday, 12/1 - Noon to midnight
Today the National Library of Medicine has launched a pilot version of PubMed Commons, a system that will allow commenting on abstracts in the PubMed database. According to the PubMed Commons site:
"PubMed Commons is a system that enables researchers to share their opinions about scientific publications. Researchers can comment on any publication indexed by PubMed, and read the comments of others. PubMed Commons is a forum for open and constructive criticism and discussion of scientific issues. It will thrive with high quality interchange from the scientific community. PubMed Commons is currently in a closed pilot testing phase, which means that only invited participants can add and view comments in PubMed."
Initial authors eligible to participate are those on lists compiled from, NIH extramural and intramural programs, and Wellcome Trust. These participants may invite additional authors to participate, however -- at least through the pilot phase -- participation is limited to authors of PubMed indexed articles. A filter will allow limiting search results to abstracts with comments, and it will be possible to create links from comments to other abstracts (using PubMed ID numbers) or to external sources.
For more information about PubMed Commons, see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedcommons/. There is also a discussion of the implications for scientific communication on today's post on Retraction Watch.
Tenet Hospital's operations departments have announced that electrical power will be shut down in the New College Building at 10:00 pm on Wednesday Oct. 16th to facilitate systems repairs. Because of the power outage, Hahnemann Library -- including the 24-hour study space -- will close at 9:30 pm and both will remain closed until 7:45 am on Thursday, Oct. 17th. If repairs cannot be completed Wednesday night, the power will be shut down again on Thursday night, and the Library and 24-hour study space will be closed at 9:30 pm again.
The Queen Lane Library and Hagerty Library will both remain open for their regular operating hours, including their 24-hour study spaces.
According to the NCBI website "PubMed has been designated to be maintained with minimal staff during the lapse in government funding. The information on this website will be kept as up to date as possible, and the agency will attempt to respond to urgent operational inquiries during this period."
Many other government websites, including the Center for Disease Control, National Science Foundation and NIH are carrying statements to the effect that they are not being updated and that transactions may not be processed. Other websites including USDA.gov, appear to be completely shut down. ERIC, the education research service, is not available at eric.ed.gov, but the Libraries' access via EbscoHost is still functional.
A newer version of ARES (the library's course reserves system) will be installed on Wednesday, September 4th. While the installation is in progress, there will be no access to library electronic course reserves. Students will be unable to access course reserves and instructors will be unable to place course reserves requests. This outage will start at 9 AM and should take no longer than 2 hours.
The Libraries was recently made aware of HVAC [heating, ventilation, and air conditioning] repair work happening to the duct work in the New College Building that will effect Hahnemann Library. Patrons may experience variations in temperature or noise as this work is done. We apologize in advance for the effect that this work will have on the library spaces. So far, the lower level computer lab seems to be the area most drastically effected, due to the additional heat generated by the computers.
Laptops are available for loan from the Circulation Desk on the second floor of the library and W. W. Hagety Library is available for students who are interested in relocating to an alternate location during this work.
- Libraries Administration
Drexel University Libraries is pleased to announce changes in electronic resource offerings in psychology. Effective July 1, 2013 access to the core resources in psychology published by the American Psychological Association, PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, PsycBOOKS and PsycCRITIQUES will move from the existing Ovid platform to EBSCOhost. In addition, the Libraries will be adding APA’s newest resource, PsycTESTS to our electronic collections.
Research and resources in psychology play a growing role in nearly every academic discipline studied and researched at Drexel. In recognition of the importance of psychology across the University, the Libraries this past spring evaluated current offerings in psychology both for content and delivery, testing offerings from a number of different vendors. Resources from the American Psychological Association are unmatched in scope and quality, and with this change in access to the EBSCOhost platform we seek to make them more accessible to the University community.
APA describes PsycTESTS as "a repository for the full text of psychological tests and measures as well as a rich source of structured information about the tests. A wide variety of test types are included in PsycTESTS, including achievement and aptitude tests, intelligence tests, tests of cognitive functioning, occupational tests, personality tests, and so on." We anticipate that it will be of great value to all researchers in health sciences.
The new EBSCO implementation of the Psyc databases can be accessed via the link from our homepage, from our database listings, or from our catalog.
Your Health Sciences liaison librarians are available to answer your questions about these changes and to assist with orientation to the new electronic environment, including assistance with alerting services:
Hahnemann Library will begin summer hours on Saturday, June 22nd:
- Saturday and Sunday: Noon - 6:00 pm
- Monday - Thursday: 7:45 am - 9:00 pm
- Friday: 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
Summer hours will continue until September 7th. As always, the 24-hour study space will be open around the clock for your studying convenience!
Queen Lane Library will switch to a summer schedule on June 1st. The Library service desk and collections will be open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. After 5 pm and on weekends, the Library will be open only as study space.
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