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Archive for March, 2012

New Instructional Video ResourceDartmouth College Computing Services is now providing unlimited access to lynda.com for all Dartmouth College faculty, staff, and students.
[Access here:  http://www.lynda.com/portal/dartmouth]

lynda.com is an online subscription library that teaches the latest software tools and skills through high-quality instructional videos taught by recognized industry experts.

To learn more, we suggest that you watch this introductory video about the service:
Introduction to lynda.com

and watch the course How to use lynda.com:
How to use lynda.com

Benefits to using lynda.com include:

  • Unlimited access to courses on a wide variety of technology and disciplines
  • Up-to-date content to keep skills current and to learn new skills
  • New courses added every week
  • Access to instructors’ exercise files to follow along as you learn
  • Closed captioning and searchable, time coded transcripts
  • Beginner to advanced level courses
  • The option to watch complete courses or individual videos as you need them

To access: go to lynda.dartmouth.edu and sign in with your Dartmouth user name and password. The service is available to you anytime, anywhere, and you can even use the lynda.com iPhone and iPad apps to access the service.

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Improving Medical OutcomesImproving Medical Outcomes : The Psychology of Doctor-Patient Visits
Matthews-Fuller Library

R727.3 .L34 2011

The doctor-patient visit can be a psychologically overwhelming experience for the patient.  The unfamiliar setting, the comprehensive examination, and the medical terminology can confuse and disorient the patient at a time when they need to be an important part of the interview process.  This insightful book explores this situation and gives important insight into doctor-patient interactions.

 

 

 

Rethinking AgingRethinking Aging: Growing Old and Living Well in an Overtreated Society
Matthews-Fuller Library: Consumer Health 
RA564.8 .H335 2011

As the Baby Boom generation enters their retirement years, how we utilize medicine and its application in our day-to-day lives becomes increasingly important. This book investigates the aging process and provides the reader with insight into when medications are overprescribed and when treatments of questionable necessity are recommended. The commercialization of medicine and its marketing to the elderly is presented with an eye towards thoughtful use of the healthcare system.

 

 

 

Together We Will WinTogether We Will Win: What Happens When We Don’t Talk About Testicular Cancer; A Young Man’s Story
Matthews-Fuller Library: Consumer Health
RC281.M45 M34 2010

Written by a mother about her son’s battle with testicular cancer, this book is an extraordinary story of one young man’s challenge with this little-discussed condition. The book is enlightening and highly personal, drawn from private journals. It gives instructions for self-examination to detect the condition early. This book is a cautionary monograph about a young man who lost his life too soon after a heroic battle with a little-known malady.

 

 

 

BatsBats: From Evolution to Conservation
Dana Library
QL737.C5 A4 2011

Magnificent nocturnal aviators, bats’ navigating abilities with natural sonar have always amazed humanity.  Although feared by some humans, bats are beneficial to the environment through eating insects and maintaining balance in the natural world. This extraordinary book looks at bats and the challenges they face in their environment today. Conservation of bat species is examined in this touchstone book filled with excellent high quality images.

 

 

 

Controversial BodiesControversial Bodies: Thoughts on the Public Display of Plastinated Corpses
Dana Library
QM556.5.P53 C66 2011

This engaging monograph looks at the practice of transforming human bodies into a plastic material for display purposes.  In a series of superlative essays, writers and medical experts examine the reasons these vivid displays dazzle, educate, and horrify us.   This book will inform you about this provocative practice and the often strong and deeply held beliefs people have about it.

 

 

 

Driving Mr. AlbertDriving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein’s Brain
Dana Library
RB17.H365 P38 2000

Certainly one of the most curious of travel narratives, this work is the remarkable story of a man on the road with Albert Einstein’s brain. After his death, Einstein’s brain was collected and preserved for scientific study in an effort to determine the nature of human genius through the study of the brain. The author tells the tale of two men traveling with this organ from New Jersey to California in the 1950s in some of the strangest of circumstances.  This engrossing book will fascinate and beguile the reader.

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When:  Tuesday May 8, 2012 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Where:  DHMC Auditorium E

The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center has a strong commitment to evidence-based care. But what is the “evidence” in evidence-based medicine? How do we find it? Which evidence is best? How is accessing evidence at the bedside different from creating evidence-based clinical procedures?

Presenter
Laura K. Cousineau, MLS
Director of the Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries
Formerly Associate Professor in the College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Co-director of the EBM Residency Education program of Pediatrics, Associate Professor of Nursing, and Library Asst. Director for Program Development and Resource Integration at the Medical University of South Carolina

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Articulate and differentiate clinical questions
  • Understand levels of evidence
  • Understand study designs in the context of evidence
  • Become familiar with information resources providing evidence
  • Know how to locate critical appraisal tools

We encourage you to bring along your laptops and iPads for this interactive discussion!

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Cheryl Wheelock and Cindy Stewart

Cheryl Wheelock and Cindy Stewart at the DHMC Patient Safety Fair

The Biomedical Libraries participated once again in the annual DHMC Patient Safety Awareness Fair held on March 6th, in Auditoria A-D.   This year’s event was sponsored by the DHMC Value Performance, Measurement and Patient Safety (VPMPS) Department and the theme was “Look Before You Leap… Be Aware for Safe Care.”  Representatives from a variety of DHMC departments shared their efforts whichfocused on Quality and Patient/Employee Safety needs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

This year, Cindy Stewart, an Associate Director for the Biomedical Libraries and Cheryl Wheelock, Access Services Supervisor for Matthews-Fuller, along with Research and Education Librarians Robin Paradis Montibello and Heather Blunt represented the Biomedical Libraries byshowcasing our resources and services in support of DHMC’s commitment to patient safety.  They had the opportunity to speak with  individuals, offering up ways that the Libraries can assist their efforts, through information resources, document delivery and literature searching services, and education programs. We look forward to pursuing collaborations with the various individuals with whom we spoke, as well continuing to support the patient safety efforts of Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

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Christopher CurtisDid you watch the clock this past New Year’s Eve for the switch from 23:59:59 in the year 2011 to 00:00:00 in the year 2012?

Well, something similar was taking place among the Dartmouth College Libraries’ Resource Sharing staff in the past couple weeks.

On February 27, 2012,  at 10:58 AM, Christopher Curtis at the Dana Biomedical Library processed document delivery transaction number (TN) 500,000!

Every day library staff work together to get information to our patrons from other institutions, and send information from our collection to other libraries and institutions worldwide.  We want to thank everyone involved for their hard work in keeping this process running smoothly.

A special thanks to Ron Chabot for rallying the countdown to TN 500,000 with a contest among his Resource Sharing colleagues!  Chris Curtis not only processed the ‘winning’ request, he was closest in guessing the actual day and time (only less than 3 days off!).  Next stop—TN 1,000,000!  Ron’s calculation: 8 years, 8 months, and 18 days!

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