1. CLiC Spring Workshop Highlights

    Colorado Library Consortium’s Spring Workshops were held this year in Grand Junction, Fort Morgan, and Pueblo. I was invited to attend the final session (Pueblo, Apr. 24-25) by a friend and colleague from the University of Denver. The theme and keynote speech were “Using the Power of Storytelling for Your Library”. While I first thought “Storytelling” would only be applicable to public or school libraries, and was unfortunately mostly irrelevant to the Academic setting in which I work, CLiC Organizer Wendy Norris’ speech proved me happily wrong. One of the suggested methods for increasing storytelling within libraries is to digitize photo collections or record living-history interviews. This is similar to something I know we’re doing with the #iheartCUAnschutz posts, as well as the Pinterest board featuring staffs’ personal collections.

    The first session I attended was “Autism Spectrum Services: How & Why Is It Done? Up Close & Personal” to get a better idea what resources we could possibly offer if we do encounter a patron with an Autism-Spectrum disorder. “Best Practices for Weeding Library Collections” was informative – though I wish I had been able to take it before I completed the Reference Weeding Project (Nov.-Dec. 2013)! The only academic offering of the workshop was “From Library to Learning Commons: Transitioning from a ‘Book Warehouse’ to a Hub of Education, Inspiration & Collaboration”, which was exceptionally interesting, especially given HSL’s Strategic Plan Goal number 6: “Review the use of library space for innovative opportunities to enhance user satisfaction”. “Customer Service: Horror Stories & Happy Endings” was entertaining, if not quite as informative to one who has spent over a dozen years in the customer-service industry. Finally, I attended “Prevention is the Key to Repair”, hosted by a representative from Kapco (“book repair and preservation products”) which provided me with a considerable amount of hands-on repair experience!

    I was also delighted to hear during the CLiC Update from Jim Duncan, Director of CLiC, that Colorado Libraries are more popular than the Denver Broncos! Statistics compiled by CLiC have determined that there are more people in Colorado Libraries in two weeks than have filled the Bronco’s stadium in the past twelve years!


    [Amanda Langdon, Library Technician]


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  2. New Staff at HSL

    Yumin Jiang


    The Health Sciences Library blog and newsletter would like to extend a belated by heartfelt welcome to another of our newest employees, Yumin Jiang! Since April 15, 2013, Yumin has been the Head of Collection Management. She manages the library’s collection in all formats, as well as the library’s collections budget. She supervises the staff that purchase, catalog, provide access to, and gather usage statistics about the library’s collection. Yumin is originally from China. She came to the United States for graduate school after obtaining her Bachelor of Economics from Peking University in Beijing. She entered a PhD program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison but realized she did not enjoy the coursework. After obtaining a MA in Agricultural Economics, she received her MS in Library and Information Science from UIUC. The weather in Wisconsin was apparently a big change for her when she arrived from China!

    Yumin came to the Health Sciences Library from the Law Library at the University of Colorado Boulder. She had previously worked at the Health Sciences Library at the University of Pittsburgh, and was excited to be returning to health sciences librarianship. In her current position, 98% of the collection is electronic, which is very different from the Law Library. Her new position also gives her a broader perspective on the library’s overall collection, as her previous position was primarily in technical services.

    In her free time, Yumin enjoys playing with her two children, listening to music (including classic Chinese musical instruments), reading and composing Chinese poetry, and reading science fiction. Doctor Who and other British television dramas have become her newest favorite past-times. Yumin also participates in a postcard exchange project called Postcrossing where members send and receive real postcards from around the world.

    [Amanda Langdon, Library Technician]

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  3. New Staff at HSL

    Shaun Baber


    The Health Sciences Library blog and newsletter would like to extend a belated by heartfelt welcome to one of our newest employees, Shaun Baber! Shaun grew up in Missoula, Montana, attending college at Montana State University. She began her library career as a student worker for MSU Libraries, working at the campus libraries for four and a half years. That job set her on her library career path, but it was a while before she realized what an impact it was going to have! After graduation from MSU, she worked as an ILL technician for the University of Montana’s Mansfield Library. Two years of this kind of work led to the decision to pursue a Masters in Library Science.

    Shaun is a massive Anglophile and wanted to “live across the pond”, so she applied to MLS programs in England, eventually accepting an offer at London Metropolitan University. She lived in London for a year and a half, and had the time of her life! One of her best experiences was the time spent working for King’s College London in the Maughan Library. She thoroughly enjoyed her Master’s program, learned an incredible amount, and had the opportunity to do a lot of amazing things, including a work placement at the British Film Institute. She wrote her dissertation about how the BBC and the British Film Institute National Archive index their multimedia collections, and the effect that has on user access. She thoroughly enjoyed the whole process, and is proud of what she produced.

    Alas, her time abroad came to an end, and she moved to Denver when her Visa expired, and began looking for library work. It took a while, but she eventually got the Library Technician I position here at the Health Sciences Library, and she feels it has been a great experience so far. She loves libraries, the work culture and helping people. HSL, she says, has “been a very good fit for me, professionally and personally.” When she’s not fostering her love of libraries, she is usually out for a run, or “binge watching British television series.”


    [Amanda Langdon, Library Technician]

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  4. Rare Book Profile: Hospital Report of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company.

    Operating Room 1897-8The Hospital Report of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company (Denver: Merchants Publishing Co.) was the annual report of the Medical Department of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company, which operated a steel mill in Pueblo and a number of coal and iron mines. At the turn of the twentieth century, it was the largest coal mining company and one of the largest employers in Colorado. It was also the employer involved in the labor dispute that culminated in the Ludlow Massacre on April 20, 1914, in which Colorado National Guardsmen attacked an encampment of strikers.

    Company towns and mining camps provided workers with necessities such as housing, stores, and medical care. The downside was that workers and their families were required to use company facilities and services, often at inflated prices, and subject to company control. The annual Hospital Report was both a factual account of the Medical Department’s activities and a public relations tool, emphasizing the company’s care and concern for employees’ welfare and the modernity of facilities and services. The 1901-1902 report declared its soon-to-be-opened facility “the most perfect in the world.” The Hospital Report also included tables of cases treated that year, and sometimes case reports.

    The Medical Department oversaw a hospital in Pueblo and doctors in company towns and mining camps, who provided health care and health education, and monitored sanitary conditions. Employees were assessed a monthly fee of $1 (ca. 2% of their income), for which they and their families received medical services for everything except childbirth, venereal disease, and injuries resulting from illegal activity.

    The first company hospital was built in 1882. It was replaced by a much larger, state-of-the-art facility in 1902. The Minnequa Hospital was designed in accordance with the very latest scientific advances, best practices, and technological innovations, including ramps instead of stairs, showers instead of bathtubs, a separate building for communicable diseases, X-ray, electric, and hot air baking rooms, a steam laundry, a Nurses’ Training School, “a unique lead operating room,” and a stable designed with a special drop harness for horses, to deploy an ambulance rapidly. It still exists, now known as the St. Mary-Corwin Hospital.

    The Health Sciences Library has Hospital Report run for 1897 through 1905. The issues are bound together in two volumes, although holes drilled for a 3-ring binder are still visible. It provides a comprehensive overview of the state of medicine and miners’ health in the late 1890s and early 1900s.

    Rare materials are available to individuals or groups by appointment on Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons, or at other times by arrangement. To schedule an appointment, contact Emily Epstein, emily.epstein@ucdenver.edu or 303-724-2119.

    [Emily Epstein, Cataloging Librarian]

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  5. The Quest for Health Equity: A Noontime Presentation by Dr. Angela Sauaia

    ImageDr. Sauaia is Associate Professor of Public Health, Medicine and Surgery at the Colorado School of Public Health.  She has been a tireless advocate for health justice and is committed to the pursuit of health equity.  Her new book bears witness to the health inequities that plague our great nation and brings hope that change is possible and within reach.

    Bring your lunch and join us on Tuesday, April 29th, 12 noon in the CU Health Sciences Library’s Reading Room (3rd Floor) for a discussion on this most critical of public health challenges – equity and the end to health disparities.

    This event is co-sponsored by the Colorado School of Public Health, the Office of Inclusion and Outreach, and the CU Health Sciences library.

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  6. FYI: Are you negotiating a physician salary?

    This time of year residents and fellows are often leaving campus for new professional opportunities and departments here are hiring new physicians. Take some of the guesswork out of  negotiation with some salary surveys. Visit the Library's first floor Reference area to view the AAMC's Report on medical school faculty salaries   W 18 A849r 2014  The 315 page 2014 publication reports on salaries during the 2012-2013 fiscal year submitted from 140 accredited U.S. medical schools.  medscape salary surveyAn online source is the Medscape Physician Compensation Report.  The report is free, but registration with the site is required to view the report. A general overview and specialty reports are available.  Each year Medscape surveys 24,000 plus U.S. physicians in general and specialty practice in a variety of settings in all parts of the country.  Survey participation varies by specialty, so data for some specialties may only represent 200-400 participants. A chart Medscape also offers several other interesting annual reports on ethics, work satisfaction, and insurers.  See how you compare with peers on these professional issues.  (Scroll down to the Reports in the Business of Medicine section.) Educate yourself to ask for and offer the most competitive compensation! [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]  

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  7. Journal Access Problem? Let Us Know!

    Are you seeing something like this, but you think we are supposed to have access?

    pay to access

    Then please let us know!

    Report a Problem  or   Ask us button
    Do you find problems accessing articles in journals to which the library subscribes? As regular and frequent users of the library’s journal collection, you can help us find and troubleshoot journals that we have paid for but are not being allowed to access!

    When you find a journal that we subscribe to is actually blocking your access use the Report A Problem or Ask Us forms to let us know so we can get the problem corrected promptly! Be sure to include the article citation when you contact Ask Us so we know where to look to verify the problem.

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  8. The Human Touch Literary and Arts Anthology Available Now at AMC Bookstore

    The Human Touch 2014Please pick up your FREE copy of THE HUMAN TOUCH  at the Anschutz Medical Campus Bookstore, Building 500, 1st Floor. THE HUMAN TOUCH is the literary and arts anthology of the Anschutz Medical Campus of UC Denver.  The Human Touch strives to develop and nurture skills of observation, analysis, empathy, and self-reflection to promote humane medical care, by offering an outlet for the creative expression of the connection between patients, family, and health care professionals.

    Writings and artworks foster an understanding of cultural and social contexts of the individual experience of illness and the way medicine is practiced. Editors are students in the School of Medicine, staff and faculty of the Anschutz Medical Campus. Authors and artists are students, staff, health professionals, and patients from the University of Colorado community.

    An exhibit of artwork and photography from The Human Touch is on display on the 2nd floor of the Fulginiti Pavilion during April 2014.

    This publication is being offered FREE to members of the community through the generous support the School of Medicine. The Human Touch is produced by the Art and Humanities in Health Care Program (Therese Jones, PhD, Director and H. N. Claman, M.D., Associate Director) of the Anschutz Medical Campus Center for Bioethics and Humanities.

    A copy of the anthology is also available for checkout at the Health Sciences Library, in the Drs. Henry and Janet Claman Medical Humanities Collection.  The collection is located in the 3rd Floor Special Collections Room, call number WZ 350 U58h.   An electronic copy is available in the Digital Collections of Colorado.

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  9. FYI: LaTeX NIH Template Available

    Do you use the formatting tool LaTeX to create manuscripts for grants or publication?

    The LaTeXTemplates.com site is offering a template for NIH documents.


    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  10. New Amesse Collection Books

    The following titles have recently been added to the Amesse Collection- enjoy!


    -Atkinson, Kate/ Life After Life

    -Haruf, Kent/ Benediction

    -Kidd, Sue Monk/ The Invention of Wings

    -Oyeyemi, Helen/ Boy, Snow, Bird

    -Pavone, Chris/ The Accident

    -Weir, Andy/ The Martian



    -Balfour, Amy/ Lonely Planet Southwest USA

    -Cretti, John/ Rocky Mtn. Gardener’s Handbook

    -Heath, Chip/ Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work

    -Kolbert, Elizabeth/ The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

    -Wooldridge, Mike/ Teach Yourself Visually Photoshop Elements 12


    [Lynn Schwalm]

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  11. Retirement of Roy Robinson

    [caption id="attachment_4891" align="alignnone" width="300"]Roy's Retirement Roy's Retirement[/caption]

    After 37 years with the Health Sciences Library, Roy Robinson retired at the end of March.

    A Colorado native, Roy graduated from Metro State College with a degree in Biology and a minor in Philosophy. He served on active duty with the U.S. Navy. After graduating from college he sought civilian employment and ended up working as a lab assistant for the Colorado State Health Department, located quite close to the old Dennison building – he was able to watch the building additions going up during his lunch-breaks. However, the hard work – coupled with low pay and close encounters with a few too many dangerous viral and bacterial cultures – caused him to seek employment elsewhere. He started taking business classes, then came across a posting for a State job here at the library in March of 1977. It was better paying than the Health Department – as well as less biohazard-ly dangerous! – So he accepted the Circulation position. His background in Biology served him well in the medical field.

    Over his 37 years here, Roy has worked in every department of the library under five different directors, and has seen some pretty dramatic changes along the way. At one time, there was only one computer in the library, and patrons relied exclusively on card catalogs and the knowledge of the librarians. Internal reorganizations transferred him department to department, but his skills and adaptability helped to ensure his value wherever he ended up. At one point, he worked in three different departments at the same time.

    In 1972, he transferred from the Navy Reserve to the Colorado Army National Guard. During the Gulf War, he was activated to duty with the 147th Combat Support Hospital, but he was not stationed overseas. While on duty he earned his LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) license, continuing to pursue his interest in medical assistance during emergency situations. In 1991, at the end of the war, he returned to the Circulation Department of the library. He was placed in charge of all of the building’s photocopiers – which, in the days before email and electronic journal access, were just as essential as the books themselves! (Incidentally, they also brought in a considerable amount of revenue: enough to pay his full wages and then some.) As the internet rose in prevalence, Roy was at last phased into Administration, where he handled supplies.

    Roy’s passion for emergency medical assistance will continue into his retirement: he is becoming more active as a volunteer in Cultural & Historic Resources Emergency Management. With them, he will ensure that historical communities are protected in cases of emergencies, such as the unprecedented flooding of last autumn. He will also become more involved in the local DMAT (Disaster Medical Assistance Team). When not volunteering for emergency management organizations, he will be assisting his brother in the care of his elderly aunt.

    Thank you, Roy, for 37 years of dedication and service, and a friendly smile in the library!

    [caption id="attachment_4894" align="alignnone" width="300"]Roy's Retirement party Roy's Retirement party[/caption]

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  12. AskUs! Reference Service

    AskUs! Overview

    • AskUs service available to all library patrons
    • Common questions include:
      • Troubleshooting access problems
      • Requests for consultations
      • Assistance with navigating databases and the library website
      • Specific research queries
        • Does Agent Orange cause acid reflux?
        • How can I find quantitative based research?
        • Does the library have access to [     ] database?
        • What kind of classes does the library offer?
        • Does the library have access to this article?
        • Some shifts yield more phone calls than emails or chats and vice versa
        • Email, chat, and phone calls seem to be more prevalent than walk-ins (in my experience so far)
        • Some queries are easily answered within five minutes, others can take much longer
          • Several phone calls that required in-depth searching (over an hour’s worth), in addition to follow up
          • When you’re out of your depth – defer to staff in EdRef
          • Participate in follow-up sessions with John to go over answers
          • Ensure stats are recorded for each transaction (phone calls and walk-ins included)
          • Answer queries in “reference librarian” mode
            • Deciphering the question: what does the user really want to know?
            • Important to know when to forward a question on to someone else
            • Try to teach user how to find the answer for themselves, but also ensure that they get the information they need
            • Important to know when to recommend scheduling a consultation
              • User asked for assistance with their research topic after spending 7-8 hours on their own with no results
              • Most responses to questions are “original,” but there are canned responses, indexed by subject matter

    [Shaun Baber]

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  13. Book Review: The Woman Upstairs

    Woman-UpstairsNora Eldridge is the "woman upstairs" in Claire Messud's book of the same name. As she recounts the tale of a unique love that has helped redefine her, we learn that she's got a good sense of humor, is a reliable friend, good daughter, and a devoted teacher. But there's a woman angry at her invisibility and missed opportunity lurking just below the surface.  She's had enough of being the "woman upstairs" and dreams of fulfilling success that she feels has passed her by.  Her story evolves into part mid-life identity crisis, part psychological thriller when her sedate life crosses paths with a dazzling and exotic international family of academic, artist and cherished child.

    Their exciting personal history throws Nora's life is into relief, highlighting all the danger, creativity, success, and elegance lacking in her own. As her fascination and deeply felt belief in her love of each family member grows, she becomes more convinced of her importance in their lives. Nora's good humor and routine disintegrate into bitterness and upheaval as she begins to doubt her value.  As the tale unfolds to an O'Henry-esque conclusion, the reader is left to wonder if Nora has the edginess and drive or the disregard for other's opinions that will allow her to commit to her hoped-for life?  Or maybe she just needs the right sort of betrayal?

    You can find this book in the Health Science Library's Amesse leisure reading collection in an alcove on the east wall of the first floor. Call number:  Amesse F MESSUD WOM


    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  14. The UpToDate App Has Arrived!

    We are pleased to announce that the app for UpToDate is finally available!

    Get It
    : http://hslibrary.ucdenver.edu/uptodate-app

    -Free UpToDate Mobile App for your iOS, Android™ or Windows 8 device
    -Direct access to UpToDate from any internet browser
    -Earn CME/CE/CPD credits when you research clinical questions


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  15. eBeam White Board Capture

    [caption id="attachment_4810" align="alignnone" width="211"]eBeam microphone & marker set eBeam microphone & marker set[/caption]

    The Health Sciences Library now offers users the eBeam.  With whiteboard capture technology, you can save, modify, and share your whiteboard work online.  All your handwritten notes and drawings are saved to your computer so they can be edited, printed, emailed, and shared with anyone.  The Service Desk offers two eBeam packages, complete with Livewire & USB devices, four colored markers (red, blue, black, and green), a microphone for audio recording, and the Edge Wireless device.  Each kit also includes two Quick Reference guides with step-by-step setup and use.   You can check out one of our laptops (Dell, Mac, or Chromebook), or use your own!  For more information, check out the eBeam website at http://www.e-beam.com/products/why-ebeam.html.

    [caption id="attachment_4811" align="alignnone" width="278"]Save your whiteboard work to your computer Save your whiteboard work to your computer[/caption]

    [Details: Check-outs are for a full day, and the eBeam can be renewed at the service desk, as long as there are no holds on the product for other patrons.  As with all media devices and reserves, we ask that you please return them to the service desk before 11:45pm (7:45 on Fri/Sat).]

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  16. Special Collections Featured Book for March



    Denver Health’s First 150 years by Eileen Welsome
    “In 1860, when Denver’s dirt streets were lined with saloons and shanties, two officials decided to settle their political differences through a duel. When the roar of the shotguns subsided, one duelist was still standing and the other lay writhing on the ground. The man was eventually taken to a frontier hospital where two doctors bound up his wounds and did everything they could to heal him. Medicine was still more art than science back then and the man died.
    The frontier hospital was a precursor to Denver Health, which has survived and treated countless gunshot victims, as well as patients afflicted with other serious wounds and illnesses. Located just west of Speer Boulevard, between Sixth and Eighth avenues, the hospital is one of the city’s oldest institutions and one of its greatest resources. … “
    “In these pages, you will read about the hospital’s rough-and-tumble beginnings, its near-death in the 1950s, and its rebirth at the dawn of the twenty-first century. …”

    3rd floor Special Collections – History of Medicine OVERSIZE – WAR WX 28 AC6 D4 D416W 2011

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  17. Got Wireless Printing?

    Got wireless? Try our wireless printing service at the Health Sciences Library.

    Wireless Printing at the Health Sciences Library

    Would you like to be able to print directly from your laptop to the Health Sciences Library printers?

    Just visit our web page at http://hslibrary.ucdenver.edu/ and click on SERVICES > Wireless Printing. This works on Mac and Windows laptops or on most any computer.

    There are some important differences to understand about our wireless printing service compared to conventional printing so please be sure to read the FAQ section.

    The wireless printing service only works on the North Commons GoPrint touch screen station, the print cards are available for purchase at the library front desk. There is no wireless printing available for the student printer with accounts maintained at the bookstore.

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  18. NCBI Gene Resources Discovery Recorded Webinars Now Available

    Did you miss any of the wonderful training webinars provided by the National Center of Biotechnology Information? NCBI logo Archived recordings are now available, type in your name and email to access the recordings: WED Feburary 12  "Sequences and Genomes" (handouts)     ARCHIVED VIDEO THURS February 13   "Proteins, domains, and structures" (handouts)      ARCHIVED VIDEO WED February 19    "NCBI BLAST"  (handouts)     ARCHIVED VIDEO THURS February 20   "Human variation and disease genes"  (handouts)    ARCHIVED VIDEO Peter Cooper Join Peter Cooper, PhD, to explore and discover how you can leverage NCBI’s powerful resources for your own research during four 2 hour webinar sessions. Each recording focuses on a unique set of resources that support specific research domains.  The NCBI Discovery Workshops comprise four workshops that will teach you how to use the NCBI Web resources more effectively. Peter Cooper (cooper@ncbi.nlm.nih.gov) directs the scientific outreach and training program for the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Library of Medicine. Peter has conducted and developed training courses for biologists in the use of NBCI molecular databases and has provided scientific user support for the NCBI since 1998. Prior to joining the NCBI Peter pursued diverse biological research interests including peptide neurochemistry, marine environmental toxicology, and taught biology and chemistry. Peter earned a BS from Virginia Tech, a MA in chemistry from the Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in Marine Science from the College of William and Mary, School of Marine Science in 1996. This webinar series was scheduled at the request of the Health Sciences Library – Ask Us for help with: • Access to full text journals and ebooks • Free consultations on your research topic and help with searching databases such as PubMed • Professional literature searching • EndNote reference manager and manuscript style software training and support • Adding your work to our Digital Collections of Colorado to store, preserve and share your ideas with the world • Reserving meeting rooms for groups of 10 to 60, reserving computer teaching labs for 15-45 • Just about anything – we’ll see if we can help, and if not, we’ll try to connect you to someone who can! [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  19. Got wireless? Try out a Chromebook.

    photo: Google Chromebook (credit: Google)
    The Health Sciences Library has made available an 11” model of the latest Google Chromebook! The new Chromebook is built by HP, has an 11” high-res screen, and weighs all of 2.3 pounds. What browser does the laptop have? Chrome, naturally.

    What word processing does it have? Google Docs. This device is all about the Google ecosystem.

    You will need a free Gmail account to log in to the device and explore. If you don’t have one, you can create one right on the laptop. But be warned: Chromebooks depend very much on wireless connectivity. If using it in the library, you’ll need to connect to the GUEST wireless network.

    The Chromebook is available on first come, first served basis from the HSL Service Desk for two day checkout to all primary patrons .

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  20. Open Access Fund 2014--Closing date March 31


    REMINDER: Apply to the Open Access Fund for Student and Early-Career Authors

    Now to March 31st or earlier when funds are depletedApply here


    The Health Sciences Library is now accepting applications for its Open Access Fund.  For students and early career professionals the award up to $1000 can be used to pay for the "author processing charge" (APC) that many open access journals require.   These journals allow authors to distribute their intellectual property without any restrictions, and usually permit them to retain copyright ownership.  In contrast to the traditional journal model in which the author is restricted from distributing her work and the reader has to pay to access it (via subscriptions), in the OA model the author pays to publish his work and readers have no limitations to access it.

    Despite costs to authors, there is growing evidence that many articles published as open access are more widely noticed and downloaded than articles published in subscription-based journals (see for example, Davis 2011).   For more information about the Open Access movement, please see the OA FAQs.

    The HSL Open Access Fund or OAF is meant to encourage researchers who have little or no financial support to pay for any type of publication fee.  Generally speaking, these scholars tend to be students, residents, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty; these individuals will receive priority therefore for an OAF award.

    While the OAF can be used to pay the APC of an open access journal of the author's choice, in order to avoid fraudulent journals, the library will restrict the range of acceptable journals to those that are known to be legitimate. They include most members of the Open Access Scholarly Publisher's Association  or those known to comply with its Code of Conduct.  Examples of these publishers or journals are: Biomed Central, JMIR Publications,  PeerJ,  PLoS , and others.  All journals will be assessed by the OAF committee for legitimacy and for their requirements.  Ideally, journals should allow the authors to retain copyright to their articles and not merely permit their distribution within limits. 


    • affiliated with AMC
    • early-career author (see Funding Priorities below)
    • publishing in a reputable OA journal
    • article is accepted (and APC has not been paid) or submitted]. NOTE: We cannot consider applications for articles that are still under preparation.
    • no other funding source except personal funds
    • substantive contribution to the article


    Funding Priorities are as follows:

    1. Students
    2. Residents, Fellows, Post-Doctoral Fellows, Junior Faculty (within 3 years of the start of his/her career)
    3. Other faculty


    • The maximum award per application is $1000 to be used only for the author processing charge (APC).  The award cannot be used to fund other fees such as "submission charges," "review charges," or "page charges."
      • If the APC is less than $1000, the award amount will equal the APC amount – i.e. your award will also be less than $1000
      • If the APC is more than $1000, the maximum award is $1000 and the author is responsible for paying the difference to the publisher.
      • Awards are paid once the library receives a copy of the publisher's invoice.
      • Applications must be received by the specified date.
        • Applicants who meet all eligibility criteria will be considered on a first-come first-served basis within the application period.
        • Every application will be reviewed by the OAF committee for eligibility.
        • We cannot consider past recipients of the OAF for a new award.

    Requirements for Applicants Who are Identified as Award Recipients:

    • Provide an invoice for the APC from the journal publisher
    • Upon publication, submit the article to the Health Sciences Library's institutional repository, Digital Collections of Colorado with a signed Deposit Agreement (see link to the Agreement near the bottom).  Make sure you have the proper copyright permissions or you own copyright to your article.
    • Complete a short evaluation form which will be emailed later.

    Get Started!

    1. Check Eligibility (see above)
    2. Check Rules (see above)
    3. Apply right away: http://hslibrary.ucdenver.edu/open-access.  We stop accepting applications on March 31stor earlier when funds are depleted.
    4. Award recipients must comply with the Requirements (see above)


    Please contact: Lilian Hoffecker 303-724-2124 lilian.hoffecker@ucdenver.edu , or Heidi Zuniga 303-724-2134 Heidi.zuniga@ucdenver.edu .

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