Appendix articles Jul - Aug 2012

  1. New Exhibit – S.Weir Mitchell

    Silas_Weir_MitchellSilas Weir Mitchell (1829-1914) was a physician, poet, novelist, and art patron, sometimes referred to as the founder of American neurology.  A selection of his books from the Health Sciences Library's collections is featured in the exhibit case on the 3rd floor, between the elevator and the Special Collections Room.

    [Emily Epstein, Cataloging Librarian]

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  2. Rare Book Profile: S. Weir Mitchell’s Gunshot Wounds and Other Injuries of Nerves

    S. Weir Mitchell’s Gunshot Wounds and Other Injuries of Nerves (Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1864) was the first exhaustive study of traumatic nerve injuries.

    Silas Weir Mitchell (1829-1914) was a Philadelphia physician, writer, and art patron.  He received his medical degree from Jefferson College in 1850, studied in Europe under Claude Bernard and others for a year, then returned to Philadelphia to join his father’s medical practice.  He became a civilian contract surgeon at a Philadelphia army hospital in 1861, and in 1862 became head of a 400-bed hospital for nervous injuries and illnesses in Turner’s Lane.  Mitchell returned to private practice after the war, specializing in neurology.  He was appointed to the Philadelphia Orthopaedic Hospital and Infirmary for Nervous Diseases in 1870, and continued research and teaching there for over 40 years. He founded the American Neurological Society, and served as an officer in many other organizations.

    Mitchell was a prolific researcher. Between 1852 and his death in 1914 he published well over 100 articles and books on neurological subjects, as well as other topics ranging from rattlesnake venom to doctor-patient relations.  As a patron of the arts, he commissioned works by Thomas Eakins, John Singer Sargent,  and others. He also wrote fiction and poetry.  His first book was The Children’s Hour, published in 1864 to raise funds for the Sanitary Commission. His first short story, “The Case of George Dedlow” (Atlantic Monthly, 1866), dealt with phantom limb pain. Only 4 of his stories were published before 1880, but 19 novels and approximately 150 poems were published after that. His historical fiction was especially popular.

    Mitchell and his colleagues William Williams Keen and George Read Morehouse wrote Gunshot Wounds and Other Injuries of Nerves in 1864, based on their work at the Turner’s Lane Hospital. The book contained the first description of causalgia and its treatment.  It helped establish Mitchell as a leader in American neurology, and remained relevant to surgeons through the First and Second World Wars.

    The Health Sciences Library’s copy is bound in its original textured brown cloth with the title in gilt on the spine, and publisher’s advertisements printed on the endpapers.


    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, or 303-724-2119. 

    [Emily Epstein, Cataloging Librarian]

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  3. FYI: "Tweetations" and "Twimpact Factors"

    We missed this article in 2011 when it was first published, but think it's worth calling to our readers' attention.  We bet it's got a lot of "tweetations"!

    Eysenbach G. Can tweets predict citations? Metrics of social impact based on Twitter and correlation with traditional metrics of scientific impact. J Med Internet Res. 2011 Dec 19;13(4):e123.  PMID: 22173204

    Visit Google Scholar for more on tweetations and twimmpact.

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  4. FYI: Does my clinical trial need to be posted or updated on

    Many clinical trials are required to be posted and updated on the website

    For help deciding whether your clinical trial should be posted, or information on how to update the website with the current status of your trial, please visit the CU Denver Clinical Research Support Center (CRSC) website or contact them by phone at 303-724-1111.


    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  5. Why should I create an Author Identifier?

    Because multiple researchers in the same or different fields may have the same first and last names, there is an author ambiguity problem within the scholarly research community. To circumvent this problem assigning each researcher a "unique author identifier" has been proposed.

    For example, if you search PubMed for lee b[au], you will find over 9000 matches from authors on almost every continent!  Author identification may help resolve the problem of locating research by a specific B. Lee by creating a centrally administered system to unambiguously identify authors of scientific papers.

    The benefits of such a system include:

    • Less ambiguity as to who has published a certain paper when different variations of an author’s name have been used
    • Ability to accurately measure citations of individual papers or authors
    • Easier evaluation of an author’s productivity and impact in his/her field
    • Simplified data handling and storage; author identification only has to be stored in one place
    • Richer cross-referencing is possible between search engines, browsers, and other applications to create links between an author’s biographical information and his/her published works
    • Opportunity to create an "academic genealogy"

    There are several systems currently working to provide unique researcher identifiers. Signing up for one (or all) of these systems will help ensure you are uniquely associated with your research (especially if you happen to be a B. Lee!)

    Need help signing up for an author ID with these resources?  Feel free to contact "Ask Us" for assistance.

    Much of this Appendix Newsletter item is taken from ResearcherID, ORCID, and Other Unique Author Identifiers

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian and Lilian Hoffecker, Research Librarian]

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  6. The ARTstor Digital Library

    The Health Sciences Library now access to the ARTstor Digital Library.  ARTstor contains over 1.3 million different images covering a wide variety of disciplines, compiled for educational purposes.  Once you have created an user account, you will be able to access of all of the available features. You are able to use these images for any educational project including presentations and websites.  For the term “anatomy” alone there are over 649 images, some dating back to the ninth century.


    For example, you could use an image like this Thomas Eakin painting titled “Gross Clinic” from The Carnegie Arts of the United States Collection for a project on surgery in the 1800’s.










    Or this image of Leonardo da Vinci’s “View of the organs of the chest and abdomen of the vascular system of a woman,” drawing from the Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, United Kingdom repository for a project on the understanding of anatomy in the 1500’s.


    The Health Sciences Library believes having access to this beneficial resource will assist researchers, professors, and students  in their teachings and studies to create visual interest in current projects and presentations.  Make the time to browse the ARTstor Collection and take advantage of this invaluable database.

    [Deidre Adams-Buckley, Access Services]

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  7. New Staff at HSL

    Andrew and Deirdre
    The Access Service Department of the Health Sciences Library would like to introduce two new Library Technicians to the Health Sciences Library family.

    Andrew Roth, our new day-time Library Technician, has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and an Masters of Library Science from Emporia State University.   He has experience working in public libraries providing technology related assistance.  Andrew is originally from Florida, has a collection of toy robots, and is currently working to repair and renovate a 1961 AMI jukebox.

    Deirdre Adams-Buckley, the new evening Library Technician, has a BS in Elementary Education from the University of Nevada Reno and an Masters from the University of Denver.   She has experience working in tech support, oral history post-production, and circulation in the Westminster Law Library at the University of Denver.  Deirdre loves to read and enjoys learning about new technology.

    Welcome to our team, Andrew and Deirdre!

    [Charlotte Vandervoort, Library Technician II]

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  8. FYI: Surveys Find Putting Dissertation Online Isn't an Obstacle to Print Publication

    Are you a science graduate student worried that making your thesis or dissertation available online will hurt your chances of getting it published? Gail McMillan, director of the digital library and archives at Virginia Tech, has good news for you.

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  9. Power up at the HSL

    Students: we've heard the call, and we know you need to recharge your devices! Free power provided at the computer pods in the library's first floor Information Commons. Come by when you need a charge.

    Look for the 12 new multi-outlet power receptacles mounted to the edge of the dividers. Look for the sign below mounted on top of the rails to find each unit.


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  10. Library piloting patron-driven acquisitions

    The Health Sciences Library is participating in a pilot project with the other University of Colorado libraries to let library users purchase ebooks on demand.  This type of collection development is often referred to as “patron-driven acquisitions” or PDA.

    In the pilot, all of the CU libraries will load records into their catalogs for ebooks that might be of interest to users.  The third time an ebook is viewed, it is automatically purchased and shared amongst all of the CU libraries.  The process is seamless to library users and the ebooks are available immediately.  When library users search FindIt or the library's catalog, they may pull up results that include ebooks.  There is no way for a user to tell if the ebook they are viewing is part of the pilot, so users should view all items that they believe are potentially useful.

    To date, the Health Sciences Library has loaded 1,795 of these records into our catalog.  The topics covered by these records include nursing, sports medicine and public health.  We have also loaded 179 ebooks which have already been purchased by other CU libraries.

    The Health Sciences Library and the other CU libraries are running this pilot to see if PDA is useful to our users.  We also want to see if it is an acquisition method that can be fiscally supported.  If you'd like more information about the pilot, please contact Melissa De Santis ( or (303) 724-1748).

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  11. JAMAevidence now available!


    Do you teach about Evidence Based Practice? Run a Journal Club? Or, just want to learn more about EBP and critical appraisal?  Then, JAMAevidence is the resource for you!

    The Health Sciences Library is pleased to provide JAMAevidence (go to J in All Databases), an online resource for learning and teaching about evidence based health care.   Available both on and off campus, JAMAevidence includes the full content of the JAMA Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature, The Rational Clinical Examination,  Care at the Close of Life, and Core Topics in Evidence-Based Medicine.   In addition, calculators, podcasts, education guides, and a host of other tools for teaching, learning, and practicing evidence based clinical care are available.    Try it today!

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  12. PubMed Favorites

    My NCBI account holders can now automatically add to a favorites collection (or quickly add a reference to an existing collection) with the PubMed Favorites feature.

    Simply log into your My NCBI account, search as usual, and click on a hyperlinked title to view the abstract.  Click the Favorites button to quickly add an item to your favorites collection.  OR open the Favorites tool to add the item to an existing collection or to create a new collection.

    You can manage your collections by clicking "Manage collections".  This will redirect you to your My NCBI Collections.

    You can use this window to delete collections, make collections public to share with another PubMed user (such as a collaborator, students, Facebook or a webpage) or edit your collection by deleting references you no longer want.

    This is a convenient feature to speed up the process of storing items for future consultation.

    For more tips, see the blog post "New PubMed Tricks", posted on November 13, 2012.

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  13. Charge It: Universal chargers now available for checkout

    Is your phone battery down to 10%? You can charge it at the library! The Health Sciences Library now has an universal cell phone charger available for a two hour checkout at the service desk. With ten different connectors it is capable of charging a wide variety of  different devices. The library also has a MacBook power adapter for checkout as well. Visit the service desk for more information!

    [Andrew Roth, Access Services]

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  14. Document Delivery for Health Sciences Students

    Health Sciences students, do you know…………….

    If you are a registered student with the University of Colorado Health Sciences campus, you can request journal articles, books (NO textbooks), book chapters etc, through the Health Sciences Library Interlibrary Loan department, with no direct charge to you.

    You’ll need to register for an ILLiad account. You’ll find Interlibrary Loan under the Services heading on our library website You’ll see I don’t have an ILLiad account.  Click on that and then on First Time Users. This will take you to the ILLiad registration form. You’ll receive notification once your account has been set up in our office.

    After you have created your account, you can place your requests. We will process the requests and when we send them to you, you will receive an email telling you there is an article waiting for you under View Electronically Received Articles within your account. Articles will remain in your account for only 30 days, so once you receive and open them, be sure to download or save them in some way so you’ll have them for your future use.

    You’re wondering how long it will take to receive your article? If the journal is held by the Health Sciences Library, it should be sent out to you by the next business day. If we do not hold the title you need, the article must be ordered from another library. The official time is 3-5 days. Items are received by this office electronically, so the majority of items are received much faster. Books must come by mail so they could possibly take a week to arrive. All this also depends on work load and how many requests are already waiting in the queue when you place your requests. Our staff do their best to provide speedy service.

    There is NO RUSH service for student requests.

    We look forward to assisting you with your Interlibrary Loan needs. Call 303-724-2111 with any questions.

    [Nell Able, Interlibrary Loan]

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  15. Rare Book Profile: W.W. Keen’s The Treatment of War Wounds

    William W. Keen’s The Treatment of War Wounds (Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Company, 1917) is a report of recent innovations in military medicine, not a personal memoir. William Williams Keen (1837-1932) was a pioneer in American neurosurgery. In his nearly 70-year career as a general surgeon, he saw and influenced major changes in medical practice and education. He wrote or edited over 650 books and articles, many influential, and introduced several new surgical procedures.

    William Williams Keen (1837-1932) was born and raised in Philadelphia, studied chemistry and physics at Brown University, then returned to Philadelphia to enrol in Jefferson Medical College in 1860. At the end of his first year, he became temporary surgeon to the Fifth Massachusetts Regiment. His first battle was the First Battle of Bull Run. He returned to Jefferson, receiving his medical degree in 1862. He then returned to the army as acting assistant surgeon and served at the U.S. Army Hospital for Diseases of the Nervous System in Philadelphia. After the war, Keen studied in Europe for two years, and then returned to Philadelphia, where he established a surgical practice and lectured on pathological anatomy at Jefferson. In the following decades, he maintained his practice and served on the faculties of various Philadelphia institutions, including Jefferson Medical College (1866-1875 and 1889-1907), the Philadelphia School of Anatomy, which he founded (1875-1889), the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he worked with painter Thomas Eakins. Keen also participated in a secret operation to remove a malignant sarcoma from Grover Cleveland’s jaw in 1893, and was consulted about Franklin D. Roosevelt’s paralysis in 1921. He was the first surgeon in the U. S. to remove a brain tumor successfully, and he published the first American article on the clinical use of Roentgen rays.

    In addition to his service in the Civil War, he was a consultant to the Army in the Spanish-American War, and a medical officer in World War I. World War I presented new problems in sheer scale and the introduction of new weapons. These challenges were met with innovations in organization, transportation, anti-infective agents, materials, and procedures.

    The Health Sciences Library’s copy is bound in its original plain red ribbed cloth with the title in gilt on the spine and upper board, with a 16-page catalog of other medical publications at the end.

    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, or 303-724-2119.

    [Emily Epstein, Cataloging Librarian]

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  16. New PubMed Tricks

    PubMed has added some great features in the past year.  PubMed's three column layout now provides space for filters and useful sidebars, along with your results.

    Probably the most helpful of the changes is the substitution of Filters in the left hand sidebar replacing the old Limits page.  Point and click access allows users to quickly select from a wide variety of filters to focus your search results.  PubMed users can select from ten different categories, each offering multiple choices.

    Another great new feature highlights titles that include your search terms.  For example, the search health belief model and weight management retrieves 45 results but a helpful highlight box at the top draws your attention to 2 citations that title match your terms:

    Another search might present this information as a sidebar on the right hand side of the screen.

    Another highlight feature provides a link to gene names.  Search a keyword, like ipad, and PubMed directs you to seven articles, information in the Gene Database, and several variations for this gene name:

    Search a single  topic, such as google, and a chart of results by year will display in the right hand sidebar to provide visual illustration of research activity on the topic.   Click on one of the bars in the chart to view all the results from that year. In the illustration I've clicked on the bar for 2001, the first time google was mentioned in a PubMed record.

    Another helpful sidebar scans prior searches in PubMed and presents the most frequent topics searched that are similar to your topic in a Related searches sidebar.

    Several new features draw your attention to content in PMC (PubMed Central).  PMC is PubMed's companion open access repository for full text content.  PubMed sidebars link to images in articles on your topic, or to the subset of results that are available in PMC. Although our campus has subscribed access to a wide variety of journals, many PubMed users do not and find access to the growing amount of free PMC content valuable.  The search for google retrieves over 500 images and over 600 free full text articles.

    Searching for authors with common last name-initial combinations can be frustrating.  But PubMed now offers a "Computer Author" feature to help better locate articles that belong to the same author.  For example, searching for Anschutz Medical Campus author Larry Hunter can be challenging because the PubMed search for Hunter's articles, hunter l[au], retrieves dozens of articles by several different authors.  Limiting to a specific topic helps zero in on specific articles (hunter l[au] and pubmed) but leaves out lots of his other work.

    Now searchers can find just one of Hunter's articles, click the hyperlinked title to view the abstract and click on Hunter LE or Hunter L in the author list and PubMed will run an algorithm to retrieve Hunter's articles.  The algorithm finds his articles based on the typical topics researched, common collaborators and  journals.

    Clicking on his hyperlinked name launches the algorithm, resulting in a better focused list of results.

    Each article has its own set of results based on the characteristics of the "parent" article.

    While these features might not be useful every time you search, they are useful during different search tasks. Their efficiency may save you time and effort when searching.

    If you need assistance understanding and using these options, feel free to Ask Us! in person at the Library, by phone (303-724-2152), or by email or chat service.  Make an appointment online for a one-on-one consultation to discuss any of these new features and how they might work with your search question!

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  17. FYI: Top-Ranked Journals Are Losing Their Share of Top-Cited Articles

    A new study examines the shifting sands of journal citing, influenced by open access and internet search habits.  High impact journals still exist but must share their audience due to access to a wider choice of journals.

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]


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  18. Celebrating Five Years of Service, Success!

    On October 15th, the Health Sciences Library celebrated its fifth anniversary of serving the Anschutz Medical Campus community.  Faculty, staff, students, and members of the public had a chance to meet with library staff and enjoy a cupcake and coffee.



    Library IT staff were on hand to promote the availability of laptops and iPads for our faculty, staff, and students.  Students were asked to complete a technology survey in order for the library to better serve their needs.





    Collection Management staff were present to introduce historical medical artifacts that are available for research purposes.




    The Health Sciences Library's fifth year celebration was indeed an enjoyable opportunity to highlight its services and wonderful staff!  If you didn't have a chance to join us for the party, be sure to stop in and say hello!  We look forward to many more years of collaboration and service with the Anschutz Medical Campus community.

    [Brittany Heer, Interlibrary Loan, and Tami Hoegerl, Library Technician]

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  19. New Gmail Message Composition

    Gmail users may find a prompt to try a new Compose feature.  The new Compose allows gmail users to write and send a message in a pop up window (see image), while still able to access messages, contacts and folders in the main window, which will still be in the background.

    Many gmail users found it a nuisance that gmail opened a new screen in the same window/tab to compose a new message.  This required users who needed access to the main gmail window to open a new window/tab to access that information.


    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  20. The Human Touch 2013 - CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

    Submit your poetry, prose or artwork to the University of Colorado's medical humanities anthology! Please send your art, photography, poetry and prose to by the submission deadline of January 15th, 2013. Submissions will be reviewed by the editorial board following the submission deadline. Final decisions will be made in March 2013. Although it is expected that some aspect of health care will provide the subject for many entries, submissions on all topics are encouraged! Submission Guidelines: ∙        Up to 3 works may be submitted by each author or artist. ∙        Poetry and prose submissions should not exceed 1500 words. ∙        Each work must be submitted as a separate electronic file. ∙        All submissions should include the name of artist, the title of the submission, mailing address, and email address. We also request a short biography (no more than 50 words), though it is not required. ∙        Visual artists should submit work in a digital format (preferably JPEG). If scanned, please ensure that the resolution is 300 dpi or greater. We also request that you do not send files greater than 30 MB. ∙        Please note that it is not possible for all visual media to be printed in color due to budget constraints. ∙        Previously published work will be considered, but a citation is required in order to recognize the original publication. Proper acknowledgement and citation is the author/artist’s responsibility. ∙        Any work that is edited or altered will be returned to the author for approval prior to publication. ∙        No work will be accepted that compromises the privacy of patients or health care providers. Names and identifying characteristics or details should be altered prior to submission. ∙        Submissions must be received by January 15th, 2013 in order to be considered for the Spring 2013 publication. Questions should be emailed to The 2012 edition is available at the Anschutz Medical Campus Bookstore or may be viewed online at: ***This journal and all of its contents with no exceptions are covered under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. To view a summary of this license, please see All Authors/Artists Hold Their Own Copyright   [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  21. Finding Practice Guidelines

    Every major K-12, college and professional sport is worried about head injuries these days.  But who is looking out for the poor cheerleader, dropped on her head by a wobbly human pyramid? The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council On Sports Medicine And Fitness, that’s who! Cheerleading Injuries: Epidemiology and Recommendations for Prevention provides guidelines for professionals. There are many good sources for Guidelines.  For videos demonstrating the following search strategies, see the Guidelines section of the Searching for Evidence Based Information Resource Guide. Don't forget to Ask Us! if you would like librarian assistance in locating a guideline or learning more about the following resources.  To locate new guidelines via PubMed use a keyword describing the condition, disease or population and the terms guideline or guidelines.   For example: Cheerleading and (guideline or guidelines) Be sure to group guideline or guidelines in parentheses so that PubMed can process those terms properly. Search Google Scholar for a guideline you know has been shared in a published conference proceeding or in a journal.  Open the drop down advanced search to search for either all of your terms OR at least one of your terms in the title of the article.  Limit to recent years – most guidelines are out of date within 3-5 years or sooner. National Guideline Clearinghouseoffers many options for searching for guidelines and viewing side by side comparisons or viewing sytheses –

    • Basic keyword searches can be sorted by relevance and limited to specific years
    • Advanced searches can be filtered by:
      • Focus on disease, treatment or health services administration
      • Special populations
      • Clinical specialty, creating organization,  or organization type
      • Method and process used in creating guidelines
      • Audience, type of guideline, IOM care category or domain
      • Years
    • Topic, organization or index (scroll past the news and announcements on the home page for links)
    • Mobile resources

    MDConsult offers a Guidelines section.  The section organizes guidelines A-Z, by topic, and by organization.  You can search all sections for a keyword like cheerleading and find materials related to injuries in books, journals or Clinics, and other sections of MDConsult. NursingConsult also offers a Guidelines section with topics of interest to nurses and nursing students. Dynamed incorporates guidelines in the Treatment Recommendations included in chapters on conditions and disease.  There is also a Guidelines and Resources section for each chapter, linking to guidelines from major organizations from around the world. Searching Googlefor a specific type of guideline can be quite efficient and effective.  Google is especially useful for a guideline that is published web-only.  Follow these tips for googling for a guideline:

    • Include a disease or condition term in the search strategy
    • Include the organization name in the search
    • Include the word guideline – because of Google’s automatic “stemming” of root words, results will include the plural form of the word
    • Include additional terms that might help refine your results, for example cheerleading injury guideline

    Guidelines are fairly easily found, although it occasionally requires some persistence and consulting more than one resource to get the job done! [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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