MD Consult has been retired

MD Consult has been retired by its producer, Elsevier.  We are currently working to get access to as much of the ebook content as possible.  Ebook access will continue on a different platform soon. 

We already have the ejournal content on the ScienceDirect platform.

For any questions or suggestions for alternative titles please email Ricardo Andrade: andrader@uchicago.edu

Comets in the news and at Crerar Library

picture of comet on november 4th

Picture of comet on November 4th. Credit: NASA.gov

Today Rosetta’s Philae probe is making the first-ever landing on a comet when it touches down on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.  Interested in reading more about comets?  Crerar has a number of volumes on the topic, both in print and online.  Most of our print volumes are in the QA721 call number area.  Or interested in further research in astronomy?  The Library also offers a  guide to research in astronomy

 

Below are some volumes from the collection.

Introduction to Comets by John  C. Brandt.  Cambridge University Press 2004.  Location: Crerar 3rd floor bookstacks: QB721 .B798 2004.

Comets: Nature, Dynamics, Origin and their Cosmogonical Relevance by Julio Angel Fernandes.  Springer (2005).  Full text online or in print in Crerar 3rd floor bookstacks: QB721.F47 2005

Great Comets by Robert Burnham.  Cambridge University Press (2000).  Location: Crerar 3rd floor bookstacks QB721 .B79 2000

Hunting and Imaging Comets by Martin Mobberley.  Springer (2011).  Full text online.

 

 

 

 

Endnote Workshop (Webinar), Tuesday, Nov. 11, 5:30-6:30 PM

Learn about the desktop citation management software, EndNote. In this webinar, you will learn to how to use EndNote, including how to create and manage libraries, import references from online databases, and create formatted bibliographies and citations in Microsoft Word. Registration is required at: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.cfm?course_id=320

Current Exhibits Coal Swamp Fossils: The Robert Springfield Fossil Collection

 Calamites sp.

A branch of Calamites sp. that shows multiple spore producing cones of a sphenopsid.

An exhibit of 16 coal swamp fossils is now on display in the Crerar Library’s first floor Reading Room. 

Curated by Benjamin Rhind, high school senior at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, the exhibit of Sphenopsid and Lycopod specimens is drawn from The Robert Springfield Fossil Collection and is on view for the 2014-2015 academic year.

We are grateful to the Springfield family for their gift of fossil specimens, which brings unique materials to the Library’s collections.  The Robert Springfield Fossil Collection is on loan from the Library’s Special Collections Research Center.

HealthMap: Using Online, Real-time Surveillance to Identify Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks (webinar)

DATE:  Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 12:30 PM CST  

TOPIC:  HealthMap: Using Online, Real-time Surveillance to Identify Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Long before the 2014 Ebola outbreak was a topic on every front page and in every news outlet, HealthMap (http://healthmap.org/ebola) detected a trend showing a “mystery hemorrhagic fever” spreading in a small area in West Africa. Shortly afterwards, the World Health Organization announced the Ebola epidemic.  Developed in 2006, HealthMap delivers real-time intelligence on a broad range of emerging infectious diseases for a diverse audience including libraries, local health departments, governments, and international travelers. This tool brings together disparate data sources, including online news aggregators, eyewitness reports, expert-curated discussions and validated official reports, to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health. HealthMap is a freely available as a Web site ‘healthmap.org’ and through the mobile app ‘Outbreaks Near Me’.

PRESENTER:  John Brownstein, Ph.D., co-founder of HealthMap, is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and directs the Computational Epidemiology Group at the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program in Boston. He has been at the forefront of the development and application of public health surveillance. HealthMap is in use by over a million people a year including the CDC, WHO, DHS, DOD, HHS, and EU. Dr. Brownstein has advised the World Health Organization, Institute of Medicine, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the White House on real-time public health surveillance.

LOGIN:  To join the meeting at 1:30 pm ET, Thursday, November 13, click on https://webmeeting.nih.gov/disinfo  

Enter your name in the guest box and click “Enter Room”.
A box should pop up asking for your phone number.
Enter your phone number and the system will call you.
For those who cannot use this call-back feature, the dial-in information is:
Dial-In:  1-888-757-2790
Pass-Code: 745907

SPONSOR:  National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Specialists Program

Introduction to Data Visualization, Nov 5, 1-3 PM

Simon Jacobs, Research Programmer, Research Computing Center

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 1:00–3:00 p.m. | Kathleen A. Zar Room, John Crerar Library

Data visualization techniques allow researchers to display their data in ways that help to communicate research results in a visually appealing manner. With the large amounts of data that are now being collected or generated, researchers’ needs quickly outgrow what is provided by Excel or Graphviz. This workshop will discuss basic principles of data visualization as applied to D3, a commonly-used Javascript framework for data visualization. In a hands-on session, participants will build several sample visualizations for an example dataset.

Prerequisites: Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop to participate in the hands-on session. Familiarity with HTML and Javascript will be helpful, but not required.

Register here.

Feature Story 120 years old, 30 years young, and a library for all time

The John Crerar Library’s history of nurturing research and learning in the sciences continues

Crerar-rendering

It holds a place of distinction in the world of libraries. In 2014, we celebrate the 120th anniversary of the founding of the John Crerar Library, and the 30th anniversary of the library’s move to the University of Chicago. Since its beginnings, the Crerar Library has offered unique collections and innovative technology and services that nurture research and learning in Chicago. And we see this as only the beginning of the Crerar Library’s history; its core values are as important today and in the future as they were at the Library’s founding.

John Crerar

John Crerar, University of Chicago Photographic Archive, apf 1-02009. Special Collections Research Center.

The John Crerar Library was founded in 1894 and first opened its doors to the citizens of Chicago on April 1, 1897, with a collection numbering over 30,000 volumes. Located in the Marshall Field Building, it was to be, according to John Crerar in his 1886 will, a “library for all time” and the City of Chicago. Indeed it has been. In 2014, collections have grown to 1.4 million volumes, services have evolved, and facilities have changed; however, the library has remained open not only to Chicagoans but also to researchers from around the world interested in the sciences.

Developing outstanding collections has been a priority for the John Crerar Library since its beginnings. John Crerar did not specify the scope of the library but indicated that it must not contain nastiness and immorality, such as dirty French novels and all skeptical trash and works of questionable moral tone. Envisioned by its earliest leaders to complement and not compete with the existing Newberry and Chicago Public Libraries, the John Crerar Library included philosophy, physical and natural sciences, the fine arts and sociology and economics.

In 1906, the Library expanded the collection in response to requests by local medical institutions to bring medical literature together with related science material already located at Crerar. The collection of valuable medical and surgical literature formed by Dr. Nicholas Senn and originally given to the Newberry Library was moved to the John Crerar Library with the approbation of Dr. Senn. In later decades the social sciences and arts collections were transferred to other libraries, in order to focus Crerar’s collections on the sciences, medicine, and technology. Today, the Library continues to respond to changes in user needs, areas of research, and the University’s curriculum. One example is purchasing electronic databases, journals, and books, in response to the preference of researchers in the sciences for electronic material. Another is a change to the collection scope in support of the Institute for Molecular Engineering following its establishment at the University in 2011.

The John Crerar Library in the Marshall Field Building

The John Crerar Library, Marshall Field Building, Technology Reading Room 1. University of Chicago Photographic Archive, apf2-01946. Special Collections Research Center.

Pioneering innovative uses of technology and user services is a hallmark of the John Crerar Library. In 1912, Crerar was one of the first libraries in the U.S. to offer a photoduplication service, providing copies of material from the collection to researchers outside Chicago instead of lending material. The Research Information Service (RIS) offered intensive expert research assistance. Established in 1946, it was, reportedly, the first fee-based research service of its kind in the country. The Corporate Members Program was established in 1951 to provide companies access to research materials. In 1952, Crerar became one of the first libraries in the U.S. to use a Teletype machine. The National Translation Center, first supported by the Special Libraries Association and the National Science Foundation, and later by the Library of Congress, was based in the John Crerar Library from 1953 to 1993 and was the central location for translations in the U.S.

Today, the Crerar Library continues its tradition of providing high-tech services tailored to meet the needs of our users. The Library has partnered with the Research Computing Center to equip our Kathleen A. Zar Room for 3D visualization with interactive touch technology. The Computer Sciences Instructional Laboratory (CSIL) makes its home in Crerar, in support of the College and Department of Computer Science. Crerar’s expert staff members provide point-of-need reference service, in-depth research consultations, and instruction sessions using the latest online resources. In collaboration with faculty, staff, and other specialists from across campus and around the world, they contribute to 21st-century initiatives such as the Google Books digitization project and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.

A 3D visualization in Crerar

A 3D visualization in Crerar. (Photo by Nicholas Labello)

The John Crerar Library began thanks to the philanthropy of one individual but continues to thrive due to the dedication and support of many. This dedication and support has taken many forms throughout the years. In 2002, a gift from University Trustee Harvey Plotnick supported creation of online records for 20,000 titles in the John Crerar Collection of Rare Books in the History of Science and Medicine, located in the Special Collections Research Center. The 2010 acquisition of the rare book collection of the Rush University Medical Library was made possible by a bequest from the estate of Erica Reiner, the John A. Wilson Distinguished Service Professor Emerita in the University’s Oriental Institute, who specialized in the history of Babylonian science including medicine. The John Crerar Foundation, established in 1981, provides ongoing support for Library programs ranging from the digitization of collections to the presentation of exhibits to the annual John Crerar Foundation Science Writing Prize for College Students. The creation of the Kathleen A. Zar Room and the technology that enables innovative research and teaching in this space is supported by the Kathleen and Howard Zar Science Library Fund—which also supports a biennial symposium series and collection development at Crerar. Throughout the years, support has come from these and many others, all helping the Library to expand collections, preserve materials, and enhance services, programs, and spaces.

The bequest that John Crerar gave to Chicago in his will has nurtured science research, teaching, and learning in Chicago for 120 years, and we are committed to seeing that it does so far into the future.

Non est mortuus qui scientiam vivificavit.
He has not died who has given life to knowledge.

The Computer Science Instructional Lab

The Computer Science Instructional Lab opened in Crerar in 2013. (Photo by Jason Smith)

 

To learn more about the history of the John Crerar Library, visit our web exhibit A Library for All Time: The History of the John Crerar Library.

Introduction to EndNote (Online Version): workshop

When: Wednesday, November 5, noon – 1 p.m.
Thursday, November 6, noon – 1 p.m.
Tuesday, November 11, noon – 1 p.m.
Where: Crerar Library, Computer Classroom (November 5)

TECHB@R Regenstein Library, Room 160 (November 6 & 11)

Description: EndNote offers an online version of its popular citation manager that is available to the University of Chicago community freely through the Library. The online version offers the key features of the popular EndNote software, but with added enhancements of cloud storage, syncing, and the ability to easily share and collaborate. Come to this workshop and see if EndNote’s online version works for you.
Register: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.cfm?course_id=1339
Contact: John Crerar Library
773-702-7715

Joseph Regenstein Library
773-702-4685

Tag: WorkshopsTrainingGraduate Students
Notes: Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance.
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‘A Library for All Time’: Celebrating the History of the John Crerar Library

John Crerar

John Crerar, University of Chicago Photographic Archive, apf1-01997, Special Collections Research Center.

Exhibit Location: The John Crerar Library, Atrium
Exhibit Dates: October 29, 2014 – March 31, 2015
Associated Web Exhibit

The John Crerar Library is celebrating 30 years at the University of Chicago and 120 years since its original founding as a science and technology library in Chicago. This exhibit commemorates these anniversaries and features historical photographs and documents from the Library’s archival collections which illustrate the rich history of the John Crerar Library.

Perspective rendering of the John Crerar Library

Stubbins Associates, perspective rendering of the John Crerar Library, [1984]. Archival Buildings File, Special Collections Research Center.

Guide to science writing and presenting

Need help with a paper or presentation?  The Science Library offers on online guide to writing and presentation resources.  Links to helpful books in our collection such as  A scientific approach to scientific writing (2011) and websites such as Resources for Creating Poster Presentations  are included.  Included too is information about tools for managing citations and pdfs such as Endnote and Zotero.  The Library also offers workshops on citation management software.   Check our Library events calendar for dates and times.

New EndNote collaboration feature: Library Sharing

Endnote imageStop emailing EndNote libraries!  EndNote now makes it possible to share your library with up to 14 collaborators–including references, PDFs, and annotations–and everyone can use the library at the same time.  There is no library size limit and unlimited cloud storage.  Collaborators need to be EndNote X7 users, but are not restricted to members of the same organization.  Library sharing relies EndNote’s sync feature, so be sure to set up your EndNote online account. 

Questions?  Ask a Librarian or sign up for a workshop.

UpToDate Mobile App Now Available

UpToDate mobile and remote access is now available to all University of Chicago faculty, students and staff. If you haven’t registered with UpToDate® yet, you’re missing out on the UpToDate Anywhere access.

Please register when you access UpToDate through www.uptodate.com/online from a computer connected to the University of Chicago network/Citrix (click the login/register button at the top right hand corner).

• Free UpToDate Mobile App for your iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ or Windows 8 devices.

• Fast and easy access to UpToDate by logging in from any computer with an Internet connection -With your user name and password you’ll get the evidence-based clinical information you need from home, the office or wherever you are!

• Effortless CME credits when you research a clinical question using UpToDate onsite or remotely – including on your mobile device.

To access the UpToDate registration Tip Sheet please click: Up to Date Tip Sheet

Feature Story Brenda Johnson named Library Director and University Librarian

Brenda L. Johnson, an internationally respected leader in the field of library science, has been appointed Library Director and University Librarian, Provost Eric Isaacs announced Oct. 16. Her five-year term begins Jan. 1, 2015.

“The Library plays a key role in the life of faculty and students at the University of Chicago,” Isaacs said. “Brenda’s expertise in supporting both physical collections and the proliferation of digital resources, along with her history of collaboration and innovative thinking, make her an outstanding leader for this important enterprise.”

Brenda Johnson

Brenda Johnson

Johnson currently serves as Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries at Indiana University, Bloomington—a position she has held since 2010. She succeeds Judith Nadler, who retired in June after nearly five decades of service to UChicago.

Before coming to Indiana University, Johnson was University Librarian at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She spent more than 20 years at the University of Michigan, where she served as Associate University Librarian for Public Services, a position with responsibility over that institution’s 19 libraries.

She is active in the national and international library community through service and leadership on a variety of executive boards and committees, such as the board of governors of HathiTrust, the board of directors of CLOCKSS (a digital repository for web-based scholarly publications), the Committee on Institutional Cooperation Library Directors Group, the board of directors of Kuali OLE (Open Library Environment), and the Association of Research Libraries’ Scholarly Communications Steering Committee.

Johnson has become a nationally and internationally recognized voice on topics such as the rapid pace of change in information discovery and dissemination, the development of multi-institution “collective collections,” and research and learning environments, as well as the need for library transformation that fosters scholarly engagement and support. Her recent international speaking engagements have taken her to London, Shanghai, Kyushu and Yokohama, Japan.

“The University of Chicago Library is a unique and influential institution among academic libraries,” Johnson said. “I am truly honored by the opportunity to lead it through a time of transformation for all libraries, and eager to collaborate with faculty, students and staff to ensure its vitality in the years to come.”

Diane Lauderdale, professor of Health Studies, is chair of the Library’s faculty board and chaired the search committee that recommended Johnson for the position of Library Director.

“Brenda Johnson is an experienced library director and well-respected leader in the international academic library community,” Lauderdale said. “She will bring to the University of Chicago a deep understanding of collections, public and technical services and new technologies. We have an outstanding collection and staff here, but like all university libraries, face challenging decisions in the next few years about our physical and digital collections. The search committee felt confident that Brenda had the experience, insight and vision to lead our library to an even higher level of excellence.”

At a time of change for libraries nationwide, the University of Chicago Library has flourished as a center of intellectual inquiry recognized throughout academia and a dynamic learning environment for UChicago students. With its 11.9 million volumes, noted collections in a broad range of fields, including global resources and commitment to keeping its collection on campus, the Library has become a destination for scholars and a model for other institutions worldwide.  

The Joseph Regenstein Library and the adjoining Joe and Rika Mansueto Library are located in the heart of the Hyde Park campus—a testament to the Library’s continued importance to scholarly and campus life at the University, Isaacs said.

The Mansueto Library is the most recent addition to the library system. Mansueto houses cutting-edge facilities for book preservation and digitization, as well as a high-density underground storage system with the capacity to hold 3.5 million volume equivalents. The library was designed to fulfill scholars’ needs for easy access to print resources at a time when many other research universities are moving their collections to off-site storage.

The library is named in honor of Joe Mansueto, AB’78, MBA’80, and Rika Yoshida, AB’91, who gave a $25 million gift to the University in 2008. Architect Helmut Jahn designed the facility’s iconic glass dome, which encloses a light-filled reading room and an underground storage system that descends 50 feet below ground.

Alice Schreyer, Associate University Librarian for Area Studies and Special Collections, has been leading the Library on an interim basis since Nadler’s retirement. She will continue in that role until Johnson’s arrival.

A University of Chicago news release

People Deb Werner recognized as Rising Star by the Medical Library Association

Deb Werner, Librarian for Science Instruction and Outreach, has been recognized as a 2014-2015 Rising Star by the Medical Library Association (MLA). The MLA Rising Star Program, now in its fourth year, is a one-year leadership development program designed to identify emerging leaders within its members of health sciences librarians and provide leadership opportunities. Those selected to participate are paired with experienced mentors who guide the mentee through the design and implementation of a project.

Deb’s project is to create and disseminate a Public Policy Toolkit for MLA members. The Toolkit will be a roadmap that members may use to 1) understand the public policy issues important to the health sciences library profession, 2) learn the various ways to become involved in advocacy, and 3) appreciate the effects of advocacy on the health sciences library community.

Deb has been paired with four mentors: the co-chairs of the Joint MLA/AAHSL Legislative Task Force, the chair of MLA’s Government Relations Committee, and MLA’s Director of Information Issues and Policy. Respectively, they are: Linné Girouard, Hospital Librarian and Director, Professional Education Center, Houston Methodist Hospital; Cynthia L. Henderson, Executive Director, Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library, Howard University; Linda Hasman, Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Liaison Services Librarian, Edward G. Miner Library, University of Rochester; and Mary M. Langman, Director, Information Issues and Policy, Medical Library Association.

They have already begun work, attending the Joint MLA/AAHSL Legislative Task Force annual meeting in Washington D.C. in June and making congressional visits on Capitol Hill. At the Task Force meeting, members discussed legislative priorities, met with government relations colleagues from the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and spoke with the Betsy Humphreys, Deputy Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). On the following day, Task Force members and their ‘Rising Star’ went to Capitol Hill to meet with congressional staff to discuss issues related MLA’s legislative priorities, such as the importance of NIH funding and the role of the NLM in disseminating health information.

MLA_RisingStar_DC_trip_2014

 

Introduction to EndNote Online Version: workshop

When: Friday, October 17, 2014 12:001:00 PM
Where: Crerar Library, Computer Classroom
5730 South Ellis Avenue
Description: EndNote offers an online version of its popular citation manager that is available to the University of Chicago community freely through the Library. The online version offers the key features of the popular EndNote software, but with added enhancements of cloud storage, syncing, and the ability to easily share and collaborate. Come to this workshop and see if EndNote’s online version works for you.
Contact: John Crerar Library
773-702-7715
Register: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.cfm?course_id=1339
Tag: Workshops, Training, Graduate Students
Notes: Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance. For events on the Student Events Calendar, please contact ORCSA at (773) 702-8787.
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RCC Mind Bytes: Research Computing Expo and Symposium, Oct. 28, 12:30-5:30

For more information visit the Mind Bytes web site.

https://mindbytes.uchicago.edu/

Endnote Workshop, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 12-1 PM

Endnote imageLocation: Crerar Library Computer Classroom.

Learn how to use the bibliographic software EndNote.  Topics covered include creating and managing libraries, importing references from online databases, importing and managing PDFs and creating formatted bibliographies and citations in Microsoft Word. Registration is required.  Register for this section.

NCBI webinar: Getting to Know the E-utilities: The Entrez Programming Interface

Learn to use the public API for the NCBI Entrez system in this free, upcoming webinar:

Date: Wed., October 15, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT
Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6052412748665434625
Description: This presentation will introduce you to the Entrez Programming Utilities (E-utilities), the public API for the NCBI Entrez system that includes 40 databases such as PubMed, PMC, Gene, Genome, GEO and dbSNP. The E-utilities are a set of eight server-side programs that allow you to integrate the search, download and linking functions of Entrez into your applications. After covering the basic functions and URL syntax of the E-utilities, we will then demonstrate these functions using Entrez Direct, a set of UNIX command line programs that allow you to incorporate E-utility calls easily into simple shell scripts.

If you can’t attend the webinar, watch an a brief introduction to E-utilities on NCBI’s YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCG-M5k-gvE .

Introduction to the Research Computing Center, Oct. 8, 1-3 pm

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 1:00–3:00 p.m. | Kathleen A. Zar Room, John Crerar Library

H. Birali Runesha, Associate Vice President for Research Computing; Director, Research Computing Center 

The Research Computing Center (RCC) is a centralized service that provides high-end computing and visualization resources to researchers at the University. This presentation will discuss RCC services and provide information on how to get computing and storage resources on RCC’s computing infrastructure. A hands-on component will begin by creating accounts on Midway, the RCC’s high-performance computer, through which attendees will be able to compile code, submit jobs using the SLURM batch scheduler, explore the software module system, and learn about rcchelp, a custom online documentation system.

Prerequisites: Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop to participate in the hands-on session.

Register here.

Summer quarter loans to UChicago students and staff will be automatically extended to January 9

Items checked out by currently registered University of Chicago students and staff for summer quarter and due October 3 will be automatically renewed by the Library for autumn quarter. As of September 21, all such items will have a new due date of January 9, 2015. No action by UChicago students and staff is necessary.

The automatic renewal is designed to ease the transition to the new Library Catalog and management system. The ability to view a list of checked out items and to renew materials online is currently unavailable to Library users through the My Account function in the new Catalog.

Library staff members are happy to generate a list of your checked-out items and to answer other questions about your account upon request. For assistance, please complete this circulation web form or visit a Library circulation desk.

For the latest information about the implementation of the Library Catalog, visit the Library News site or Ask a Librarian.

 

Alert Library improving Catalog and checkout response times

Update 9/22/14: Catalog response times have been improved. The Library continues to work on improving checkout response times.
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Library staff members are actively working to improve system response times as full implementation of the new Library Catalog and management system continues. The Library apologizes for the inconvenience and appreciates your patience as we work to bring our new systems up to full speed.

Known issues

We expect to resolve these issues in the coming weeks:

Using the Catalog

  • Library Catalog information may be slow to appear.
  • Error messages are sometimes generated during Catalog searches. In such cases, please try your search again in 5 minutes.
  • Account information is currently unavailable through the new Catalog. Library staff members are happy to generate a list of your checked-out items and to answer other questions about your account upon request. For assistance, please complete this circulation web form or visit a Library circulation desk.

Borrowing

  • Checkout processing may be slow.
  • Borrow Direct is currently unavailable. Please use UBorrow or Interlibrary Loan instead.

Quarter loans automatically renewed for autumn

To ease the transition, summer quarter loans to University of Chicago students and staff are being automatically renewed for the autumn quarter on September 21. These books will be due on January 9, 2015.

If you have any questions about the new Catalog, please contact us by email, phone, chat, or in person through our Ask a Librarian service.

Feature Story UChicago launches Kuali OLE and new Catalog

Academic librarians develop open-source software to meet faculty and student needs

The University of Chicago Library is pleased to announce its launch of the Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE) and a new Catalog based on VuFind.

An open-source, community-based library management system, Kuali OLE was created by a partnership of some of the nation’s leading university libraries, including the University of Chicago Library. Kuali OLE, which provides the Library’s technical infrastructure, is intentionally designed to function with a wide range of user interfaces chosen by various individual libraries, including Chicago’s new Catalog.

“We are especially pleased that by implementing Kuali OLE and VuFind we will be providing both a business system and a patron access module that are open source—planned, designed, governed and owned by the library community,” said James Mouw, Associate University Librarian for Collections Services at University of Chicago and Treasurer of the Kuali OLE Board. “Community ownership of key library systems affords us the ability to manage, develop, and enhance our infrastructure as new technologies emerge and the needs of our scholarly community evolve. The ability to move quickly and effectively, working in partnership with other academic research institutions with similar needs is something we have not had with commercial systems.”

Kuali OLE

Kuali OLE was founded by a partnership of research libraries that now includes University of Chicago, Indiana University (lead), SOAS—University of London, Lehigh University, Duke University, North Carolina State University, University of Florida, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University. The partners pooled resources and expertise beginning in 2008 with several grants from the Mellon Foundation to develop this next-generation library system. Chicago and Lehigh University are the initial implementers. Other partners plan to adopt the new system in summer 2015.

Kuali OLE partners

Kuali OLE partners

UChicago Library staff members have played an integral role in the development of Kuali OLE since the design phase in 2008 and continue to do so by developing specifications, participating in software development, undertaking migration planning, providing subject specialist expertise, and testing new development. They hold several key leadership positions on the Kuali OLE team, and dozens more are participating in working groups supporting development activities. Development continues with the next Kuali OLE release due in summer 2015.

New University of Chicago Library Catalog

UChicago Library staff members have tailored VuFind, a library catalog originally developed at Villanova University, to meet the needs of local users. Design goals for the Catalog were drawn from an extensive series of interviews with UChicago faculty and students, conducted to ensure that the new tool meets the needs of researchers. Initial designs were refined throughout the first half of 2014, following the public beta testing of the Catalog by users beginning on February 14, 2014.

Alumna tries out the new Library Catalog

Sylva Osbourne, AB’14, tries out the new Library Catalog. (Photo by Lloyd DeGrane)

“Participating in the VuFind open-source project has allowed the Library to take advantage of commonly requested features already developed by the VuFind community while giving us the latitude to create functionality unique to UChicago needs,” said Elisabeth Long, Associate University Librarian for Digital Services.  “The level of engagement by our faculty and students in helping us design this new Catalog has been especially gratifying.”

The new Catalog features a simple, clean visual design while retaining all of the functionality that patrons identified as valuable in the pre-existing UChicago systems. It also adds new features requested during interviews, including display of the current availability of items on the search results page, as well as easier access to ebooks and ejournals.

“The successful, coordinated launch of these two new Library systems, designed to improve discovery and management of growing collections, could not have been accomplished without the creativity and talent of University of Chicago Library staff,” said Alice Schreyer, Interim Library Director and Associate University Librarian for Area Studies and Special Collections at the University of Chicago. “We are proud to collaborate with our colleagues to develop these new systems that will benefit researchers from around the world.”

Alert New Catalog launched, BorrowDirect restored

10/23/14 update: BorrowDirect is restored.

The University of Chicago Library has launched its new Library Catalog, and most Library services that were temporarily interrupted during the transition period are now restored.   As of today, Lens and the previous Catalog are retired.

We are aware that some system functions may be working slowly. This will be addressed in the coming weeks.

For information about how to use the new Catalog, visit the Catalog Help page or contact us through our Ask a Librarian service.

If you have saved records using My Discoveries in Lens and wish to retain them, there is still time to place a request to have these migrated to the new Library Catalog.

We encourage you to report any difficulties you encounter in using the new Catalog, so that Library staff can quickly diagnose and resolve them.

 

‘Particle Fever’ screening and discussion on Aug. 26 to feature film’s star scientist

particle-fever“Particle Fever,” the new, award-winning documentary that follows six scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider—the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet—will be shown at the University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26. One of the scientists who stars in the film, Nima Arkani-Hamed, as well as physicists from UChicago and Fermilab, will participate in a discussion following the screening.

See more and RSVP for this free screening.  

“Using the New NCBI Variation Viewer to Explore Human Genetic Variation” webinar August 13th

NCBI will offer the webinar “Using the New NCBI Variation Viewer to Explore Human Genetic Variation” on Wed., Aug. 13, from 12:00 – 1:00pm  CDT.  Learn how to find human sequence variants by chromosome position, gene, disease names and more.  Additional details at the NCBI news site.

Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2762824590748330498