Stem Cells Research News October 29, 2012

October 29, 2012

The October 29 issue of Stem Cell Research News has been posted


Open Access Week 2012: A new video explaining open access — Watch then share!

October 26, 2012

Want to know some of the reasons behind the open access movement? Watch this relatively short (length= 8:24 minutes) animated video published this week by PhD Comics!

After you watch this video, come back to this post and share your thoughts, using the comments feature below, about one new thing you learned about open access or one thing you’d like to highlight from it!

The Cancer Letter October 26, 2012

October 26, 2012

The October 26, 2012 issue of Cancer Letter has been posted.

Pubmed experiencing technical difficulties

October 25, 2012

Be aware that Pubmed has been experiencing some technical difficulties today.  Some of the effects are problems with searching from the MeSH database and overall system slowness. The National Library of Medicine is aware of the problem and working on resolving it as soon as possible.

From the Archives: The famous watch and thimble

October 25, 2012
Pocketwatch and thimble

Watch and thimble once owned by a young TB victim whose death may have inspired the founding of City of Hope

City of Hope will celebrate its centennial in 2013.  This exciting event is rekindling interest in our institution’s rich history.  City of Hope began as the Los Angeles Sanatorium, founded by the Jewish Consumptive Relief Association of California to provide free, compassionate care to victims of tuberculosis–or consumption, as it was often called then.  As stories of the early days have been retold, some of them have taken on legendary proportions. One such story tells how Sam Cook, a tailor, was the spark for the creation of the Jewish Consumptive Relief Association of California. Cook supposedly watched his boarder, a 21-year-old tailor from St. Louis, die of consumption. According to one version of the story, the young man gave Cook his thimble and pocket watch to care for and then collapsed in the street and died. The man was destitute, so Cook used an American flag to collect money from people on the street to send the man’s body back to his family.

This young man’s watch and thimble came to symbolize the tragedy of tuberculosis and the need for a place where TB victims could receive care and live out their days in comfort and dignity.  These artifacts now reside in the City of Hope Archives, as befits their place in City of Hope history.

More e-books – and a new way to buy them

October 24, 2012

You may have noticed that we are buying more books in electronic format.  More books in the sciences are being made available electronically, and a new purchasing model is making it easier–and cheaper–for us to provide access to a wider variety of electronic books.  Under this new model, we select books we think our users will want and make them available via our catalog and A-Z list of online books and journals, but we only pay for a book if someone actually uses it.  Not all books are available this way, but many are, and we have already added access to over 200 e-books through this model.

To find a book–electronic or print–use our catalog.  You can also search for electronic books using the A-Z list of online books and journals.  You may be pleasantly surprised at the number and variety of books available electronically.  But, as always, if you don’t find the book you need, you can request it via interlibrary loan or suggest that we purchase it.

By purchasing e-books this way, we will be better able to make sure that we build a collection that matches the needs of our users.

Will have access to a greater selection of ebooks, because we don’t have to pay for them unless they are used.

Open Access Week 2012: Winners announced…but you can still get a prize!

October 24, 2012

Everyone who entered into the Open Access Week raffle won! Our winners got to pick their prizes:

  • Aide Bravo, HLA Laboratory, selected a PLoS travel mug; and
  • Lawrence Williams, Nuclear Medicine, chose a t-shirt.

Missed the opportunity to enter? The first twelve City of Hope employees who leave a comment below indicating something they know about open access or a question they have related to open access will receive a prize.

Want to learn about open access? Connect with me, Andrea Lynch, Scholarly Communication Librarian (x60520 or