Cancer Letter, 2014 February 21

February 21, 2014

The February 21, 2014 issue of Cancer Letter has been posted.

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Books New to Our Collections

February 20, 2014

New print and online books are now available! There is something for everyone – consumer health (5 titles), popular reading (1 title), reference (3 titles), print general collection (18 titles), and online general collection (43 titles) including many focused on nursing through the Oncology Nursing Society. Please see the list for more information including call numbers and online links to full-text. Read the rest of this entry »


Staff Spotlight: Judy Kraemer, MLIS, MBA

February 18, 2014

JudyKThis month we take the opportunity to spotlight the newest member of our service team.  Judy Kraemer joined us on January 6 to temporarily ease our staffing shortage.  We are extremely lucky to have found someone with such a wealth of experience and talent.  Judy Kraemer has worked in clinical, academic, and corporate medical and information technology settings for over 20 years. Most recently she served as the library director at Long Beach Memorial/Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach where she helped facilitate the achievement of their American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet designation.  Judy is also an active member of the Medical Library Association (MLA) and the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona. She serves as the MLA Liaison to the Joint Commission and represents MLA members at the Annual Joint Commission Association Liaison Forum in Chicago.

As a temporary librarian, Judy supports all aspects of library customer service. Working with Andrea Lynch and Laura Brown, Library Services librarians, on clinical and research staff information inquiries she has already conducted research and patient care literature searchesShe also met with and learned about the important work of the Unplanned Readmissions Task Force at their January meeting. Judy is impressed with the integration of librarians into the committee structure at City of Hope and knows that librarians will facilitate evidence-based knowledge discovery and integration into committee performance improvement work.  Judy has already showed her value as facilitator of integrating evidence-based knowledge into the clinical and research practice at COH.  “I am excited to help the COH Staff discover evidence-based knowledge to facilitate important patient care, clinical practice, and innovative research decisions.”

Judy knows that the greatest challenge of medical librarianship is

“…getting clinicians, researchers and faculty to ask librarians for help. Librarians are on the COH Team to apply their expert research knowledge and information organization skills to help facilitate the achievement of organizational goals. Keeping current on the use of many online databases and organizational tools is the librarian’s job. Keeping current is almost impossible for anyone who does not use these databases and tools on a regular basis. Librarian conducted research using online databases can help COH Team members save time and improve discovered knowledge accuracy. Many COH Team members, especially those providing direct patient care, do not have time to dedicate to the discovery of evidence-based knowledge. They need to make a habit of telling Graff Librarians about their information needs and let the librarians do what they do best – uncover needed knowledge and deliver it to the requester in a timely fashion.”

On the personal side:  Judy is a Southern California native (although she spent the first year of her life in Bangkok, Thailand) and spent her younger years traveling internationally with her family. Her favorite travel destination so far is Egypt. She lives with her husband, two daughters, and two German Shepherds. Her pups were both difficult to place rescues from German Shepherd Rescue Orange County and are now wonderful family members and playmates for neighborhood children (please consider adopting a rescued dog when looking for your new best friend).  Judy’s daughters are Girl Scouts;  Judy is an active Girl Scout leader and Girl Scouts of Orange County volunteer so “buy Girl Scout cookies – they make great gifts and freeze well for summer enjoyment!” In her free time, Judy loves sailing with family and friends. She was an alternate member of the second All Women TransPac Team and helped lead the team’s successful TransPac campaign. You can find Judy and her family sailing out of Newport Beach and Long Beach harbors on the weekends and over in Catalina as much as possible.

We are very grateful to have this opportunity to work with Judy.


Check out the new furniture: Request for feedback

February 18, 2014
Height-adjustable desks

Height-adjustable desks

Library Services needs your feedback! New furniture and carpet were purchased with Graff Foundation Endowment funds for the Graff Library conference and reading rooms. These pictures show the new seating options and the height-adjustable desks located in the first two reading rooms.

Please stop by, check things out, and tell us what you think. Consider these questions:

  • Should more of this furniture be purchased? Why or why not?
  • Are there other types of furniture you would like to see in the library? What kind and why?

We are using this new furniture and carpet to demonstrate some of the changes we’d like to see made to the interior of the building. Our plan is to create collaborative meeting space in addition to more individual work space.

New furniture and carpet

New furniture and carpet

Please provide your comments using the box below, or if you come in person, use the easels provided in the reading rooms. Additional purchases are planned for this calendar year, so we need your help to make sure the new furniture enhances how you would like to use the library.

Thank you in advance for your time and thoughts (and/or ideas)!


Stem Cells Research News, 2014 February 17

February 17, 2014

The February 17th issue of Stem Cell Research News has been posted


FAQ: How do I get this article when the library doesn’t have a subscription?

February 17, 2014

One of our most frequently asked questions is: “How do I get this article when the library doesn’t have a subscription?” Use ILLiad to request it. When we don’t subscribe to the journal or don’t have the book as part of our print or electronic collection, we will either obtain it from another library or consider adding it to our collection.

ILLiad is our system ordering journal articles, book chapters, and books either from our print collection or from other librariesMost requests are free of charge; we charge $20 for rush requests. Articles and book chapters typically arrive electronically in 1 to 3 business days. Books still have to travel by regular mail, so the turnaround time is longer (7 to 10 business days).

More information and resources about ILLiad

Once we have your article — either from our library or filled by another library —  we load it into the ILLiad system. ILLiad will send you an email letting you know your request is filled. In addition, the system will keep your articles for six months or until you delete them.

Some of you may remember back before computers, if you needed an article you had to mail a written request and wait for it to be copied and mailed back to you. We had to mail forms to other libraries for titles we did not own and the turnaround time was rarely less than two weeks. The process has changed a lot since those days.

If you need any assistance with registering for ILLiad, using it to place requests, or anything else, contact us (email: library@coh.org; phone: x68497; or stop by in person).

Written by Susan Koscielski and Andrea Lynch


Cancer Letter, 2014 February 14

February 14, 2014

The February 14, 2014 issue of Cancer Letter has been posted.