Open Access Week Winners

October 31, 2018

Congratulations to the winners of our Open Access Week T-shirt raffle! They are:

  • Christine Imperial, BSN, RN, OCN, Clinical Research Nurse, Clinical Trials Office
  • Christopher Walls, Facilities Mechanic and member of the Facilities-Engineering team

Christine and Chris picked out a T-shirt and were encouraged to share what they learned about open access with others.

Contact Andrea Lynch, scholarly communication librarian, at ext. 82520 or with any questions you may have or if you’d like to learn about open access.



Three Things to do for Open Access Week

October 23, 2018

October 22 to 28 is 2018 Open Access Week (OA). OA Week is a global event with libraries, researchers, and organizations celebrating the benefits of open access.

As part of this international event, please consider doing three things to learn more about open access:

  1. Read this one-page OA introduction.
  2. Explore the Directory of Open Access Journals, with information on over 12K journals. Use the “Browse Subjects” to view journal lists in your subjects of interest.
  3. Listen to Dr. Jerry Roberts highlight the benefits of OA in a 7-minute video.

Want to know more? Have questions? Contact Andrea Lynch, scholarly communication librarian, at ext. 82520 or

Graff Library Renovations, September 7th to 13th

September 4, 2018

The Lee Graff Library will begin renovating the staff offices at 4 pm on Friday, September 7th. The renovations will be completed the morning of Thursday, September 13th. During the renovations, the Library will remain open, although library staff will be working in temporary locations, which may disrupt regular library services. Staff may not be able to respond to your requests for assistance as quickly as we normally do. We apologize for any inconvenience.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Keir Reavie via email, or at 82980.


Graff Library will be closed on Labor Day

August 30, 2018

In observance of Labor Day, the Library Services team will not be staffing the Graff Medical and Scientific Library on Monday, September 3, 2018. We will respond to your questions and process any interlibrary loan and document delivery requests when we return on September 4.

Please remember that the City of Hope community can access the library anytime. Although the Graff Library is staffed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., the building is available 24/7, 365 days of the year, via badge access at our back egress (near the Hilton building). For more information, refer to the Library After Hours brochure.

Please contact Keir Reavie, Director of Library Services, at, or extension 82980 if you have any questions, concerns, or comments.

Graff Library Migrating to New Catalog

August 1, 2018

The Graff Library will be migrating to a new Catalog system Friday, August 3rd, through Monday, August 6th. The new catalog, which is scheduled to go live the morning of August 6th, will improve the library’s ability to serve the City of Hope Community.

During the migration, you can continue to search the current library catalog, but you will not be able to renew library materials you currently have checked out. People with library materials due in the next few days are encouraged to renew the materials before August 3rd.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Keir Reavie, at 82980, or


Course Offering: RNAseq analysis tools for the wet-lab biologist

July 13, 2018

The Center for Informatics and Graff Library is offering the following course:

RNAseq analysis tools for the wet-lab biologist: Using open-source programming languages Linux, R, and Python

The course is offered in four parts from 9 to 11 am, on August 6, 10, 13, and 17, in Conference Room G112, Graff Library. Register for the course here. Please note that you will need to register for each of the four classes in the course separately.


Using real-world examples from publicly available “big” datasets, the objective of this course is to teach participants how to evaluate, process, analyze, interpret, and report information generated in the lab. The tutorial begins with the basic overview and use of a command line interface, i.e. a way to directly tell your computer what you want it to do by writing your own commands. From there, users will be introduced to Linux, R, and Python; open-source programming languages that are used world-wide by the scientific community to address a variety of data analysis, statistical, and graphical needs. With this information, and using either a local or cloud-based computing resource, participants will step through a high-throughput data analysis pipeline from an RNA sequencing experiment, starting with data uploading and finishing with visualization of results.


  1. All about the shell: what is it, how do you get to it, and basic commands.
  2. Programming languages used in the course: introduction, syntax, basic commands.
  3. Computing environments and getting set up for the analysis.
  4. RNAseq – take a raw data file and convert it to analyzable data (data upload, pre-alignment quality check, alignment, quantify reads, normalization, visualizations).
  5. Statistical analysis and data visualizations.


Omar Khalid, PhD, ORIEN Informatics, Center for Informatics
John Kaddis, PhD, Diabetes and Cancer Discovery Science, Diabetes Metabolism Research Institute
Denis O’Meally, PhD, Center for Gene Therapy, Hematologic Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplantation Institute
Allen Mao, High Performance Research Computing Center, Center for Informatics

Staff Training for New Integrated Library System, July 9th to 11th

July 5, 2018

Graff Library is beginning the process of migration to a new integrated library system (the Library Catalog).  The new system will increase the Library’s ability to efficiently provide access to our collections, both electronic and print. Library staff will receive training to prepare for the migration Monday to Wednesday, July 9th through the 11th. Library operations will continue as usual on these days, although we may not be able to respond to your questions and assist you as quickly as we normally do.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Keir Reavie (82980,