Archive for January, 2009

John Updike

Friday, January 30th, 2009

In memory of John Updike, who died on Tuesday, pick up a copy of one of his books. The library has several, from Rabbit Run (1960) through The Widows of Eastwick (2008). They’re currently exhibited on the 1st floor.

Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Find Tom Daschle’s book, Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis in Scott Library. From a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine, “Visions for Change in U.S. Health Care – The Players and the Possibilities”:

Determined to avoid the mistakes that brought down the Clinton reform plan, Obama demonstrated in his early appointments the importance he attaches to maintaining close ties between Congress and the White House. He selected Rahm Emanuel, a powerful congressman from Illinois, as chief of staff, and former Senate Majority Leader Daschle as secretary of Health and Human Services and director of a new White House Office of Health Reform. Daschle has set out his own ideas for reform in a recent book, calling for all Americans to purchase coverage and for the creation of a federal health board (modeled after the Federal Reserve Board) that would have sweeping powers to mandate policies for all federal health programs

AJN Book of the Year Awards

Friday, January 16th, 2009

AJN, the American Journal of Nursing, announced their 2009 Book of the Year Awards (pdf). The judges picked the best books published from August 2007 to August 2008 in fifteen categories. These winners are available at Scott Library and the Edison LRC, many for 3-week loan:


Free webcast from EDUCAUSE on copyright and fair use in academia

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Tune in for a free webcast about copyright and fair use in academia from EDUCAUSE. Details and free registration at


PubSearchPlus for iPhone

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

We got a call from a resident curious to try PubSearchPlus, a $0.99 iPhone app that searches PubMed. It claims to have a simple, efficient user interface and work with EZProxy to provide full-text access to your institution’s subscribed journals. Here is Jefferson’s address in the form they suggest:

I don’t have an iPhone myself, so I provide this without having tested it. A colleague reports that it’s not seemlessly downloading the PDFs as advertised. If you try it or have a favorite smart phone app leave a comment!