Flu information from EBSCO and CDC

A CDC image of H1N1

This year, the flu is a hot topic of conversation – between Pandemic H1N1 (popularly referred to as swine flu) and the regular old seasonal flu, there’s a lot to talk about.   If you want to make sure that you have all the facts, be sure to check out the Influenza Evidence-Based Information Portal.

The portal is a free service offered by EBSCO, a publishing company that provides many of the Weinberg Memorial Library’s subscription databases.   In order for information to be included in the portal, it has to be evidence-based – which means that it’s based on the best available research findings.  The portal will be updated as new evidence comes in throughout the 2009-2010 flu season.

The portal features three sections – one each for clinicians, nurses, and patients.  The patient section includes information about both Pandemic H1N1 influenza and seasonal influenza – including their causes, symptoms, and recommended prevention and treatment.  There’s also information about both the seasonal vaccine and H1N1 vaccine, from their risks to who should and should not get each vaccine (did you know that people who are allergic to eggs shouldn’t get the H1N1 vaccine?).

For more information about the flu, also check out the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) pages  on H1N1 and the seasonal flu.  You’ll find resources on current flu activity in both the United States and internationally, as well as additional information on vaccines for both strains of influenza.

And don’t forget to follow CDC’s recommendations for preventing the spread of influenza — cover your mouth if you cough or sneeze, wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, and stay home if you feel sick.  Let’s hope the University of Scranton community stays healthy this year!

Update: The Pennsylvania Department of Health just released a new website, H1N1 in PA. It includes a calendar feature that will be updated to show when the vaccine will become available in your area.
Another update: The University of Scranton now has its own H1N1 information page.

Last but not least: We’re keeping a running list of useful H1N1 resources on our Research Guides wiki.

Is it Peer Reviewed?

Articles in journals that are peer reviewed or refereed are reviewed by experts in the subject area in addition to being edited by the publishers.  Because this is the highest level of scholarship, many assignments require peer reviewed sources. Ulrichsweb, found on the Library’s A-Z List of Databases,  is a good way to identify peer reviewed journals.

You can search by keyword or title.

search by title or keyword

Searching for the keyword adolescence resulted in a list of titles.  The legend indicates peer reviewed or “refereed” titles with a column in front of the title.

Ulrichs legend

titles that are peer reviewed

Clicking on a title gives you more information about that journal.  There are also links to Serials Solution and to the library’s catalog.  In addition to finding out if a journal is peer reviewed, you can use Ulrichsweb as a database by searching for a keyword or subject and using the Serials Solution link to get the fulltext of articles in other databases.

links to Serials Solution and the Library's catalog

Serials Solution

Questions?  Ask-a-Librarian.

Fun Stuff to do this Labor Day Weekend!

Today is First Friday! First Friday art walks are held on the first Friday of every month at galleries and businesses around Downtown Scranton. Get the First Friday map for September at http://firstfridayscranton.com

La Festa Italiana, an annual end-of-summer Italian festival that’s held on Courthouse Square, Scranton. Hours are Saturday and Sunday, 12 noon to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 12 noon to 9 p.m. Featuring delicious Italian food! The University of Scranton Jazz Band will be playing on Saturday from 9:30 to 11:00pm, and there will be fireworks on Sunday at 10:00pm. For a complete schedule of events, go to http://www.lafestaitaliana.org/index.htm

Shuttle transportation will be provided between La Festa and the Steamtown National Historic Site (300 Cliff St.) for Rail Fest, a 1940s themed celebration with Union Pacific “Big Boy” locomotive tours, railway post-office presentations, steam-powered rail excursions to Moscow, trolley rides, behind-the-scenes tours, big-band performances, rail photography and art exhibits, model-train displays and old-time radio comedy sketches by the Dietrich Theater Radio Players., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call340-5200 or visit http://nps.gov/stea

Labor Day Weekend Carnival, with amusement rides, food vendors and games. Wachovia Arena parking lot, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. Tonight at 6; Saturday through Labor Day, beginning at 2 p.m. Information at http://sandsamusementspa.com

For other fun stuff to do this weekend checkout the Electric City calendar at http://www.ecweekend.com/calendar

Tweet Your Words


Our first Technology on Your Own Terms workshop is coming up on September 15th!  If you’re a University of Scranton faculty or staff member and would like to learn how to use Twitter, come join us – just be sure to register (under Special Events), since seats are limited.

Update: Did you miss “Tweet Your Words”? Notes from the workshop, along with lists of University of Scranton and Scranton-area tweeters, are posted on the Library’s Research Guides wiki.

Technology on Your Own Terms

The Weinberg Memorial Library and the Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence (CTLE) are proud to announce a new faculty and staff advancement series, Technology on Your Own Terms.  The series will introduce University faculty and staff to emerging technologies in a hands-on environment, in order to encourage innovation in the workplace and in the classroom.

Technology on Your Own Terms will begin this Fall with four sessions:

Tweet Your Words
Tuesday, September 15 from 12pm – 1pm (WML 306)

You’ve heard about Twitter on the news – now find out what it’s really like.  In this workshop, you’ll create a Twitter account and post  your first tweet.  You’ll also learn how to follow other tweeters and find useful information in the Twitterverse.  (Taught by Kristen Yarmey-Tylutki, Library)

Curl Up with a Kindle
Thursday, October 1 from 12pm – 1pm (WML 306)

Learn how to use an entirely new class of device -a convenient, portable reading device with the ability to wirelessly download books, blogs, magazines, and newspapers. The device is the Amazon Kindle.  During this workshop, you will learn how to use many of the Kindle’s features including digital highlights and notes. (Taught by Aileen McHale, CTLE)

Really Simple Steps for Managing the Web: An Introduction to RSS
Tuesday, October 13 from 12pm – 1pm (WML 306)

This workshop will explain how RSS feeds and RSS readers can help you manage the abundance of information available on the web.  You’ll create a Google Reader account and will learn to import, organize, search, and share up-to-date content from your favorite websites.  (Taught by Kristen Yarmey-Tylutki, Library)

Stay Alert! Keeping Your Research Up-to-Date
Thursday, October 29, from 11:30am – 12:30pm (WML 306)

Do you spend an inordinate amount of time keeping your research up-to-date? During this workshop you will learn how to set up e-mail alerts and use RSS feeds to gather scholarly information.  (Taught by Bonnie Oldham, Library)

Sessions will be taught in Weinberg Memorial Library Room 306. All faculty and staff members are welcome, but seats are limited, so please register for sessions you plan to attend (select Special Event).

Introducing the Library Research Guides Wiki

ResearchGuidesWiki The Weinberg Memorial Library is proud to announce a new collaborative project this fall –  the University of Scranton Library Research Guides!

The Research Guides basically act as a starting point, where students and other researchers can find useful resources in their discipline.  We’re using the Guides as a “home” to bring together helpful databases, reference books, e-books, and web resources for each subject.  While we’re focusing on traditional academic disciplines, we’re also creating Research Guides for interdisciplinary issues like Sustainability and New Technology.

The best thing about the Research Guides, though, is that they’re in wiki format (like Wikipedia) – which means that anyone can contribute links or references they find useful in their work.  It also means that the Research Guides are fluid.  Unlike static web pages, they will change and adapt over time as contributors add, update, and reorganize resources.

We’d like to invite all members of the University of Scranton community to view, edit, and improve our Research Guides.  If you’re new to wiki editing, take a minute to visit our Getting Started page.  Let us know if you have questions, comments, or suggestions.  We’re looking forward to collaborating with you!

Printing in the Library – The Inside Scoop


Need to print that syllabus, those lecture notes, that paper?  You can do it in the Library!  We have two UniPrint stations (one on the First Floor, in the Pro Deo Room, and one on the Second Floor at the top of the stairs) for printing from computer workstations.

To cover the cost of paper and toner, the Library does charge a small fee for printing from our stations – 7 cents per page, debited from your Royal Card account.  However, to make sure you start the semester on the right foot, the Library subsidizes your first 200 prints each semester!

We get a lot of questions about printing, so here are a few details:

  • The Library subsidizes your first 200 prints in the Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 semesters.
  • If you’re taking an Intersession class, you’ll also get your first 50 prints subsidized in January.
  • Your subsidized prints should be available on your Royal Card starting with the first day of classes.
  • Unused subsidized prints “roll over” from Fall and Intersession into Spring… but any prints that are unused by the end of summer do not roll over into Fall 2010.
  • We do not subsidize photocopies.
  • When you send a print “job” to the UniPrint system, it will stay in the print queue for 2 hours – so make sure you go to the station and print it out before it expires.
  • If you are having trouble printing, ask for help at the Reference Desk!

Please remember to “think green” and print only what you need.  If you’re printing PowerPoint slides, think about printing 6 slides per page – you’ll save 5 sheets of paper.

P.S. You asked us for wireless printing- and we’re working on it! We’re testing it right now and will let you know when it’s ready to go.

Update: Wireless printing is now available for most PCs.  We’re still working on Macs and 64-bit Vista computers.

Farewell, Professor Ramos!

Prof. Donna Ramos and her official retirement chair
Prof. Donna Ramos and her official retirement chair

Today, the Library faculty and staff gathered to celebrate the retirement of Asst. Professor Donna Ramos, who has been the Weinberg Memorial Library’s cataloging librarian for 35 years.  At the luncheon, Library Dean Charles Kratz and Library Chair Betsey Moylan spoke about Donna’s commitment and dedication to her work.  Prof. Ramos was also presented with the “Ramos Gate,” a tribute to cataloging, retirement, and gardening handmade by Library staff member Barb Evans and a team of Library student workers, as well as an official University of Scranton chair.

We hope that Prof. Ramos will now have plenty of time to work in her garden, even though she will be greatly missed by the entire Weinberg Memorial Library family.

Library Feng Shui

The library has been anxiously waiting for the return of students and faculty all summer long.  In order to show our appreciation for our wonderful students, staff, and faculty the library has undergone some upgrades in order to make your visit more enjoyable!

1. New Gates.

Where did the gates go?

The new gates and new placement.
The new gates and new placement.

The library has removed the old gates which were causing false alarms and replaced them with new models to help alleviate the problem. The new gates have been moved to a new location  closer to the stairs.

2. All New Computers!

2nd Floor Computer Lab
2nd Floor Computer Lab

Every terminal in the library has been replaced with a new computer that boasts a faster processor, more memory, and a flat screen. You’ll definitely notice the rooms look much less cluttered now — compared to the old computers these one’s barely take up any space.

2. New 1st Floor Study Space!

1st Floor Study Area
1st Floor Study Area

Library staff and student workers tirelessly moved and rearranged those heavy bound journals in order to make as much room as possible. The new 1st Floor / Bound Periodical study space is a wondeful new addition to the library and I’m sure it will be a hit when school starts!

3. New and Improved 2nd Floor / Reference Department Study Space!

"Table with a view please."
"Table with a view please."
Just like a coffee house.

Friendly arrangement allows you to sit in a large group with your friends, read while occasionally glancing out the window, and/or sit in our lounge chairs positioned to face each other with a coffee table in the middle.

4. New tables are technology friendly!

Built in outlets!
Built in outlets!

In the new study areas there are new tables. There are two major improvements with these tables. These tables allow you to get your legs underneath them — unlike the old tables there is no lip on these. Also, there are built in outlets, so now you can plug your laptop in and not have to worry about finding a wall outlet close to a table.

Most of these improvements were made due to Students’ and Faculty’s suggestions on the LibQual+ Survey which was sent by email last Spring. The Library is always looking to improve itself and make it more user friendly. So, please remember, if there’s something you think would be an improvement, and we are able to do it, then we will try our hardest to make it a reality.

See you soon!

Does the Weinberg Library Have My Textbook?

No, The Weinberg Library does not USUALLY purchase textbooks.  Textbooks are often updated every year, making them outdated much more quickly than the typical library book.  On the slim chance that we may have acquired the textbook for your class, it would be listed in the Online Catalog.  To check, simply access the “Our Catalog” link from the Library’s homepage and type in the exact title of the textbook (editor or author is helpful, since most textbooks have generic names such as Fundamentals of Psychology, Microeconomics, etc.)

Length of loan can also be problematic, since books circulate for one month, and you need your textbook for an entire semester.

You may also try E-Z Borrow (PALCI), a direct borrowing service found as a link from the Library’s Homepage.  Your Royal Number is your login for this service.