MDConsult access expired February 28th

March 5th, 2014 by Laura Schlueter

MDConsult access ended in 2014 for all its subscribers, and here at Upstate, on February 28th.   MDConsult is being replaced with Elsevier’s next generation clinical and curriculum resource, Clinical Key.  The Health Sciences Library will not be subscribing to this product to due its very high cost of licensure.

Our goal is to retain as much of the book and journal content as possible on other platforms, please consult our libguide for alternative resources Access to several of the e-book titles are available through other e-book vendors, and the Library already had institutional subscriptions to many of the journals contained within MDConsult.  Access to several of the most heavily-used journals will still be available through links in the Journals A-Z list and the New York State Library.   We are investigating licensure of the Clinics – however articles from our print subscriptions are available for scanning and delivery via ILLiad request.

Please take a moment to complete a 2 question survey and make recommendations for ebook and clinic titles.

Contact Rebecca Kindon with your comments and questions at 464-7193 or

Library resources intermittently unavailable

March 28th, 2014 by Laura Schlueter

The Health Sciences Library is  experiencing intermittent outages that may prevent access to our electronic resources. This issue was first reported on Thursday, and is continuing to cause intermittent outages for all online resources, as well as SelfServe. We are aware of the issue and are working with campus Information Management & Technology (IMT).  In some cases, refreshing the browser/reloading the page multiple times may resolve the problem. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Additionally, EBSCOhost databases and services may be intermittently unavailable while Ebsco performs network upgrades. The upgrade will impact Ebsco specific resources from Friday 9PM to 11PM EST.

Questions? Contact the library at 315-464-7091.


10/30 webinar: Lessons Learned from Texas: How You Can Help With the Ebola Threat

October 28th, 2014 by Laura Schlueter

The state of Texas was thrust into the national spotlight when it treated the first case of Ebola in the U.S. at the end of September. The city of Dallas had to quickly mobilize and determine how to best support all health care workers, hospitals and other care facilities while planning for the real possibility that more patients with Ebola would present themselves. This webinar will highlight what nurses need to know to effectively handle Ebola cases, including chief nursing officer preparation, critical resource mobilization, balanced communications, and practical application of new processes and procedures.

Join expert speakers Lisa Cornelius, MD, MPH, Dr. Robert Haley, MD, Robert Dent, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, FACHE and Susan Mc Bride, PhD, RN-BC, CPHIMS and facilitator Mar Tietze, MSN, PhD, RN-BCfor this important educational activity.

Title: Lessons Learned from Texas: How You Can Help With the Ebola Threat

Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014

Time: 01:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Register now.

Wonder why Zombies, Zombie Apocalypse, and Zombie Preparedness continue to live or walk dead on a CDC web site?

October 28th, 2014 by Laura Schlueter

As it turns out what first began as a tongue in cheek campaign to engage new audiences with preparedness messages has proven to be a very effective platform. We continue to reach and engage a wide variety of audiences on all hazards preparedness via Zombie Preparedness.

View the CDC’s various zombie products- from the Zombie Blog, lesson plans, zombie preparedness posters, graphic novella and social media

Webinar today: Culturally Specific Approaches to Trauma and Domestic Violence

October 27th, 2014 by Laura Schlueter

Date and time: Monday, October 27, 2014 3:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Hosted by the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health in partnership with the Family and Youth Services Bureau’s Family Violence Prevention and Services Program and the Women and Trauma Federal Partners Committee.

This webinar will feature speakers from national and culturally specific community based organizations who will discuss key considerations for implementing trauma-informed domestic violence services as they relate to the ethnic, racial, cultural, and lingual diversity of victims of domestic violence from underserved and historically marginalized communities. The webinar will highlight culturally specific trauma-informed approaches to both individual and collective trauma, violence, and abuse as well as a framework for thinking about trauma in the context of cumulative burden, ongoing risk and coercive control.

Registration is required to join this event.

An invitation to Faculty, asynchronous HSL instruction

October 27th, 2014 by Laura Schlueter

The Health Sciences Library (HSL) provides instructional content to support classes in the various Colleges. Given restricted schedules, and difficulty incorporating face to face library instruction, we have made an effort to integrate resources and provide custom content in alternative formats, including Blackboard. Faculty and students alike responded very well to the Blackboard learning format.  Feedback has indicated students liked being able to access the materials on their own schedule, at their own pace, and the ability to revisit the content any time.

Over the past few years, we’ve expanded our Blackboard presence into the entire College of Nursing, as well as classes in the College of Health Professions and College of Medicine. We would like to continue to expand our offering to faculty in all the colleges. Whether using the Blackboard platform or not, the Health Sciences Librarians can accommodate your needs through a variety of offerings including:

What’s included? Selected content generally covers database tutorials, citation tips, and searching strategies for relevant library resources based on instructor’s preferences and course assignments. The library staff develops custom Youtube tutorials , or handouts, as needed, and utilizes vendor-supplied tutorials when appropriate. Library staff are available to answer student questions via phone, email, or in person.

If you are interested in the HSL providing content for your course in the Spring of 2015, please respond by 11/7/14. Please include in your response a course syllabus, any assignments that may use library resources, and any desired topic coverage (ex. PubMed, Refworks, etc). We will then review responses, and identify prospective courses. You may be contacted by a Librarian in November to further elicit content needs. Instructors whose courses have been chosen will be notified by 12/5/14.

Approximate Schedule:

November 7, 2014 Interested faculty must email response if interested

November 2014 Library staff may contact you for further information

December 5, 2014 All faculty will be notified if their Blackboard course has been chosen

December 2014 Faculty will set up a meeting with Library Staff to identify course outline/content

December 2014  Library staff will develop and load Blackboard content

Course content will include a voluntary survey to obtain student feedback. Designated Library staff will need to be added to your course as Teaching Assistants in order to add content, and gain access to Assessment results.

Did you know?

The Reference team is available to provide face to face instruction as a valuable supplement, or independent of HSL Blackboard content. Team members are also available to serve as a liaison to your department, if a liaison has not already been assigned.  If interested please email

If you are interested in collaborating with the Library, please contact us at with your name and the title of your course.

Thank you for your interest!

Sample course content:

Blackboard instruction:

YouTube URL of Sample Custom Tutorial:

URL of Sample Subject guide:

DynaMed Webinar: An Evidence Based Look at the Efficacy and Harms of Medical Marijuana

October 27th, 2014 by Laura Schlueter

Topic: Medical Marijuana: An Evidenced-Based Look at Efficacy and Harms
Date and time:
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 1:00 pm
Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Duration: 1 hour

Registration required.

More than 20 states plus the District of Columbia have approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The possible therapeutic effects have not been part of the medical school curriculum in part because the FDA classifies marijuana as a Class I drug with no therapeutic value. The state laws place physicians in the role of certifying that the use of marijuana is for medical purposes even though physicians may lack the knowledge or training to make such determinations. A survey of Colorado Family Physicians found that 81% thought physicians should have formal training before recommending the use of marijuana and that 92% want CME for Family Physicians on the subject.

This presentation will be an evidenced-based review of the efficacy and harms of marijuana and related cannabinoids.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants should be able to counsel patients regarding when marijuana is a reasonable therapeutic option
  2. Participants should be able to counsel patients on the risks associated with marijuana use
  3. Participants should have the knowledge to participate in public policy dialogue around medical marijuana from and evidenced-based medicine perspective

Register now.

Celebrate National Medical Librarians Month!

October 21st, 2014 by Christine Kucharski

  October is National Medical Librarians Month!

   Celebrate with us! 


    Visit the Upstate Medical University Health Sciences Library


     We help you find answers to your questions!

            Contact the Health Sciences Library



Introducing the NEW Red Book Online

October 16th, 2014 by Laura Schlueter

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is proud to introduce the NEW Red Book Online—bringing you better, faster access, right at the point of care.

Red Book, your trusted source for more than 75 years for pediatric infectious disease solutions, now brings you the state of the art in digital design, giving you point-of-care access to lifesaving diagnosis and treatment answers, wherever and whenever you need them.

AAP members receive Red Book Online as their enhanced Red Book member benefit.

Experience it for yourself, view the new Red Book Online

Key features include:

  • The indispensable Red Book content—fully digitized
  • Expanded Visual Library—a collection of more than 2,500 images, including the “Image of the Week”
  • Streamlined access, with an improved saved log-in that allows you to find what you need instantly
  • New, robust searching, utilizing the latest in semantic search technology and points you to the answer you need
  • A new, clean look and feel with improved site navigation
  • Responsive Web design—automatically adapts to your favorite device0

Access all of your favorite content, now from our new leading-edge platform, with easy access at the point of care. The Red Book Online can be found on the library web site, search ebooks for Red Book Online.

Banned Books Week Totals

October 10th, 2014 by Clare Rauch

Did you have a chance to stop by the library during Banned Books Week? We had several people participate in our whiteboard display, and the results are as follows:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins                                     59

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky       25

Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya                                             5

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini                                         43

Beloved by Toni Morrison                                                             20

And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson           6

Harry Potter(series) by J. K. Rowling                                       86

The Color Purple by Alice Walker                                               22

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou        19

Forever by Judy Blume                                                                   10

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson                           36

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald                                   80

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger                                   71

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck                                 35

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee                                       86

1984 by George Orwell                                                                    52

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley                                        36

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck                                          65

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston   14

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell                             17

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut                                 34

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien                                  43

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley                                                     37


Grand Total of 901 banned books read by Upstate students, staff, and volunteers.



Thank you to all our bake sale buyers

October 9th, 2014 by Laura Schlueter

The Health Sciences Library staff wishes to thank all the people who have contributed to our successful bake sales over the past few years. Proceeds were donated the the Upstate Cancer Center, and all our hard work is recognized on the wall of employee wall of donors. Thanks everyone!

Library Columbus Day 2014 Weekend Hours

October 6th, 2014 by Barbara Hopkins

Our  Columbus Day Holiday hours are as follows:

Friday, October 10 – 7:30 am – 10 pm

Saturday, October 11- 10:00 am  – 9:00 pm

Sunday, October 12- 10:00 am  – 7:00 pm

Monday, October 13- 7:30 am  – 7:00 pm

Tuesday, October 14 – Resume Normal Hours – 7:30 am – 12:00 midnight

Enjoy the holiday.