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Enhanced Red Book app coming Friday 10/31

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
On Friday, October 31, an update will be available through the Apple or Android app store that will upgrade your current AAP Red Book app to the new enhanced AAP Red Book app. This new app features upgraded search and browse for quick answers, and an updated design to align with the newly enhanced Red Book Online site. The new app also includes more access to online features when your device is connected to the Internet and better capabilities to keep you on top of Red Book updates.
A few items to note when upgrading to the new version:

  • The new app version will completely replace the old version on your device
  • The new version has a new icon.
  • Bookmarks will not carry over through the update. If you have items bookmarked in the current version of the app, note them before updating the app so you can add them back in after.
  • After logging in for the first time, the new app will run a content download. This can take from a few minutes to 10 minutes to complete. Therefore, before logging in, make sure you have time to allow the download to complete.
We hope you enjoy the new enhanced version of the AAP Red Book app, and thank you for your continued support of Red Book Online.

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

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

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?

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

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

Monday, October 27th, 2014

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

Monday, October 27th, 2014

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

Monday, October 27th, 2014

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!

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

  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

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

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.

Thank you to all our bake sale buyers

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

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! features Preventing Bullying and School Violence

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

PsychOnline Book of the Month: October
Preventing Bullying and School Violence
by American Psychiatric Association

October brings Preventing Bullying and School Violence by Stuart W. Twemlow, M.D., and Frank C. Sacco, Ph.D.

The book is designed to help clinicians, school counselors, and administrators create a safe climate for their students and to respond thoughtfully, but swiftly, when threats arise. The authors offer many practical guidelines for achieving these goals, addressing:

  • The critical importance of establishing a strong connection between the family, the school, and the community in creating a healthy academic environment
  • trategies for working effectively with the complex social bureaucracies that often characterize the entities (such as school boards and governmental agencies) that intervene in cases involving violent children, with an emphasis on developing skills in managing both small and large groups
  • Ways to define and recognize at-risk children who require special attention as a result of having mental illness and/or learning disability
  • Innovative community interventions, such as therapeutic mentoring and home-based therapy, in addition to information on local, state, and federal programs designed to support antiviolence programs in the schools
  • Techniques for promoting wellness among the student population—not just physical wellness, but also the positive attitudes and coping skills that are the hallmarks of mental health.

You can access the Book of the Month from the homepage, scroll to the bottom of the page to find Book of the Month. From the Health Sciences Library website select Resources> Databases> and search PsyhchiatryOnline.

You’ll have access to the Preventing Bullying and School Violence as a PDF download for the month of October.