Monday, December 14, 2009

Latest BMJ Learning Update

Click on the title above for the latest module and information on obesity in adults, complaint management, confidentiality, consent, the Mental Health Act and child protection.

(BMJ Learning is available via the HYMS Library tab. To login in select the Athens option THEN the alternative login option and enter your York e-resource account details.)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

University of York Library - December refurbishment update

In preparation for the refurbishment work that is due to begin on the second floor of the JB Morrell Library in January 2010, the following stock moves will be taking place:

  • Y (Medicine & Nursing), D (Sociology) and DA (Social Policy & Social Work) journals will move to the ground floor, opposite the Audio Visual Room near the foot of the main stairs (in the former PC classroom).
  • D and DA books will be moved to the first floor.

These moves will take place in wb 14th December 2009 with work taking place between 22:00 and 08:00 to reduce disturbance. Work will carry on into the following week if required - this work will take place during the day. Look out for signs indicating the new location of stock or ask a member of staff for assistance.

More information and links to the refurbishment blog can be found at Please email if you have any HYMS-specific concerns or queries.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Latest BMJ Learning Update

Click on the title above for the latest module and information on swine flu, early management of adults with an uncomplicated first generalised seizure, cerivcal cancer vaccination, heavy menstrual bleeding, urinary incontinence in women and screening for cervical cancer.

(BMJ Learning is available via the HYMS VLE Library tab. To login select the Athens option THEN the Alternative login option and enter your York e-resource account details.)

Monday, August 10, 2009

University of York Library refurbishment - keep up to date

As you may already be aware, the University of York Library is undertaking a major refurbishment project. To help keep everyone informed on progress, the Library's website now includes a set of pages relating to the project, including FAQs and a blog. We'll be keeping this updated as anything new happens.

You can access the pages and blog at

Thursday, July 9, 2009

University of York Library & Archives Closure 22nd July 2009

To prepare for the major Library refurbishment project starting in the Autumn, the University of York Libraries (J.B. Morrell, Raymond Burton, King's Manor) and Borthwick Institute will close for one day on Wednesday 22 July, for a full staff meeting and training day. Please contact Stephen Town ( about any adverse effect on specific academic requirements this may cause, so that we can make arrangements to mitigate these. The catalogue and electronic resources will remain available on 22 July; Key Texts and DVDs borrowed on 21 July will be due back on 23 July.

Computer classrooms are available in all colleges and study space is available as follows:

Goodricke College has a study room in the Goodricke Nucleus which is open to students from 7am to midnight. Access is available from midnight to 7am on request (please ask the porters for access)
Langwith College has a quiet study area on the C Block corridor (going towards LN028) which is open to students 24 hours per day
Derwent College has a Library study room on the 1st floor which is open to students 24 hours per day, unless pre-booked for conferencing
Wentworth College has a reading room open for all graduate students for silent study 24 hours per day (ask the porters for access); there are network points for laptops in the room and study desks.
Opening hours in general have been increased this vacation: until 6pm instead of 5.15pm during the week (until 9pm on Tuesday) and with additional opening on Sundays in September.

Please do not hesitate to contact the HYMS Library team at if you have any queries.

Monday, May 11, 2009

York Athens account withdrawal

A reminder that all York Athens accounts will no longer give access to York University resources from the end of July 2009. To access York e-resources you should now be using your York network/e-account.

(HYMS databases and journals can be accessed via the HYMS Library tab on the HYMS VLE or journals via

Your York network/e-account will give access via a "Federated Access Management" /FAM system and not Athens. You may be prompted for your "Institutional" or "Shibboleth" login.

This does not affect Hull e-resources which will still be fully accessible only via Hull Athens.

Please contact if you have any questions or encounter any problems.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Latest BMJ Learning Update

Click on the title above for the latest module and information on influenza pandemics, managing children with limp, acne, athlete's foot, eczema, basal cell carcinoma and fungal skin infections.

(BMJ Learning is available via the HYMS VLE HYMS Library tab. To login select the Athens option THEN the Alternative login option and enter your York e-resource account details.)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

NHS e-resources hub launch 30th April 2009

The following information concerns NHS Evidence which is due to go live on the 30th April. NHS resources are available via the HYMS VLE > HYMS Library tab >Databases & EBM resources > Further resources via the NHS.

National Library for Health:
After ten years, the National Library for Health (NLH) has become part of NHS Evidence and most of the permanent staff have transferred to NICE. The NLH has made some fantastic developments over the years and NHS Evidence will be ensuring that most of the functionality will continue, while the core services, such as specialist libraries, will enhance and develop as we go forward in this new and exciting time.

After 30 April when NHS Evidence goes live, the majority of the NLH website functions will continue as you currently know them – however the website will be rebranded in both colour (blue) and in name – NHS Evidence information resources. The NLH URL will still reroute you to the site for the time being and also be able to be redirected from the NHS Evidence portal to the information resources website.

While the site will look different you should not see any marked reduction in available resources, information or functionality.

Specialist libraries:
Most of you will be familiar with the specialist libraries. Nothing should change in your access to the information and functionality that you previously used. You will, however, notice some changes. To embrace the future of NHS Evidence and to ensure that the diverse user base is acknowledged by the libraries, the specialist libraries decided to change their name. From the 30 April the group will become known as the specialist collections with each individual collection being renamed as NHS Evidence – [specialty].

As part of looking forward the specialist collections will be undertaking a review This review will be working closely with the existing specialist libraries desk officers and both the librarian and clinical leads. . It will be looking at the direction, names, cohesion and focus of the collections. It is due to be completed around September 2009

Content suppliers:
As well as producing information the NLH provided access to other sources of information such as the BNF and Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS). By using NHS Evidence you will still be able to access this information. NHS Evidence is identifying other potential sources of information but it will take time to identify, source and agree with the sources that their information is available.

The c.250,000 NHS Athens users will still be able to use the advance search function after NHS Evidence goes live. You will still be able to use the Athens network, using your same log in and passwords and getting access to the same information.

Advanced search:
There has been some concern about the future use of the advanced search system currently held by the NLH – Search 2. While NHS Evidence is using a new comprehensive search engine – Microsoft Fast, you will still be able to use the Search 2 engine for health care databases advanced search (HDAS)
There will be a review of HDAS via Search 2 during 2009/10 and comments are welcome from you.


As you probably know we are currently undertaking a public consultation on the first accreditation scheme for evidence and information starting with for guidance producers.

The accreditation scheme will accredit sources of information and not the information itself. It will be easy for sources to apply using an online application form. The robustness is in our analysis of their application. Using technical analysts and peer review we will guide and support applicants through the process.

Once accredited, the source will be able to use an accreditation marque for three years. By using the marque sources will know that their information will be prioritised in searches.


We hope that this e-mail goes some way to updating you on what is happening. We are really looking forward to the 30 April when NHS Evidence goes live. NHS Evidence is a milestone in ensuring all practitioners across health and social care can access and have confidence in robust, solid and strategic evidence
to ultimately drive up quality and standards in patient care and treatment.

[Information from External Engagement Associate Director, NHS Evidence.]

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Brynmor Jones Library opening hours

The Library will be open on bank holiday Monday 25th May 2009. As this is during the exam period the building will be open 9am-2am and services will be available 9am-10pm. The Library will be closed on the first bank holiday in May (4th).

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Relocation of the IT helpdesk at Hull

As you may already be aware, the IT Helpdesk is on the move.

From the 14th of April a new ‘Service Desk’, providing both IT and Library support, will be available on the ground floor of the Brynmor Jones Library. The old IT Helpdesk within Computing Services will no longer be available.

The Service Desk within the Brynmor Jones Library will be available during the following times:

Monday to Thursday 08:30 – 22:00
Friday 08:30 – 21:00
Saturday 09:00 – 20:00
Sunday 13:00 – 21:00

Please note that the contact details for the Service Desk will also be changing to the following:

Telephone: 01482 46 2010

If you require more information on the move, or the Service Desk operation in general, please contact the team using the information above.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Latest BMJ Learning Update

Click on the title above for the latest module and information on patient confidentiality, Parkinson's disease, prostate cancer risk management and when you should refer suspected breast cancer.

(BMJ Learning is available via the HYMS VLE HYMS Library tab. To login select the Athens option THEN the Alternative login option and enter your York e-resource account details.)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Latest BMJ Learning update

Click on the title above for the latest module and information on alcohol related liver disease, pruritus and two modules on medical conditions where patients can present with acute abdominal.

(BMJ Learning is available via the HYMS VLE HYMS Library tab. To login select the Athens option THEN the Alternative login option and enter your York e-resource account details.)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Scarborough Library Closure

Apologies for the short notice but we have just heard that Scarborough Hospital Library will have to close for essential maintenance work from Fri 27th - Mon 30th March inclusive. Future periods of closure may also be necessary after this initial closure over the next few months. If you have concerns or wish to feedback on the suitability of future closure dates please contact the Scarborough Librarian Alison Ray ( or contact and we will forward.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Latest BMJ Learning update

Click on the title above for the latest module and information on acute back pain, care of patients after myocardial infarction and peripheral arterial disease.

(BMJ Learning is available via the HYMS VLE HYMS Library tab. To login select the Athens option THEN the Alternative login option and enter your York e-resource account details.)

Monday, March 9, 2009

Gene Journey

Click on the title above to access a trial to Gene Journey which:

... contains animations, interactive tasks and video which explore the processes of cell division, and ways in which errors in these processes can lead to conditions such as Down's syndrome. It currently has five sections; Mitosis and Meiosis, Comparison of Normal & Abnormal Cell Division, Virtual Cytogenetics Laboratory, Chromosome Challenge, and Video Viewpoints, and is designed for use by a wide range of students in schools, colleges and universities.

The trial ends on 23rd March 2009.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

JB Morrell Library opening hours increasing

From next term, the JB Morrell Library will be open until midnight every day of the week during term-time. These opening hours will also apply in the last week of the Easter vacation, so from Monday 20 April until Sunday 5 July the Library will be open:
Mon-Fri 8am to midnight
Sat-Sun 10am to midnight
We also intend to increase opening hours during some weeks of the summer vacation and will announce this as soon as planning is completed.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Extended opening hours at the Keith Donaldson Library

From 2/3/09 the Keith Donaldson Library on the University of Hull's Scarborough campus will be extending it's opening hours during semester time. They will be as follows:

Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 10pm
Friday: 8.30am - 9pm
(Full counter services are available from 8.45am until 15 minutes before closing)
Saturday: 9am - 9pm (Full counter services are available until 15 minutes before closing)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Wellcome Collection films now available

JISC Collections negotiated with the Wellcome Collection last year for the free inclusion of the film content from their digitisation programme in Film & Sound Online .We are now pleased to inform you that the first batch of around 200 films is now available. Details of the content is online at:

The remainder of the collection of 450 titles will be added in batches in a process due to finish in December 2009.

(Announcement from EDINA)

Latest BMJ Learning update

Click on the title above for the latest module and information on chronic fatigue syndrome, asthma and hyperglycaemic hyperosmolar state.

(BMJ Learning is available via the HYMS VLE HYMS Library tab.To login select the Athens option THEN the Alternative login option and enter your York e-resource account details.)

Journal 'Medicine' now available via York

The journal 'Medicine' is now available electornically again via the University of York. Access via Hull is still being chased.

Medicine is available via the York link at

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Trial access to BMJ Best Practice until 16th March

Click on the title above to access the new BMJ Best Practice. This is:

'a brand new product ...Best Practice is a decision support tool that combines the latest research evidence with guidelines and expert opinion presented in a step-by-step approach, covering diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention. With Clinical Evidence [available via Hull and York] content incorporated, Best Practice serves as an invaluable learning, reference and support tool for doctors, medical students, researchers and healthcare practitioners.'

Access is available directly on the Hull, York or HYMS networks. If accessing off campus login using your Hull Athens or York e-account.

If you have any comments or feedback about the resources please send them to


Click on the title to view Medpedia, a new:

'long-term, worldwide project to evolve a new model for sharing and advancing knowledge about health, medicine and the body among medical professionals and the general public. This model is founded on providing a free online technology platform that is collaborative, interdisciplinary and transparent.

As Medpedia grows over the next few years, it will become a repository of up-to-date unbiased medical information, contributed and maintained by health experts around the world, and freely available to everyone. The information in this clearinghouse will be easy to discover and navigate, and the technology platform will expand as the community invents more uses for it.
In association with Harvard Medical School, Stanford School of Medicine, Berkeley School of Public Health, University of Michigan Medical School and other leading global health organizations, Medpedia will be a commons for the gathering of the information and people critical to health care.'

Friday, February 13, 2009

Win an iPod shuffle, help us improve services, complete a survey

Help us improve your library services by completing the following survey by 13th March 2009:

It should take about 10 minutes to complete and you only need to complete answers for the NHS sites at which you have been on placement.

Paper copies will also be available from Monday 16th Feb from your local SLOs.

(This survey and competition are open to HYMS Phase II and III students only.)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

CareKnowledge - new social and health care database

The University of Hull now has a subscription to CareKnowledge (Hull Athens password required). The database can be accessed via the HYMS VLE > HYMS Library tab > Databases.. > Further databases via Hull.. .

Care Knowledge provides access to a wide range of material across social and health care. It contains links to new publications from a wide range of sources (including government/DoH documents).

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Journal 'Medicine' unavailable

The journal 'Medicine' is now no longer available electronically via either university library. The serial departments at both libraries are chasing this. In the meantime paper copies of the journal are available at Hull at R 31 M489. Alternatively ILLs of any needed articles can be requested usign your HYMS-paid for quota.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Latest BMJ Learning update

Click on the title above for the latest module and information on managing vitiligo, septic arthritis and various eye disorders.

(BMJ Learning is available via the HYMS VLE HYMS Library tab.To login select the Athens option THEN the Alternative login option and enter your York e-resource account details.)

Monday, February 2, 2009

Brynmor Jones Library closure

The Brynmor Jones Library will be closing today (2nd February) at 5.30pm due to the severe weather warnings for the area.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Scopus - feedback or lose!

The University of Hull Library is currently subscribing to the database Scopus ( on a one year trial basis which is due to finish at the end of June. Scopus claims to be the “largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature” also offering research tools for measuring impact factors for journals, researchers and institutions.

As we are now half way through the trial we are trying to gather some feedback - we need to make a case for additional funding if we want to renew the subscription. If you have any feedback please complete the following survey – it takes less than a minute!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Free Resource on Genetics from Nature Publishing: Scitable

Click on the title above to view a new, free Nature resource for undergraduates on science subjects. The current focus is on genetics.

More details from Nature email:

What Is Scitable?

Scitable is a free online resource for undergraduate educators and students. It’s built on a foundation of evidence-based, faculty-reviewed scientific overviews of key concepts compiled by the trusted editorial staff of NPG.The first Scitable module is devoted to the study of genetics. Topics of investigation include: chromosomes and cytogenetics, evolutionary genetics, gene expression and regulation, genes and disease, gene inheritance and transmission, genetics and society, genomics, nucleic acid structure and function, population genetics and much more.
Content is linked to cutting edge research published by other NPG publications, giving undergraduate students access to real-world scientific inquiry and experimentation.

How Does It Work?

Faculty can host a free and easy-to-maintain online research site for their genetics students, including shared articles from Scitable’s library and group discussion capabilities. Faculty can visit and follow the four-step wizard to set up a classroom space in less than five minutes, or just browse all available topics at and explore on their own.


Students can use Scitable as a daily resource for their term papers, exam prep, and lecture follow-up. It provides hundreds of authoritative, faculty-reviewed articles designed to help students understand the what, why, who, and how of genetics. Students can visit and browse the library, or use the search field at the top of each page.

Extension to York Uni Library Opening Hours

In response to user demand, from Monday 2 February the Library building will open at 8am on Monday to Friday instead of 8.30.

Please note:
The full staffed service starts at 9am;
Self-service facilities are provided before 9am but some services may not be available immediately at 8am.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Win £200 of Amazon vouchers

The JISC are repeating a survey on attitudes and behaviours towards e-books. Everyone who completes the survey can enter a prize draw for £200 in Amazon vouchers.The survey is open to staff and students and at the moment it doesn't have a closing date. To complete:

The JISC project has given institutions free access to 36 e-books for two years (up to Aug 09). Full details of the e-books (available via both university libraries) are on the Library's New acquisitionsarchive page:

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

York Hospital Library Information Point

The YH Library information point is now located in the 'quiet room' next to the Mallard restaurant (staff canteen). There are 6 computers available as well as a printer, table and chairs and paper copies of the BMJ, HSJ, NEJM and the Lancet journals. Access is by Trust Badge proximity access. It is hoped to have the Information Point staffed in the near future for a few hours each day for enquiries and help.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

New JCR citation reports

Click on the title above for details of the inclusion of the 'Eigenfactor' Metrics and other new features in Journal Citation Reports (JCR).

JCR is available from either the Further databases via Hull or York Universities links on the HYMS VLE > HYMS Library tab. A Hull Athens or York e-account is needed to access JCR.

BMJ Learning unavailable on 29th Jan

From BMJ Learning:

BMJ Learning will not be available on Thursday 29 January 2009 due to an essential systems upgrade. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

"New impact metric"

The Scientist Blog (click on title above for link) yesterday included the following announcement:

In an attempt to provide alternative metrics to the traditional journal impact factor, the open-access journal Public Library of Science ONE announced that it will release a slew of alternative impact data about individual articles in the coming months. The new "articles-level metrics project" -- which will post usage data, page views, citations from Scopus and CrossRef, social networlking links, press coverage, comments, and user ratings for each of PLoS ONE's thousands of articles
Eventually, Binfield hopes that readers will be able to personalize how they view the data, and sort articles according to the metric of their choice. "The more metrics we have, the more it'll lead to a dilution of any one [metric]," said Bjoern Brembs, a neuroscientist at the Free University of Berlin in Germany and member of PLoS ONE's editorial board.

(Registration to the Scientist required to view full blog entry.)

Extension to trial of Henry Stewart Biomedical and Life Sciences Seminar Talks

These talks continue to be available on trial.The Talks are accessible on the HYMS, Hull and York networks and can be accessed at you have any feedback regarding this resource please let us know at following is information from Henry Stewart publishing:
The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection contains over 800 online audio-visual seminar-style talks each specially commissioned by leading scientists (including Nobel Laureates) from around the world.The Collection is highly prized for giving you the ability to virtually attend world class seminars, by leading thinkers and authorities from around the world, in one online resource – wherever, whenever, and as many times as you like.As well as being an excellent way for researchers, teachers and students to stay up-to-date on the latest developments in their field, it is also a great way to quickly become immersed in a new area.

Latest BMJ Learning update

Click on the title above for the latest module and information updates on measles, depression, ulcerative colitis amonst others.(BMJ Learning is available via the HYMS VLE HYMS Library tab.To login select the Athens option THEN the Alternative login option and enter your York e-resource account details.)

Friday, January 16, 2009

Bibliographic Reference Management Questions: Office Hours at York

Do you find it difficult to remember all the rules for referencing and therefore want to learn to use an automated tool that will help? Have you got any questions about using Endnote or another bibliographic reference management software? If so, the Library are holding drop-in sessions to help both staff and students with these issues. These are aimed at an introductory level, so more advanced queries may be noted and answered at a later date. The sessions will be on:
Thursday 5th February 13:00-14:00
Thursday 12th February 13.00-14.00
Thursday 19th February 13:00-14:00

Please ask at the Library Enquiry Desk at these times.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Latest BMJ Learning update

Click on the title above for the latest module and information updates on understanding statistics, how to write a research paper an managing the side effects of Statins.(BMJ Learning is available via the HYMS VLE HYMS Library tab.To login select the Athens option THEN the Alternative login option and enter your York e-resource account details.)

Friday, January 2, 2009

Fighting research fraud - new site

Click on the title above for a link to a new website where:

A team of French life sciences grad students has launched an online repository of fraudulent scientific papers, and is calling on researchers to report studies tainted by misconduct. The website -- called Scientific Red Cards -- is still in a beta version, but once it's fully operational it should help the scientific community police the literature even when problems slip past journal editors, the students claim. The website color-codes misconduct into three categories: red for data-related misconduct, including fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism; blue for publication-related misconduct, such as when editorial policies are not followed; and green for research practice misconduct, including problems with consent forms. Each problematic paper in the register includes a full bibliographic reference, a link to published accounts of the misconduct, and a discussion board for users to leave their comments. So far, only around 30 papers have been listed.
(Email communication from Adrian Smith, University of Leeds)