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New Collection: Robert B. Daroff, MD, Professor of Neurology at the School of Medicine at CASE Western Reserve University has generously contributed his collection of instructional video on eye movements. These are digitized from an earlier set of VHS tapes. Each tape is available in its complete form, and is also divided into smaller clips representing distinct topics for a total of 55 video clips. Each clip is available for viewing by streaming video or for download. The clips are available for educational, not for profit use. Credit should be given to Dr. Daroff and NOVEL when used with students or other non-profit educational settings. Minor adjustments are still being made to the collection, but it is ready for use now.

Near Completion: Shirley H. Wray, MD, PhD, is nearing completion of her remarkable video collection. As Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, and former Director of Neurovisual Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Wray has collected an incredible array of more than 160 patient case videos. As the collection nears its complete state, each case will have a thorough care report included int he description, as well as PowerPoint lectures attached covering individual cases, diseases and diagnoses. These collective materials provide a rich educational resource. The materials are available for educational, not for profit use. Credit should be given to Dr. Wray and NOVEL when used with students or other non-profit educational settings. Minor adjustments are still being made to the collection, but it is ready for use now.

Database Upgrade: The NOVEL database, CONTENTdm, which hosts the descriptive records linking to the educational resources was recently upgraded. Some minor changes in display are evidence of the upgrade. Otherwise, the records and links should continue to perform as they always have. Please report any oddities.

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Nancy Lombardo
NOVEL Project Director…

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NOVEL Collections Unavailable Aug 10-13, 2009 – Database Server Being Moved!

NOVEL Users,

Please be aware that the NOVEL collections will be unavailable for part or all of August 10 – 13. The CONTENTdm server which hosts the records for our collections is being physically moved to a new location. The IT staff will do their best to minimize the down time, but they are not able to eliminate it. Please be patient as this hardware shift takes place. We expect the collections to be available August 14.

Thanks for your patience,
Nancy Lombardo
NOVEL Project Director
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
University of Utah

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NOVEL listed on AAN list of quality online resources

NOVEL is pleased to note that our collections are listed as a “neurology-related websites with high-volume, high-quality image resources” on the AAN Web site. In their portal, titled, “Finding Neuroimages on the Internet,” authors Daniel B. Hier, MD, MBA, FAAN, Education Editor (U. of Illinois at Chicago), and Mike Petkovich include NOVEL as one of the better examples of neuroscience directories or libraries for targeted searches.

Find the list of excellent resources, including NOVEL, at:

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NEW! Patient Portal in NOVEL

A new Patient Portal has been established in NOVEL. The collection of resources is based on the collection of patient brochures created by NANOS members and currently available in the NANOS web site. 14 topics are covered. Each topic entry includes some or all of the following information links: the NANOS patient brochure, links into MedlinePlus for patient oriented information, a live PubMed search leading to the most current biomedical literature, links to other authoritative Web sites, and links to support groups when available. The resources were identified and organized by the NOVEL team, then reviewed and refined by the NANOS Patient Education Committee, led by Luis Mejico, MD.

As additional patient brochures are developed by NANOS members, topics will be added to this patient portal Currently, the Patient Education Committee is working to translate the brochures into multiple languages.

Please feel free to suggest topics for development, or volunteer to work with the Patient Education Committee to develop patient brochures on new topics.

Find the NOVEL Patient Portal at:

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Database Server Downtime

NOVEL resource users: please note that the University of Utah Marriott Library IT staff is conducting routine maintenance late tomorrow, Tuesday, August 12, on the CONTENTdm infrastructure. Access to the NOVEL collections hosted at the University of Utah will not be available from 5:00-10:00 p.m., Tuesday. Access to NOVEL collections will be restored by 10:00 p.m. Tuesday.

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New Orbital Surgery Collection in NOVEL

The NOVEL project (Neuro-Ophthalmology Virtual Education Library) has just completed the addition of a new collection from John S. Kennerdell, MD, noted as a leader in the surgical treatment of orbital tumors. Dr. Kennerdell recently retired as professor of surgery (ophthalmology) at Medical College of Pennsylvania, chairman of the department of ophthalmology at Allegheny General Hospital, and adjunct professor of both neurology and ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Dr. Kennerdell has received numerous professional awards during his career, including the Senior Honor Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 1997. He has made more than 20 presentations throughout the world and his published contributions to medical literature have resulted in more than 130 peer-reviewed papers, 28 book chapters, and two books. NOVEL is very fortunate to have this major contribution to its collections.

Dr. Kennerdell’s collection consists of descriptions of 67 cases involving orbital surgery. The causes range from trauma to benign and malignant tumors. Each case is described through a set of slides, incorporated into a PowerPoint presentation. The cases were described by Dr. Kennerdell and indexed with the professional skills of Ken Rockwell, the professional Map and Science Cataloger at the Marriott Library. Specialized vocabulary was selected from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), as well as from the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS), both from the National Library of Medicine. The collection can also be browsed using structured menus. See this unique contribution to the medical science knowledge base at:

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