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If you’ve not yet tried the “Reload via EZproxy” bookmarklet, give it a try with your standard Web browser.

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Hope Fox Eccles Health Library Health Lecture: November 2015

University of Utah Hospital Hope Fox Eccles Health Library

National Family Health History Month: What Your Family Tree Says About Your Health

Date: Thu. Nov. 19, 2015

Time: 1-2PM

Guest Speaker: Joshua Schiffman M.D. Continue reading »

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Attention EndNote Users: New Authentication Link

New authentication link, October 2015. EndNote program users please update the Authentication link in Full Text Preferences.

Open URL Path =

Authenticate with =  

– for Windows:  go to Edit >Preferences > Find Full Text

– for Mac: go to  EndNote > Preferences > Find  Full Text

Copy & paste URLs into relevant boxes in EndNote preferences:

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Collaboration on an Open Source Code App

This is the last blog post honoring the International Open Access Week. This post will focus on EHSL collaboration with The GApp Lab to create an open source app.

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Games4Health Challenge Registration is Open

G4H_Logo copy_tinypixGames4Health is an annual $60K competition for student innovations that drive healthier lives through games that people love.

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Free Online Tools for Collaboration

Explore these free online tools that will make collaborating much easier!

Share documents and files via Box

You may already be familiar with Dropbox or Google Drive and the concept is the same for Box. The big difference is that Box is HIPAA and FERPA compliant. Because the University of Utah has partnered with Box for enterprise accounts for faculty, students, and staff, you get 50 GB of storage space, can assign different levels of access to your collaborators, and have access to your files on any device at any time.  Click here to get started.

Write papers together via Authorea

Authorea lets you write in LaTeX, Markdown, HTML, Javascript, and more, and your document becomes a beautiful webpage. You can even have data-driven interactive visualizations embedded in your document! With Git doing version control, you don’t even have to worry about tracking changes. Click here to learn more.

Write systematic reviews together via Covidence

There does exist an easier way of doing systematic reviews, especially for managing the review process without using Excel. Covidence provides a nice working environment for selecting, excluding, and resolving discrepancies. Plus, you can annotate the PDFs and it will auto-populate your Cochrane risk of bias tables without cutting and pasting text. Click here to learn more.

Note, this video has no sound but gives a great inside look at the functionalities.

Collaborate on diagrams and charts via Lucidchart

Have you ever wanted to work on diagrams and charts simultaneously with a collaborator who is miles away? Then check out this program: Lucidchart. It runs in the cloud and has an easy user interface. Click here to learn more.

Organize team projects via Trello

Trello lets you see your project at a glance by having every step laid out in a giant board with lists of cards. Check out this example of meal planning using Trello (video) and click here to learn more.

Do you have a favorite tool? Tell us about it in the comments!

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NIH Compliance and the Public Access Policy

NIH_Master_Logo_With_Tag_2Color-PNGBy Darell Schmick

It’s that time again: R1 Research grant deadlines are coming up! If you’re benefiting from NIH funding, are you compliant? Many researchers believe this to be a hassle, but there’s a great benefit to what compliance brings.

Public Access Policy requirements pertain to your published work if:

  1. It was peer-reviewed
  2. It was published on or after April 7st 2008, AND
  3. It arises from:
    • Any direct funding from an NIH grant or cooperative agreement active in Fiscal Year 2008 or beyond, or;
    • Any direct funding from an NIH contract signed on or after April 7, 2008, or;
    • Any direct funding from the NIH Intramural Program, or;
    • An NIH employee

What is sometimes forgotten is the benefit. It means that every article that has been funded by taxpayer monies after April 7th, 2008 is publicly available for the general public to view and enjoy no later than 12 months of official publication date. The articles are submitted into PubMed Central – a completely open access repository of biomedical literature that consists of 3.6 million articles. All available for anyone with an internet connection to read.

Be sure to stay ahead of NIH Compliance! It needn’t be a hassle. If you’re stuck, contact Darell Schmick at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library for a consultation. For more information on the NIH Public Access Policy, view our guide at

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Creating open access materials is easy!

Open access and Open Educational Resources (OER) are hot topics in academia, and have been for several years. Earlier this week, we talked about what these concepts are and an example of how the Library is collaborating with Neuro-ophthalmology experts to create open access content. This post will focus on tools the Eccles Library has used to develop OER (and some that you can use, too)!

We all know WordPress as a free, open source blogging platform that is actually used for about 25% of websites! Its open source nature makes WordPress very easy to use and customize! As such, librarians suggested this platform to a Nursing faculty member who wanted to have her students create the textbook for a distance PhD class on conducting research with diverse populations. The result is an OER that can be added to in future semesters, and accessed by students and researchers in the field. It also provides an opportunity for students to publish their work, rather than just writing a paper that will never been seen again once the class is over.

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If you’ve been in our space in the last year or two, you will have noticed that something is missing…sort of. Information changes so quickly and is so widely available that having it in one place in book form just doesn’t make sense. For that reason, we decided to move almost exclusively to digital content (ie – we traded the books for electronic resources)! Like books, though, every database and website is just a bit different. To help you navigate this ever changing digital landscape, the good folks at the University of Arizona Libraries created Guide on the Side, an open source program that allows the creator to “guide” the user through the features of a digital resource.

We have created Guide on the Side tutorials for a host of databases available through the Eccles Library. These tutorials lead you through effectively navigating a digital resource, and ask you to follow along so that you can build the skills to do it on your own in the future. With built-in “knowledge checks,” the ability to move through the tutorial at your own pace, and access it when you need it, these Guide on the Side tutorials are a fantastic OER.


Consider creating your own OER using WordPress, or incorporating a Guide on the Side tutorial in your instruction!

For more information on using WordPress or Guide on the Side, contact Erin Wimmer. Also, see our article about the Nursing eTextbook project using WordPress in Collaborative Librarianship, an open access journal!


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Evaluate the Pros and Cons of Open Access

openaccess2While Open Access definitely has a place in today’s scholarly communications, one should approach publishing within open access journals with a careful review of the pros and cons associated with such.  The Eccles Library Director, Jean Shipman, would be glad to discuss these options with anyone interested in learning more about what factors to weigh when considering publishing in Open Access journals. Jean currently is a member of the Chicago Collaborative (, a group of editors, publishers and librarians that meets twice a year to discuss current and relevant issues related to scholarly publishing.

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Neuro-Ophthalmology Virtual Education Library (NOVEL) is Open for Collaboration!

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The Neuro-ophthalmology Virtual Educational Library is a collaboration between the North American Neuro-ophthalmology Society (NANOS) and the Spencer S Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL).  Nancy Lombardo, Associate Director of IT at the EHSL and Kathleen B. Digre, Director of Neuro-Ophthalmology at the University of Utah, forged the collaboration and have invited participation from numerous individuals and institutions in order to expand the project. Since the NOVEL library was founded in 2005, usage has increased to more than 175,500 page views per year, with users in more than 140 countries.  The basis of NOVEL repository is 18 collections, including the proceedings of the annual NANOS meetings from over 40 years, and the annual Walsh Sessions, since their inception in 1969.  Notable collections covering the optic disc and numerous neuro-ophthalmologic complaints have been contributed from luminaries in the field of Neuro-Ophthalmology. The NOVEL collections are open access, and free to all users. (

The NANOS Curriculum Committee, Chaired by Valerie Biousse, MD, of Emory University, has selected materials from the NOVEL collections, and is soliciting creation of new materials, that will illustrate the complete neuro-ophthalmologic curriculum.  For each topic in the curriculum, the NOVEL team identifies relevant learning objects available in the NOVEL library and provides links to them – including background information in the Walsh and Hoyt textbook, detailed images and video examples, and short power point lectures describing the topic. This Illustrated Curriculum is a value-added resource available to NANOS members as a benefit from Society membership.

All collections in NOVEL have been peer-reviewed by an editorial board comprised of an international group of NANOS members. The NANOS-NOVEL Editorial Board is Chaired by Aki Kawasaki, MD, of the University of Lausanne. EHSL Librarians, Nancy Lombardo and Christy Jarvis, developed the method and the tools for the review process, and for soliciting targeted submissions. These processes included an online review form, a structured review cycle, and standardized communication. Guidelines for submission have been developed to solicit the highest quality content. Librarians apply collection development theory to identify gaps in the collection and target solicitations to fill the gaps. The entire review process is completed electronically.

As a result of the refined review process, NOVEL is now offering a non-traditional publication platform to contributors.  NOVEL accepts submissions of interesting cases, images, videos, and power point slide sets that relate to the topics defined in the NANOS Curriculum Outline. If approved by the Editorial Board, the materials are added to the NOVEL collections and contributors receive an acceptance letter with a citation to the item. The citation can be added to the author’s CV as a publication in an online educational repository.

By expanding the repository into a more dynamic publication platform, we have achieved a fast turnaround time for the publication and peer-review process (30 day turn-around time from submission to publication approval.) There is greater Society engagement, with more NANOS members participating through submissions as a result of this citation incentive. Developing the formal processes has led to enhanced prestige for the Editorial Board members. Editorial Board members also receive academic credit for their role as reviewers.

NANOS members benefit because the gaps in the NOVEL repository are being filled more quickly with higher quality materials. The Eccles Library benefits from increased recognition of our skills and expertise. EHSL Librarians are essential to the implementation and management of the publishing system and the Society sees our value. Librarians are gaining valuable experience in creating publishing mechanisms for academic faculty to publish scholarly works in new and innovative ways.


Lombardo, N.T. (2015). Non-Traditional Publishing: A New Role for NOVEL. eSynapse, 30(1).

Lombardo, N.T. (2012). NOVEL Presented at NANOS 2012. eSynapse, 27(2).

Lombardo, N.T. (2011). NOVEL Presented at NANOS 2011. eSynapse, 26(2).

Lombardo, NT,  Digre, KB,. (2010) Update on the Neuro-Ophthalmology Virtual Education Library (NOVEL). Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology. 30(3):  301-302.

Digre, KB, Frohman, L, Lombardo, NT. (2008) Update on the Neuro-Ophthalmology Virtual Education Library (NOVEL). Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology. 28(3): 253-254.

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