To meet the evolving information needs of the campus, over the past five to ten years, our Health Sciences Digital Library and Learning Center has changed extensively. The Library expects to further evolve via its new 2019 – 2024 strategic … ...


UT Southwestern Health Sciences Digital Library and Learning Center – 2019 and Beyond

To meet the evolvinginformation needs of the campus, over the past five to ten years, our HealthSciences Digital Library and Learning Center has changed extensively.  The Library expects to further evolve via itsnew 2019 – 2024 strategic plan.

We want to hear from you –that’s how we improve!  Please complete ashort survey on or before January 31st.  It takes less than five minutes!

Your opinion matters – weread and evaluate every response.  Staytuned – responses will be anonymized and summarized and posted on our websitein the near future.


UT Southwestern launches ORCID@UTSW Registration site

On January 15, 2019, UT Southwestern Health Sciences Digital Library and Learning Center is officially launching ORCID@UTSW. ORCID (Open Research and Contributor ID) is a not-for-profit organization whose vision is to help researchers establish and maintain their scholarly identity and connect with each other. By creating persistent unique identifiers, ORCID minimizes name ambiguity. The ORCID iD is adopted widely by educational institutions, publishers, and funders and utilized in databases like Scopus. UT Southwestern Medical Center partners with ORCID as a “Trusted Organization” to connect our students and researchers to their scholarly work.

What is an ORCID iD?

The ORCID iD is a persistent unique identifier that follows individuals throughout their career, regardless of changes in name, occupation, or institution affiliation. Researchers can easily attach their ORCID iD to their scholarly works, such as articles, citations, grants, patents, and data sets. ORCID provides tools for individuals to manage data privacy; no information about a person is encoded in the ORCID iD.

Whyget an ORCID iD?

Benefits of getting an ORCIDiD:

  • Distinguish yourself from other researchers who share your name
  • Ensure you get credit for your scholarly work
  • Reduce the administrative burden of having to identify your work to multiple systems and organizations
  • Repurpose information for campus repositories

Howdo I register for an ORCID iD?

UT Southwestern has simplified registration through its ORCID@UTSW registration page. ORCID registration is quick and only requires an email and password! The current and future benefits to linking your ORCID account with UT Southwestern as a “Trusted Organization” are:

  • Streamlinedata exchange between you and UT Southwestern, i.e., affiliation and activityupdates
  • Providetracking capabilities for grants and accreditation
  • Furtherlegitimize your ORCID record with source data attributed to UT Southwestern

ORCID understands your need to control how your information is shared and provides tools to manage the visibility of your data. You have full control over the information contained within your ORCID record. For each record, you can apply one of three visibility settings:

  • Everyone – Information is publicly available to everyone including UT Southwestern.
  • Trusted Parties – Information is not available to the general public, but access is provided to UT Southwestern and any other organization you designate in your ORCID record’s “Trusted Parties” area.
  • Only Me – Information is for personal use only and not publicly available to anyone.

Questions? Email or consult the Library’s ORCID Portal for more information, training videos and FAQs.


Coming in February — Key Class Series!

Attend any or all of the “Key Classes” of our most frequently requested topics! Classes are free, hands-on, and open to all faculty, students, clinicians, and staff of UT Southwestern Medical Center and the University Hospitals. Don’t delay: register now in Taleo Learn, but be advised that seating is limited!

For more information on the “Key Classes” or other training/class topics, please email or call 214-648-2001.

Class Title:Introduction to Library Resources & Services
Location:South Campus Library Classroom (E2.310A)
Date:February 5, 2019
Time:10 a.m. – Noon

Become familiar with the Library’s resources and services, range of electronic full-text options; learn how to verify incomplete journal citations; track citations for an article, follow an author, or retrieve Table of Contents for journal issues using PubMed® and other database “Alerts”.

Class Title:Expert Database Searching*
Location:South Campus Library Classroom (E2.310A)
Date:February 12, 2019
Time:10 a.m. – Noon

Locate electronic full-text articles using the Library’s wide range of databases including Ovid MEDLINE®, Embase®, PubMed, CINAHL, and Scopus. Learn how to utilize Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) terms and keywords to narrow your search to locate exactly what you’re looking for. Each database has its own unique way to search effectively and one method does not fit all.

Class Title:EndNote X8 Citation Management*
Location:South Campus Library Classroom (E2.310A)
Date:February 19, 2019
Time:10 a.m. – Noon

How much time do you spend on your reference section? This key class will include:

  • Creating and organizing an EndNote library
  • Adding references to a library both manually and by using direct export or filters
  • Using the “Group” function to organize references
  • Inserting and editing citations in a Word document using EndNote’s Cite While You Write (CWYW) function
  • Formatting references in different reference or output styles

The Windows version will be used for this session.

Class Title:Evidence-Based Practice*
Location:South Campus Library Classroom (E2.310A)
Date:February 26, 2019
Time:10 a.m. – Noon

Evidence-based practice is an approach to clinical practice that revolves around the use of the best available clinical evidence when making treatment decisions about individual patients. One of the biggest challenges of evidence-based practice is locating and identifying the best available clinical evidence, and determining which resources to use when gathering evidence. This class will introduce a number of systems developed for the identification of best evidence resources for clinical evaluation.

* UT Southwestern Hospitals is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association – Approver, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Each activity provides 2 contact hours of continuing nursing education.



Library hosts new NLM exhibit on history of nursing told through postcards

The UT Southwestern Library will host Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection, a traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine, from November 19, 2018, through January 5, 2019.

The exhibition explores a unique archive of 2,588 postcards and more than 100 years of images of nurses and the nursing profession from around the world, investigating the hold these images exert on the public imagination then and now.

The postcard is a fleeting and widespread art form influenced by popular ideas about social and cultural life in addition to fashions in visual style. Nurses and nursing have been the frequent subjects of postcards for over 100 years. In fact, no other art form has illustrated the nursing profession so profusely using such a variety of artistic styles and images.

These images of nurses and nursing are informed by cultural values; ideas about women, men, and work; and attitudes toward class, race, and national differences. By documenting the relationship of nursing to significant forces in 20th-century life, such as war and disease, these postcards reveal how nursing was seen during those times.

The six-banner traveling exhibition highlights only a small selection from the 2,588 postcards of The Zwerdling Postcard Collection. Visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine website to view over 500 more postcards in the exhibition’s online digital gallery at Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection.


“Bio-structural”: exhibit by artist Michael Duncan explores the fundamentals of life

Artist Michael Duncan – a Louisiana native who has deep roots in Chicago but currently lives and creates in Dallas – pioneered a genre he calls “soundism”, which draws upon music as a conduit for expressing the rich tapestry of human emotional experience through paints and canvas. His extensive work as a sculptor and painter has focused on humanity and life as emotionally resonant themes. In his new exhibit called Bio-structural, Michael explores the vibrant patterns and rhythms inherent to all life forms on Earth.

“At the cellular anatomical level, everything is based on the smallest of things,” Duncan explains. “Plants, animals, bacteria…all living things share the same essential building blocks of life. Trees have veins to carry the nutrients of life, just as we and other animals have veins that transport oxygen. We share a common anatomy across the spectrum of life encoded by DNA.”

The works featured in Bio-structural possess organic qualities that create striking visual connections between microscopic and macroscopic living systems. The vital, supportive forces of nature are illustrated using the spine and other anatomical structures.

Bio-structural will be on display at the South Campus Library (Florence Building, Room E2) from October 15, 2018, to January 31, 2019. A reception with the artist will be held on Friday, October 19, 2018, from 5-7 p.m.


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