Engineering Library pick-up location

Beginning on May 2nd, the Engineering Library will no longer be a pick up location option in OskiCat. When requesting materials, please use one of the other available pick up locations. If you already have materials ready to pick up at Engineering, you should collect them as soon as possible.

The suspension of the Engineering Library as a pick up location is due to the temporary closure of the Engineering Library from May 13th to August 17th.

May 11th Richmond Instruction Session: Orientation to Public Health Library Services

RSVP by Monday, May 9th to Judy Bolstad at or (510) 642-2510.

Were you aware:

* You can have journal articles, technical reports,
standards, book chapters, and more, from nearly
any source, delivered to you electronically?

* You can have books from the University of California,
Berkeley Library delivered to your office?

* CDPH staff has access to dozens of electronic
journals from your desktop and off-site?

* Librarians at the Public Health Library, who can
access hundreds of databases, indexes, and other
resources, will research nearly any work-related
topic for you, and post citation lists or other files
to your own web portal?

* The library has a secure web portal where you
can request library services, track your document
delivery requests, view your literature search
results, and more?

This orientation session will discuss all the library
services available to CDPH staff.

Some of the topics that will be covered:
1.  Accessing Public Health Library Services
2.  Summary of Services to CDPH
3.  Full Text Electronic Journals
4.  Requesting Material
5.  Public Health Library web pages for CDPH

Class: Orientation to Public Health Library Services
When: Wednesday, May 11th, 10-11 am
Where: CDPH Richmond Campus, Building C, Room 136

This class is intended for new CDPH staff or for those who would like a reminder of the services available from the Public Health Library for work-related activities.

Supervisors: Please encourage your new staff to attend if appropriate.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP by Monday, May 9th to Judy Bolstad at or (510) 642-2510.        

These one-hour training sessions are free to CDPH employees. Please obtain your supervisor’s approval to attend.

May 25th Sacramento Instruction Session: Accessing Full-Text Electronic Journals

RSVP by Monday, May 23rd to Judy Bolstad at or (510) 642-2510.

Do you want to know:

* Which full text journals you can access from your desktop?
* How to navigate the OvidSP journals web site?
* Which features are available on the OvidSP journals web site?
* How to use the CDPH PubMed URL to access journal articles?
* How to get citations from OvidSP journals into bibliographic
management software such as EndNote or Reference Manager?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then please come to the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library’s Accessing Full-Text Electronic Journals class!

Topics covered will include:
1. How to navigate and browse for journal articles in the OvidSP interface
2. Features of the OvidSP web site, including cited reference searching and exporting Ovid records into bibliographic management software (e.g., EndNote)
3. How to access articles online using a customized version of PubMed, which links to the CDPH-licensed full-text journals

Class: Accessing Full-Text Electronic Journals
When: Wednesday, May 25th, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Where: 1500 Capitol Avenue, Training (“Hearing”) Room 72.167

This class is intended for CDPH staff who wish to learn about the full-text online journals available to them and the special features available on the OvidSP web site.

Supervisors: Please encourage your staff to attend if appropriate.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP by Monday May 23rd to Judy Bolstad at, or (510) 642-2510.

These one-hour training sessions are free to CDPH employees. Please obtain your supervisor’s approval to attend.

Send the Public Health Library Your Publications!

If your CDPH unit has published any substantial publications (e.g. reports), please remember to send a copy to the Public Health Library, or make sure to put the Public Health Library on your regular hard copy distribution list.

To send mail to us:

1. Use an interoffice envelope and write: “UC-Public Health Library, Berkeley”

2. Put the envelope in the CDPH interoffice mail.

An overnight courier service delivers mail between the Public Health Library and the Richmond/Sacramento CDPH campuses. We receive it much faster this way, than if sent through the U.S. Mail. For off-campus units who must send via U.S. mail, our mailing address is:

Sheldon Margen Public Health Library
1 University Hall #7360
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California 94720-7360

My NCBI Redesign

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) has released an improved user interface. It is streamlined to include robust performance and intuitive navigation. The most visually significant enhancement is that all functions can be viewed directly from the My NCBI homepage, where they are made readily accessible for set up and customization. For more information, go to:

2011 CityMatCH Conference

The 2011 CityMatCH (National Organization of Urban MCH Leaders) conference will be held September 17-20, 2011 in San Francisco, CA. This year’s conference will focus on the theme of Justice in all communities. More information is at:

There is also an Emerging Leaders Scholarship Fund, where a stipend of up to $1,000 will be awarded to reimburse for conference-related expenses! For specific details, go to:

Chemical Structure Images Added to HSDB

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) has added chemical structure images from the NLM ChemIDplus database to Hazardous Substances Databank (HSDB) records.

The chemical structures can be viewed in the HSDB record header with the chemical name and registry number. Users can save the chemical structure as a .png file (right click). It is now available via the HSDB document download feature.

These structures are also available in:

· Chemical Carcinogenesis Research Information System (CCRIS):
Carcinogenicity, mutagenicity, tumor promotion, and tumor inhibition
data from the National Cancer Institute (NCI)  

· Comparative Toxicogenomics Database (CTD): Molecular mechanisms
by which environmental chemicals affect human disease 

· GENETOX: Peer-reviewed mutagenicity test data from the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA)  

· Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS): Data from the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) supporting human health risk assessment and
focusing on hazard identification and dose-response assessment 

· International Toxicity Estimates for Risk (ITER): Chemical risk
information from authoritative groups worldwide

Transportation Injury Mapping System

UC Berkeley has launched a “powerful new tool for sorting through and mapping all of California’s fatal and serious traffic collisions.” The Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS) can “perform customized searches of 130,000 serious and fatal crashes in the state.” Users can also view a history of crashes from 2000-2008. Recent data is also available by county, city, neighborhood or along specific routes. You can register for a free account and start using TIMS by going to: