Update to Tracing Material Within the Catalog Department’s Workflow

I’m pleased to say that since the service went live in August 2011, the Catalog Department has been able to keep up with the many tracing requests that come in each week. As a result, we have enhanced both the BadCat tracing form and the Tracing Policy.

The form has been updated to include a 7th scenario for tracing urgently needed items, namely those not yet cataloged which have a Millennium order record received date 6 months prior to the current date. The form also now includes a field to include the Millennium order record received date. Both changes are reflected in the revised policy document which can be found either from the BadCat tracing form, or via the Catalog Department’s website.

The direct URL is: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/catalog_dept/sites/drupal6.lib.berkeley.edu.catalog_dept/files/Tracing%20Material%20Within%20the%20Catalog%20Department%E2%80%99s%20Workflow.pdf

Note: if you have recently viewed this document, you may need to hit the “reload” button on your browser to load the newest version, which is dated 2013/04/10 at the bottom of the document.

Thanks very much to Robert Smith, Michael Meacham, and Lisa Weber for working to get the web and procedural changes into place.



Primary Sources: La Bibliothèque virtuelle des manuscrits médiévaux (BVMM)

La Bibliothèque virtuelle des manuscrits médiévaux (BVMM) is a digital library of medieval manuscripts from French libraries across the country (but not the National Library) made available by the IRHT (Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes). The interface is in French but easy to use. There is a map view that allows you to browse by city.

Orientation to Library Services: Sacramento, May 22

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 subscription access to dozens of electronic journals and books from your desktop and from off-campus?

* Librarians at the Public Health Library, who have access to hundreds of databases, indexes, and other resources, will research nearly any work-related topic for you, and post relevant citations 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?

If you’ve answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then please come to the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library’s Orientation to Public Health Library Services class! This orientation session will discuss the library services available to CDPH staff.

Topics covered will include:
1. Summary of Services to CDPH
2. How to Access Public Health Library Services
3. Requesting Articles, Books, etc.
4. An Introduction to Full Text Electronic Journals and Books
5. Public Health Library web pages for CDPH

Class: Orientation to Library Services
When: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 1:30-2:30 pm
Where: CDPH Sacramento Campus, Video Conf Room 72.170


RSVP by Monday, May 20th by emailing Michael Sholinbeck or calling (510) 642-2510.


Class Objective:
To introduce CDPH staff to the library and information services available to you. Use of the library services will help you identify and obtain the information needed to complete your work in a timely fashion.

Supervisors: Please encourage your staff to attend if appropriate.

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

Food/Nutrition Resources class: Richmond May 8

* Need to find literature on food and nutrition and their relationship to health?

* Want to know the nutritive value of different kinds of foods, from broccoli to Big Macs?

* Interested in how many fruits and vegetables Californians eat daily and other statistical information?

* Need to keep updated on the latest foodborne outbreaks and recalls?

* Want to know about quality sources of food/nutrition information for consumers?

* Curious about what professional resources (e.g., free training courses) are available to you?

If you’ve answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then please come to the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library’s Food/Nutrition Resources class!

Topics covered will include:
1. Using bibliographic databases such as Agricola to find journal articles on food and nutrition topics
2. Resources for finding the nutritive value of foods
3. Finding statistics on food consumption
4. Information for consumers or for developing consumer material
5. Tools for professionals


RSVP by Monday, May 6, 2013 by emailing Michael Sholinbeck or calling (510) 642-2510.


Class: Food/Nutrition Resources
When: Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 10-11 am
Where: CDPH Richmond Campus, Building C, Room 140

Class Objective:
This class is for CDPH staff that needs to use quality food and nutrition resources in support of their work. After the class, participants should be able to quickly identify and find non-PubMed literature, policies/best practices, and evidence-based information on their topic. These and the professional tools shown will assist in staff skill development.

Supervisors: Please encourage your staff to attend if appropriate.

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

A schedule of other upcoming training sessions is available online.

December 14th Richmond Instruction: EndNote X5 Advanced Hands on with optional 30 minute EndNote “clinic”

RSVP by Monday, December 12th to Judy Bolstad at
jbolstad@library.berkeley.edu or (510) 642-2510.

* Are you already using EndNote and have some burning questions?

* Do you write journal articles and want to learn about a tool that helps you prepare manuscripts for submission to various journal publishers?

* Do you want to learn how to create or modify existing output styles?

* Did you know you can annotate PDF files in your library?

* Want to learn how to add figures and tables to your Word document using EndNote?

* Are you interested in a hands-on session so you can practice using advanced features of EndNote?

If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, then please come to the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library’s EndNote X5 Advanced Hands-On class!

Topics covered will include:
1. Creating Smart Groups
2. Adding/Modifying Output Styles
3. Creating and Using Bibliographies: Individual and Subject
4. Annotating PDF files
5. Advanced Features of Cite-While-You-Write (templates, figures, tables)
6. How to get help

In addition, we have scheduled the Computer Training Room for an extra 30 minutes after the class to allow time for an EndNote “clinic.” Bring your EndNote questions/problems so we can help you with them.

Class: EndNote X5 Advanced Hands-On
When: Wednesday, December 14, 2011,
Class: 10:30 am-12 pm
Optional 30 minute EndNote clinic: 12-12:30 pm
Where: CDPH Richmond, Building P, Computer Training Room P-1246

Class Objectives:
This class will assist you in making the best use of the EndNote X5 software by learning how to use and create custom features.  In addition, this class will include a drop-in “clinic” where you can bring your problems.

This class is intended for CDPH staff who are already using the EndNote software program, and who wish to learn more advanced features (see class description above). Users of any version of EndNote are welcome to attend. The EndNote X5 software will not be distributed at this class; in order for you to use this software for your work, you or your CDPH unit must purchase or already own it.

It is recommended that you have already attended the EndNote X5 Basics Hands-On class, or are familiar with the basics of using EndNote. Basic EndNote material will not be covered in the Nov. 30th session.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP by Monday, December 12th to Judy Bolstad at jbolstad@library.berkeley.edu or (510) 642-2510.

Please note: This class is limited to 16 participants.  A waiting list will be created, if necessary, for an additional class.

Supervisors: Please encourage your staff to attend if appropriate.

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

A schedule of other upcoming training sessions is available at: www.lib.berkeley.edu/PUBL/cdph/training.html.

Beware of Predatory “Open Access” Journals

Open Access (OA) is good for science, good for the library, good for authors. However, a world of pseudo-journals, sometimes labeled “predatory journals” with nice sounding titles like Global Journal of Medicine and Public Health or American Journal of Social Issues and Humanities, but they are often sham titles. Their major purpose is to collect the author fees, and their content lacks quality. Often they list editorial boards consisting of non-existent people or include scholars on an editorial board without their knowledge or permission. Sometimes they use made-up impact measures (such as “view factor”).

The Scholarly Open Access blog maintains a list of individual journal titles that meet their criteria for determining predatory open-access publishers. It is recommended that you not accept an offer to be on their editorial board, nor pay their author fees to publish in one of these titles! In the most concise terms, if you’ve never heard of the journal, best to avoid it.

Much has been written on this, including articles in The New York Times, Nature, and The Scholarly Kitchen blog.

Ever see a retracted article in PubMed when you’re searching?

Retractions happen for a variety of reasons. Not all retractions are evidence of scientific misconduct. In fact, according to a recent study written by Grieneisen and Zhang and published in PLOS, most retractions are due to other factors. Retractions can occur due to alleged publishing misconduct, questionable data/interpretations, and publisher error as well.

PubMed MeSH terms to understand:

* a retracted publication (the article that was retracted);
* retraction of publication (the published notice that an article was retracted);
* a published erratum (articles which discuss retractions as their topic)

There are other places where you might want to go to for information on retractions. One example is Retraction Watch blog. The Retraction Watch blog has published reports of scientific article retraction since 2010. It details several hundred retractions, and you can browse by author, country, journal, institution, publisher, reason for retraction, subject, and more. You can also search by any keyword.

News sources often report on high-profile cases of scientific retraction, fraud, and misconduct. YouTube and blogs often contain interviews, commentary, and more on scientific retraction. For blog searching, use Google blog search.

The bad news, according to the PLOS article, is that retractions are widespread across disciplines and author affiliation countries. The good news is that they represent only a small fraction of a percent of all publications.

The Integrated Health Interview Series: An Easier Way to Get NHIS Data

Ever wanted an easier way to search the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)? The free online Integrated Health Interview Series (IHIS) can help with this. Hosted by the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota, the IHIS contains annual NHIS survey data from the 1960s to the present. IHIS allows one to search for NHIS variables across the surveys.

IHIS has been updated recently to include data from the 2011 NHIS survey. New topics of possible interest from the 2011 survey include use of fitness facilities; reasons for not having a usual source of care; steps taken in the past year to save money on medical care (e.g., delaying care, skipping medication doses, buying medicine from foreign countries); most recent ER visit; last health care visit; long-term care insurance; health insurance coverage in the past 3 years; treatment of children’s mental health; and food security.

Need to find the IHIS variable name for a NHIS variable? The IHIS-NHIS Concordance can help. You can also put in a NHIS variable name to learn the IHIS variable name.

IHIS lists its recent updates on a web page to help its users keep up to date.

Want help using the online version of IHIS? Try the IHIS exercise set.

New Books!

The Public Health Library has the following new books available:

1. Terrorism and public health: a balanced approach to strengthening
systems and protecting people. By Barry S Levy and Victor W Sidel.
New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
Call number: RA645.5 .T477 2012.

2. From public health to wellbeing: the new driver for policy and action.
By Paul R Walker and Marie John. Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave
Macmillan, 2012. Call number: RA393 .F766 2012.

3. Fat, fate & disease: why exercise and diet are not enough. By Peter D
Gluckman and Mark A Hanson. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. Call number: RC628 .G59 2012.

4. Negotiating and navigating global health : case studies in global
health diplomacy. By Ellen Rosskam and Ilona Kickbusch. Singapore;
Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific, 2012.
Call number: RA441 .N44 2012.

5. Pandemic planning. By J Eric Dietz and David R Black. Boca Raton, FL:
CRC Press, 2012. Call number: RA653 .P36 2012.

Please note that these books are only a small selection of
what is newly available. If you are interested in checking
out any book(s), submit a request using our online form
and we will mail the book(s) to you.

You may also log into your web portal account to request book(s).

If you do not currently possess a UC Berkeley library card,
you will need to apply for one before we can check out a book to you.