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OPEN UP! Video Contest to Showcase Students Call for Open Access

Entries invited for the 4th Annual Sparky Awards

Entries must be received by 12AM Eastern time on May 27, 2011

"The importance of the student stake in opening up access to scholarly research will be highlighted in Open Up! - the fourth installment of the annual Sparky Awards student video contest. Calling on students to articulate their views in a two-minute video, the contest has been embraced by campuses all over the world and has inspired imaginative expressions of student support for the potential of Open Access to foster creativity, innovation, and problem solving."

Open Up! calls on students to let the world know they support Open Access and to say why. This year, entries are invited to four categories:

  1. Animation - Drop into the media lab and master that illustration software!
  2. Speech - Just say how it is. Skip the fancy editing and use your 120 seconds to tell campus viewers in your own eloquent words why Open Access matters to you.
  3. Remix - Mix it up. Re-use video, music, images and remix with your own content to create your unique vision of the importance of Open Access. Content must be re-used legally.
  4. People?s Choice - The People choose! Sparky Award entries are opened up for public vote.

Winners will receive an iPad, iPhone, or iPod and a fabulous "Sparky Award" statuette. The award-winning videos will be announced in conjunction with the American Library Association Annual Conference and a Campus MovieFest Regional Finale, and will be widely publicized by the sponsoring organizations at public events across North America throughout the year.

The Sparky Awards are organized by SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, who promote the universal benefits of sharing ideas of all kinds. Read the Press release. Take a look at past years' winners.

Apr 04, 2011 | Categories: Events and Workshops, Scholarly Communication | msholinb

YOUR Voice Needed: Recommend Preventive Services in the USA

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) invites anyone (including individuals and organizations) to nominate a topic for the USPSTF to consider for a future recommendation. A nomination may suggest a new preventive service topic that has not been reviewed by the USPSTF to date or recommend reconsideration of an existing topic. These nominations are accepted at any time and are considered by the USPSTF at one of its regularly scheduled meetings in March, July, or November. For more information or to nominate a topic, visit

The USPSTF is a Congressionally mandated, independent panel of experts in primary care and prevention who are charged with making recommendations to primary care providers about clinical preventive services: screening tests, preventive medications, and counseling.

For a list of the USPSTF's current recommendations, visit

Apr 04, 2011 | Categories: News | msholinb

EndNote X4 / RefWorks Drop-In Class TOMORROW April 1

Day: Friday, Apr 1 2011

Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Bioscience Library Seminar Room, 2103 VLSB

No sign-up is needed

EndNote automates the creation of bibliographies. Save hours of typing by simply selecting the publication or style by name and generating a perfectly formatted document. EndNote currently offers over 4500 styles. EndNote allows you to store PDFs and other files in your database. EndNote is available for a substantial student discount.

RefWorks is a web-based tool that allows users to create their own personal database by importing references from text files or online databases. Use these references in writing papers and automatically format the paper and the bibliography in seconds. Web-based means you can access RefWorks from any computer with Internet access. Access to Refworks is provided by the UCB Library to UCB students, staff, and faculty.

In this class, we will cover the basics of using both EndNote and RefWorks. We'll go over how to add citations to your database, organize your citations, format your bibliography, and how to use EndNote and RefWorks with Microsoft Word to create reference lists and bibliographies. This class will be useful for you who are EndNote/RefWorks novices, for you who want a little tune-up, for those of you struggling a bit with the software, and will be useful for you who are trying to decide which one to use (if either!)

The Seminar Room is equipped with 12 iMacs. If you already have EndNote installed on your laptop, you can work on your own computer. You can also download a 30-day free EndNote trial from

Mar 31, 2011 | Categories: Events and Workshops | msholinb

Radiation Resources

Here are some sources of public health information on radiation monitoring, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and related topics in the US:

Mar 28, 2011 | Categories: News, New Resources | msholinb

Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, and Radiation Event: Resources from National Library of Medicine and more

The National Library of Medicine reminds users of three resources of special interest to those who need to learn more about or have urgent access to health information related to tsunamis, earthquakes, and radiation emergencies affecting Japan.


Clinicians who need to learn about assessing and managing radiation emergencies are urged to use the Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) web site at Selected key files from REMM are also available for downloading on mobile devices from The entire REMM web site can be downloaded to a laptop or desktop computer for use where there is no Internet connection.


The NLM Emergency Access Initiative,, has been activated in support of medical efforts in Japan. The Emergency Access Initiative is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text articles from over 230 biomedical journals and over 65 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. It serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster. EAI is not an open access collection - it is only intended for those affected by the disaster or assisting the affected population. If your library is working with a library or organization involved in relief efforts in Japan, please let them know of this service. NLM thanks the numerous participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative.


A new page of links to information on "Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, and Radiation Event - March 2011" is now available from the Disaster Information Management Research Center at The resources on this page may help with understanding the health issues related to the devastating Japan earthquake, tsunami, and possible nuclear power plant disruptions. Resources from the National Library of Medicine, US federal agencies, and other key resources are listed for responders, health professionals, and the general public.

Mar 15, 2011 | Categories: News, New Resources | msholinb

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