Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Welcome Carla!

We would like to welcome Carla Townsend, MLIS, to the library staff. She joins FNU as Information Services Librarian. She will be working 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Lexington office. Carla has many years of health science librarianship experience, most recently at Baptist Health Lexington. Outside of work, Carla is a devoted mom and dance enthusiast. You can reach Carla at or 859-899-2562.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

New Resources

The start of a new year usually involves adding new titles to our journal collection, and 2017 is no different. The following titles are now available through the FNU Library:
This year we also added a subscription to Psychiatry Online which gives us access to four journal titles (including American Journal of Psychiatry) and several books from the American Psychiatric Association. It also includes online access to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, also know as the DSM-5.

Check out our other journals on our Books & Journals page. If you have a suggestion for something to add to our collection, let us know!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Connecting FNU online journals to Google Scholar

Have you ever searched Google Scholar wishing it would provide links to full text articles like EBSCOhost? Check out this video to learn how to set up google scholar to connect to FNU's online journals. Once connected, if you see "E-journals @ FNU" next to a result, it means you can access the full text by clicking on that link!

Friday, January 29, 2016

New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year! It's still January for a couple more days, so it's not too late to say that, right? Anyway, I hope your 2016 and Winter term are off to a great start. We here in the library have made a New Year's Resolution of sorts and we wanted to share it with you. We are going to revive the good ole blog here and we've resolved to post on it at least once a month. With the recent launch of the FNU blog it seemed like a good time to do it. We have plenty to say, we just haven't been making the time to do so. New Year's resolutions are all about changing habits, so we're going to make it a habit to share more with you.

Like I said, we have some things we want to say, but we're also interested in what you want to hear. Leave a comment and let us know what sort of things you'd like to see posts on - questions you have or resources you'd like more information on, anything! We're looking forward to hearing from you and to sharing more on the blog.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Mobile Resources for Keeping Up with Pap Guidelines

I know many of you were fans of the free Pap Guide app, created by Joshua Steinberg, M.D. Unfortunately, it is no longer available.

Here are a few alternatives for viewing pap guidelines on your mobile device:
  • use the Lexicomp app (if you are a clinical student)
    • go to 5-Minute Clinical Consult -> Algorithms -> Search for "pap" 
    • add the entry to your favorites for quicker retrieval
  • download a PDF copy of the ASCCP Algorithms and save to a mobile app (such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, etc.)
  • purchase the ASCCP Mobile App for $9.99
If you need further instructions on any of these options, keep reading...

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Update on Research on Mobile Resources Use

Wow, it's been awhile since our last post. If you didn't read our post about Research on Mobile Resource Use, now's a great time to catch up! The forthcoming article that was mentioned at the end of that post is now available: Mobile Resource Use in a Distance Learning Population: What Are They Really Doing on Those Devices. Read, enjoy, and let us know what you think! While you're thinking about mobile resources, be sure to check out our Mobile Resources Guide. It was created in part due to the results of this research.

[Note: many of the links on older posts are now broken due to a change in our proxy server last year. As always, contact us if you need help finding something.]

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Research on Mobile Resources Use

Recently, Zach and I presented at the 16th Distance Library Services Conference in Denver, CO on FNU's mobile project. We examined data from questions on the End of Terms Surveys regarding use of mobile devices for completing school work and referencing clinical information.  We also took a very close look at responses to the survey item asking students to "list up to five apps that assist you with your education at FNU."

Before I go any further, let me take a moment to say "Thank You!" to the students who take the time to respond to these surveys. The information we gather allows us to make evidence based decisions about the services we provide. Sharing the information with colleagues (by presenting at conferences, for example) allows them to help other students across the country. We really do want to know what you think - so when you see a notice about a survey, please consider completing it!

Reviewing the apps that students listed as being helpful for school work was very interesting. We asked students to share this information so that we could be aware of as many apps as possible and share them with other students.

Here are the apps that were mentioned at least 20 times:
  • Epocrates
  • Lexicomp
  • DynaMed
  • Email
  • Medscape
  • Blackboard Mobile
  • Dropbox
  • iGeriatrics
  • Sanford Guide
  • Skyscape
  • Flashcards (ex: gflash, gflash pro, gflash+, flip cards, quizlet, flashcard machine, studyblue, flashcard+)
  • Internet browser
  • Micromedex
  • Pregnancy wheel (ex: perfect wheel, prenatal wheel, the wheel pro, OB wheel, pregnancy calculator, birth wheel)
  • Essential Evidence Plus
  • Podcasts
  • Evernote
  • Facebook
  • MPR
  • Google
  • BMI tools (ex: bmi calculator, bmi tool, calculate bmi)
  • Lactmed
  • Blackboard Collaborate
  • Calendar
  • Kindle
  • Skype
Here are a few other clinical apps that were mentioned:
  • STD Meister
  • Pap guide
  • EFM guide
  • DxSaurus
  • Qx Calculate
  • Shots STFM
  • iTriage
  • BiliCalc
  • GBS guide
(note these are how they were reported on the survey; actual names may vary slightly)

Slides from our presentation are below, and the full paper will be published in a forthcoming issue of  Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning. What apps are you using? We'd love to hear about them!