Duke Medical Center Library & Archives Blog
Category: Alerts

Juneteenth Holiday Observance
Posted On: Thursday, June 6, 2024 - 10:36 by Beverly Murphy

Medical Center Library & Archives staff will be unavailable on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Access to the building will not be available during this time for reserving spaces. Staff will be back at work on Thursday, June 20.

Categories: Alerts

Tags: holiday, hours

International Love Data Week 2024
Posted On: Thursday, January 25, 2024 - 17:22 by Lesley Skalla, Ph.D.

International Love Data Week (February 12-16) is a celebration of all things data held each year around Valentine’s Day. This year’s theme is “My Kind of Data” where the focus will be data equity and inclusion, disciplinary communities, and creating a kinder world through data. For more information, see the official Website where you can browse the Love Data Week events and activities happening locally and virtually around the world. There are so many online webinars on a variety of data topics to choose from!

In the spirit of Love Data Week, don’t forget that the Duke Medical Center Library & Archives and the Duke…


Categories: Alerts

Tags: data, data sharing, data management, data management plans

Join Us for the Centennial Kickoff Celebration on 1.9.24!
Posted On: Saturday, December 16, 2023 - 09:59 by Beverly Murphy

The Medical Center Library & Archives will be broadcasting the Centennial Kickoff Celebration livestream in the Classroom (Room 104D, Level 1) from 4-5:15p.  

Kickoff Celebration  
Tuesday, January 9, 2024  
4 – 5:15 pm  
Cameron Indoor Stadium  
Open to: The Entire Duke Community  
Tickets Required  
Seating will be limited so please join us if you can’t attend in person.

For more information, see Duke University’s Centennial Celebration Kickoff

Categories: Alerts, Events

HVAC System Upgrade
Posted On: Friday, October 27, 2023 - 15:55 by Beverly Murphy

A building wide HVAC upgrade will affect the Medical Center Library & Archives beginning November 8, 2023. Work will continue through the summer and may result in temperature disruptions and construction noise. We appreciate your patience throughout this project!

Categories: Alerts

Tags: building

NIH Data Management/Sharing Policy Update
Posted On: Wednesday, October 25, 2023 - 17:37 by Lesley Skalla, Ph.D.

The new NIH Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Policy went into effect in January 2023. This means that if you are submitting a NIH grant application that will produce scientific data, you need to include a 1-2 page data management plan that describes the type and format of data you plan to collect or produce and how you will share and preserve it. The new NIH DMS policy establishes the expectation that data sharing is a fundamental component of the research process, maximizing the public’s access to NIH-funded research results. 

Here is the latest on the NIH DMS policy: 

NIH Application Budgeting Instructions Update: NIH will no longer require a single Data Management &…


Categories: Alerts

Tags: data management, NIH

Open Access: Breaking Barriers for Quality Research
Posted On: Thursday, October 19, 2023 - 10:50 by Megan Von Isenburg

By Alissa Kocer

In today's digital age, we’re flooded with information, but not all of it is high-quality or free. Open access journals offer a solution, providing top-notch articles on the internet without restrictions.

As the Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives recognizes International Open Access (OA) Week, Oct. 23-29, it celebrates a bold strategic partnership that’s dismantling publishing fees for Duke scholars.

This year’s theme, “Community Over Commercialization,” puts the spotlight on prioritizing the public over profits, and rethinking how we share knowledge.

Building Community Through Access   
Catherine Staton, MD,…


Categories: Alerts

Tags: open access, publishing

International Open Access Week: October 23-29!
Posted On: Saturday, September 30, 2023 - 08:59 by Lesley Skalla, Ph.D.

Open Access (OA) Week is a great reason for everyone to learn more about the many benefits of Open Access and discuss all things open access with friends and colleagues. This year’s theme, Community over Commercialization, encourages a “candid conversation about which approaches to open scholarship prioritize the best interests of the public and the academic community, and which do not.” 

This idea echoes the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science that calls for the prevention of “inequitable extraction of profit from publicly funded scientific activities” and instead supports “non-commercial publishing models and collaborative publishing models with no article processing charges.” 

To celebrate Open Access week at Duke…


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Tags: open access, publishing

Use SciENcv for Your Biosketch!
Posted On: Friday, July 14, 2023 - 10:32 by Lesley Skalla, Ph.D.

Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) is a system for creating and updating your NIH or NSF biosketch. The biosketch documents your qualifications and experience for a specific role or project and is required for all NIH and NSF grant applications.

Use of SciENcv to create biosketches will be required for NSF proposals submitted on or after October 23, 2023. Please see the NSF policy announcement for more information.

Duke strongly encourages use of this system since it will save you time now and in the future due…


Categories: Alerts, Explore Tools

Tags: NIH, My NCBI, SciENcv

Having Trouble Accessing our Resources?
Posted On: Friday, June 30, 2023 - 16:42 by Beverly Murphy

ZScaler, an Internet and Web gateway security tool, has been implemented across Duke Health. Users have reported barriers when accessing Library resources due to this implementation. When using your Duke computer onsite or when using the Duke Health Network, it may appear that Duke does not have access to a resource to which we subscribe.

If you are having issues getting access to our resources, please try clearing your cache first. Otherwise, please submit a ticket to us via our Report an Access Issue Form. If this is an emergent need, please call 919.660.1100 and we will attempt to respond within 24 hours.

Categories: Alerts, Resource Outages

Tags: ZScaler

AccessAnesthesiology Cancelled
Posted On: Thursday, June 1, 2023 - 09:41 by Li Ma

Each year, Duke Medical Center Library & Archives evaluates its electronic subscriptions using a data-driven process to ensure good stewardship of our collection funds. While actively reviewing our resources, we strive to provide those that serve the needs of Duke Health and Duke University and sometimes that requires canceling underused resources.

Effective May 31,2023, Duke University users no longer have access to AccessAnesthesiology. We made this decision after carefully examining its usage data over several years. Users will still have access to selective titles previously available in AccessAnesthesiology through our subscription to McGraw-Hill.

If you need a resource that is not available at Duke, you may…


Categories: Alerts, Databases

NIH Preprint Pilot Expands to Phase 2!
Posted On: Thursday, May 25, 2023 - 10:10 by Lesley Skalla, Ph.D.

In 2020, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) launched the NIH Preprint Pilot to test the feasibility of making NIH-funded preprints discoverable in PubMed Central (PMC) and by extension, PubMed. Preprints are complete, public drafts of articles that have not yet been peer reviewed. Phase 1 sought to answer the NLM's question: do preprints in PMC accelerate the discoverability and maximize the impact of NIH-supported research? This first phase of the pilot focused on archiving preprints reporting SARS-CoV-2 virus/COVID-19 research and resulted in more than 3,500 preprints being added to the NLM database, accelerating access to NIH-supported research results by an average…


Categories: Alerts

Tags: preprint, scholarly communication, NIH

FDP Data Management & Sharing Pilot
Posted On: Tuesday, April 25, 2023 - 15:53 by Lesley Skalla, Ph.D.

It has been several months since NIH’s new Data Management and Sharing Policy went into effect. As a brief reminder, the new policy requires that investigators who are applying to NIH for funding submit a Data Management & Sharing (DMS) plan if their grant will produce scientific data. The DMS plan will describe the type and format of data that will be collected or produced and how it will be shared and preserved.

Researchers at Duke have an opportunity to participate in a pilot for NIH DMS Plan templates and…


Categories: Alerts

Tags: NIH, data management plans, for researchers, data management

VisualDx Survey
Posted On: Monday, February 20, 2023 - 17:42 by Katherine Smith

The Duke Medical Center Library & Archives are in the middle of a yearlong trial of VisualDx that began in July 2022. As we continue to evaluate whether to subscribe to VisualDx in the future, we would like to hear about your experience with this resource. Please take a moment to share your feedback. All responses will be used internally, and your NetID will not be associated with your responses. We appreciate your help!


Categories: Alerts, Databases

Tags: visualdx, survey

The New NIH Data Policy is Here!
Posted On: Sunday, January 22, 2023 - 11:13 by Lesley Skalla, Ph.D.

The new NIH Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Policy went into effect on January 25, 2023! This means that if you are submitting a NIH grant application that will produce scientific data, you now need to include a 1-2 page data management plan that describes the type and format of data you plan to collect or produce and how you will share and preserve it. At the time of the grant application, you will now need to plan for how you are going to manage and share your data. To support you with this process, we have provided a list helpful resources.

NIH Support


Categories: Alerts

Tags: NIH, data management, data management plans, data sharing

Need to Write a DMS Plan? Use DMPTool!
Posted On: Sunday, January 22, 2023 - 08:41 by Lesley Skalla, Ph.D.

If your research will be NIH-funded, you will need to include a data management and sharing (DMS) plan with your grant application as of January 25, 2023. You can use the NIH optional DMS Plan format page to create your plan, but why not take advantage of the free, online DMPTool managed by the California Digital Library?  DMPTool provides a click-through wizard that walks you through the DMP creation process using an NIH template along with helpful guidance from both NIH and Duke.

There are several reasons why Duke researchers should use the DMPTool:

  • Duke authentication through Shibboleth (choose Duke, login with NetID and password)

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Tags: data management plans, data sharing, NIH