July 4th Holiday!
Medical Center Library & Archives staff will be unavailable on Friday, July 3, 2020. Access to the building will be available during this time and on the 4th for Duke Health Badge Holders Only. Anyone using the facility is expected to follow Duke's policies.
Library and Archives Services Continue During COVID-Related Disruptions
Megan von Isenburg, Associate Dean for Library Services & Archives
It has been almost 3 months since Library and Archives staff began to work from home, and our staff have adapted readily to the changes in work environments, budgets, and most importantly, the information needs of our Duke Health community.
In the months of March, April, and May, our staff have:
- Provided their expertise in 582 consultations, which were in-depth requests for help with literature searching, copyright guidance, scholarly communications, citation management, NIH Public Access Policy, and other topics conducted via email, Webex, or Zoom
- Taught 69 online classes, many of which prepared clinicians, researchers, staff, and students for the new PubMed interface that launched in May
- Completed 415 requested expert searches in article databases such as PubMed, Embase, and Web of Science
- Created a new Website for clinical information related to COVID-19, which has been viewed more than 2,500 times
- Secured access to new online teaching materials to facilitate remote learning for the remainder of the academic school year
We are proud to have conducted 42 literature searches on topics related to the COVID pandemic, including a search for the newly published report from the VA's Evidence Synthesis Program, Risk of Transmitting COVID-19 During Nebulizer Treatment: An Ultra-Rapid Review.
In addition, the Medical Center Archives has partnered with the University Archives on an important project to collect personal narratives and stories from the Duke community for the new and ongoing collection, Your Story Matters! Documenting COVID-19 at Duke. We are actively seeking stories from frontline clinicians, researchers, students and staff so that future researchers can better understand this challenging period and the lived experience of all of us during it.
We reopened our Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loan Services on May 22nd to enable easier access to articles outside our collections for Duke researchers and clinicians and will reopen interlibrary lending for print materials as libraries around the country reopen.
Access to our facility remains restricted, but we are working closely with academic programs and administrators to ensure it is a safe space when we fully reopen. To prepare, we have reduced the number of chairs and computers to promote social distancing and will maintain a maximum occupancy of 1 in any study room or carrel. We are developing plans for contactless pickup of print materials and continued safe access to our expert staff.
COVID-19 is still disrupting our lives, but Library and Archives services and resources are here to help. For further information on our services and resources during COVID-19, please see our Website at https://mclibrary.duke.edu/about/coronavirus. If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Megan von Isenburg, Associate Dean for Library Services & Archives, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New PubMed Interface Has Launched!
PubMed switched to its newly designed search interface in May 2020!
Features of the New PubMed include:
- Ability to cite references quickly in your preferred citation style format (AMA, APA, NLM, or MLA)
- Option to share references via social media or a permalink
- Seamless search experience on your mobile device
- Search results sorted by best match by default as opposed to the most recent articles
All of your favorite features will still be there including clinical queries, the advanced search, MeSH database, search details (now on the Advanced page), and your MyNCBI account. Additionally, you'll be able to export citations to management tools (e.g., EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley) through the Cite feature or by sending a batch of citations to your Citation Manager.
PubMed on your mobile device: While there is not a native app, PubMed has improved the search experience by providing a mobile-optimized Website that seamlessly links to our Library's full-text articles. On your mobile device, bookmark or add https://mclibrary.duke.edu/pubmed to your home screen.
Caveats: While PubMed transitions, you may notice that you no longer see the icon to connect to full-text articles. If this is the case, please clear the cache and cookies in your favorite browsers (usually in the settings), return to the Medical Center Library Website, and try to access PubMed again.
The National Library of Medicine has created a page with links to PubMed tutorials and handouts. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to drop us a line at email@example.com.
Focusing on the Positives of Staying at Home
Karen Barton, Research & Education
Like many, Duke University Medical Center Library and Archives staff are working remotely. During this time of uncertainty in which so much unsettling news is circulating in the media, some staff have taken time to reflect on their experiences by answering the question, "What are the positives of staying at home for you?"
I am eating better and cheaper, with the best coffee in Durham (home coffee).
I love working from home and especially the commute — ten steps down the hall and I'm there. What a bargain! Being able to help our health professionals, whether near or far, is a joy and a privilege, especially during this time.
I’m spending some quality time with my loved ones and making improvements in my new house. I’m also enjoying the telehealth options that have finally sprung up.
I’m getting a lot more exercise! I’m using the extra time in the morning to do a workout video and I’m walking the dogs at breakfast, lunch, and dinner times. It feels good to move around and get some fresh air.
Since my commute from my kitchen table to my computer desk is now 5 seconds, I've been able to start work earlier and stop work later. This allows for a mid-day break to go for a run, get some exercise, and stay energized throughout the day.
Working at home has its challenges, but I have loved the near constant companionship of my dog, who rarely leaves my side.
A positive for staying at home for me has been turning my patio and back stoop into an explosion of color with flowers. Now any time I step out back for coffee or to have a meal, my mood is instantly uplifted because of all the color.
I have a nice patio that I never used before the stay-at-home order was issued, but now I sit outside almost every day after work and do crossword puzzles on my phone to relax. Also, I am trying many new recipes and I’m very proud that I fried fish for the first time.
I’ve really come to enjoy my early morning jogs. There are never too many people out, so I feel safe and can let my mind peacefully wander. My spouse and I have also started new traditions, like making homemade pizza every Friday night.
I have enjoyed connecting with friends that live all over the country that I do not always get to talk to regularly. I recently participated in a Facebook Live trivia game with a team made up of friends in 4 different time zones and had lots of fun!
I have been able to enjoy hearing my daughter practice piano several times a day, although I am ready for her to learn some new songs. I've also enjoyed trying to get outside in the garden after work but before dinner to pull weeds and try to revamp a large garden bed that needs work!
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Employee Spotlight: Victor Gordon
Steph Hendren, Research & Education
- Working at Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives since: October 2019
- Education: B.A. United States History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.A. Historic Preservation Planning, Cornell University
- Current position: Associate Director for Administration
Q & A
1. Describe your current position and what you find most interesting about it.
I am the Business Manager and am responsible for financial operations, human resources, and space management. I love the variety that comes with the job. If there is a problem that I am stuck on, all I have to do is open my inbox or take a walk around the building to discover new things for my To-Do and To-Consider lists! Every department has their own needs and it is encouraging to learn more about what I can do to help.
2. Describe yourself in three words. Routine-driven, lighthearted, caffeinated
3. What professional or personal organizations/clubs are you a part of?
I am not much of a joiner these days. About 10-12 years ago I was involved with a few local historic preservation groups in Durham. Also, when my kids were younger, I was in charge of an annual plant sale for the Club Blvd. Elementary Garden Club. Most of my “organization time” these days is taken up by book clubs.
4. What has been your biggest professional challenge?
I did not go to college to become a university administrator so my biggest challenge came when I started working for Duke in 2007 as a grants administrator for the Dept. of Neurobiology. My employment in the public history field had ended because of budget issues. Leaving a field I had trained in to start over in a new career came with a steep learning curve.
5. What do you think is the most interesting issue in libraries & archives today?
I am very interested in how libraries have had to evolve in terms of space since physical books and journals are no longer the only important reason to visit.
6. What do you hope to accomplish in 2020?
Using our funds to improve our collections and facilities will be a challenge since we can’t expect a budget increase in Fiscal 2021, but this is a something I look forward to tackling. I also hope to continue to learn from everyone who has been at the library longer than me (which would be pretty much everyone on staff).
7. Is there anything about you that others might be surprised to know?
I had a brief career as a history and English teacher before going to graduate school.
8. What do you do for fun?
Running, gardening, traveling, and reading
9. What are you most proud of?
My son (14) and daughter (12). They are consistently reminding us that they are young adults and not little kids anymore. This is good because our household needs all the help it can get some days.
10. What is your favorite Website or blog?
I spend so much time looking at screens these days it is hard not to feel oversaturated with content. But I do regularly read the New York Times online.
Enjoy Some Leisure Reading with Select E-Books from OverDrive
Karen Barton, Research & Education
These fiction and non-fiction e-books are available from Duke's OverDrive Collection. Descriptions are excerpted from Amazon.com
Dr. Jeremy Brown
Dr. Jeremy Brown, a veteran ER doctor and Director of the Office of Emergency Care Research at the National Institutes of Health, talks with leading epidemiologists, policy makers, and the researcher who first sequenced the genetic building blocks of the original 1918 virus. He offers a comprehensive history as well as a road map to protect us from the next outbreak.
Pharmaceutical breakthroughs, such as antibiotics and vaccines, rank among some of the greatest advancements in human history. New York Times best-selling author Gerald Posner traces the heroes and villains of the trillion-dollar-a-year pharmaceutical industry and uncovers how those once entrusted with improving life have often betrayed that ideal to corruption and reckless profiteering - with deadly consequences.
The is an incredible untold story of how Netflix went from concept to company - all revealed by co-founder and first CEO Marc Randolph. From idea generation to team building to knowing when it's time to let go, That Will Never Work is not only the ultimate follow-your-dreams parable, but also one of the most dramatic and insightful entrepreneurial stories of our time.
In the tradition of Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, this transporting debut novel reveals the ways in which a Jamaican family forms and fractures over generations. Stanford Solomon has a shocking thirty-year-old secret, and it’s about to change the lives of everyone around him. Stanford Solomon is actually Abel Paisley, a man who faked his own death and stole the identity of his best friend.
In these nine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant stories, Chiang tackles some of humanity’s oldest questions along with new quandaries only he could imagine. “Exhalation by Ted Chiang is a collection of short stories that will make you think, grapple with big questions, and feel more human. The best kind of science fiction.” (Barack Obama, via Facebook)
In this stunning first novel in Marlon James' Dark Star trilogy, myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child …Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy. The band is a hodgepodge, full of unusual characters with secrets of their own.
Library Zoom Backgrounds
Rebecca Williams, Archives Librarian for Research, Outreach, and Education
Do you miss meeting and studying in the Medical Center Library? We sure do! Instead, we are all spending a lot of time on Zoom these days. Changing your background is a great way to hide a messy house, block that roommate in the background, or just express your own creativity and personality.
We have created several free virtual background templates for you to download and use. They primarily feature nostalgic images from the Medical Center Library and surrounding campus areas. We hope you enjoy them!
You can click on any of the images below to enlarge and save to your computer or you can download them directly from this Box folder.
To change your Zoom background, open “Settings” and then “Virtual Background” from your account. Click on the “+” to the right of the “Choose Virtual Background” section and “Add Image.”
Jay M. Arena Papers: A Pioneer in the Poison Control Movement
Lucy Waldrop, Associate University Archivist, Medical Center Archives
Without a doubt, the Jay M. Arena Papers have much to contribute to the history of medicine. Dr. Arena, a preeminent physician in the field of pediatrics and toxicology, was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia in 1909. He received his BA from West Virginia University (1930) and his MD from Duke University School of Medicine (1932). After residency and a short stint at Vanderbilt University as an instructor in pediatrics, Arena returned to Duke University School of Medicine as a professor of pediatrics. He retired from Duke University in 1979, and the Jay Arena Fund in Pediatric Pharmacology and Toxicology was established in his honor. He was married to Pauline (Polly) Elizabeth Monteith and together they had seven children. Arena died in 1996.
The Arena collection contains administrative records for the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, American Association of Poison Control Centers, Duke Poison Control Center, correspondence, subject files, publications, reprints, manuscript materials, photographic materials, biographical materials, and other records. While the bulk of the collection pertains to Arena's decades long career at Duke University School of Medicine, he is most remembered for his work in the poison control movement and creation of childproof safety caps for medicine bottles.
Arena is credited with beginning the first poison control movement in the United States, and his efforts led to the creation of the American Association of Poison Control Centers and the Duke Poison Control Center. The introduction of childproof safety caps for medicine bottles in the 1950s is alsolt of Arena’s efforts to persuade drug companies to manufacture and include them on their medicine bottles. These efforts also brought about a reduction in the strength of aspirin, as well as the number of tablets per bottle. By the 1980s, these changes resulted in a reduction of incidences of aspirin poisoning in children from twenty-five percent to less than five percent of all poisoning cases.
During his career, Arena published approximately 300 articles and pamphlets on poisoning and a variety of pediatric a direct resu subjects, as well as authoring, coauthoring, and editing numerous books on child safety and poisoning. In addition to writing, he served on the editorial board of numerous publications, was appointed to various government agencies, and served as an advisor on the Committee on Safety for Children and the United States Project Safety Commission. As an advisory expert on the Accidents and Poison Panel of the International Pediatric Association, Arena frequently gave expert witness testimony in cases of accidental poisoning, prescription medication problems, and corporate responsibility in poisoning cases.
To learn more about these materials, visit the Finding Aid or contact the Medical Archives staff.
Medical Archives: Digital Research Resources
Rebecca Williams, Archives Librarian for Research, Outreach, and Education
Though Medical Center Archives is closed and the physical collections are currently inaccessible, staff are available for consultation via online request form or email. They will be happy to answer general questions and assist in locating digital materials for your research. Below are some online resources that are available 24/7.
If you’re looking for historic images, our digital repository, MEDSpace, is an excellent place to start. It contains nearly 700 photographs documenting the history of Duke Medicine. You can also find early publications, medical illustrations and artwork, and medical artifacts.
The Intercom, Duke Medicine’s primary news publication from 1953 to 1986, featured information about campus events and construction, faculty and staff news, and articles on medical research and innovations at Duke. The first 25 years of this publication have been digitized, making more than 500 issues available online.
Archives has several digital exhibits about key figures and events in the history of the Medical Center. Some of the topics include the Duke Poison Control Center, Dr. Wilburt C. Davison’s correspondence with Sir William Osler, and women in medicine at Duke (which is currently under reconstruction).
DUMC Archives Blog and Instagram
Updated regularly, our blog and Instagram are the places to go for Archives news, to see materials from our collections, and discover stories about the Medical Center’s history.
Russell Koonts, Director of Medical Archives and Digital Initiatives, participated in a Virtual 19 mile race where he had to run/walk/bike 19 miles over the period of April 27 to May 3. This was part of a fundraiser for CLTgivePPE, a Charlotte grassroots organization attempting to address the shortage of PPE. Over 3,600 people participated and raised over $60,000. Russell pulled together a team of 8 soccer friends, and together they raised over $445 and covered nearly 200 miles!
Leila Ledbetter, Research & Education Librarian and Liaison to the School of Nursing, has co-authored the following article: Guerrero, E. M., Bullock, G. S., Helmkamp, J. K., Madrid, A., Ledbetter, L., Richard, M. J., and Garrigues, G. E., "The Clinical Iimpact of Arthroscopic vs. Open Osteocapsular Debridement for Primary Osteoarthritis of the Elbow: A Systematic Review [Review]." Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, 29(4), 689-698, April 2020.
Beverly Murphy, Assistant Director, Communications & Web Content and DUHS Hospital Nursing Liaison, was acknowledged as Immediate Past President of the Medical Library Association (MLA) and presented briefly during the Annual Business Meeting held virtually on May 19, 2020.
Brandi Tuttle, Research & Education Librarian and Liaison to the Physician Assistant Program, the Pathologists' Assistant Program, and the Master of Biomedical Sciences Program has been a participant in several activities within MLA. She co-presented in a session for the MLA Coping and Caring in the Time of COVID-19 series. In her presentation on "The COVID-19 Conversation: Moving Instruction Online in a Hurry!" she shared her experience in moving the Physician Assistant Evidence Based Practice II rotation courses online. Brandi was also appointed Chair of the MLA Darling Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Collection Development in the Health Sciences Jury for 2020-2021 and was elected Chair of the MLA Education Domain for 2020-2022.
Lucy Waldrop, Associate University Archivist, was a judge for both the Regional and State competitions for National History Day in North Carolina held in April. All judging was done virtually due to COVID-19.
Lucy Waldrop and Rebecca Williams, Archives Librarian for Research, Outreach, & Education, presented at the LAMPHHS 2020 Annual Meeting held virtually on May 7-8. Their presentation was titled "Doctors, Covered Entities, and HIPAA or: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the PHI."
Congratulations to our Career Service Awardee!
Congratulations to Barbara Dietsch, Acquisitions & Electronic Resources Manager,
who received her 10-year Duke University Career Service Award.
Kudos to our Intern Graduates!
Caroline Waller (l) and McKenzie Long (r)
Research & Education Intern
Caroline Waller and McKenzie Long, Medical Center Archives Interns, have graduated from the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) with Masters of Science in Library Science (MSLS) dgrees. To fulfill the degree requirements, both wrote master papers: Caroline - Capitalizing on Collections and the Crowd: What Needs to be Considered before Embarking on a Digital Crowdsourcing Project and McKenzie - The Delicate Art of Portraying Your Archivist: A Textual analysis of Mass Media Portrayals of Archives, Archivists, and Archival Materials in the Twenty-First Century.
Jordan Wrigley, Research & Education Intern, also graduated from the UNC School of Information and Library Science with an MSLS degree. While studying at SILS, Jordan received the Elfreda Chatman Student Research Award, Margaret Ellen Kalp Fellowship, Medical Library Association (MLA) Scholarship, and was a Student Vision Scholar tor the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of MLA. She also gave numerous presentations and was co-author of several papers. Jordan plans on returning to the Pacific Northwest, in particular to Idaho or Washington.
We congratulate our Interns on their many accomplishments while students at SILS and during their Internships with the Duke Medical Center Library & Archives.
Publication Schedule & Staff
Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives News is published bimonthly.
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