- Medical Center Library & Archives Snapshot 2021
- Library Services & Resources
- Space Reservations
- A Year in Review: 2021 Additions to Medical Center Archives
- Journal Changes for 2022
- Free Kanopy Films with an African-American Focus
- NEJM Evidence is Here
- Onyekwere E. Akwari Papers Open to Researchers
- We Offer a Variety of Free Online Classes
- Employee Spotlight: Kruti Desai & Seun Oguntunmibi
- Staff News
- Preprints Now Available in Embase!
- Featured E-Books for Black History Month
- ILL Continues to Subsidize Article & Book Costs
- ZScaler and Use of Library Resources
- Improve Your Library Research Skills Online!
- Publication Schedule & Staff
February is Black History Month!
This month we are featuring "Black History Month: A Medical Perspective," our online exhibit containing a chronology of medical achievements of African Americans, a section on folk medicine, and a selective bibliography.
Medical Center Library & Archives Snapshot 2021
The Medical Center Library & Archives annually collects facts, figures, and accomplishments of the Library and staff members and produces an annual snapshot. Take a look at some the highlights from the work completed in 2021.
Read about the activities of the Medical Center Library & Archives in our recently released 2021 Snapshot!
Library Services & Resources
How can I get assistance?
Our Service Desk (Level 2R) is open Monday–Friday, 8:00a–5:00p. You may still contact Library staff through our chat function between 9a and 5p, Monday through Friday. Library staff are available to meet with faculty, staff, and students by phone, email, and WebEx or Zoom. Library classes are all held online.
Is the Seeley G. Mudd building accessible?
Access to the Medical Center Library & Archives requires a Duke Health badge. Non-Duke individuals do not have access to the building at this time. All patrons and staff using the facility are expected to follow Duke's policies. No food is currently allowed.
What spaces in the Library are available?
Library study rooms, cubicles, and open spaces are available Monday – Thursday: 8 am – 10 pm; Friday: 8 am – 5 pm; and Saturday – Sunday: 10 am – 10 pm. Reservations are still required for group study spaces and cubicles. Once reserved, you will only need to check-in at your space and not at the Lobby Desk. Any open tables, soft seating, PIN stations, and computers are all available for use without reservation.
How can I get a book?
Book stacks (Level 1) are open and available for individual browsing with no reservation required. To borrow books, enter your Duke NetID and password in the self checkout machine in the Reading Room on Level 1. If you prefer to have a book pulled for you and made available for pick up, that will remain an option as well. Simply place a hold in the online catalog for the book you need.
How can I return a book I have borrowed?
Please return books to the book drop located to the left of the Library's front entrance.
Can I make requests for Interlibrary Loan items?
Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services are available to fill routine article requests. Older and more obscure articles may be more difficult to acquire. Book borrowing may be limited with delays.
If you are a Duke clinician, faculty, or staff member and have an urgent request for a full-text article(s) related to direct patient care or COVID-19, please alert us in the notes field on the request form.
Please note: Access to Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loan Services is not available to affiliates or to other libraries.
How can I get materials for a class I am teaching?
The Library has strong digital collections for teaching and learning. If you need assistance identifying online materials for a class you are teaching, please reach out to your Library Liaison. If you need to place an item on e-reserve, please see our Course Reserves page.
Can I renew library materials online?
If you need to renew items, you may do that online using your Duke NetID and password. If you have any issues or concerns about renewing library materials, please contact Anu Moorthy, Associate Director for Content & Discovery,
Are printers and scanners available?
Printers and scanners are available for use with no reservation required. See Computers & Equipment for more information.
Library study rooms, cubicles, and open spaces are available Monday – Thursday: 8 am – 10 pm; Friday: 8 am – 5 pm; and Saturday – Sunday: 10 am – 10 pm for Duke Health badge holders. Reservations are required for group study spaces and cubicles. Once reserved, you will only need to check-in at your space. Any open tables, soft seating, PIN stations, and computers are all available for use without reservation.
Designated spaces are located on all levels of the Library. To ensure you will have a place to work, reserve a space before you arrive. You will receive a confirmation email with a code once you make the reservation.
You will need to check in at the reserved space within 15 minutes from the reservation start time. Seats that are not claimed will be released. For more details on reservable space policies and procedures, see https://mclibrary.duke.libcal.com/reserve/seats.
A Year in Review: 2021 Additions to Medical Center Archives
Lucy Waldrop, Associate University Archivist, Medical Center Archives
The Duke University Medical Center Archives (DUMCA) actively collects official records of the departments and divisions of the Duke University Medical Center (DUMC) and the Duke University Health System (DUHS). These include a variety of materials providing evidence of business, interests, and activities through the years. By collecting, preserving, and making materials accessible that provide evidence of day to day operations, Archives serves as the institutional memory of the DUMC and DUHS. Guided by our collection development policy, we strive to document the intellectual, administrative, social, cultural, and visual history in order to provide evidence of past actions and an understanding of the structure and history of the DUMC and DUHS.
The following archival categories include materials added in 2021 as both new collections and additions to existing collections.
Journal Changes for 2022
Megan von Isenburg, Associate Dean for Library Services & Archives
Anu Moorthy, Associate Director, Content & Discovery
Several changes are coming to the journal collections at Duke.
Duke University libraries have been working together to renegotiate large "Big Deal" packages with Elsevier, Springer, and Wiley. Negotiations are still underway, but we expect that there will be journal cancellations and other changes starting in early 2022. These large "Big Deal" packages of journals function something like a cable or streaming package, where many titles are included for one annual sum and continued access is contingent on continued subscription.
We are making changes to both packages and directly-subscribed titles based on data for journal usage, impact, and costs with goals to meet research needs, maximize budgets, and foster a sustainable scholarly publishing environment. Please see our current list of journal cancellations and additions for 2022. To read more about the scholarly communications landscape, including open access, please see the Scholarly Communications section on our Website.
In addition to these larger modifications to our subscriptions, it is common for there to be changes to journal access at the beginning of every new year. For example, a journal may change platforms when the professional society that publishes it begins working with a commercial publisher or even switches publishers. These transitions can mean that newer content from the journal is on a different site. Among the hundred or so journals changing platforms this year, Neurosurgery and the Journal of the American College of Surgeons are two such journals that have changed publishers. For the most current and complete access, be sure to start your search for journal articles from our Library Website and let us know if you are having trouble finding or accessing journals.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or feedback, or if you're experiencing difficulties in accessing our collections. We are here to help you identify and access the information you need!
Free Kanopy Films with an African-American Focus
Steph Hendren, Research & Education
Duke users can access Kanopy from their TV and other devices to stream award-winning feature films, short films, documentaries, foreign films, and more for free. Below are some films from Duke's collection that focus on the African-American experience. Descriptions are excerpted from Kanopy.com. Find other video streaming services on the Duke University Libraries Research Databases page.
From child prodigy to "Boggie-Woogie Queen" to groundbreaking composer to mentoring some of the greatest musicians of all time, Mary Lou Williams never ceased to astound those who heard her play. But away from the piano, she was a woman in a "man's world," a black person in a "whites only" society, an ambitious artist daring to be different, and one who struggled against the imperatives of being a star.
This powerful documentary, based on Zurin's bestselling book The People's History of Sports in the United States, is a fascinating tour of the good, the bad, and the ugly of American sports culture. It traces how American sports have glamorized militarism, racism, sexism, and homophobia, while excavating a largely forgotten history of rebel athletes who fought for social justice beyond the field of play.
Under the neon lights, four young African-American lesbians are violently and sexually threatened by a man on the streets of New York City. They defend themselves against him and are charged and convicted in the courts and in the media as a "Gang of Killer Lesbians."
In this recently discovered and newly restored video of one of Stuart Hall's most famous lectures, he speaks with dazzling precision about the responsibilities of intellectuals and educators in the face of undemocratic structures of power, injustice, racism, and inequality.
This award-winning documentary links everyday black men from various socioeconomic backgrounds with some of Black America's most progressive academics, social critics and authors to provide an engaging, candid dialogue on black masculine identity in American culture. It features interviews with bell hooks, Michael Eric Dyson, John Henrick Clarke, Dr. Alvin Poussaint, MC Hammer, and others.
Daphne Valerious' award-winning documentary explores how media images of beauty undercut the self-esteem of African-American women. She surveys dominant white, light-skinned, and thin ideals of beauty that circulate in the culture, and talks with African-American girls and women about how images affect the way they see themselves. Commentaries are included from rapper/activist Chuck D, actresses Regina King and Jada Pinkett Smith, and others.
NEJM Evidence is Here
We are excited to announce the addition of NEJM Evidence to our collection. This new, monthly digital journal is focused on clinical study design and decision-making.
Onyekwere E. Akwari Papers Open to Researchers
Lucy Waldrop, Associate University Archivist, Medical Center Archives
The Duke University Medical Center Archives is happy to announce that the collection of papers of Dr. Onyekwere E. Akwari (1942-2019), a Nigerian-American and the first African-American surgeon on the faculty at Duke University, has been processed and is open for research.
The collection documents the professional career and personal activities of Akwari and includes but is not limited to; correspondence; printed materials; datebooks, memorabilia, scrapbooks, certificates, and other personal papers; building plans; audiovisual materials; meeting minutes and agendas, photographs; newspaper clippings; publications; reprints; textiles; artifacts; and electronic records pertaining to Akwari's personal and professional interests and activities. Major subjects include the Society of Black American Surgeons (SBAS) and St. Titus Episcopal Church in Durham, NC.
In 1960, seventeen African countries emerged from colonial rule, and the African Scholarship Program of American University (ASPAU) awarded scholarships to enable highly qualified African secondary school graduates to obtain first degree training at United States institutions of higher learning. In 1962, shortly after Nigeria declared its independence from British rule, Akwari made the decision to leave his home country and travel to the US for university after receiving a scholarship through the ASPAU.
Akwari received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in 1966, where he served in student government. He received his medical degree in 1970 at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, where he served as class president in his freshman year and student body president in his senior year.
Akwari joined the general surgery training program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where his general surgical clinical focus was complex abdominal surgeries, and his research focus was neural and hormonal regulation of gastrointestinal motility. During his surgical residency, he provided six of his siblings with assistance to immigrate to the United States to obtain their undergraduate educations.
During a 6-month leave from the Mayo Clinic, Akwari implemented an Emergency Medicine Residency Program at the Martin Luther King/Drew Medical Center for the Southeast Health Region of Los Angeles County, California. Dr. David C. Sabiston, Jr., who was visiting Mayo Clinic as the 1977 Balfour Professor, was prompted by Akwari's research and clinical acumen to recruit him to the Duke University Medical Center as an Associate Professor of Surgery. At the time, Duke only had two other African-American professors on faculty, and Akwari would be the second on the academic tenure track.
Akwari held an active surgical practice at Duke until he was struck with a chronic illness in 1995. Despite his illness, he remained a faculty member until his death in 2019. He served on Duke's Medical School Admissions Committee, Faculty Governance Academic Council, Athletic Council, and other Medical Center and University Committees. An advocate for expanding and celebrating diversity at the University, Akwari supported the introduction of women's and minority studies programs at Duke and hosted gatherings for fellow "first" African Americans at Duke.
Among Akwari's accomplishments was the formation of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS). Along with three other African-American surgeons, he organized SBAS in 1989 to support the racial integration of academic surgical departments in the post-civil rights era.
Over the course of his career, Akwari published over 150 articles and book chapters and presented at 73 national and international meetings. He was a member of the American Surgical Association and Alpha Tau Boule' section of Sigma Pi Phi, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, past head of the surgical section of the National Medical Association. He also served on committees of the American College of Surgeons and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. His Duke awards include the University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award, the Raymond Gavins Distinguished Faculty Award, and the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching Clinical Sciences. The inaugural Duke Classic of Duke Men’s Basketball was dedicated to Akwari, posthumously.
Many of the materials contained in this collection relate to Akwari’s community and family life in Abia State, Nigeria, including regalia, photographs of major events such as weddings and funerals, records of property held by his family, business requests, and funeral programs for friends and family members. Other materials record Akwari’s immigration and life after moving to the United States. Among these materials are travel documents, correspondence, family papers, event programs and correspondence, photographs, and various records related to his membership at St. Titus Episcopal Church.
A significant portion of the collection also pertains directly to Akwari’s medical and educational career. This includes publications, board materials, subject files, surgical slides, correspondence, assorted uniforms and university regalia, records for Duke Athletics, and images and recordings for university events. Also included are records connected to the foundation and maintenance of SBAS, such as photographs, event and workshop programs, meeting transcripts, correspondence, and video recordings.
This collection should be of note to researchers interested in studying the development of surgical medicine and diversity efforts at Duke University, as well as the larger history of African Americans in the United States medical field. This collection should also be of note to researchers interested in both studies of Nigeria and the African immigrant experience in the United States in the twentieth century.
We Offer a Variety of Free Online Classes
We offer a variety of online classes on research and searching topics every month. All classes are free and offered virtually, though registration through our Website is required. In addition to these classes, you can also request an online session for yourself or a group or schedule an appointment for a research consultation.
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|February 14||10 – 11a||Endnote|
|February 15||2:30 – 3:30p||Searching CINAHL Effectively|
|February 16||10 – 10:30a||Scopus in 30!|
|February 18||1 - 2p||Journal Selection for Authors|
|February 22||4 – 5p||Advanced PubMed|
|February 23||4 – 5p||Zotero|
|February 24||10 – 11a||How to Write an Abstract|
|March 2||10 – 11a||Searching CINAHL Effectively|
|March 4||12 – 12:30p||ORCID in 30|
|March 7||10 – 11a||How to Write an Abstract|
|March 9||9 – 10a||Zotero|
|March 11||10 – 11a||Advanced PubMed|
|March 14||10 – 11a||Endnote|
|March 16||3 - 4p||Advanced PubMed|
|March 21||12 - 1p||Demystifying Peer Review|
|March 22||4 – 5p||Zotero|
|March 28||2 – 3p||Endnote|
|March 30||4 – 5p||Advanced PubMed|
Employee Spotlight: Kruti Desai & Seun Oguntunmibi
Victor Gordon, Associate Director for Administration
Welcome to our Library Students!
1. What is your academic program?
2. Did you always know you wanted to be in the area you have chosen to pursue?
3. What do you like the most about your coursework?
4. What do you like most about working here at the Library?
5. What are some of your outside interests or hobbies?
6. How would your friends and family describe you?
Congratulations to the following librarians on their promotions and reappointments.
- Sarah Cantrell: Promotion to Librarian
- Steph Hendren: Promotion to Senior Assistant Librarian
- Beverly Murphy: Reappointment to Librarian
- Lucy Waldrop: Promotion to Associate Librarian
Sarah Cantrell, Associate Director for Research & Education and Liaison to Graduate Medical Education, co-authored the following articles:
McDaniel CG, Commander S, DeLaura I, Cantrell S, Leraas HJ, Moore CB, Reed CR, Pahl KS, Tracy ET, "Coagulation Abnormalities and Clinical Complications in Children With SARS-CoV-2: A Systematic Review of 48,322 Patients," J Pediatr Hematol Oncol, Dec. 3, 2021.
Walsh C, Lewinski AA, Rushton S, Soliman D, Carlson SM, Luedke MW, Halpern D, Crowley M, Shaw R, Sharpe J, Alexopoulos AS, Alishahi Tabriz A, Dietch JR, Uthappa DM, Hwang S, Ball Ricks KA, Cantrell S, Kosinski AS, Ear B, Gordon AM, Gierisch JM, Williams JW, Goldstein KM, "Virtual Care for the Longitudinal Management of Chronic Conditions," VA ESP Project #09-009, 2021.
Samantha Kaplan, Research & Education Librarian and Liaison to the School of Medicine, has co-authored the following article:
Parker, LE, Kramer, RJ, Kaplan, S, & Landstrom, AP, "One Gene, Two Modes of Inheritance, Four Diseases: A Systematic Review of the Cardiac Manifestation of Pathogenic Variants in JPH2-encoded Junctophilin-2," Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine, Dec. 1, 2021.
Beverly Murphy, Assistant Director, Communications & Web Content and DUHS Hospital Nursing Liaison, has co-authored the following article:
Michelle Shi Min Ko, Pei-Fen Poh, Katrina Yi Ching Heng, Rehena Sultana, Beverly Murphy, Regina Wan Leng Ng, Jan Hau Lee, "Assessment of Long-term Psychological Outcomes After Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Admission: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis," JAMA Pediatrcs, Jan. 18, 2022.
Farewell to Barbara Dietsch
Victor Gordon, Associate Director for Administration
In November 2021, the Medical Center Library & Archives bid bon voyage to Barbara "Barb" Dietsch, who had spent 12 years working in Electronic Resources & Acquisitions in the Content & Discovery department. Thankfully, we do not have to look far to find Barb since she has taken a role as an Electronic Resources Management Specialist at the Duke University Libraries. Despite the interoffice address showing her workplace as Smith Warehouse off Buchannan Boulevard, she is happy that her new "gig" lets her work from home four days a week.
Barb has over 20 years of library experience and has worn several different hats over the years. When she was hired in 2010, she served as an Acquisitions Manager - checking in print journals, which were dwindling in numbers at the time. As our staff turned over and various tasks were reassigned, she became a cataloguer and worked in collections development.
Barb enjoyed picking out books for the Engel Collection, which offers a broad range of cultural and informative reading, including books of general and scientific interest not usually found in a medical library. To enhance this collection, she used the New York Times Book Review, stories she heard on NPR while driving to work from Bahama, and source titles of popular interest that connected science, history, medicine, and public health. Some of the most recent and popular volumes in the Engel Collection are there because of Barb.
As Barb starts the next chapter of her career at Duke, we wish her the best in her new endeavors! We hope to continue working with her as a familiar colleague in the Duke library system.
Preprints Now Available in Embase!
Lesley Skalla, Research & Education
Preprints are early versions of manuscripts that are shared on public preprint servers prior to peer review and publication.
The benefit to you is earlier access to biomedical information including randomized controlled trials which might be included for systematic reviews as grey literature. Keep in mind that preprints are not peer-reviewed and therefore should be used with caution.
Embase clearly identifies an article as a preprint on the publication record. When doing searches, you can use the filter on the left hand side to limit Publication Types to “Preprint” or limit the Journal Titles to “medRXiv” and “bioRXiv.”
If you only want to search for preprints, you can add the limit [preprint]/lim to your search (e.g., COVID-19 AND [preprint]/lim).
Be aware that if you have existing Embase email alerts, preprints will be included unless you modify the preprint settings in your saved email alert.
Featured E-Books for Black History Month
To highlight Black History Month, we are featuring a few books focusing on the African-American experience. Reviews are excerpted from Amazon.com.
Folk practices like curing a nosebleed by holding a silver quarter on the back of the neck, treating an earache with sweet oil drops, or wearing plant roots to keep from catching colds, are woven into the fabric of black culture. Within many African American families, these kinds of practices continue today and shape the concepts about healing that are diffused throughout many African American communities.
African-American chemist Jeannette Brown presents a wide-ranging historical introduction to the presence of African-American women in the field of chemistry. This book contains sketches of the lives of some of these women from the earliest pioneers up until the late 1960's when the Civil Rights Acts were passed and greater career opportunities began to emerge.
Eric J. Bailey
This book focuses on the African-American health belief system and the treatment strategies often used and documented. It includes a cultural-historical view of alternative medicine's use within the African American community and shows how important it has been as an integral part of African-American culture.
ILL Continues to Subsidize Article & Book Costs
If you need an article or a book not available at Duke, we've got you covered. Our Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Service can find and share articles and print books from other libraries with Duke Health faculty, staff, and students. Simply complete a request form to get started.
Articles are generally available within 1-4 days and will be emailed to requestors as PDFs. Physical books can take longer, especially given library closures and shipping delays related to COVID-19.
Duke Health faculty, staff, and students no longer pay for this service. To expand access to articles outside our subscriptions, the Medical Center Library & Archives is subsidizing costs via an extended pilot program. Requestors may be asked to pay copyright fees if there are any associated with the request.
ZScaler and Use of Library Resources
ZScaler, an Internet and Web gateway security tool, is being implemented across Duke Health. Users are reporting barriers to accessing Library resources when ZScaler is running on their Duke computers. For example, it may appear that Duke does not have access to a resource when we actually do.
We are working with DHTS on a strategy to allow access to Library resources. Full implementation is expected by March 1st. In the meantime, access to library resources while ZScaler is running can be difficult. We apologize for these ongoing problems.
Publication Schedule & Staff
Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives News is published bimonthly.
|Megan von Isenburg , Associate Dean||Beverly Murphy, Editor|
| Barbara Dietsch||Victor Gordon|
| Steph Hendren||Lucy Waldrop|
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