Sunday, 20 of April of 2014

Free (former) library books

The library has lots of books to give away! Unfortunately we are running out of space and can’t keep the second copies of non-current editions of popular books such as Smith’s Large animal internal medicine, Pavletic’s Atlas of small animal reconstructive surgery, and many others. Come browse our shelves of free books and take as many as you like.

Your body language shapes who you are

This isn’t library related, but it’s a very interesting video presentation given by Amy Cuddy, a professor and researcher at Harvard Business School, where she studies how nonverbal behavior and snap judgments affect people from the classroom to the boardroom.

Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

Information prescription?

Have you ever thought about giving your clients an information prescription? Directing them to some web sites where they can learn more about their pet’s disease or treatment? Here is an interesting article to read.

Kogan LR, Schoenfeld-Tacher R, Gould L, Viera AR, Hellyer PW.  Providing an information prescription in veterinary medical clinics: a pilot study.  J Med Libr Assoc. 2014 Jan;102(1):41-6. (full text of the article)


The study assesses the impact on client behavior and attitudes toward receiving an information prescription as part of a veterinary office visit.

A random sample of veterinary clinics from a Western US metropolitan area was asked to distribute an information prescription in addition to their customary veterinary services. All clients, regardless of the reason for their visit, were presented with an information prescription: a handout that included the uniform resource locator (URL) to a general veterinary medicine website and several tips to help their clients make more informed choices about where to seek pet health information online.

Nearly 40% of clients who reported that they remembered receiving the information prescription accessed the website at least once. Of the clients who reported accessing the suggested website, 86.3% reported finding it “very helpful” or “somewhat helpful.” Nearly all the clients (87.9%) reported feeling the information on the site helped them make better decisions for their pets. Most clients reported that it helped them talk to their veterinarians (89.9%) and added to the information they received during their veterinary visits (83.5%).

Clients appreciate and utilize veterinary prescriptions, suggesting that this is a tool that both veterinarians and librarians can use to improve animal health and client relations.

The value placed on reliable Internet information by veterinary clients suggests several opportunities for librarians to become more proactive in partnering with veterinarians to facilitate the education of pet owners.

E-Book Update

Here  is a list of the recent Veterinary Library electronic book purchases. Some of them aren’t very new, but they were requested by faculty for their courses, or strongly recommended. We can’t buy all of the books we would like,  but we welcome all suggestions!

Go Sox!

The Veterinary Library Staff would like to think that our encouragement helped the Red Sox win the 2013 World Series.


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International Open Access Week

October 21-27 is International Open Access Week !

There has been a lot of buzz in the news about open access with the recent “sting” article in Science by John Bohannon and Nature’s special edition on the Future of Publishing.  Two interesting commentaries about the sting article, written by people in the Harvard Office for  Scholarly Communications, include a blog posting by Peter Suber and a blog posting by Stuart Shieber.

But scholarly communications is about more than just open access and the recent buzz in the news. Take a look  at the Scholarly Communications @ Tufts web site. SCT has information about open access, copyright, authors’ rights and Tufts policies. Questions? Send them to Scholarly Communications @ Tufts.

Database of Data Sets

Data Citation Index is a database of data sets. Need a nutrition data set for geriatric dogs? Or maybe a data set for horses and West Nile Virus? Data Citation Index is an international repository, covering the social sciences, physical sciences, life sciences, arts and humanities. It’s available on the Web of Knowledge search platform.



Request books from other Tufts libraries

Do you need a book from the Tisch, Ginn or Hirsh Library? You can now request it from within the library catalog. Look for the “Request Item” button. The book will be delivered to the Veterinary Library; we’ll send you email to let you know it’s in and waiting for you to pick it up.


Nutrition and Diet Display in the Library

Do you know that the Veterinary Library has books and journals dedicated to the topics of nutrition and diets for dogs, cats, horses, wildlife, fish and humans? We even have a horse treats recipe book. Our oldest book dates back to 1743 (come ask and we’ll show it to you). Some of our oldest books are online; you can find them in the Tufts Library Catalog.

Library Summer Hours Begin

Library summer hours begin today, May 24th. Our hours during the summer are:
    Monday–Thursday   8:00am–6:00pm
    Friday                         8:00am–5:00pm
    Saturday-Sunday     closed

We will close at 5pm on Wednesday July 3rd.

We will be closed all day on Monday May 27th (Memorial Day) and Thursday July 4th (Independence Day).

Regular library hours resume on Tuesday August 20th.

Vet Library goes mobile

The Veterinary Library now has a mobile version of our web site. We’ve included our library hours, links to TUSK, PBL Resources, the library catalog, directions, our full web site and the TCSVM web site.

RefWorks Link in the Library Catalog

Check out the new Export to Refworks link that appears in library catalog records (example). Look for the link on the right side of the screen, as seen in the image below. Questions about Refworks or how to use it? Come see me.

Search & access data respositories

Tufts has a new database that focuses on searching for and accessing data repositories. Data Citation Index allows researchers to search and assess research data from data repositories across disciplines and around the world.

  • Search for research data, including data studies, data sets from a wide range of international data repositories and connect them with the scientific literature to track data citation
  •  Search international repositories and their deposited data studies, data sets, using the Thomson Reuters value add indexing
  • Link to the repository record to access the deposited data
  • See how data connects to scientific literature published in journals, books and conference proceedings
  • Coverage of social sciences, physical sciences, life sciences and arts and humanities, 1900-present

Donating used journals and textbooks

The Veterinary Library loves your donations of veterinary books and journals (and other related subjects), but we can’t always keep them.

  • We may already have the book or journal in our collection.
  • We do not have enough space to keep everything.
  • The items may be older than we would like for our collection.

But, we still want them! The Library has some shelves of freebie books and journals that you are welcome to add to or take from. An alternative is to make a donation to a foreign organization. The AVMA maintains a web page with information about organizations who accept donations of veterinary books, journals and supplies

New Round of Open Access Publishing Awards

The Provost’s Office announced a new round of funding for open access publishing. Applications for the next round of awards are due February 7, 2013 with notification in February 2013. For more information about the Provost’s Open Access Fund, visit Scholarly Communications at Tufts University. The web site describes what open access is, some of the issues, and provides information about the Provost’s fund.

Open Access Publishing

Open Access Week was October 22-28, 2012. The week has past, but publishing in open access journals and the issues surrounding open access are still present. The Scholarly Communications at Tufts University web site describes “open access”, some of the issues, and provides information about the Provost’s Open Access Fund. Applications for the next round of funding are due on November 9, 2012.

TCSVM Authors

A new Library display features TCSVM authors. Come see Dr. Kumar’s just published clinical anatomy book and new editions of Dr. Engelking’s books. Also on display are books about animal rights, goat medicine, anesthesia, critical care, diagnostic imaging, hemoparasites, and more.

And did you know… TCSVM faculty, staff and students have published nearly 100 articles already in 2012?

Farmer’s Market in the Library

A small, informal Farmer’s Market is taking place every Tuesday and Friday in the Library. Some gardeners, overwhelmed by their harvest, have decided to try selling their surplus vegetables and fruit. All proceeds collected are being donated to the Travis Fund.

The first two market days were very successful. So far there have been tomatoes, apples, cucumbers, hot peppers and patty pan squash (the produce list varies!).  If you have surplus vegetables or fruit that you would like to donate, please bring it to the Library in the morning on market days… Tuesdays and Fridays.

New Scanner

Check out the new scanner in the Library, just inside our entrance. You can scan and send documents to email or Google Docs, save to a flash drive, or print. It’s faster and easier to use than our old scanner and it’s free! The library staff will be happy to show you how to use it… please ask!

Olympics and Humor

The summer Seaverns Equine Collection displays encompass the Olympics and humor. Visit the Library and lighten up your day with some humor, or read about equine Olympic events, history or personalities.

Dictionary and Several E-Books

The following are now available online:

More E-Books Available

We now have access to the following veterinary e-books:

New E-books

We now have access to the following veterinary e-books:

Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE)

Thanks to a combined library effort, Tufts University now has access to the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE), a peer reviewed, PubMed indexed journal devoted to the publication of biological, medical, chemical and physical research in a video format.

About the journal

See articles and videos

Springer E-books

Tufts Libraries license packages of electronic books published by Springer. Although only a few of these books are currently categorized as “Veterinary”, you might find some more titles of interest in the biological sciences. To find the e-books:

  • Go to our catalog:
  • On the bottom left-hand side, select “Electronic Resources”.
  • In the bottom of the two search boxes, select “E-Books” from the drop-down list.
  • In the top search box, type “Springer” and any topic of interest, eg. “Springer and microbiology”.

If you don’t want to limit your search to Springer, you can type in the topic word(s) alone. The resulting list will contain lots of government publications, but also some e-books from other publishers. More e-books will be added, so check back again.

The two Springer veterinary e-books are:

  • Mouse Cell Culture Methods and Protocols edited by Andrew Ward, David Tosh
  • Transgenesis Techniques: principles and protocols

Veterinary Clinics of North America

Tufts now has access to the online version of the “Veterinary Clinics of North America” back to 2002 on the Science Direct platform. This includes: