NEJM article on access to the scientific literature

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If you only read one article on scholarly publishing this year,
read “Access to the Scientific Literature–A Difficult Balance”
NEJM, 354:15 April 13th, 2006 pages 1552-1555.
The author is Martin Frank, executive director of the American Physiological Society. He states that the average cost to publish an article is $3,000 USD, with higher costs associated with greater rigor. He reviews the types of open access to the scientific literature, stating: “The question thus becomes how to recover this cost in a way that satisfies the need for access.”

Children’s Programs Turn Creative at the Public Library

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Check back often – more special programs will be “Springing Up”

pic From making your own homemade instruments and books to working with clay, the Knox County Public Library has tons of new and different children’s special programs!

“Musical Instruments Around the World”
May 16, 3:30 pm, Sequoyah Branch

“Pajama Story Night: Springtime is Here”
May 18, 6:30 pm, Halls Branch

“Simple Handmade Books”
May 23, 6 pm, Karns Branch
May 24, 4 pm, Howard Pinkston Branch
May 25, 3:30 pm, Cedar Bluff Branch
May 30, 6:30 pm, Carter Branch

“An Introduction to Pop-Up Books”
May 16, 6:30 pm, Farragut Branch

Langston Hughes’ “Sweet & Sour Animals”
May 22, 6:30 pm, Norwood Branch

All programs are free of charge and open to the public. For more information please call 215-8756.

Medical information can…” winning essay by UT Medical Center Resident

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Congratulations, Brett Christian, medical resident, University of Tennessee Knoxville Medical Center.

He won a regional first prize for his essay
“Medical Information Can…” from a distinguished panel of authors organized by the publisher Elsevier .

The essay begins, “Medical information can provide medical care givers and receivers the information they need to make evidence based decisions that are best for each individual patient.”

Read the rest of his essay and the other winning essays, rules, judges, etc.

AltWeb page redesigned

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The AltWeb page from Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing has been redesigned.

According to Allen and Smith, in their article in Animal Welfare, 2005, volume 14, pages 347-359,
“A search of the AltWeb site should be considered mandatory when seeking information on the Three Rs.”

Here is the complete text of the paragraph on AltWeb from the article cited above:
“Alternatives to Animal Testing on the Web (AltWeb) is an international project that was launched in 1997. AltWeb has contributed greatly to the dissemination of information on existing databases via the internet. In addition to acting as a clearinghouse of information and news on the Three Rs, it has initiated the development of new resources, such as the Pain Management database (see above). altWeb has also created a ‘Humane Endpoints’ database in collaboration with FRAME in Nottingham, England. This database is designed to aid investigators in implementing the earliest possible endpoint that is compatible with their research goals, to reduce pain and distress in animals. A search of the AltWeb site should be considered mandatory when seeking information on the Three Rs.” (page 349)

Conducting Literature Searches for Alternatives–Trifold Brochure from AWIC

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The latest trifold brochure on searching for alternatives to using animals in research
is available from the Animal Welfare Information Center/National Agricultural Library
website at

From the brochure:
Red Flags
Certain concerns may arise during IACUC review of the protocol:
—Only 1 database searched
—Terms included only for painful aspects
—The term “alternative” used along
—Keywords not relevant to the protocol
—Keywords and concepts linked incorrectly
—Inadequate time period searched (5 years)

If you need help searching for alternatives to animals for research protocols, please
contact Ann Viera, 974-9015,

Jazz Pianist Wendel Werner

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Join us for After Hours @ The Knoxville Public Library this Friday, May 5

Jazz Pianist Wendel Werner will perform

pic The fun continues on the first Friday evening of the month when the Arts @ The Library Room at Lawson McGhee Library becomes a community gathering place for people to wind down from the work week, and enjoy the piano music of the irrepressible Wendel Werner.

The program is FREE and will run from 6 – 8:30 pm. Free parking is available in the Locust Street Parking Garage. For more information please call 215-8729.

Commons Updates: Gearing up for Phase 2

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Commons will close for renovations on May 10

Big plans are in store for the Commons this summer. On May 10, Periodicals, room 220 in Hodges Library, will close to begin renovations. On May 22, The Commons, room 235 in Hodges Library, will also close. The Summer Commons, located in the Media Center, room 245, is scheduled to open on May 24 and will provide most Commons services.

Curious about Commons: Phase 2 design plans? A display board with a copy of the renovation plans, selected pictures of furnishings, and fabric and paint samples, is currently on display at the entrance to the Commons.

More updates and specific information about hours and services will be posted soon.

Fun Run Helps Libraries Get Ready for the World

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GSS library fundraiser proceeds to support international/intercultural collections

Library materials are crucial to graduate-level study and research, which is why the Graduate Student Senate initiated the “Love Your Libraries” 5k Fun Run. This year marked the 14th anniversary of this important charity race.

The race raised $5,200 for the purchase of library materials. The proceeds will be earmarked for materials that support UT’s Ready for the World international/intercultural initiatives.

The race began at 8:30 am on Saturday, February 25. 133 of 170 runners competed in the 3.1 mile course through the heart of UT’s campus. Overall winners (with times) were Joseph Goetz (16:26), Simon Rea (17:37), and Kyle Saari (18:39) for the men’s and Tere Stouffer (17:57), Anne Victoria (22:14), and Eleanor McDonough (23:08) for the women’s. Masters were Glen Farr and Susan Thompson; grandmasters were Bob Griffith and Cindy Spangler.