CommComm posted on June 29, 2011 21:24
I love inspiration wherever I can find it....... Alonzo LaMont

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I guess "if it feels good do it" can now be mapped out neurologically. I loved this part:

"As we do with most powerful forces, however, we also want to regulate pleasure. In cultures around the world we find well-defined ideas and rules about pleasure that have persisted through­out history in any number of forms and variations:

Pleasure should be sought in moderation.

Pleasure must be earned.

Pleasure must be achieved naturally.

Pleasure is transitory.

The denial of pleasure can yield spiritual growth.

Our legal systems, our religions, our educational systems are all deeply concerned with controlling pleasure. We have created detailed rules and customs surrounding sex, drugs, food, alcohol, and even gambling. Jails are bursting with people who have vio­lated laws that proscribe certain forms of pleasure or who profit by encouraging others to do so."


Alonzo LaMont

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CommComm posted on June 22, 2011 23:24

EBSCO Publishing enables full-text searching of ScienceDirect

Copyright (c) 2011 EBSCO Publishing

Summary Full text from SciVerse ScienceDirect is being added to EBSCO Discovery Service thanks to a new agreement from Elsevier and EBSCO Publishing. ScienceDirect, part of the SciVerse suite of search and discovery products provided by Elsevier, is a leading full-text scientific database with journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,000 peer-reviewed journals and 20,000 books and major reference works. ScienceDirect currently includes more than 10.5 million articles and chapters with nearly 500,000 added every year.

IPSWICH, Mass. — June 21, 2011— Full text from SciVerse ScienceDirect is being added to EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) thanks to a new agreement from Elsevier and EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO). ScienceDirect, part of the SciVerse suite of search and discovery products provided by Elsevier, is a leading full-text scientific database with journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,000 peer-reviewed journals and 20,000 books and major reference works. ScienceDirect currently includes more than 10.5 million articles and chapters with nearly 500,000 added every year.

"We recognize that our users are accessing information in many different ways," says Yukun Harsono, Senior Vice President, Search & Discovery, Academic and Government Markets at Elsevier. "The addition of full-text articles and eBook chapters from SciVerse ScienceDirect to EBSCO Discovery Service stems from our continuous commitment to ensure that the content we provide is available and easily found through the discovery platforms our customers use."

President of EBSCO Publishing Tim Collins says the size and the scope of the content that ScienceDirect indexing provides combined with the ease of search that EBSCO Discovery Service offers end users should make a significant difference for researchers. "We have seen impressive usage statistics for content providers once they are searchable in EBSCO Discovery Service. Adding full text searching from Elsevier means EDS now has full text searching for the largest journal publishers in the world. EBSCO believes strongly that the best discovery experience is one that combines full text searching with searching of high quality subject indexing from controlled vocabularies. EDS is the only service with that approach."

Elsevier joins a growing list of publishers and other content partners that are taking part in EDS to bring more visibility to their content. Partners include the world's largest scholarly journal & book publishers including Elsevier, Wiley Blackwell, Springer Science & Business Media, Taylor & Francis Informa, Sage Publications, and thousands of others. Partners also include content providers, such as LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters (Web of Science), JSTOR, ARTstor, Credo Reference, Oxford University Press, World Book, ABC-CLIO, and many others.

EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customized index of an institution's information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content from a single search box—searching made even more powerful because of the quality of metadata and depth and breadth of coverage.

EBSCO Discovery Service is quickly becoming the discovery selection for many libraries (, and an obvious partner for content providers. Because the service builds on the foundation provided by the EBSCOhost platform, libraries gain a full user experience for discovering their collections/OPAC—which is not typical in the discovery space. Further still, in the many universities and other libraries where EBSCOhost is the most-used platform for premium research, users are not asked to change their pathways or habits for searching. There's simply more to discover on the familiar EBSCOhost platform, and the same can be said for library administrators who can leverage their previous work with EBSCOadmin.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet ( and Cell (, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier's online solutions include SciVerse ScienceDirect (, SciVerse Scopus (, Reaxys (, MD Consult ( and Nursing Consult (, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite ( and MEDai's Pinpoint Review (, which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier ( employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC (, a world-leading publisher and information provider, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

About EBSCO Publishing

EBSCO Publishing is the producer of EBSCOhost, the world's premier for-fee online research service, including full-text databases, subject indexes, point-of-care medical reference, historical digital archives, and e-books. The company provides more than 300 databases and nearly 300,000 e-books. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals and magazines from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). EBSCO is also the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS), which provides institutions with a fast, single search box for its entire collection, offering deeper indexing and more full-text searching of journals and magazines than any other discovery service ( For more information, visit the EBSCO Publishing Web site at:, or contact: EBSCO Publishing is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.

---Alonzo LaMont

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CommComm posted on June 22, 2011 20:00

Awhile back I posted an article about Henrietta in the library's latest news section. Lo and Behold, there's more to share. This is from the Hopkins Gazette:

"Lacks Award honors collaboration between Baltimore communities and JH

The Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute has established a $15,000 award to recognize and support Baltimore community organizations that are collaborating with The Johns Hopkins University to improve the health and well-being of the residents of the city of Baltimore.

The Henrietta Lacks Memorial Award, named in recognition of Henrietta Lacks, highlights the importance of collaboration between the community and the university and recognizes the accomplishments of these partnerships. The Urban Health Institute will be accepting nominations for the inaugural award until July 15. The winner will be announced on Oct. 1 at Johns Hopkins’ annual Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture, a series that was launched in 2010.

Collaborators may self-nominate or be nominated by others. Partnerships must include at least one community organization and at least one Johns Hopkins faculty member, staff member or group working together on a community program that has been sustained for a minimum of three years. There can be multiple organizations and/or universities engaged in the initiative. The award will be given to the community entity that is the central partner in the relationship.

Nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of leadership from community and city organizations and Johns Hopkins.

Henrietta Lacks was an East Baltimore resident and cervical cancer patient in the early 1950s at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, where cells taken from her tumor became the first “immortal” human cells grown in culture and have led to breakthroughs in cell research related to cancer, AIDS, the effects of radiation and more. Lacks’ family was unaware that her cells, now known worldwide as HeLa cells, were being used for research until more than 20 years after her death. The Henrietta Lacks Memorial Award honors Lacks and her family and is intended to be an enduring reminder of her contribution to medical science and to her community.

For more information about the award, including nomination submission information, go to the Urban Health Institute website at or email Amy Gawad at"

Alonzo LaMont

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CommComm posted on June 21, 2011 08:09

Ah yes, Summer has returned and with it come our new Interns from City College. I "stole" them away for a second to get a picture. So here they are on a mild day in June, looking calm and composed. But as Summer BURNS away in Baltimore, our Interns will bear the brunt of work/work/work. Here a task, there a task. They'll be in the stacks, they'll be schlepping books around, they'll be working keyboards inputting data----taking instructions left and right.


Our dynamic duo this year are Angel Smith (standing) and Deja Roundtree Gibbs. Angel worked in the MLK Early Head Start/JHH Summer program last year, and she likes poetry. Deja worked on the JHH campus last year, like Angel she too is a music lover.



Don't wait til their last week here to say hiya.


Alonzo LaMont


CommComm posted on June 19, 2011 19:28

Sue Woodson found this little nugget detailing the zots and sprockets of the publishing business from the Academic perspective. Let me briefly summarize: It's no walk in the park. But I'll let the article speak to that.


Alonzo LaMont

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CommComm posted on June 18, 2011 01:42

Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to Monique Burgess. We certainly miss her, and hope that she returns to good health. We miss Monique walking by the WSC desk sharing a smile. If it wasn't for Monique (and Gwen) I would never have learned how to use the fax machine the right way! 

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the MS Ride that Gary and I did last weekend. It was hazy, hot and humid (stankin hot as a matter of fact) but---as I mentioned to Gary along the way, suppose we couldn't do this. Suppose we didn't have the ability to get out and ride bicycles on a sunny day. We had enough reminders along the route from the many volunteers who were so devoted to making the ride a lovely time---how great this day was. In case you didn't find us before, here's a couple pics of Gary and Alonzo in our 3rd go-round (year) for MS.






Gary finished too, of course. He's taking my picture. I know, I know---we're both hams, what can I say.

Alonzo LaMont

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Last Friday Victoria Goode (Informationist) and I parked ourselves at a Welch Library Information table for the Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Biennial Alumni Reunion. We were there from 10:30 am till 4:00 pm. Victoria and I have done our fair share of Information table time together, however before we started we admitted to no small degree of trepidation. Our “rock-solid” reasoning for this was 1) the attendees were considerably older (but rest assured they did not lack for energy) and we imagined their impressions of the Welch Library they knew were bound to be quite different from the Welch Library that presently exists. And 2) chances are they might not view technology and social media as go-to resources for medicine. Apps and Tablets now being the Jack n’ Jill of contemporary scientific know-how. In fact, we thought we’d hear our share of attendees who “yearned for the good old days,” and would “boo-whoo” the changing times.



With our pre-conceived assumptions confidently in tow it was, of course, only a matter of time till we realized just how OFF our thinking was. Many attendees stopped by our table to say wonderful things about the Welch Library, to recall many trips they’d made in and out of the stacks and to mention all the assistance they’d received along the way. To be fair, I have to say we received a little assistance from an unexpected source. The folks at Medical Archives had arranged for a plasma screen slide show that showcased many building on the east Baltimore campus in a “then and now” display. They also had pictures of many illustrious Hopkins Doctors and Nurses, with a note or two about their contributions. This plasma screen was directly over our table. In essence, it created a “reflection area” for people to view and comment. And comment they did.



I have to relate a particular story from a gentlemen who told the story of how Dr. Victor McKusick wanted to study animal heart sounds, and decided that boa constrictors had very particular heart murmurs. He contacted the Baltimore Zoo and asked if he could bring a team there to do a study. The Zoo agreed and a team from Hopkins showed up ready to tackle the boa constrictors. The gentleman telling the story was part of that team, and he laughed long and hard at how scared everyone was. Though they did eventually drug the boas, no one wanted to go near them, everyone thought they’d be in the safe confines of a lab doing “normal” study. No one thought their work would take them to the Zoo! Soon after, Dr. McKusick, who was shifting from being a Cardiologist to a Geneticist, took the boas back to Hopkins for more intensive study. Apparently, the storage arrangement for boa constrictors was not made clear to Dr. Alfred Blalock who stumbled into the lab one day, quite shocked and quite curious about who brought the boas?!    



This is only one of the little tidbits the Alumni passed along. The combination of that plasma screen and seeing the name “Welch Library” seemed to trigger---seemed to unlock---some wonderful mental treasures they’d long-ago put away for safe keeping. When our time was over, we realized how absolutely good it felt to be completely wrong. Who knew a little time sitting at a table handing out a few pencils, pads and a USB bracelet or two would deliver an altogether unexpected experience. I’m willing to bet you’ve had those moments too, when suddenly---without warning---it’s just not an ordinary day anymore.


          As we left our table and walked back, I believe Victoria and I had begun to reciprocate the process. We’ve now taken a few stored away memories from our time at the Reunion and put them in a very treasured place. As they say, what goes around…….





Alonzo LaMont

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CommComm posted on June 8, 2011 01:01

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CommComm posted on June 7, 2011 00:19

Refworks Trouble Shooting


Why choose Refworks?

1.      Its free.

2.      No software to install. Automatic updates.

3.      Web-based-Refworks travels with you.

4.      All you need is a secure internet connection.

5.      Refworks is user friendly, and easy to learn.

6.      When you leave Hopkins you can take your Refworks database with you.

7.      Refworks offers excellent help functions, online and in-person tech support.

8.      Refworks is comparable with Endnote and Reference Manager(you can go from one to the other easily).

9.      Refworks allows you to setup Group Accounts for collaborative projects.

10.  Refworks Tech Support 1-775-327-4105  is the “best” place to send patrons.

11.  Refworks Information page located on Welchweb page (Quick links)


The Most Common Problems and Fixes.

Problem 1: “I am logging into my refworks account for the first time but I am getting a “Error in USadd user error message.” I know my jhed login and password are correct..whats happening?

1.      Ask if they are using a desk computer, or a laptop(laptops with wireless connections can be problematic particularly Mac laptops).


2.     Suggest that they go to another computer with internet access, preferably a Welch Library computer or a MSE library computer.

3. Suggest they change to a different browser (Internet Explorer).

4. Suggest they login at the Welchweb page instead of

5. Make sure they are logging in at the CENTER of the screen (JHU Portal) not the box on the left.

6. If they are not uncomfortable with this next suggestion ask them to send you their login/password and see if you can replicate the same problem (I know many of you are not comfortable with this but its your call and many patrons don’t really care).



Problem 2: “ I have tried to create a bibliography for a paper I just completed, and am getting the following error message:”

Please wait while we process the document...

      Error getting RFGetRefsByArray

Errors were encountered while processing your document:



Some or all of the Cited References in the manuscript were not in your database.
Check to make sure all References were entered correctly and that they contain no alphabetic characters
Reference Identifiers found in your Manuscript :564; 561; 143; 562; 565; 568; 561; 561; 71; 125; 125; 136; 46; 254; 235; 163; 47; 569; 452; 452; 453; 562; 262; 136; 334; 255; 252; 46; 213; 197; 45; 236; 49; 245; 253; 47; 155; 344; 244; 321; 149; 260; 224; 156; 235; 49; 245; 253; 47; 155; 344; 244; 321; 149; 260; 224; 156; 235; 214; 210; 319; 170; 181; 207; 212; 105; 213; 197; 374; Beck,T.J.a000; 212; 105; 213; 197; 374; 455; 562; 562; 562; 464; 561; 561; 562; 570; 562

Error messages are pretty common, random and can mean almost anything. There is no one, consistent error message that is generated. It depends primarily on what the user has done, (basically the error could be anything). Notice the name Beck among the RefID numbers?

1.      Ask patron to copy-and-paste the full text of the message and send to the Refworks support group at refworks@ or have them sent it to me directly or give them the Refworks Tech Support number: 1-775-327-4105 (first option).


Problem 3: “When I log into Writencite I am directed to the main Refworks database rather than my Writencite database, whats going on?”

            Writencite is a client application that you must download and run from your desktop so there is no link to it from MyJHU (portal site). Patrons  should follow this path: Refworks-Tools-Writencite. Insist that they “read” the instructions carefully to make sure they download the correct version of WnC.

1.      Office 2007-download WnC-III

2.      Make sure Office is “closed” before you install.

3.      If WnC wont run at all, reboot the computer.

4.      Once you run WnC (and you are off campus) you will be prompted for a group code “rwjhmi.”

5.      If problem persist, look to see if the Proxy Configuration Box is empty, do the following steps:

6.      Go to Start-Programs-Refworks

7.      Look for:

8.      A small box will open. Make sure that box is empty.

9.      If the box is empty, have the patron add the following information:

10.  Restart the computer. Click on Writencite Icon.

11.  If the problem persist, call Refworks Tech Support.

12.  Or simply use the main Refworks database to generate the paper. (WnC is not a requirement, patrons can choose to go a different route).


Problem 4: “ I recently generated the bibliography and intext citations in Refworks and chose  the Nature,( which requires “superscript” )but Refworks gives me parenthetical numbered in text citations which is incorrect., how do I fix this?”


Superscript.[1]          Paranthetical (1).      APA (Garner, 2009).


After the period              Before the period                    Beford the period

When patrons call to complain about an output style there are two options.

1.      Do not assume that using Refworks will result in the correct output style  because styles change frequently. (Pediatrics recently changed as well).

2.      Direct patrons to the “preview an output style” mode in Refworks. Choose the output style that meets your requirements.





Problem 5: “I have entered my citations into my document manually, using  only the refID numbers {{345}}but when I generate the bibliography and intext citations I get the following message: “no valid references are found.”


This is a relatively easy fix.  Simply tell the patron to use the “main” Refworks database to generate the bibliography and “not”  Writencite.  Once again, WnC is an add-on, its not a requirement. Patrons can generate the bib and intext citations easily by using the main Refworks database and ingnore WnC altogether. Manual entry will NOT work if Writencite is chosen to generate the bibliography.


Support & Technical Assistance

1.      Refworks Tech Support: 1-775-327-4105

2. (local)

3. or (5-9292 and 5-5819)






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