October 2012 Vol. 13, No. 8
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness –
What you learn could save a life
is one of my favorite months. The weather is turning cooler and I can finally
pull out those cute boots that have been hiding in my closet all summer! Plus,
Halloween is around the corner, and who doesn't love dressing up and eating
candy? Don't let those creepy costumes and haunted houses scare you into sudden
cardiac arrest, because October is also sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) awareness
month. The THI Heart Information Center helps explain sudden cardiac arrest
(which is very different than a heart attack).
are some great resources on the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS)
website offers free talks and educational materials for providers as well as for
patients. Free campaign materials to download include a flyer and PowerPoint
come by the library and check out our display of books related to SCA. Wishing
you a happy Halloween and hope to see you on Saturday at the Great Pumpkin Fun
Run! — Rebecca
What does Open Access Week
you know that the Texas Heart Institute Journal is available online for free through
PMC (formerly PubMed Central)? Open access journals that make their content
available at no charge to readers are celebrated this week. Publishing a
peer-reviewed journal is never easy, but journals like THI's are committed to
making the latest research available without payment barriers. Next time you
submit a paper, consider open access alternatives like the THI Journal, or don't sign away all of your
copyrights so that you can archive and share your own article. Take some time
this week to learn more (from SPARC) about your author
rights and how to submit an author addendum to the publisher to retain more
rights to your own work.
Cardiovascular news delivered to
Beats" is a compendium of the latest stories about cardiovascular health,
disease, and treatments. Every day I search the major media outlets —from CNN
to the BBC to CBS to the Houston Chronicle— for the best stories. For
example, recent headlines have included "sitting for too long is bad for you,"
"Americans' lower cholesterol levels isn't all good news," "the deadly threat
of silent heart attacks," and "antioxidant-rich foods can lower heart attack
risks for women." The News Beats
website is updated regularly and you can subscribe to that RSS feed (see link on web page). I post print copies of the stories on
a bulletin board in the Learning Resource Center (by the way, we now have a bigger board—check it out).
also started linking to those stories on our WordPress blog. You can access
the blog from your feed reader or inbox (click on the "Follow" button).
Talk to us about creating custom news reports or literature
scans that can be sent directly to your inbox. We can be sure you're never in the dark about
the news you need! — Gregg
Stop shelling out for articles
are falling like mad in our backyard! Although it's lots of work, we are
gathering and shelling them. Why pay for something when you don't have to?
NEVER pay full price for an article from the publisher! Our librarians
can usually find articles for you. (THI already pays for access to more than 9,000
journals.) If we can't find them in our collection, we can look in
several other "sister" libraries in Houston. If even that fails, we can submit
an inter-library loan request, which usually runs only about $5.
you want to learn more about finding full text yourself, call and we'll walk
you through some of our most useful tricks of the trade. I also recommend our
Resources for Research class (register now
for November 2nd). If you don't have time to do it yourself, don't
worry, just send us the list and we'll get them for you within 2 business days
(we can often fill requests within 2 hours).
remember to call us before shelling out cash for articles. We can get them for
less . . . now back to those pecans. — Sonya
colleagues at the TMC Library (Jesse Jones Library Building) are hosting a
Halloween Open House on October 30th from 11 am to 1 pm. See what your medical library has for you,
enjoy refreshments, and be eligible to enter a drawing. For details ...
Library & Learning Resource Center
Sonya Fogg, Manager ♦ Rebecca Ajtai, Coordinator of Library Services
Gregg Doty, Library Assistant ♦ Christina Senny, Student Worker
Dr. Patrick J. Hogan, Director
L&LRC Hours ♦ Mon. through Fri. ♦ 7:30 am - 5 pm
www.texasheart.org/library ♦ 832-355-9560
Reference the previous issue of L&LRC E-news here.