Environmental Factor, June 2007, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Library Holds Open House and InfoFest
By Eddy Ball
For the NIEHS scientists who took advantage of the NIEHS Library's Open House and InfoFest on May 24, the time was well spent. Representatives from Web of Knowledge, Scopus, ExPub, and Quosa were there to give hands-on demonstrations on how to more effectively retrieve relevant and comprehensive literature search results. The Library also demonstrated its new NIEHS AllSearch tool, which allows users to search across multiple databases at one time.
On-hand to answer questions were Librarian and Information Services Chief Dav Robertson, M.S.L.S., and Biomedical Science Librarians Stephanie Holmgren, M.S.L.S., and Larry Wright, M.S.L.S., Ph.D. The library was also showcasing a National Library of Medicine (NLM) poster display of Medieval Medical Manuscripts(http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/medieval/medievalhome.html and a display commemorating the centennial anniversary of the birth of author Rachel Carson. Carson's 1962 book Silent Spring is widely credited with energizing the nascent environmental movement of the 1950s.
The event also gave employees an opportunity to see firsthand how the conventional library, a repository of hard copies of books and periodicals, is evolving into what Robertson describes as a knowledge center(http://library.niehs.nih.gov/vision.pdf. "In light of the Internet revolution, we're making the library more relevant to the information needs of today's--and tomorrow's--scientists," Robertson observed. "We're following the New Vision we announced last fall as we implement three initiatives: moving even further towards a digital library, embedding our reference professionals with research and clinical teams, and developing consultation expertise in bioinformatics."