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Dr. John Deadman will be giving a presentation on his recent publication, Moving Out of the Shadows: A History of Forensic Psychiatry in Hamilton.

His book “tells the story of the people and institutions that have served the mentally ill who had committed crimes in the Hamilton area. And it puts this local history in perspective, telling the story of mental health care throughout the ages in the Western world, in Canada and in Ontario. It makes the case that mental health care has gone through cycles, from punitive to permissive, from the public’s rights to patients’ rights. In the second part of the book, the voices of the people who built Hamilton’s innovative and caring forensic psychiatry program are featured. Moving Out of the Shadows is a history of an institution, and yet much more than that: it is also the history of how we care for the marginalized in our society.”

The presentation will be on Wednesday, February 22nd from 2pm -4pm in the C. Barber Mueller History of Health and Medicine Room in the Health Sciences Library at McMaster University.

 

Need a little stress relief? The always adorable Liam the Library dog, one of McMaster’s certified therapy dogs, will be visiting the Health Sciences Library again this term.

Don’t miss him!

Jan 31, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
March 1, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
April 5, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Liam the Library Dog

 

 
The Libraries’ 40th annual Frances McCrone Toy & Food Drive will be held Nov. 18—Dec. 14, in support of the Salvation Army’s Christmas Toy Bureau. Toys for girls and boys up to the age of 16, non-perishable food items, gift certificates/cards for teens, and items for family pets are needed. Over the years, the McMaster community has supported this cause generously. Your continued support is very much appreciated!
Why not start a toy-drive in your office, residence or department? Donations can be dropped off at a collection box at the Health Sciences Library, or your nearest campus library, MSU Office in MUSC, Service Kiosks at Mary Keyes Residence or at the Commons.Looking for ideas? Infants and toddlers might like:

  • toys
  • books
  • games
  • craft kits
  • colouring books, crayons and/or markers
  • building blocks
  • puzzles
  • dolls, popular Barbie(s), action characters/figures and accessories
  • gift certificates for toy stores

Older children might like

  • sports items, equipment, accessories
  • model kits
  • make-up, hair essentials and accessories
  • gift certificates/cards (movie passes, video & music stores, shopping malls)
  • electronics (MP3 players, etc.).

Inquiries should be directed to Louise Caravaggio (x27521) at the Health Sciences Library.

Toy and Food Drive Nov 18 - Dec 14

 

Open Access Week BannerInternational Open Access Week is fast-approaching! Now in its 9th year, Open Access Week is an annual event that mobilizes researchers, students, teachers and librarians to discuss, evaluate and understand the importance of Open Access (OA). The Health Sciences Library, in collaboration with McMaster University Libraries, invites you to a series of events scheduled from October 24 to 28. Check the Schedule at a Glance for an overview of the week’s activities, or the Full Schedule for more detailed event information.

Open Access is a movement that supports the open dissemination of information, expanding participation in the scholarly conversation to a broader community. A variety of OA models now exist, provided by both dedicated OA publishers or repositories and commercial publishers. Increasingly, OA includes not only completed research but also research data and intermediate research products. Through its various forms, Open Access broadens the accessibility of research and research outcomes to those who may not have the institutional affiliations or individual subscriptions that continue to be required for access to much of the scholarly record.

This year’s theme, “Open in Action”, encourages the individual to take concrete steps towards supporting OA. Everyone in the scholarly community has an active part in supporting the growth and development of Open Access research and scholarship. To see the different ways that you may support OA, visit the new Open Access Week Action Portal.

Interested in learning more? Join in the events hosted by McMaster University Libraries during Open Access Week!

– Madeline Donnelly, Library Intern

 

Liam the Library Dog will be visiting the Health Sciences Library throughout the fall semester. He is a certified therapy dog who loves attention from students!

Liam the library dog

Oct 5: 2pm – 3pm
Nov 2: 2pm – 3pm
Dec 7: 2pm – 3pm

Stop by and visit for a stress-relieving study break.

 

 
The Libraries’ 39th annual Frances McCrone Toy & Food Drive will be held Nov. 23—Dec. 18, in support of the Salvation Army’s Christmas Toy Bureau. Toys for girls and boys up to the age of 16, non-perishable food items, gift certificates/cards for teens, and items for family pets are needed. Over the years, the McMaster community has supported this cause generously. Your continued support is very much appreciated!

Why not start a toy-drive in your office, residence or department? Donations can be dropped off at a collection box at the Health Sciences Library, or your nearest campus library, MSU Office in MUSC, Service Kiosks at Mary Keyes Residence or at the Commons.Looking for ideas? Infants and toddlers might like:

  • toys
  • books
  • games
  • craft kits
  • colouring books, crayons and/or markers
  • building blocks
  • puzzles
  • dolls, popular Barbie(s), action characters/figures and accessories
  • gift certificates for toy stores

Older children might like

  • sports items, equipment, accessories
  • model kits
  • make-up, hair essentials and accessories
  • gift certificates/cards (movie passes, video & music stores, shopping malls)
  • electronics (MP3 players, etc.).

Inquiries should be directed to Louise Caravaggio (x27521) at the Health Sciences Library.

Image of 2015 Library food drive ad.

 

 

Now in its 8th year, Open Access Week (Oct. 19-25) is an annual event that promotes Open Access (OA) in scholarship and research. McMaster University Libraries, along with other libraries and institutions around the world, are organizing and offering a week of activities and opportunities to participate in this global movement. See the library’s Schedule of Events for Oct. 19-23.

Access Denied! What Is Open Access and Why Is It Important?

Open Access removes the “paywall”—the need to pay for access—to research output and, increasingly, to research data, allowing researchers to more easily disseminate their own work as well as access other people’s scholarly work. The diagram below helps to illustrate the benefits of Open Access.

Advantages of Open Access

Image used under a CC-BY licence. Created by Danny Kingsley & Sarah Brown. Image Source.

Open Access to academic research continues to generate some misconceptions. Below are two common myths about OA.

Myth #1: Open Access journals are low-impact and low-quality.

False! OA journals have grown in reputation, quality, and number among a wide range of disciplines. Highly-regarded publishers of OA literature such as Public Library of Science (PLOS) and BioMed Central, have also helped to increase the support for OA as more researchers and scholars are becoming frustrated with paywalls and limitations for distributing their own research.

Myth #2: Open Access journals are not peer-reviewed.

False! The peer-review process in OA journals is conducted in the same way as peer-reviewed journals from traditional publishers.

For more myths, see the following articles:
“Open Access: Six Myths to Put to Rest”  (The Guardian)
“Dispelling Myths about Open Access”  (MIT Libraries)

Open Access is now more important than ever to the scholarly community as journal fees are becoming unsustainable to subscribers, such as libraries, thus creating barriers for the dissemination of and access to important research. To learn more about these and other issues related to OA, please see the websites below and consider participating in Open Access Week 2015!

Explore McMaster University Library’s Open Access Webpage

Search MacSphere McMaster’s Institutional Repository

 

 

The Health Sciences Library is pleased to be working in collaboration with the Hannah History of Medicine and Medical Humanities on a new speaker series.

Care: The Missing Term in Eastern African Medicine

Poster for Speaker Series: Care: The Missing Term in Eastern African Medicine

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Health Sciences Library, C. Barb Mueller History of Medicine Room,
Lower Level, Room 1B31

This event is open to all, no registration required.

Read more about this fascinating talk by Steven Feierman.

 

 

 

 

 

EBCP Workshop

McMaster’s annual international workshops on Evidence-Based Clinical Practice kicked off yesterday with attendees joining from around the world.

The workshops’ objectives are to “help participants advance their skills in critically appraising the literature, and their skills in acknowledging and incorporating values and preferences in clinical decision making.”

Two of the Health Sciences Library’s librarians Neera Bhatnagar and Laura Banfield have taught at the workshops for many years. Each small group session includes a team made up of tutors, tutor trainees and a research librarian. Neera and Laura are on a team of 11 medical research librarians from across Canada and the United States.

Attendees of the workshop come from a variety of clinical backgrounds, including internal medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine, surgery, family medicine, gastroenterology, chiropractics, naturopathy and more.

The workshop runs June 8 – 12 at various locations on the McMaster campus.

Welcome to all EBCP participants to McMaster University!

 

 

 

On Wednesday May 6, the Health Sciences Library will be showcasing the library’s beautiful space, instructional offerings and innovative online resources! We will have a dynamic team of HSL librarians on hand to discuss opportunities for research collaboration  and education engagement. There will be demonstrations of online learning modules, and more. Stop by and “Check us out”!

Event: International Innovations Fair, in the 8th Annual Day in Faculty Development, through the Program for Faculty Development

Date: Wednesday May 6, 2015

Time: 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Location: Health Sciences Centre: Ewart Angus Centre, Purple Section, 1A

 
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