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During the month of March the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library conducted trials of two information resources, Lexicomp Online for Dentistry and MD Conference Express.  Following below are summaries of the responses we received via the online feedback survey.

Lexicomp Online for Dentistry

Usage data indicates that there were 196 logins however, only a small number of users responded to the survey. All respondents were from the College of Dental Medicine and most were already using the product that is provided by NewYork Presbyterian Hospital.  The Dentistry version of Lexicomp compared favorably, being viewed as slightly faster and easier to use.  Comments indicated that the pediatric prescriptions section and the breakdown by subspecialties are potentially useful.

Based on the feedback survey, usage data, librarian evaluations, and budget considerations the library will not be purchasing LexicompOnline for Dentistry this upcoming year.  We will continue to investigate the drug information needs of the College of Dental Medicine and will be open to reconsidering it in the future.

MD Conference Express

Similar to the Lexicomp Online for Dentistry trial the usage data for MD Conference Express indicates more users explored the product than responded to the survey. All respondents were affiliated with the College of Physicians and Surgeons and most identified as clinical faculty or researchers.  Respondents indicated that they do not often need to look for conference information and typically get conference information from professional journals, PubMed and colleagues.  The survey reflected that conference information is used to stay up to date and to inform research.  The respondents did not view the expert opinions in MD Conference Express as useful for their personal work.

Based on the unique content in this new type of information product the library will investigate a longer trial period.


The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is expected to be available online June 1.  The diagnostic differences between DSM-IV-TR and DSM-5 and the insurance implications of the DSM-5 are outlined on the American Psychiatric Association website.

Paper copies of the DSM-5 will be available on reserve here at the Augustus C Long Health Sciences Library and in the New York State Psychiatric Institute Library as soon as they are received.

In this issue:

  • What's new in HSL?
  • Resource spotlight
  • BrowZine app on trial
  • Hidden dangers: Rootkits & Botnets

... and more

Starting April 23rd access to the Reading Room will be through the doors to the LL1 hallway instead of the library stairs. This change will reduce extraneous traffic in the library lobby and facilitate easier access to amenities, such as bathrooms, from the Reading Room. Happy studying!

From April 15th to May 15th Columbia University will have trial access to an app that delivers thousands of academic journals to your iPad (Android and iPhone support planed for the future). BrowZine presents journals that the library already subscribes to formatted appropriately for the iPad.

To learn more about what BrowZine can do watch the introductory video or download the app from the link below and start exploring.

Available on the App Store
After you've explored let us know what you think.