Thursday, 19 March 2015

Update: How to buy Endnote at a discounted price with the Educational Licence for GOSH staff

The process for purchasing EndNote with a discounted Educational License has recently changed for GOSH staff.

Follow the below link and purchase the discounted license, entering a GOSH email address when prompted.

EndNote is available as a Download (£72) or a CD (£75)

Monday, 16 March 2015

Update to ‘New Library Food and Drink Regulations’

We have updated our food and drink regulations. The regulations remain essentially unchanged, but a clear explanation of what is meant by ‘snacks’ has been added. Our library notices will be altered to reflect this.

This clarification was thought necessary because some of our readers were misinterpreting the word ‘snack’ and were eating what can more accurately be described as meals in the library.

According to our updated policy:
‘Snacks are taken to be a small amount of food consumed between meals. Library staff reserve the right to interpret this rule and have the final say on whether food is a meal or snack. As a general guide, however: if eating it requires a fork, spoon or chopsticks, the item being consumed is not a snack’.

Readers are also reminded that no food or drink, apart from water, is allowed in the quiet reading room.

Comments on this and other matters can be sent to

Thursday, 26 February 2015

EndNote - student discount

A student discount for purchasing a personal EndNote licence is now available again.

If you are a student and would like to purchase EndNote software to install on your personal computer, the discount is available from 

The price for students is currently £75 for a CD, or £72 for a direct download. You will need to enter your UCL email address when prompted.

Students who do not wish to pay for their own personal copy of EndNote can still get onsite access via the Desktop@UCL machines and offsite access to Endnote via Desktop@UCL Anywhere.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Changes to the DynaMed App installation process

DynaMed have simplified the process for downloading and installing the DynaMed App. Please follow the below instructions: 

1.   Download the free DynaMed App from the iTunes Store or Google Play.

2.   Open a browser and Log in to DynaMed at using your NHS Athens account. Alternatively login to Athens directly and navigate to DynaMed via ‘My Resources’.

3.   Once you are logged into DynaMed, click on the mobile link and enter your email address. The link is located in the top toolbar.  An authentication key will be emailed to you.

4.   Open the DynaMed email from the device on which you wish to install the app.

5.   Within 48 hours, tap on the link in the email to authenticate the app.
Note: after 48 hours, users will need to request a new authentication key.

6.      Dynamed is ready to use!

Feel free to contact the library if you require any help.

New Colour Printer

We are pleased to announce that the library has a new colour printer that replaces the black and white machine in the main cluster area.

The new printer, which also functions as a scanner and copier, promises to be faster, greener and more reliable than the previous device.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Wellcome Medical Heritage Library Project

The Motherboard Blog features an interesting article on the Wellcome's Medical Heritage Library Project. This massive digitisation programme is jointly funded by JISC and the Wellcome Library and aims to digitise the 19th century book collections of 10 UK libraries relating to medicine. 

Each member of staff in the MHL project aims to scan 800 pages an hour, and to date they've scanned over 2.5 million pages, and will have done 16-17 million pages by 2016.

One of the partners in this project is UCL Library Services. Although not specifically mentioned in the Motherboard Blog, several of the UCL medical site libraries are participating in this project, including our own at ICH. Items that have already been digitised and made available may be seen via this link which provides appropriate subject headings for searching, otherwise use this link to the Wellcome

An example of one of the items from our own historical collections is James Carmichael's Disease in Children (1892). 

Beall's List of Questionable, Scholarly Open-Access Publishers

Beall's List is a website compiled and updated byJeffrey Beall, who is a librarian based at the University of Colorado. His website lists "questionable, scholarly open-access publishers", often referred to as "predatory publishers" since they require up-front fees for "publishing" scholarly articles. The purpose of Beall's List is to draw attention to these titles so that authors can "decide for themselves whether they want to submit articles, serve as editors or on editorial boards". 

Beall's List also describes the criteria for determining predatory publishers, and may be viewed here (pdf document).

The list emphasizes that journal publishers (and journals) change their business and editorial practices over time. Therefore the list is kept up-to-date but may not reflect "sudden, unreported, or unknown enhancements".