Limited Library Hours due to Flooding

UPDATE 9/18: The Norris Medical Library will have limited hours this week, as follows:

Monday – Friday (9/18 – 9/22) – 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday (9/23 and 9/24) – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The lower level continues to be not accessible, this includes the restrooms in the library. Restrooms are available in all of the buildings adjacent to the library.

UPDATE 9/11: The Norris Medical Library will have limited hours this week, as follows:

Monday – Friday (9/11 – 9/15) – 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday (9/16 and 9/17) – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The lower level is currently not accessible, this includes the restrooms in the library. Restrooms are available in all of the buildings adjacent to the library.

UPDATE 9/7:The Norris Medical Library will remain closed to the public on Wednesday, 9/6/17/ We will have limited hours on Thursday, 9/7/17 and Friday, 9/8/17. The hours for the rest of the week and this weekend are as follows:

Thursday and Friday (9/7 and 9/8) – 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday (9/9 and 9/10) – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The lower level is currently not accessible, this includes the restrooms in the library. Restrooms are available in all of the buildings adjacent to the library.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

UPDATE 9/6: The Norris Medical Library will remain closed to the public Wednesday, September 6. We hope to reopen for limited hours on Thursday, September 7 (7am – 5pm).

The library is closed until further notice due to extensive flooding. The library will not open on Tuesday, September 5, and we will make a decision on when we will re-open later today. We apologize for this inconvenience and hope to be open as soon as we safely can. Thank you for your patience.

UPDATE: Limited Library Hours

UPDATE 9/18: The Norris Medical Library will have limited hours this week, as follows:

Monday – Friday (9/18 – 9/22) – 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday (9/23 and 9/24) – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The lower level is currently not accessible, this includes the restrooms in the library. Restrooms are available in all of the buildings adjacent to the library.

UPDATE 9/11: The Norris Medical Library will have limited hours this week, as follows:

Monday – Friday (9/11 – 9/15) – 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday (9/16 and 9/17) – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The lower level is currently not accessible, this includes the restrooms in the library. Restrooms are available in all of the buildings adjacent to the library.

UPDATE 9/7:The Norris Medical Library will remain closed to the public on Wednesday, 9/6/17/ We will have limited hours on Thursday, 9/7/17 and Friday, 9/8/17. The hours for the rest of the week and this weekend are as follows:

Thursday and Friday (9/7 and 9/8) – 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday (9/9 and 9/10) – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The lower level is currently not accessible, this includes the restrooms in the library. Restrooms are available in all of the buildings adjacent to the library.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

UPDATE 9/6: The Norris Medical Library will remain closed to the public Wednesday, September 6. We hope to reopen for limited hours on Thursday, September 7 (7am – 5pm).

The library is closed until further notice due to extensive flooding. The library will not open on Tuesday, September 5, and we will make a decision on when we will re-open later today. We apologize for this inconvenience and hope to be open as soon as we safely can. Thank you for your patience.

New Library Search Tool Now Available, Plus Other Systems Improvements

The USC Libraries have overhauled their behind-the-scenes systems to make it easier for USC students, faculty, and staff to discover and request library resources. These improvements – an investment encouraged by survey feedback from USC’s scholarly community – were rolled out through the USC Libraries’ website on July 25, 2017.

Although much of the work was behind the scenes, library users can experience the benefits through a new Search function. This powerful tool helps researchers find the books, journals, databases, and other library resources they need from a single, Google-like search box on the USC Libraries homepage. It replaces both the existing library Search function (formerly named Quick Search) as well as the archaic HOMER catalog. First-time users will find the new Search even more intuitive than the old. At the same time, power users will discover tools for refining and narrowing searches that HOMER never offered.

Other improvements abound. The new system better integrates electronic resources, making them easier to find through a simple search rather than by navigating multiple webpages and catalog entries. It seamlessly unites library resources from both the UPC and HSC campuses. It also streamlines the process of requesting materials when the USC Libraries don’t already own or provide access to a resource a USC researcher needs.

Please note that, temporarily, some library users who do not have a current USC email address will not be able to login to check due dates, renew books, or page items from the Grand Depository online. Until that online access is restored, library staff can perform those functions. Please contact the Doheny Library circulation desk at (213) 740-2924.

Update, July 25: This post was updated to reflect today’s launch of the new features and systems improvements.

Library catalog eResources links are broken – Fixed!

The links in the library catalog (HELIX) to electronic resources currently do not work.  Until further notice, find working links through the eResources search box on the library homepage.  Click on the eResources tab and either search for a title or click on the A-Z links to browse.

 

This problem has now been fixed.  Links in both the library catalog and eResources search box work correctly.  Thanks for your patience.

Extended Hours all weekends in May!

The Library will have Extended Hours throughout May as follows:

Friday – 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday – 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

(May 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20, 26 & 27)

Extended Hours in December!

The library will have Extended Hours as follows:

Friday, December 2: 7am – 10pm
Saturday, December 3: 9am – 10pm
Friday, December 9: 7am – 10pm
Saturday, December 10: 9am – 10pm

Scholarly Communication Topic: Can I give away copies of journal articles I have published to my students, my colleagues, or research collaborators?

When you write something, you own that written work and have the right to control who uses it and when. When you publish this work through a publisher, you are sometimes asked to transfer some of your rights to the publisher. The exact rights you transfer are listed in the agreement you sign. Often you are asked to transfer your copyright to a publisher, and this agreement is called copyright transfer.

Some copyright transfer agreements prohibit authors from distributing any copies of their final published article, some limit the distribution to pre-edited manuscripts, and some don’t limit your ability to distribute at all. Make sure you are clear what your agreement was when you published your article. If you’re not sure where to find that information, a good place to start is SHERPA/RoMEO, which can link you to specific journal/publisher copyright policies.

When publishing an article, you can ask the publisher to modify the terms of a copyright transfer agreement. Retaining the rights to distribute copies of articles for non-commercial uses is a frequent addition. You also may want to modify the agreement to provide for other rights, like the right to place a copy in PubMed Central. The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has created an Author Addendum that you can use (or modify to fit your needs) to ensure you retain the rights you want.

The signing of the copyright transfer agreement is the only chance you have to negotiate for your rights to use your work. Consider what you’re signing before publishing your next article.