Posters for Conferences–Tech Lunch, 2/26/2015

February 20, 2015

pizzaScientific and technical posters are powerful visual summaries of research findings and are often presented at conferences or used in classes. “Posters for Conferences: Learn What Works for Your Audience” will cover the basic principles and methods of effective scientific poster design. An overview of Microsoft Publisher software will be provided, as well as poster content, design tips, and technical tips on image manipulation. Resources for poster production, printing and sharing will also be discussed. Join us at the Norris Library’s West Conference room on Thursday, February 26th at noon for free pizza and information about making posters!

February 26 – Spatially Speaking : A Salon for GIS and Spatial Research

February 11, 2015

*Please Note: This event is happening on UPC*

The USC Libraries and the Spatial Sciences Institute invite you to SPATIALLY SPEAKING, a salon for Geographic Information Science (GIS) and spatial research. Are you a GIS user or interested in exploring the use of maps, GIS, or spatial analysis in your own work? Come hear USC students and others present their spatial research and projects from across disciplines in an open and engaging environment! This is a great opportunity to network with other students and researchers using GIS, see examples of student-made maps, and learn more about GIS and spatial research. Topics include:

• Surfer communities in Los Angeles
• Mapping historical trade routes
• StoryMapping a street in Cuba
• Mapping murals in Los Angeles using USC’s Digital Library
• Micro-climate modeling
• LA County watersheds
• ACLU membership mapping

Faculty panelists will offer feedback on presentations and answer questions about how GIS is used in their fields:
Darren Ruddell – Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate of Studies for the Spatial Sciences Institute at USC.
Annette Kim – Associate Professor at the Sol Price School of Public Policy and Director of SLAB, the newly formed spatial analysis laboratory at Price.
François Bar – Associate Professor of Communication in the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism and Research Council member for the Annenberg Innovation Lab.

DATE: Thursday, February 26th 2015
TIME: 11am – noon
PLACE: Doheny Memorial Library – DML 241

More information about the event:
or feel free to contact Andy Rutkowski at

Beginning Monday, February 2, New Print System at Norris Medical Library

February 2, 2015


  • Use at Norris Medical Library (NML), or Wilson Dental Library (WDL)
  • Pay with USCard –
  • Purchase an NML-WDL COPY/PRINT card if not eligible for a USCard
  • Cannot replenish funds on NML-WDL COPY/PRINT card
  • Cost $.10 one-sided, $.18 double-sided – black
  • Cost $.50 one-sided, $.90 double-sided – color where supported


  • Old BLUE print cards can still be used
  • Send jobs to printer names that start with BLUE, e.g. BLUE_NML_PLAZA-Duplex
  • Old BLUE print cards will no longer be sold
  • At least one old print station maintained at NML until June 30, 2015
  • Old print system fully decommissioned June 30, 2015
  • Old BLUE print cards will then no longer function nor have any value


  • NML Lab on second floor
  • Plaza level
  • Print/Photocopy room on lower level


Complete printing instructions and policies are located here-

PubMed Workshop: Maximize Your Potential and Minimize Your Frustrations!

January 21, 2015

PubMedDo you ever feel like searching PubMed is a mystifying ordeal? That perhaps you’re not seeing every citation you think you should? If your PubMed experience is leaving you frustrated, it is time to show that database who is in charge (hint: it is you). This workshop will be held in the Norris Medical Library’s 2nd Floor Computer Classroom on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Learn more about:

  • Searching PubMed with added efficiency
  • Strategies for keeping current
  • Using MyNCBI to organize searches/results
  • New features

Don’t forget to bring your own questions, concerns, or complaints! Our librarians will help you take charge of PubMed!

Please register for the workshop, as space is limited.

Reservations for Group Rooms Restricted to Current USC Students

January 14, 2015

nml2Effective January 5, Norris Library policies regarding reservation of the group study rooms has changed. Previously all USC faculty, staff and students were able to make reservations.  Access to the reservation system is now restricted to current USC students only.  The change in policy is designed to prioritize the needs of students and ensure that the limited numbers of study rooms are available for their use.

Find the updated policies on the Norris web site under Group Study Rooms.

As in the past, if a room is open and has not been reserved, it is available for use by USC faculty, staff and students.

AIDSinfo Releases New Drug App

January 5, 2015

AIDSinfoAIDSinfo, a collaboration of the US Department of Health and Human Services and the US National Library of Medicine, has announced the release of a new app for iOS and Android devices. Using data from the AIDSinfo Drug Database, the drug app provides information on more than 100 HIV-related approved and investigational drugs. The information, in English and Spanish, is tailored to meet the needs of both health care providers and consumers. Users can personalize the free AIDSinfo Drug App to suit their needs:

  • Receive notifications when content is updated.
  • Bookmark frequently referenced drugs for easy access at any time.
  • Add personal notes to any drug.
  • Select from a menu of alarms to set pill reminders for any drug.

See AIDSinfo Releases Drug App for iOS and Android Devices for further information.*

*Blog article excerpted from the National Library of Medicine.

USMLEasy, PA Easy discontinued - New Platform Announced

January 5, 2015

McGraw-Hill has announced that they will be shutting down their previous versions of USMLE Easy and PA Easy effective January 1, 2015 in order to move all users to the new platform.

The new versions of USMLE Easy and PA Easy boast advanced features including: a personalized dashboard to monitor your study plan, Course Stream to collaborate with other users, adaptive practice quizzes, skill reports based on USMLE tested concepts, interactive anatomy flashcards, and more.

If you currently have a USMLE Easy or PA Easy account, please note that your account and all its data (practice exam scores, performance profiles, personal study plans) will no longer be available January 1, 2015. If you wish to retain any of this information, log into USMLE Easy or PA Easy to create screenshots or print copies of this data before the New Year.

To continue using USMLE Easy, you’ll need to visit their new website: and create a new user account. This website is available now on USC Network computers only. We hope to have the site available for off-campus access by mid-January.

To continue using PA Easy, you’ll need to visit their new website: and create a new user account. This website is available now on USC Network computers only. We hope to have the site available for off-campus access by mid-January.


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