NIH Public Access Mandate


“Important Dates

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy is a Term and Condition of Award for all grants and cooperative agreements active in Fiscal Year 2008 (October 1, 2007- September 30, 2008.) or beyond, and for all contracts awarded after April 7, 2008.

  • April 7, 2008 – As of April 7, 2008, all articles arising from NIH funds must be submitted to PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication.
  • May 25, 2008 – As of May 25, 2008, NIH applications, proposals, and progress reports must include the PubMed Central reference number when citing an article that falls under the policy and is authored or co-authored by the investigator, or arose from the investigator’s NIH award. This policy includes applications submitted to the NIH for the May 25, 2008 due date and subsequent due dates. “

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Mellon Institute Library Gets Electricity … Upgrade


After a thorough review of the situation in our Mellon Institute Library by all concerned, I’m very happy to write about how our Mellon Institute Library is slated for an electrical distribution upgrade.  As many of you know, electrical outlets in libraries can be very important with wireless connectivity and the widespread use of laptops.

The Mellon Institute Library is a grand old place.  You can see a view of the Main Reading Room in the photo below:

Main Reading Room, Mellon Institute Library

A chief part of the upgrade will be the provision of a modern grounded double outlet at both ends of each table (at the floor).  Other existing outlets on the perimeter of the room will be upgraded to modern grounded double outlets.

In addition, we have plans to replace the old outlets that are built into desks along the courtyard windows on the second and third floors of the library.  New plugs are planned at the study tables on the third floor of the library near the windows that provide a view of the loading dock area at the rear of the Mellon Institute.

If you’re ever in Pittsburgh, you should stop by and see the intricate woodcarvings that grace the Main Reading Room.


This redefines “transition”


What a week it’s been!  It’s late on a Friday afternoon.  Spring Break has begun.  Why do I feel like I need to keep working?  Maybe because we’re in transition…

How so?  Well, we’re about to have a couple of group study rooms installed this summer.  Construction is likely to begin immediately after finals.  We have to find … perhaps 340 some odd linear feet of journals to go to storage yet … just to make things fit!  Thankfully I think we still have a few that we’ll find in Numdam or Gallica.  Those print journals could possibly go to storage.  Maybe we missed some JSTOR journals – I can always hope for that – or for a recent addition by JSTOR.  If there is anyone out there that stumbles on to this and has some ideas, your comments will be ever-so-humbly appreciated.  If we have to, we’ll identify some low (or no use) foreign language titles.  We can recall stuff in 24 hours or less.


If at first you don’t blog, blog blog again!

matt1.jpgOkay, so my first attempt at blogging didn’t go very well.  My collection of RSS feeds would disappear and the whole situation got quite confusing.  You might say that this transition for Science Libraries has been a challenging one.  Here’s hoping that this blog will stick and be productive.