News and notes for history of science-medicine-technology, Feb.-Mar.2018

Need books? Healthy funds remain in the history of science, medicine, and technology book budget so if there are books you wish we had, please send them to Ruth The deadline for fy18 orders in May 4th. Ordering new journal subscriptions is more complicated but I still need to hear if there are titles you needs so we can begin to figure out how to add them.

Please review Talks at WU on the history of science, medicine, technology, fall 2017-spring 2018. There have been some changes and additions.

Teaching with Historic Biodiversity Publications, from Biodiversity Heritage Library blog.

Introducing the Becker Library Special Collections Book Club. The first book selection will be Nina Siegal’s “The Anatomy Lesson.” Published in 2014, this historical novel provides an imagined backstory for Rembrandt’s 1632 oil painting “The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp,” and serves as a perfect jumping-off point for a discussion on art, anatomy and the relationship between the two. Discussion and Primary Sources Presentation: Wednesday, June 27 at 4 p.m., King Center, 7th Floor of Becker Library. RSVPs are encouraged but not required at

In the ISISCB Explore database, timelines have been added to authority records (author names, subject headings, document types, etc.); More info.

Check out the weekly podcast, What is SCI PHI?. Anya Plutynski was featured last year.

You may want to look at free publication searching in Dimensions. “Historical Studies” is a “field of research” filter which can be applied to keyword searches. There are still features under development but it will be interesting to see how this develops. Dimensions, a new citation database from Digital Science.

New databases which might be relevant to some of you:

NLM History of Medicine lecture: Scientists’ Hard Drives, Databases, and Blogs: Preservation Intent and Source Criticism in the Digital History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Thursday, April 5, 2018, 1-2 pm – will be livestreamed and also archived for later viewing.

From Scholarly Communications @ WU Libraries Feb.-Mar. 2018:

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Ruth is a librarian at Washington University for biology, math, history of science; she is also scholarly communications coordinator. Email: Phone: 314-935-4819