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Library augments, supports campus
For more than 25 years, MUSC faculty, researchers, staff and students
have relied upon the expertise of the MUSC Library staff to assist them
in their academic work and research. Their commitment to customer
service helps researchers achieve progress and answer questions
in their academic, scientific and medical pursuits.
This partnership between researchers and the evolved role of librarians
as teachers and academic partners, contributes to the institution’s
success as one of the fastest growing academic research institutions in
Since 1998, MUSC has grown in extramural research funding that
has resulted in the institution achieving a record-breaking $193.4
million, and more than $93 million in National Institutes of Health
(NIH) funding in fiscal year 2007. But sustaining this growth
amid shrinking federal funding is a challenge, said Stephen M.
Lanier, Ph.D., associate provost for Research.
Lanier's office is committed to shepherding and maintaining the growth
of funded research by building on the campus’ research infrastructure
and operations, which are so crucial to a successful research program.
These systems include the library, which helps assist scientists,
faculty and researchers.
MUSC’s library, like other specialized academic libraries, has been
transformed by embracing the digital age. Today, the library reflects
these new resources, staff skills and services.
With more than 20,000 electronic health and science journals, a Web
site that has drawn more than 50 million hits, the team of 14
professional librarians and staff is busy providing customized support
while collaborating in projects and community outreach.
“We’re always ready to connect faculty to our resources and readily
provide assistance, 24/7, 365-days a year, and from any location,” said
Thomas Basler, Ph.D., Libraries and Learning Resource Centers director
and Department of Library Science & Informatics chair.
Reference librarian Teri Lynn Herbert works with basic science
researchers on campus. The 23-year library veteran teaches a variety of
library software and database classes for faculty and staff. She also
is part of the reference library team that meets with new researchers,
faculty and fellows to orient them about the library’s systems and
Technological advances require libraries to evolve, prompting a
proactive approach to change and staff training, Herbert said. The
library is refining programs to capture and archive articles and
digitize collections and artifacts, such as from the Waring Historical
Library, to manage and maintain MUSC’s intellectual property. In
response to the NIH's new requirement that researchers use PubMed
Central Identification numbers for citing articles in new grant
applications, the MUSC Library had to modify their systems and
Cancer control specialist Matthew Carpenter, Ph.D., assistant
professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been
at MUSC for six years, first as a post-doctoral fellow and
then as a full-time researcher. He’s used a variety of the
library’s resources— from accessing e-journals and attending classes to
customizing an ongoing literature search program for his research.
“The library provides a tailored service, from customized support to
literature searches; library classes and individual instruction that’s
valuable for me and my work. MUSC researchers need to be more mindful
to the library’s many resources and features. ... The staff is friendly
and personable in supporting one’s needs quickly and efficiently,”
The library also assists researchers with Web-page design and grant
writing, proposals and applications through additional support from the
library’s Center for Academic Research and Computing and the Division
of Education and Student Services’ Center for Academic Excellence.
The library also is an informational resource for faculty and
researchers regarding copyright, patents and trademarks through the
establishment of the Copyright Issue Committee.
Friday, Aug. 1, 2008
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