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Eau Claire Library Receives Historical Artifacts

The Mayo Clinic Library in Eau Claire recently received several important historical artifacts to be put on display.  These artifacts include framed pictures of two buildings there were early locations of the Midelfart Clinic. The clinic, founded in 1927 by Dr. Hans Christian Midelfart, later joined with Luther Hospital and became part of the Mayo Clinic Health System.

photo of 2 framed pictures of clinic buildings

The Schlegelmilch Building on the left and the Ingram Building on the right.

photo of a framed document, articles of incorporation

Articles of Incorporation for Luther Hospital


Another artifact on display in the library is the original articles of incorporation for Luther Hospital.  This document, signed by the Secretary of State of Wisconsin, shows that the hospital was incorporated on May 11th, 1905. Fundraising and construction of the original hospital were completed in just three years, and the hospital officially opened its doors on August 30th, 1908.

The library also received two letters from Dr. William J Mayo, addressed to Dr. Midelfart. These letters show an early connection between Eau Claire and the Mayo Clinic, though it would be many years before the connection was made official.

photo of 2 framed letters

Letters from Dr. Will to Dr. Midelfart


The library staff are excited to have these artifacts on display and to share some of the rich history of the hospital and clinic in Eau Claire with our patrons.  The library also has a large collection of historical photos and memorabilia.

July 22, 2015 at 2:31 pm

Open Access & Predatory Publishers

A LibGuide (only accessible via our intranet) has been created to help authors discern whether an open access journal is considered reputable or predatory. Many of you get requests to submit manuscripts to journals, many of which are now open access, and you question whether these are reputable. The guide includes a checklist of how to identify a reputable publisher, a list of reputable open access publishers and a list of those that are considered predatory.

October 30, 2014 at 11:08 am

Library All Sites Retreat 2014

loisThe 2014 Library All Sites Retreat was held in the Plummer Hall Reading Room, Plummer Library in Rochester on September 22-23, 2014. Staff from the Mayo Library System including Mayo Clinic Arizona, Mayo Clinic Florida, and the Mayo Clinic Health System joined Mayo Clinic Rochester library colleagues and guest speakers for the two-day retreat. A special event was a group dinner at Foundation House. Attendees included a number of new staff members:  Lisa Marks, Arizona Library Director; Nicole Pettenati, NLM Associate Fellow (2nd year) and Phoenix campus librarian;  Connie Bongiorno, Saint Marys Hospital Library & Knowledge Services librarian; Emily Christopherson, Historical Unit archivist; and, Leah Osterhaus-Trzasko, Mayo Medical School Librarian, Learning Resource Center . The annual retreat is an opportunity for shared decision making, site and library system updates, and continuing education which this year included sessions on the new library website, meaningful use, and training/updates from key publishing partners.


J. Michael Homan
Director of Libraries

October 30, 2014 at 11:07 am

Come West and Explore! 2014 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Chapter-MLA

MC MLA logo 2014The 2014 annual meeting of the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association was held in Bismarck, North Dakota with a theme of Come West and Explore!  (more…)

October 30, 2014 at 11:06 am

Library Orientation Video

Need to know about our library services and resources but don’t have time to actually visit one of our libraries? Check out our library video orientation for an overview of what we do and what we offer. The staff libraries are open to all Mayo Clinic employees and students.

July 23, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Conservation of Plummer Hall Portraits

Plummer Hall EntranceThe Plummer Hall Reading Room in the Plummer Library on the 14th floor of the Plummer Building contains a number of large oil portraits of the Mayo Brothers, their early partners (on the south wall), and former chairmen of the Board of Governors (north wall). (more…)

July 23, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Questions About Open-Access Publishers?

Inundated with emails from open-access publishers who want to publish your manuscripts for a fee? Not sure whether these are legitimate publishers? Check out this library resource guide to help you decide whether or not to delete those emails.

July 23, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Job Postings and Recruitment

Job Postings and Recruitment

Mayo Clinic recently posted the following librarian positions:

  • Mayo Medical School Librarian
  • Saint Marys Hospital Librarian
  • Digital Archivist

Recruitments are currently underway. Selection panels will begin the review of applications in the near future.



April 30, 2014 at 11:39 am

Trials in PubMed Linking to Systematic Reviews

PubMed Health’s curated collection of systematic reviews now has an important new role: enabling PubMed users to go straight from a clinical trial to systematic reviews that have considered it.

Visitors to records of many thousands of trials will now see a new section to the right, called a portlet. It will show links to systematic reviews in PubMed that have cited that trial.


April 30, 2014 at 11:38 am

Mayo/KI Systematic Review Meeting

Mayo Clinic research librarians involved in systematic reviews (SR) joined 3 research librarians from the Karolinska Institutet for a two-day meeting on November 11-12, 2013 at the Plummer Library in Rochester. (more…)

January 30, 2014 at 3:08 pm 1 comment

BrowZine Update: Ovid journals now available

In addition to the Current Awareness tool, Mayo Clinic Libraries also subscribes to BrowZine, an iPad app from Third Iron. (more…)

January 30, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Ovid MEDLINE Searchers

For those of you who are Ovid MEDLINE searchers, the Library is making a change to the default database. Currently, when you select Ovid MEDLINE from the library’s home page, it opens to the default database Ovid MEDLINE(R) 1946 to January Week 1 2014. Articles have to be completely indexed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to be in this database which makes every article in the database searchable by MeSH subject headings.
However, since articles are now more readily available online, NLM adds in-process and non-indexed content  daily so that users can find the most recently published literature on their topics.

The Library wants to make sure you have access to that literature as well, so effective February 3, 2014, the default database for Ovid MEDLINE will be Ovid MEDLINE(R) In-Process & Other Non-Indexed Citations and Ovid MEDLINE(R).

With the change to the default database MeSH headings will not have been assigned to the in-process and non-indexed citations. You will need to search by both textwords and MeSH to capture all references. Also the only limit that will work is the English language limit. If you have any questions about this change, please contact Ann Farrell.

Here is an example of an in-process citation:

Unique Identifier 23702567
Record Owner From MEDLINE, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Status In-Process
Authors Kohler MCraig SPepperell JCNicoll DBratton DJNunn AJLeeson PStradling JR.
Authors Full Name Kohler, Malcolm. Craig, Sonya. Pepperell, Justin C T. Nicoll, Debby. Bratton, Daniel J. Nunn, Andrew J. Leeson, Paul. Stradling, John R.
Title CPAP improves endothelial function in patients with minimally symptomatic OSA: results from a subset study of the MOSAIC trial.
Source Chest. 144(3):896-902, 2013 Sep.
Abbreviated Source Chest. 144(3):896-902, 2013 Sep.
NLM Journal Name Chest
Publishing Model Journal available in: Print
Citation processed from: Internet

Example of a fully indexed citation by NLM:

Unique Identifier 24327037
Record Owner From MEDLINE, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Authors Martinez-Garcia MACapote FCampos-Rodriguez FLloberes PDiaz de Atauri MJSomoza MMasa JF.Gonzalez MSacristan LBarbe FDuran-Cantolla JAizpuru FManas EBarreiro BMosteiro MCebrian JJde la Pena MGarcia-Rio FMaimo AZapater JHernandez CGrau SanMarti NMontserrat JM.Spanish Sleep Network.
Authors Full Name Martinez-Garcia, Miguel-Angel. Capote, Francisco. Campos-Rodriguez, Francisco. Lloberes, Patricia. Diaz de Atauri, Maria Josefa. Somoza, Maria. Masa, Juan F. Gonzalez, Monica. Sacristan, Lirios. Barbe, Ferran. Duran-Cantolla, Joaquin. Aizpuru, Felipe. Manas, Eva. Barreiro, Bienvenido. Mosteiro, Mar. Cebrian, Juan J. de la Pena, Monica. Garcia-Rio, Francisco. Maimo, Andres. Zapater, Jordi. Hernandez, Concepcion. Grau SanMarti, Nuria. Montserrat, Josep Maria. Spanish Sleep Network.
Institution Respiratory Department, Hospital Universitario y Politecnico La Fe, Valencia, Spain.
Title Effect of CPAP on blood pressure in patients with obstructive sleep apnea and resistant hypertension: the HIPARCO randomized clinical trial.
Source JAMA. 310(22):2407-15, 2013 Dec 11.
Abbreviated Source JAMA. 310(22):2407-15, 2013 Dec 11.
MeSH Subject Headings AgedAntihypertensive AgentsBlood PressureCircadian Rhythm*Continuous Positive Airway Pressure.Drug ResistanceFemaleHumansHypertension / co [Complications]*Hypertension / th [Therapy]Male.Middle AgedSleep Apnea, Obstructive / co [Complications]*Sleep Apnea, Obstructive / th [Therapy].Treatment Outcome.

January 30, 2014 at 3:06 pm

October is National Medical Librarians Month

October is National Medical Librarians Month. It is celebrated every year with a specially designed poster from the Medical Library Association to highlight the professional contributions of health science librarians to the success of the institutions they serve and to highlight some success aspect – this year it is saving time. (more…)

October 29, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Library All Sites Retreat 2013: Reimagining the Library in a Digital Universe

All Sites ImageThe 2013 Library All Sites Retreat was held in the Plummer Hall Reading Room, Plummer Library in Rochester on October 7-8, 2013. Staff from the Mayo Library System including Mayo Clinic Arizona, Mayo Clinic Florida, and the Mayo Clinic Health System joined Rochester library colleagues and guest speakers from Mayo Clinic. The annual retreat is an opportunity for shared decision making, site and information system updates, and continuing education which this year was structured around the theme “Reimagining the Library in a Digital Universe”.  Colleagues from Mayo Clinic Proceedings editorial office, Section of Scientific Publications, and Mayo Legal Department provided valuable insights and sparked discussion into the current and future state of journal and book publishing, editorial assistance including text-matching systems, and intellectual property and copyright in the digital age.  Attendees were briefed on the research and development of Mayo Clinic personas (standardized categories of employees and students – Mayo intranet) which help inform development and modification of key information systems such as the Library’s website.  A special feature for the 2013 All Sites Meeting was a panel of students and faculty members who were asked to address “What is a typical day like for you, from an information seeking perspective?” which provided an opportunity to hear a variety of learner and faculty perspectives.  The panel included students in the Mayo School of Health Sciences (physical therapy and nurse anesthesia programs), the MD/PhD program (Mayo Medical School, Mayo Graduate School), Department of Nursing, and Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS).  Updates were provided in the form of a “State of the Library” presentation from the director of libraries, and presentations on planning for Mayo Clinic’s 150th anniversary and Mayo Clinic Education’s “Top Priorities”. The retreat ended with a highly competitive Library Trivia Contest.

J. Michael Homan
Director of Libraries

October 29, 2013 at 2:31 pm

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