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Rudolph Matas Library uses ILLiad, an automated Interlibrary Loan system. This free Interlibrary Loan service is available to clinicians, faculty, staff, students, and researchers of all Tulane Health Sciences programs on the downtown campus and Tulane National Primate Research Center. Articles are supplied in electronic format (PDF) within several business days. Books may take longer, as they are usually shipped via mail or UPS.
Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences complies with US Federal Copyright Law. US Federal Copyright Guidelines allow academic libraries to borrow five (5) articles published in the last five (5) years per journal title in a calendar year. In addition, only two (2) articles per journal issue published in the last five (5) years can be borrowed per calendar year. Articles requested in excess of these Guidelines will result in copyright and/or royalty fees.
For clinical emergencies, submit your request and contact the Matas ILL Office at (504) 988-5156.
Books obtained through Matas Interlibrary Loan must be returned to the Matas Library before the due date.
The Tulane Business and Law Libraries provide services to their academic communities, and Howard-Tilton Memorial Library on the uptown campus provides Interlibrary Loan services for all other academic programs.
Personal assistance is provided for research support and information discovery, including advice on database selection, search strategy recommendations, verification of citations, location of current and historic information in all formats and citation management suggestions. Matas Librarians will also do in-depth, systematic searches for individuals on request. The librarians will gladly help in the location of full-text electronic resources and advice on utilizing the entire electronic collections of Tulane University.
Contact us at (504) 988-5155 if you have problems with full-text access from off-campus or from a hospital or clinic.
Matas Librarians also offer information seminars customized to fit any information need. Examples of class offerings include introduction to the Matas Library for new users, effective use of electronic resources, clinical/point of care mobile technologies, citation management (EndNote), and NIH Public Access Policy compliance for biomedical researchers.
The purpose of the Matas Library liaison program is to position Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences as the premier information and knowledge management resource for faculty, researchers, staff and students of the Schools of Medicine, Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and the Tulane National Primate Center. Through departmental faculty liaisons and library liaisons, a clear channel of communication between the academic and research components of the Health Sciences Campus and the librarians who provide information and technology resources can be established.
This 2-way communication serves to:
• Determine the specific needs/wants of the departments through collaborative planning ensure that those needs are met and services customized.
• Promote library resources and services to educate users about our information access tools
• Raise awareness of our computing and educational technology applications, and services
• Help library users identify and access library and technology resources
• Provide workshops on research tools or on topics of special interest specifically geared to the departmental faculty and research staff
• Answer questions, resolve problems, and interpret library policy
• Highlight the library as the "knowledge management center" for sustaining healthcare education, research and information delivery
• Make information literacy and essential component of student learning and faculty development
• Provide librarians as information consultants for departments
Tulane University SOM COVID19 Daily Digest
29 April 2020
Gilead has released the results of one of their early clinical trials with remdesivir. The results, set to be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal this week, purportedly show that there is no real difference in efficacy of treatment with the drug for 5 days vs. 10 days. Additionally, the data show that patients who are treated with the drug sooner fare better than those who start treatment further into their illness. The drug’s safety profile in these patients was good. Critically, this study lacks a control group that was not treated with the drug, which means that establishing absolute efficacy is not possible from this study. As STAT reports, this study is not the only remdesivir data that Gilead has released in the last day. Their NIAID double-blind study with 800 patients has met its primary endpoint, meaning that the drug has helped patients recover faster. Without the data, which is expected to be released soon, it is impossible to say how dramatic the effect is, though it is worth noting that these results were not expected for some time. Because it is believed that remdesivir works by blocking the activity of the viral protein responsible for copying the virus’ genetic material, and due to the fact that is must be administered via IV, it is likely to remain part of a toolbox of drugs that can help hospitalized patients early on in the disease course. The FDA may issue emergency use authorization for the drug based on these data.
Inovio has completed enrollment and delivered the first dose of its DNA-based COVID-19 vaccine to all 40 initial volunteers. Results on safety and immune response generated by the vaccine are expected in June.
Diabetes and obesity are major risk factors for severe COVID-19, and a research group has proposed that the fat cells themselves are a contributing factor. In an editorial in Obesity, they argue that the fat cells, adipocytes, can act as a haven for the virus due to their high levels of ACE2 expression. The authors also postulate that adipocyte-like cells in the lung may impact physiology in such a way as to lead to some of the clinical lung problems that have been observed.
Multiple new technologies, 3D printing among them, have had their adoption accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. An editorial in 3D Printing in Medicine outlines the variety of ways in which 3D printing is being used in the pandemic, including through the design and production of educational models, breathing support materials, personal protective equipment (PPE), and modifications to door handles to prevent direct skin-to-surface contact. 3D printed materials are easy to sterilize and reuse, as well as easy to replace.
In some rare cases, skin lesions can be a distinct symptom of COVID-19. The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology published a review of the skin conditions sometimes seen in COVID-19 patients, which are largely similar to rashes seen in other viral diseases.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is being leveraged on multiple fronts to help fight COVID-19, including as a radiological diagnostic tool. Original research published in Radiology showed that an AI assistance program improved radiologists’ ability to distinguish between COVID-19 pneumonia and non-COVID-19 pneumonia. Multiple groups are exploring utilizing CT image trained AI models to help assist in COVID-19 diagnosis in healthcare settings, including a group from Jinan University in Guangzhou, China, which published the promising results of their study on preprint server medRxiv. These methods, while potentially helpful, would be limited to more moderate and severe cases of COVID-19 that require addressment in a healthcare setting.
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on national health expenditures are unknown, but are likely to have a lasting impact. JAMA published early predictions and scenarios as to how this may unfold. The picture is incredibly complex, with US Government programs like Medicare and Medicaid likely bearing the majority of treatment expenses as compared to private insurers, due to the elderly and low-income populations that are most affected by the disease. The negotiating power that the US Government has through these programs means that less money will be spent per patient. However, because healthcare expenditures are measured as a percentage of GDP, which is likely to decrease as a result of the virus, the percentage of healthcare spending attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic will appear larger. The healthcare and economic ramifications of COVID-19 will continue to evolve and develop throughout the coming months and years.
In places where gender and gender roles have been used to inform social distancing measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19, the transgender community is disproportionately at risk. An editorial in AIDS and Behavior highlights this reality, citing reports of anti-trans violence in Peru as evidence of this effect. This is, unfortunately, one of the broader themes of the pandemic, wherein marginalized communities are feeling outsized impacts and must navigate elevated risks in comparison to the general public.
In some parts of the world, places of worship have remained open and very active even with social distancing guidelines in place. A commentary published in the Journal of Travel Medicine calls for an immediate temporary closure of these venues, citing the unprecedented actions taken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabi in closing Islam’s holiest mosques to the public. The contributors cite instances of large-scale spreading events linked to religious gatherings in other countries, and speak to the importance of engaging community religious leaders as part of the effort to educate the public about the virus.
The components of CRISPR can be leveraged to detect specific viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, thanks to their high degree of specificity in recognizing genetic sequences. Nature published the results of a study in which a CRISPR-based method was able to detect and differentiate many types of viruses in a given sample, including SARS-CoV-2. These types of technologies could aid in diagnostic and surveillance efforts.
Switching scientific conferences to a virtual format due to COVID-19 comes with some upsides, including increased accessibility and the power to screen out “non-questions” during a virtual Q&A after a presentation. Science covers how the pandemic has not so much caused the embrace of virtual conferences as much as accelerated them, as they have been long advocated for.
Heparin, an anticoagulant drug with mild anti-inflammatory properties, may have multiple uses in treating COVID-19. Researchers published results on preprint server bioRxiv that showed that heparin can stop SARS-CoV-2 from infecting cells in culture, and can bind to the spike protein the virus uses to enter cells. This suggests that it could be used as a direct antiviral in addition to a prophylactic in hospitalized patients, as it is already used to prevent the clotting dysfunction seen in some COVID-19 patients. However, heparin may in some cases be doing harm, as very preliminary retrospective data from China that was published on preprint server medRxiv showed that a precipitous and potentially dangerous decline in the body’s ability to clot was observed in some patients, and this decline may have been attributable to heparin treatment.
Revisited: Serology Testing - Wide-spread antibody testing is essential to move into the next phase of pandemic control and mitigation. Multiple options for serology testing have emerged, and ascertaining which are accurate is a key step in their deployment into communities. A preprint published on medRxiv compares a number of different tests, including laboratory-based ELISA tests and rapid tests. The ELISA-based tests were fairly accurate, however the results caution against use of the rapid tests. Another study also published on medRxiv found that the rapid tests performed variably, and that training for readers would be essential in deploying these types of tests.
Lagniappe: Children and Understanding COVID-19 - Explaining the basics of virology and epidemiology is difficult to do even for adults, let alone inquisitive children. The European Journal of Immunology has released the drawings of one five-year-old who has an excellent grasp of the pandemic, which feature a trio of viruses with three very different emotions. One can only assume the bacteriophage is so sad because it has to be so close to the “angry coronavirus”. This is a (very playful) reminder that children should be considered when information about the virus is disseminated.
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Edited by Claiborne M. Christian, PhD, on behalf of The Tulane University School of Medicine. Editions are regularly published Monday – Friday. Content is generated by reviewing scientific papers and preprints, reputable media articles, and scientific news outlets. We aim to communicate the most current and relevant COVID-19-related scientific, clinical, and public health information to the Tulane community. In keeping with Tulane’s motto, “Not for Oneself but for One’s Own", we are making it available to anyone else who would benefit.
Computers & Networking
Rudolph Matas Library has desktop computers available for use within the library study areas. All of the computers have a selection of productivity, medical, and public health specific applications installed. The library also has laptops available for checkout for in-library use only. Four desktop computers are available for short-term public use during normal business hours. Flatbed scanners are also located throughout the library.
Seventeen computers are located in the classroom on the mezzanine level of the library (M207). This room may be reserved for exams and presentations. Email email@example.com for further information.
The 24/7 quiet study space has provides computing, printing, scanning, and VTS access to add funds to Splash Cards. This space also offers several private group study rooms, tables, and carrels with convenient electrical outlet access. Ten of the computers in this area host software provided by the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SAS, SPSS, STATA, ARC-GIS).
Rudolph Matas Library has Dell PC laptops available for checkout at the circulation desk. A valid Tulane ID is required.
- The loan period for a laptop is six (6) hours.
- Two laptops are available that can leave the library for six (6) hours. Ask the Circulation desk for details.
- The laptops are configured to connect to the wireless network.
- Laptops must be returned in person to the circulation desk. Failure to return a laptop on time will result in a fine of $1 per hour.
- Laptops may be renewed when there is no waiting list.
- If a laptop is lost, stolen, or damaged while checked out, the patron will be billed for replacement or repair cost.
Eduroam is the wireless network SSID that allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to access wireless while visiting our campus. Conversely, Tulane employees and students have access to wireless when visiting participating institutions.
Eduroam requires users use their fully qualified names and passwords to login to Eduroam – for example "firstname.lastname@example.org" instead of "riptide." This will remove the need for traveling Tulane users to reconfigure their Eduroam settings while at other campuses.
For more info and a link to other participating Eduroam institutions see the TIS Knowledge Base.
Click here to register for access to the "tulane" wireless network.
Wireless Printing (Tulane login required)
Print & Scan
Printing at Tulane is monitored through Pharos, a wastage control system. All students are allocated a printing credit that appears on your card at the beginning of each semester. If you are not allocated a print credit you will need to add money to your ID card using the vending machine located in the 24/7 area of the library. Visitors can purchase a print card ($1 fee) at the vending station in the library.
There are two black & white printers and one color printer available in the library. The cost of printing will be deducted from your print credit or cash balance at a rate of 10 cents per page for black & white printing and 70 cents per page for color printing. To add money to your Tulane ID, there is a vending machine in the 24/7 area of the library. You may purchase a visitor card from those machines if you don't have a Tulane ID Card. There are directions on the machines. If you have any problems call x85157 or go the Medical Library Circulation Desk.
All printers are located in the 24/7 area of the library. You may manually override the default printer selection for color printing.
There are four flatbed scanners available in the library. There is a scanner with a document feeder and book-edge, specifically designed for scanning bound materials located in the 24/7 area. There is another scanner with document feed capability located in the mezzanine class-room. The scanners are provided for use at no charge, and are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please be considerate of others and refrain from using the computers with scanners attached when other computers are free.
NOTE: Those searching databases may want to talk to the Reference librarians in the Matas Library for ways to minimize the number of pages that will be printed. You may download your information to disk and print it somewhere else or email your information to yourself to print elsewhere.
Printing Allowance Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get it?
The allowance is automatically added to your Tulane ID account after you have completed registration for each semester.
How do I check to see if I have it?
If you've completed registration, you'll see the credit when you swipe your Tulane ID card at a VTS box or print station. Go to a VTS box or print station in either the Matas Library or the Student Computing Facility (first floor of the medical school) and swipe your Tulane ID card. You should see the remaining balance of your allocation displayed. Make sure you click the Exit button when you've finished.
How does it work?
1. Go to the medical library or the mezzanine level computer lab.
2. Print your document as you ordinarily would.
3. Go to the print station located next to the printers in the 24/4 area of the library. Swipe your Tulane ID card through the card swipe device mounted on the monitor.
4. A list of print job(s) will appear. Select your print job using the computer's mouse.
5. Click on the Print button. Your job will be output from the printer.
6. EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!! Click on the Log Out button to end your session.
What if I have a 10 page print job, but I only have 5 pages remaining from my allocation?
You'll have to add additional funds to your Tulane ID account to print that job. Your allocation will remain at 5 pages and the 10 page job will be deducted from the real money you add. The machine accepts $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills.
What if I don't use all my Fall semester allocation? Will my remaining balance be added to my Spring semester allocation?
Sorry. The allocations are by semester only. So your 250 pages for the Fall semester will only be good that semester. Your balance starts over at 250 pages in the spring, 100 pages in the summer.
If I have any questions, where do I go for help?
Ask a staff member in the computer labs or at the circulation desk of the Matas Library or email our Help expert at email@example.com.
Rudolph Matas Library participates in the School of Medicine’s Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDS) for medical students in their clinical years. We present small-group, hands-on, and lecture-based sessions that promote discussion and interactivity amongst the participants. Seminars include evidence based practice and mobile apps for medicine.
To register for any interdisciplinary seminars go to: https://audubon.tulane.edu/somids/index.cfm
Request a Library Class/Workshop
After the Matas Library’s Information Services Desk and stacks areas are closed, study space, computers, and printing continue to be available to Tulane users on the 24/7 (after hours) side of the library. The 24/7 Area is for quiet study only.
The 24/7 Quiet Area may be entered only when the Information Services Desk is closed, by swiping your Tulane University ID card (Splash card) at the controlled access door in the 2nd floor hallway on the LaSalle Street side of the building. If your Tulane ID card does not provide access you may request assistance at the security checkpoint on the 1st floor of 1430 Tulane Avenue in the lobby or contact Splash Card Services (504-865-5629).
There are five group study rooms and one computer lab/classroom that are available for group or class use in Rudolph Matas Library. These rooms are available on a first-come first-served basis for groups of 3 or more. Smaller numbers of users may be asked to move to a different area. Two of the group study rooms are in the 24/7 side and available weekends and late evenings.
We allow groups of 3 or more to reserve a group study area during Monday-Friday when notified 24 hours in advance. Please reserve during Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm. Sorry, reservations are not scheduled for weekends and when the library desk is closed. Library seminars or curriculum-related events receive scheduling priority. Each group study room is equipped with a whiteboard, network connections, table and chairs. Two of the group study rooms are located on the 2nd floor of the Library in the 24/7 area, Rm 2228 (6-8 people) or Rm.2230 (10-12 people). Three additional group study rooms are located on the Mezzanine: M201 (4-6 people) and M203 (4-6 people) and M205 (4-6 people).
The Mezzanine Computer Lab/Classroom (M207) is for hands-on computer usage and accommodates up to 17 people with individual computer access. Library Classes and Seminars take precedence over other classroom use.
Please abide by the room use and reservation policies:
• Rooms may be scheduled for up to three hours for groups at the Information Services Desk at least a 24 hours prior to the requested time. Monday reservations must be made on Friday
• Curriculum-related events take precedence over individual use of the conference rooms
• Groups always take precedence over individual use of the conference rooms
• Groups with reservations take precedence over groups without
• Unreserved conference rooms are available on a first-come first-serve basis
• If a group fails to show up within fifteen minutes of its reservation or leaves the room unattended for more than fifteen minutes, use of the room is forfeited
Designated Quiet Areas
24/7 Quiet Area (2nd Floor)
This area is open at all times; however, entrance via the glass doors directly into this area is for use only after the Information Desk is closed. An alarm will sound if the glass door is opened while the Information Desk is open. Please be considerate and do not open this door except after the Information Desk is closed. Computers, printers and scanners are available in this area. A "black box" is also available in this area to add money to your Tulane ID with cash.
Stacks Study Area (Mezzanine Level)
The stacks study area is located on the lower (Mezzanine Level) level of the library. The stairs are located to the left of the Circulation Desk. The mezzanine level is also equipped additional study carrels, with appropriate lighting for study. The stacks area are a designated quiet study area. When searching for print books and journals, please be considerate of other student studying.
Matas Library Computer Lab (Mezzanine Level)
The Library Computer Lab serves as both a classroom (18 computers), and when classes are not scheduled or "in session" it serves as a study area. This computer classroom may be reserved for testing, training sessions, presentations, etc.
Group Study Areas
Group Study Rooms are available and may be reserved for groups of three or more 24 hours in advance. Individuals using group study areas may be asked to move if groups need to have a place to work together. All group study areas include white boards. Dry erase markers and dry erasers are available for check-out at the Information Services Desk. There are two large Group Study Areas in the 24/7 Area of the Library. Group Study and low volume level discussion are permissible. Please be considerate to users in the adjacent quiet study areas, as voices do carry from the group study rooms. Three additional smaller group study rooms are available on the Mezzanine Level.
The Commons Area near the entrance of Rudolph Matas Library is available for socialization and study during normal business hours. Talking is acceptable near the Library Services Desk and the Commons Area. Please be considerate with phone calls and conversations. Remember to consider the privacy of patients and their families in your discussions.
Group and relaxed study is encouraged in this area. Study guides (short term check out - 2 days), Ready Reference materials, and a leisure collection of current magazines and newspapers is kept in this area. A phone and coffee area is also available in the Matas Commons. Users seeking a quiet area might wish to consider the 24/7 Quiet Area or study areas on the Mezzanine.
Exhibit cases with items and topical displays of interest from the Matas Special Collections are in the Matas Commons Area. Social events may be scheduled for Homecoming, class reunions, and other Tulane events in this area.
The Matas Library Mezzanine Computer Lab serves as both a classroom and as a study area when classes are not "in session". This area is only available during normal business hours when the Matas Library Information Services Desk is open. Reserving the computer classroom requires a minimum of 24 hours notice.
17 desktop computers are available for use. There are power, network, and projector connections available near the podium in front of the lab.
Please contact Keith Pickett to reserve the Mezzanine Lab for departmental testing, training sessions, presentations, etc.
The origin of the Rudolph Matas Library dates from the founding of the Medical College of Louisiana (now Tulane University School of Medicine) in 1834, with the first mention of the Library in the faculty minutes of the College in 1844. The historic medical collection contains a wealth of early American medical journalism, treatises and pamphlets, many published in Louisiana from the period before the Civil War. Many of the historic works in the collection are now available electronically via various projects such as HathiTrust and Internet Archive. The Library is in the process of reconversion of the old materials that are only identified the Library’s card catalog. Works are being identified for possible digitization while links to the stable digital projects are added to the catalog record. The online cataloging will improve the discovery of historic publications from the nineteenth century and early twentieth century. In addition, Matas Library hopes to continue to identify, digitize, and widely share the content of the fragile 19th – early 20th century bound local journals, pamphlets, reports, books of importance to medicine in Louisiana, and topical subjects such as yellow fever and other past epidemics. Documenting and describing via various metadata our various artifacts, rare and fragile materials are also a part of this collection is part of the digitization plan.
Previous digitization projects supported by a grants digitized the Registre du Comité médical de la N’ell. Orléans, 1816-1854, a manuscript, and also the Report of the Board of Administrators of the Charity Hospital, to the General Assembly of Louisiana (also known as Charity Hospital Reports, 1842-1974). These reports were published in Louisiana as state government reports and seem to be unique to the Matas Library collection. The reports contain morbidity and mortality information for New Orleans, including the yellow fever epidemics, venereal disease statistics along with physician information. The Matas Library is included in the Tulane University Digital Library (TUDL), a project of Howard-Tilton Memorial Library in the production and delivery of digitized and native digital holdings that support the teaching, research and public service goals of the University. We coordinate and work closely with the Digital Initiatives & Publishing Department and University Archivist on our projects. We are currently in the process of moving from Contentdm to Islandora with the support and direction of the TUDL staff.