New Scanner @ Himmelfarb!

scanA new Scannx book scanner is available at Himmelfarb Library, located right by the Circulation Desk and Writing Center.
Along with placing flat item documents on the flat bed, the Scannx Book ScanCenter allows dual sided sheet-feed scanning of documents in black & white, color, and greyscale which can then be saved in a variety of formats (JPG, PDF, Searchable PDF, Word) to Gmail, Google Drive, smartphones (via QR Codes), USB drives and even WEPA.
For additional information or questions please contact John Lopez at
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Himmelfarb Library flood update

A_water_droplet_splashTen days ago, Himmelfarb Library‘s B1 Level was flooded and some of our print collections were damaged. Since then, the stacks area on the B1 Level has been closed as the area is cleaned and we repair and recover as many books as possible.

The B1 Level stacks will remain closed for the next several weeks and we are making plans to re-open the last week of February or the first week of March. We are also beginning to make plans to replace damaged materials so that we can continue to meet your health sciences information needs.

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PubMed Full-Text link outage Feb 8-9

1200px-US-NLM-PubMed-Logo.svgThe Full-Text @ Himmelfarb links in PubMed will not function correctly from 8 PM on Friday, February 8 through about 8 PM on Saturday, February 9 due to system maintenance.  During this outage, please use the Find It @ Himmelfarb links to connect to full-text articles.  If you have any questions, please ask us!
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DynaMed Plus – 2018 ‘Best of’ Research

bestof2018DynaMed Plus‘ editorial team systematically reviews newly published health sciences literature in order to ensure that the best available evidence is integrated into DynaMed Plus articles.  Last year, the DynaMed team reviewed more than 20,000 articles and added used information from more than 9,000 of these articles to update articles in DynaMed Plus.  In their 2018 Year in Review, DynaMed’s editorial team present the five most important articles from 2018:
  1. Antihypertensive treatment for low-risk patients with mild hypertension does not appear to be beneficial.  Sheppard, J. P., Stevens, S., Stevens, R., Martin, U., Mant, J., Hobbs, F. R., & McManus, R. J. (2018). Benefits and Harms of Antihypertensive Treatment in Low-Risk Patients With Mild Hypertension. JAMA internal medicine, 178(12), 1626-1634.
  2. Aspirin for primary prevention does not reduce vascular events in adults aged ≥ 70 years and may increase rates of death and major bleeding.   McNeil, J. J., Wolfe, R., Woods, R. L., Tonkin, A. M., Donnan, G. A., Nelson, M. R., … & Shah, R. C. (2018). Effect of aspirin on cardiovascular events and bleeding in the healthy elderly. New England Journal of Medicine, 379(16), 1509-1518.
  3. Vitamin D plus calcium supplementation might not reduce the risk of hip fracture in unselected community-dwelling adults > 50 years old.  Zhao, J. G., Zeng, X. T., Wang, J., & Liu, L. (2017). Association between calcium or vitamin D supplementation and fracture incidence in community-dwelling older adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Jama, 318(24), 2466-2482.
  4. Could elective inductions at 39 weeks in low-risk nulliparous women help neonates ARRIVE more quickly and more safely?  Grobman, W. A., Rice, M. M., Reddy, U. M., Tita, A. T., Silver, R. M., Mallett, G., … & Rouse, D. J. (2018). Labor induction versus expectant management in low-risk nulliparous women. New England Journal of Medicine, 379(6), 513-523.
  5. As-needed budesonide/formoterol for mild persistent asthma may prevent serious exacerbations as well as twice-daily maintenance budesonide.   Bateman, E. D., Reddel, H. K., O’byrne, P. M., Barnes, P. J., Zhong, N., Keen, C., … & FitzGerald, J. M. (2018). As-needed budesonide–formoterol versus maintenance budesonide in mild asthma. New England Journal of Medicine, 378(20), 1877-1887.
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Library Flood – B1 Level (Updated 2/7)

A_water_droplet_splashWe’re sorry to share the news that the B1 Level of the library was flooded on Friday and Saturday.   The flood occurred in the book stacks area and some books were damaged.  Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Himmelfarb Library’s B1 Level is closed for repairs and recovery of as many books as possible.  We anticipate this closure will last about a week and will provide additional information as we have it.
  2. Some books were damaged but we did not lose the entire collection.  We’re in the process of drying and cleaning all books possible, and will begin making plans for replacing items.
  3. We want to say THANK YOU to the Himmelfarb users who reported the incidents.  The damage would have been much worse if we hadn’t heard from you and we greatly appreciate you letting us know.  If you’re having any issues with accessing materials – from broken links to burst pipes – we want to hear about it right away so that we can get to work on the issues.

2/7 Update:  Cleaning and painting of the affected area will begin tomorrow and extend into next week.  The B1/Terrace Level will remain closed at least through all of next week.


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Healthy Living @ Himmelfarb: Laughter, yoga, and running with dogs


Check out the February Healthy Living @ Himmelfarb Explore DC Guide to learn about great (mostly free, some low-cost) events around DC.  This month’s calendar features:

  • People and Animal Cardio Club – a volunteer opportunity with the Human Rescue Alliance that allows you to take an adoptable dog for a run.
  • Open Mic Night  and The Comedy of Errors  –  live comedy and a live comedic theatre performance
  • Yoga at the National Building Museum – all-level yoga class under the Corinthian columns of the Great Hall
  • Tudor Place and ARTECHOUSE – learn more about DC’s history at Tudor Place and/or experience the Everything in Existence Exhibit at ARTECHOUSE
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Himmelfarb Hours: Jan 29-30


Due to the inclement weather forecast, Himmelfarb Library will close at midnight tonight (January 29) and reopen tomorrow morning (January 30) at 7:30 am. For more information on campus closures, see the GW Campus Advisories page.


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