By Wendy Sarubbi | March 18, 2011 1:40 pm

The Harriett F. Ginsburg Library’s motto is “Information – Anywhere, Anytime on Any Device.” And on Thursday the College of Medicine library staff held a lunch-and-learn expo on accessing its resources 24/7. Because the library is 98 percent digital, College of Medicine faculty, staff and students can get library information anywhere they have web access. All you need is a UCF ID-Library Card.

The library recently updated its web site – – with a home page that links to the most popular e-journals, e-books and databases. It also offers reference searches, a leisure reading collection and inter-library loans from the UCF main library and any library in Florida, the U.S. and Canada. Interested in working with the latest in mobile technology? The library has iPod touches and iPads to check out, as well as laptops and projectors for presentations.

“Our job is to answer your question or find the right person who can,” said Public Services Librarian Shalu Gillum.

The library offered several suggestions for using its digital offerings.

  • If you are at home or off-campus, you can still log on to the library web site. Click the COM log-in and then type in your 14-digit library card number. Your password is the last four digits of your PID.
  • To get full-text copies of articles when using Medline, be sure to click the yellow UCF COM full text box located in the upper right-hand corner. This will give you immediate access to the PDF of the entire article.
  • If you are unable to find a specific e-journal article, check the date range on the web site. If the library doesn’t have that specific date in its collection, it can get you the publication through an inter-library loan. Just ask.

Attendees participated in a raffle of newly designed library coffee cups and notecards. The grand prize giveaway was an engraved iPod Shuffle. The winner: Kellie Tabor, administrative assistant, Planning and Knowledge Management.

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