Becker Blog

Announcements

Fees removed for remote access to Becker resources

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and the campus shifted to remote work, Becker Library quickly opened up remote (proxy) access to its e-books, journals and databases – which was previously obtained through paid individual accounts – to be freely accessible to all School of Medicine faculty and staff (students already received free access). As it  [Read more]

Mastering Information

Tips for Accessing Becker Resources from Anywhere

Becker Medical Library subscribes to a wealth of online books, journals and databases, but because publisher agreements usually restrict usage to authorized campus users, your access will always depend on where you are and your type of network connection. Libraries recognize that their users need to be able to access materials while off-campus or when  [Read more]

Announcements, Archives and Rare Books

‘Annual Display of Rare Anatomical Texts’ goes virtual

Becker Library’s Archives and Rare Books Division will host the Annual Display of Rare Anatomical Texts for the first time in virtual format on Friday, Dec. 4, from 2-3 p.m.  Registration is not required. Simply join us on Zoom at the time of the event! Add to calendar. This popular annual exhibition is a unique opportunity to see a  [Read more]

Archives and Rare Books

Humoralism and the seasons

Throughout the medieval and early modern periods, medical practice was based on the theory of the four humors. The humors—blood, black bile, yellow bile and phlegm—were fluids that moved through the body and needed to remain in balance in order to maintain health. There were a number of things that could disrupt this balance, including  [Read more]

Announcements

New Anti-Racism Resources Available

Becker Library has been working to collect more resources on anti-racism and the Black Lives Matter movement. These resources help inform on both the longtime struggles and current crises surrounding Black and indigenous people of color (BIPOC), and how we can all heal as a community. Whether it is confronting our own biases, learning about  [Read more]

Announcements

Touchless checkout, pre-order pickup available

Library operations continue to return to a new normal. The Information Service Desk at Bernard Becker Medical Library is staffed and ready to assist with your research and study needs, both in person and via askbecker@wustl.edu. The library building is accessible to students, faculty, residents, and postdocs with a valid School of Medicine ID badge. There  [Read more]

Scholarly Publishing

Increasing Accessibility to Scholarly Materials

The Washington University Open Access Resolution, passed in 2011, encourages faculty to make its scholarship and creative works freely and easily available to the world community. Faculty members are encouraged to seek venues for their works that share this ideal. What can authors do? Practice Open Science principles to promote transparent and accessible knowledge.[i] Publish a journal  [Read more]

Uncategorized

Becker Library releases FY20 annual report

Becker Library’s FY20 annual report is now available. It is easy to lose sight of all that Becker Library accomplished last year before the pandemic hit, but that work and those successes should not be overshadowed. So much is different now, yet, in many ways, the daily work of the library remains unchanged. Our commitment  [Read more]

Mastering Information

Keep it simple when communicating about COVID-19

In the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the general public has been asked to learn many public health terms. “Novel virus,” “social distancing” and “contact tracing” are now part of our everyday language. Meanwhile, we know that the average adult struggles to understand health information. But it is even more complex when communicating about a  [Read more]

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