Katherine Herrlich

Kathy is a Research and Instruction Librarian at Northeastern University. She is the collection manager for chemistry, pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences, women's studies, LGBT studies, and psychology. Outside of work, she spends time reading, swimming, bicycling, and cross country skiing. She enjoys projects that involve writing, making discoveries, and problem solving.

Proud of Our Graduates

On behalf of Snell Library, I would like to congratulate all the graduates. We have seen how hard you’ve all worked. You have filled up every table and corner of the library, from the Cyber Café to the 4th floor quiet areas. We feel that your success is ours and that makes us, well, a little bit proud! Anyone graduating today who was a student worker at Snell Library? We want to congratulate you and thank you for your service to the library. Contact us, and we can give you a Snell Library t-shirt! I heard a great speech by Sarah Tishler at the Psychology Department graduation ceremony yesterday. I continue to be impressed by the achievements of our students, and by the number of undergraduates who are doing research alongside faculty.  Graduation is a time of celebration, but it can also feel like a time of ending and loss. We want you to remember that Club Snell can always be your home-away-from-home! You are soon to become alumni. We have services for alumni, listed here: http://www.lib.neu.edu/services/for_alumni/.  As an alum, for example, you are entitled to reserve the Anna & Eugene M. Reppucci Alumni Reading Room, and you can still borrow books from Snell. To keep in touch, please follow us on Twitter and Facebook. What a beautiful day for Commencement 2011! Congratulations to all the grads!

New: Use the DSM-IV Online!

The long-awaited e-version of the DSM-IV TR has arrived.  (Its formal name is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition, text revision, 2000.)  The Libraries' new subscription to this resource means that NU students, faculty, and staff can now access the full text version from anywhere.  If this isn't a household name to you, I should explain that the "DSM" is produced by the American Psychiatric Association and is considered the essential tool for mental health providers to diagnose patients in this country.  It is likely that you or someone you know, at some point, has been affected by this document.  It undergoes revisions approximately every 6 to 10 years, as researchers bring to light new information, which in turn changes the professional view and body of knowledge about how mental disorders are categorized and subsequently treated. You can read more about this diagnostic tool, and the history of diagnosis and classification of psychiatric disorders, in the article "Mental and Behavioral Disorders, Diagnosis and Classification of": doi:10.1016/B0-08-043076-7/01285-7 . (This article comes from our subscription resource called the International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences.) To find the text of the DSM-IV TR itself, link here or go to the "All Databases" A-Z list and scroll down to "StatRef."  This resource allows five people to use it at one time. (Other titles within StatRef vary from 1 to 5 users.) This is a frequently-used resource at Snell Library; we hope you will enjoy this improvement in access!

Listen to Online Science Lectures by Experts

The Libraries have a great new resource available for students and faculty: the Henry Stewart Talks, also called The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection. Here's a way to browse and view or listen to lectures by experts in the sciences, including Nobel Laureates. There are over one thousand seminar talks to choose from, on topics ranging from Antibiotic Resistance and The Blood-Brain Barrier to Health Economics and Using Bioinformatics in the Exploration of Genetic Diversity. Some are overviews, while others cover recent developments. Note the wide range of lectures on Cognitive Neuroscience. While the focus is on biomedicine, the seminars also are useful for those who focus on the social and administrative science aspects of medicine and life sciences. When this was a trial resource, we received many enthusiastic comments from the NU community, which helped to make this purchase possible. Remember that your comments on trial resources are always valuable to the staff and are considered when we make our collection decisions.

IRis Reveals Undergraduate Research Gems

It's not just faculty and graduate students who are doing research at Northeastern. Undergraduates at NU are doing some interesting stuff. (Talk to your professor to find out how you can get involved in undergraduate research at NU.) At the Library, we are trying to capture as much of the university output as possible through IRis, and that includes undergraduate research and projects done through the Honors Program. Here are some interesting Honors Projects of undergraduates from past years that are currently in IRis: Drugs versus psychotherapy, which would you choose? : a cognitive investigation of a clinical problem, by Jennelle E. Yopchick. Introduction to linguistics study guide, Laura E. Hughes and Anna Gartsman One insider's view of the research process, Wendy Lewis Kesl. This student describes her experience participating in a study of nurses and nursing students in England. If you are in the Honors Program or doing undergraduate research yourself, we hope to get your final project to put into IRis.

New resource, Ageline, fills a niche

Interested in the future of Medicaid? Intergenerational issues? The health and psychology of aging? Newly available from the Libraries is a search tool called Ageline. Ageline is produced by AARP and is now one of the Libraries' best resources for coverage of social gerontology. Particularly timely at this historic moment-- in which we are witnessing the passage of the new Health Care Reform law-- it covers public policy and the delivery of health care for the population aged 50+.  A truly interdisciplinary database, it will prove useful to students of psychology, behavioral sciences, human services, geriatric nursing, anthropology, sociology, and business, as well as others. An example of an article I found here (which happened to be full text, thanks to the Libraries' subscription to the journal Social Science and Medicine) is "The influence of national policy change on subnational policymaking: Medicaid nursing facility reimbursement in the American states." Those who are interested in Ageline might also want to check out the Geriatrics and Gerontology subject guide and Human Services subject guide. For more information about Ageline and other library resources and how to effectively search and make use of them, please contact a subject librarian or request research assistance.