Monday, 19 December 2011

2012 Ovid MEDLINE reload

Ovid have informed us that they aim to complete the 2012 reload of Ovid Medline on 3 January 2012. Between 16 December 2011 and 3 January 2012 there will be no updates to the Medline database. Therefore, if you have auto alerts set up, you will not receive any updates during this time.

The annual reload allows Ovid to update the database, reconfigure the data and add any new MeSH terms. Updates for 2012 include:

  • Pharmacological Action limit added to limits
  • New MeSH terms including: coinfection, disease resistance, drinking water, numbers needed to treat, occupational injuries, patient safety, reproductive health, sex workers, social media, text messaging, water quality. A full list of new MeSH terms is available at
    Note that the new terms will only be added to articles added to the database from 01 January 2012. They will not be retrospectively added to articles already added to the database.
  • Changes to MeSH terms are listed at There are a few changes which may be of interest to School staff and students.
  • Deleted MeSH terms are listed at These will not be deleted from articles already indexed with these terms, however from January 2012, the replacement terms will be used instead.
  • A complete list of the changes made to MeSH for 2012 is given at

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Festive recipes from the Archives

This leaflet, published in December 1945, is from a series of seasonal recipes produced by the Ministry of Food during the period of food rationing in Britain during and following the Second World War.

This and many other Ministry of Food leaflets are available to view in the LSHTM Archives as part of the Nutrition Collection. Please see the Archives website for further information.

Image reference: LSHTM Library & Archives Service, Nutrition/06/05 Ministry Of Food cookery leaflets and pamphlets

Monday, 12 December 2011

Inter-library loans over the holiday period

If you are in a hurry to obtain material via the inter-library loans service please ensure that your requests are placed before 5.00pm on Friday 16th December. We will not process any inter-loan requests received after this time until the Library reopens on 4th January. This allows us to process and receive all requests before both the School and the British Library close for Christmas, reducing the chance of any going astray.

You can find more information about how the inter-library loans service can source information not held at the School on our webpages

Collection of the month: Centre for Sexual and Reproductive Health

This month we are focussing on our collection of posters, ephemera, and campaign and evaluation material from our Centre for Sexual and Reproductive Health collection. The collection was donated to the Archives Service by the School’s Centre in 2004 and includes a wealth of visual and textual material concerning the first 20 years of AIDS prevention and awareness in Europe. The collection contains over 700 items which serve as a valuable resource for those studying the early impact of HIV/AIDS and global pandemics as well as public health propaganda.

The posters concern issues such as safe sex and the harmful effects of sharing needles. They originate from countries across Europe and use strong imagery to illustrate how HIV is transmitted. The ephemera in the collection includes t-shirts, caps, condom packaging, badges, bags, leaflets and tapes and videos from various countries. The evaluation and campaign material includes pamphlets and leaflets from campaigns carried out across Europe and surveys and research collated by various market research companies.

An exhibition of some of the posters from the 1980s-1990s is on display in the Library Exhibition area until 22 December 2011. If you would like to find out more about the collection or any other of the collections held in the Archives visit our webpage at or contact us at

Friday, 9 December 2011

Government committed to open access to publicly funded research

The government report Innovation and Research Strategy for Growth includes a commitment to make publicly funded research free to access.