Inside the Library
A Newsletter of the NCI at Frederick Scientific Library
Volume 17 | Issue 2
Summer 2022

Who's Using the NCI at Frederick Scientific Library?

Written by Brooke Georgetti, Quality Control Manager I with Vaccine, Cancer, Immunity Directorate

Photo of Brooke GeorgettiGrowing up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the Albright Memorial Library was the heart for everyone’s reading and writing needs. My Uncle Rob took me to the library often when I was young; teaching me how to look up books as well as showing me the importance of the library.

I joined Frederick National Lab in October of 2020 as a Quality Control Manager. In 2021, I helped coordinate a monthly meeting committee for our Vaccine, Immunity, and Cancer Directorate. We incorporated guest speakers and one of them was the former Library Director, Tracie Frederick. I had a chance to meet with Tracie to get an overview of what the Scientific Library had to offer.

Some of the key concepts that caught my interest were classes that can help you in different areas of writing such as grants, manuscripts, and publications. There are electronic resources that are free to everyone such as PubMed, which gives you access to countless journals. There are the HS Talks, which is the Biomedical and Life Sciences Collection featuring lectures from experts all over the world.  One of the services of the Laptop Librarian Program is an email that is sent to your group monthly and contains a variety of journal articles as well as some HS Talks that are tailored to your interests.

Libraries can have a positive impact on so many aspects of our lives. They provide the tools that we need to succeed in all areas, and I could not imagine a world without them.

Library Instruction



Library Orientation sessions are held monthly via Webex on Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  The dates of upcoming sessions are July 14, August 11, and September 8.  We invite all employees to attend these sessions to learn about the many services and resources offered by the Library.  Registration is not required.

If you are not able to make it to our scheduled webinars, our librarians can work with your schedule to provide one-on-one training at your convenience via Webex or Microsoft Teams.  For questions, or if you have a suggestion for a class offering, please contact us with your thoughts.

NOTE: All Library Instruction during Summer 2022 will be given via Webex webinars.


Speaking of Science


Speaking Of Science is a relatively new podcast introduced by the NIH’s Intramural Research Program, which is the largest biomedical research institution on earth comprising 1,100 principal investigators and over 4,000 postdoctoral fellows who conduct basic, translational, and clinical research.  In this podcast, you will meet many of the researchers working to change lives by promoting all aspects of biomedicine.



Produced by the UK’s Institute of Biomedical Science, IBMSpod explores the field of biomedical science through a series of thought-provoking interviews with leading experts from across the profession.  Each episode features a 20-minute in-depth interview with a special Biomedical Scientist guest.


Each month the Library will feature a different resource and offer to provide more supporting information about this resource.  Watch for announcements about the resources highlighted in 2022 or e-mail the Library for more information:


Derwent Innovations Index provides patent information from more than 50 patent issuing authorities and searching capabilities that make it easy to find the patents most relevant to your interests.


JoVE is a video methods journal that publishes experimental techniques in a visual format with detailed text protocols.  It also helps to learn scientific fundamentals through a library of video demonstrations.


The Dictionary of Natural Products contains exhaustive natural products information abstracted from the scientific literature.  Search this database by structure, chemical name, or other identifier to learn more about a specific product, or search by type of compound, biological use, development status or other concept to explore a relevant list of natural products and access useful information for each, such as physical and chemical properties, biological source, synthesis, derivatives, toxicity and more.


New Items at the Library

RNA Book CoverRNA Delivery Function for Anticancer Therapeutics

Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2022

Description: This book presents an overview of the current status of translating the RNAi cancer therapeutics in the clinic, a brief description of the biological barriers in drug delivery, and the roles of imaging in aspects of administration route, systemic circulation, and cellular barriers for the clinical translation of RNAi cancer therapeutics, and with partial content for discussing the safety concerns.

Basic Lab Book CoverBasic Laboratory Methods for Biotechnology: Textbook and Laboratory Reference

Milton, Taylor & Francis Group, 2022

Description: This a versatile textbook that provides basic step by step laboratory principles and methods while skillfully including recent innovations and industry trends throughout. Fundamental laboratory skills are emphasized, and boxed content provides step by step laboratory method instructions for ease of reference at any point in the readers’ progress. Worked through examples and practice problems and solutions assist comprehension. Coverage includes safety practices and instructions on using common laboratory instruments.

Genome Book CoverGenome Editing Tools and Gene Drives: A Brief Overview

Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2021

Description: This book summarizes the history, principles and applications – as well as the advantages and disadvantages – of genome editing tools and various kinds of gene drives, which include ZFNs, CRISPR, megaTALs and TALENs.  It will help young scientists to understand the emerging genome-editing tools and gene drives, thereby promoting related research and adoption. 

Atlas Book CoverAtlas of Differential Diagnosis in Neoplastic Hematopathology

Milton, Taylor & Francis Group, 2021

Description: This atlas not only presents the differential diagnosis, but also the detailed morphologic, immunophenotypic, and especially genetic characteristics of the majority of hematolymphoid malignancies. An expert hematopathologist provides a valuable resource to understand, use, or interpret one or more of these diagnostic modalities with confidence. 

Scientific Library Physical Building Reopens

The Scientific Library’s physical space in Building 549 reopened on Monday, May 9, 2022. We welcome everyone to visit the newly reopened space and speak in person with Library staff. There is public access to computers, and comfortable space to read or study.  Using the AgilQuest system, Quiet Study Rooms may be reserved for use during the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Stop by to photocopy journal articles and to borrow books. 

We have made some changes to our physical space to make it more welcoming and comfortable by removing the sign-in kiosk as you enter the Library.  We have also redesigned the reading alcove and now offer a variety of seating options.

On Tuesdays at the ATRF Library, librarians are available for in-person consultation from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Additional times may be scheduled for sessions with a Librarian at the ATRF location by calling the Library.

Throughout the pandemic, the Library staff have been available to assist you with your research needs via email, Microsoft Teams and Webex, these options will continue even as staff has returned to work on-site.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Just a Click Away from Assistance!

Need assistance with your research?  Interested in recommending books or journals?  You have come to the right place!

The Scientific Library is eager to assist in your research.  We have a new and exciting feature to support you, it’s called Ask the LibrarianThe new feature is your click away from help and is available 24/7.  Just click the link on our homepage, complete the simple form and submit it.  A library staff member will respond Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30am – 4pm.   

Ask the Librarian

Contacting us has never been easier!  Whether you use the Ask the Librarian link, Microsoft Teams, the Webex app or prefer to just call on the phone, we are ready to service you in the format you are most comfortable using.  You may also simply send an email to the main Scientific Library email and provide us with a brief description of your needs. 

Our mission is to provide a collection that is relevant to your research and work. Do you have recommendations for books or journals that would make our collection more valuable in your research?  If the answer is “Yes,” please submit your suggestion using our online form.  Your recommendations are welcome and appreciated and will be considered for purchase as funds are available in the Library’s budget.

Summer Student Intern Event

Clue: This year student interns can participate in this educational and entertaining event remotely, via Webex, on Thursday, July 21 beginning at 11:00 a.m., and all members of the NCI at Frederick community are encouraged to watch and cheer them on.

Answer: What is the 15th Annual NCI at Frederick Scientific Library Student Science Jeopardy Tournament?

2023 Journal Subscription Review

The Library will soon be considering what journal resources to provide for 2023 to support the research at Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research.  We hope that scientists will take a moment to evaluate the comprehensive list of cancer titles and core titles, along with those journals that support their individual research.  An email will announce the start of the 2023 Journal Subscription Review.  The email will include a link to our Journal Subscription Review webpage which includes a list of journal titles recommended for renewal, as well as, potential list of titles for cancellation.  The feedback that we receive is valuable in guiding the selection of journals in the Library’s collection.

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