Library News and Announcements

The MBLWHOI Library invites you to attend two ZOOM lunchtime Open Access programs on October 21st and October 28. Each week we will offer informative librarian presentations, followed by open discussions with attendees.

The global OA Week theme for 2020 is "Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion." Learn more about Open Access Week on Open Access Week's website


Join us on two Wednesdays: October 21st and October 28:

Wednesday October 21, noon

MBLWHOI Librarians Debbie Roth and Matt Person:

  • Choosing open access for your publishing.
  • Journal subscriptions and the transformative path to open access.

Wednesday October 28, noon

MBLWHOI Librarians Audrey Mickle and John Furfey:

  • Discover and get credit for your open data in Woods Hole.
  • Publishing your open data: How to win friends and influence people.


To register for both events and/or ask questions to be addressed during the discussions or other event questions, click here.


OA Week

It has been a quiet summer in the Library stacks, quiet in all of Woods Hole without the infusion of life and science which plays like a grand symphony each year. The Library has been a virtual operation this summer, staff working from home for the most part, with just one librarian a day in the office. This is part of a comprehensive plan to only have those people working on campus who must be on campus, following procedures and protocols which keep our community safe. Each Woods Hole institution has cooperated with each other and local, state and federal authorities on their Covid period plans. In the Library we have particularly missed our Library Researchers who rent stacks desks and offices. As we understand it, few of our seasonal desk renters made it to Woods Hole this summer. Whether writing a book, a paper, reading, conducting research, or chatting in the stacks, we have missed your presence and assisting you with your work. We are hopeful all will be here in 2021! 

You may be interested in this compilation page MBL put together of some of our best virtual programming from this summer:  Some of you may remember WHOI scientist and landmark force in the development of Oceanography, Mary Sears. Last Spring WHOI Archivist Brett Frieburger wrote this excellent tribute to her: 

May your research successes continue through the year. See you next summer!

photo by Matt Person

blog post by Matt Person 09/10/2020

Many science literature publishers continue to extend to the MBLWHOI Library free access to their science literature resources, such as JSTOR, the MIcrobiology Society, and the Royal Society of London.

Many more publishers and foundations continue to freely offer Covid-19 related literature, databases, and other resources to the public. Many of these are notable, particularly the Johns Hopkins University Covid-19 Dashboard and the BioRxiv and medRxiv Covid-19 preprint collection. Find the most up to date information from our COVID-19 Remote Access to Library Resources guide and our Additional Scientific Resources guide.

The Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Federation is known for being innovative and tech-forward. This year, as the threat of Coronavirus loomed, the conference was converted to a fully virtual experience, which was attended by a record 500 attendees. The conference addressed many concerns in the field of in situ data volume, access, and quality, as well as data management education and coordination of FAIR data practices between journals, repositories, and users.

In July, Debbie Roth and Audrey Mickle attended the conference, alongside several WHOI representatives. The theme for the meeting was Putting Data to Work: Building Public-Private Partnerships to Increase Resilience & Enhance the Socioeconomic Value of Data.

Sessions centered around structured data on the web, data publishing workflows between stakeholders, data Interoperability, and dataset interoperability and discovery.

If you would like to learn more about the conference, check out the session notes and slides on Sched, or feel free to contact with questions. We highly recommend this conference to WHOI users. We are happy to talk about the experience.

The service-oriented budget minded MBLWHOI Library is always trying to figure out ways to better serve our scientists.

Our 27 year old Voyager library system has served us well. It was a truely cutting edge library search and organizational tool when we first implemented it in the mid-1990's. The MBLWHOI Library was a development partner of the Voyager product. Since then, integrated library systems (ILS) have gone through numerous generations of development. For the Woods Hole scientist-researcher this has meant getting closer and closer to efficient single box searching. Thus a single search rather than different searches across multiple search engines and databases returns the needed content. Towards the end of 2019, Library Co-Directors Lisa Raymond of WHOI and Jen Walton of MBL selected “the descendant” of the Voyager system known as Primo, to be the central MBLWHOI Library software. Both Primo and Voyager are products of the global library services company, Ex Libris. Ex Libris is a Jerusalem, Israel based development and service company, with over 7000 client libraries worldwide involved in every aspect of library service delivery.



For the past six months the MBLWHOI Library staff has met online twice weekly with the Primo implementation team in Jerusalem for training and technical instruction in how to effectively operate Primo!

In preparation for this day, we beta-tested Primo in Woods Hole with some of our most frequent library users. Below are 3 comments about new Primo from 3 researchers who have kindly agreed to let us reprint their comments here.

From a WHOI scientist: “I've tested out the new MBLWHOI Library Search tool and I'd like to share very positive feedback! I found the "Advanced Search" feature to be user-friendly and well-functioning; to my observation the results were both relevant and comprehensive based on my search terms. The "Tweak your results" sidebar, with capability to filter by resource type and journal (among other criteria), is great for refining results easily. The ability to easily export a text citation is a useful feature. I'd like to report a positive user experience with the new search tool. I did not notice any issues or glitches when using the search tool.”

From Dr. Bill Waite at USGS: “Your NEW site, though – wow! Now I can just go there when I realize there’s a paper I want, and everything is linked through all the way to the sign in and download process – it means only one search and saves a ton of steps!”

From Dr. Ken Brink, WHOI: “I just spent some time playing with this. I did not find any obvious hiccups, and I did find that it led me to what I was seeking pretty effectively. I even found a report where I was a co-author and that I had forgotten about! Overall, pretty positive.”



We invite you to try out Primo, the new library search tool. If you have any questions, comments, or would like to work with an MBLWHOI librarian to better acclimate to using this tool, please contact us.

Please consider looking at our extensive Primo Frequently Asked Questions pages.

In response to the global health crisis, libraries and universities have challenged the international publishing and science resource community to open for public use content and tools to assist the research community in their work. 

In response, both COVID-19 related literature and other resources have been made accessible.

The below list will be added to as is necessary.

     MED/SCI Trackers, Indexes, and Archives:

LitCovid - a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus from NLM, National Library of Medicine

BioRxiv + medRxiv

     Wellcome Trust:  List of agencies and publishers that have agreed to make data available


     Allen Institute COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19)


     1science (of Elsevier) ) has released the Coronavirus Research Repository, (over 36,000 articles from all publishers, many are freely accessible)


     Med/Sci Publishers, Vendors, and Private Platforms:

Elsevier (including Clinical Key) :  -- also available at PubMed Central .  

SpringerNature website: Articles are free to access with links to preprints for sharing.

Up-to-Date (Wolters Kluwer):



Free Course: COVID-19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus, given by the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene:


The following journals, publisher, and data sources are accessible as indicated:

AAMI Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation

American Chemical Society (ACS)

AIP American Institute of Physics (registration may be required)

APA American Psychological Association

The British Medical Journal (BMJ)

Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Chinese Journal of Lung Cancer

Chronicle of Higher Edication Coronavirus coping article collection download


EDP Sciences!s=current&l=en

Healthcare Infection Society

Intech Open

International Society for Infectious Diseases

Johns Hopkins University: Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE)

(GitHub link for data sources for above Johns Hopkins resource: )



New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)

New York Times publicly available dataset of coronavirus cases in the United States (free registration necessary)

PNAS – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA

Project MUSE (humanities and sciences) -

ProQuest (must use VPN or log into MBLWHOI proxy server)

Science Journals – American Association for the Advancement of Science


additional journals links:

International Security has made its collection of articles: Crisis Reader: Biosecurity and the Global COVID-19 Outbreak, freely available until at least the end of March. Could this be added to your spreadsheet of open content? Crisis Reader: Biosecurity and the Global COVID-19 Outbreak


New England Journal of Medicine:


Click here for a growing library community based google doc which lists all publishers which are offering free access to COVID-19 articles and resources.


any questions:



In the next few months the MBLWHOI Library will be implementing a more comprehensive searching system on our website

The central feature of the PRIMO system is a single main search box from which you will be able to search for anything: books, journals, article titles, author names, subjects, keywords and tags...the searching system is quite robust and if it doesn't take you to a resource directly, inter library loan services and our library staff will. 

Initial mock up of search page 

Primo will make it easier to search because it reaches across our historic and cutting edge MBLWHOI Library collections, as well as through a global network of millions of records from hundreds of PRIMO library partners.  PRIMO will also help you more easily access resources you know we have. This new system will also introduce new workflows for how you place holds, renew, and check out books for your use. 

While these changes are actually improvements, we recognize that as with every new system these changes can cause frustrations. The Library is developing a variety of resources and tools designed to make these improvements as seamless as possible. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Primo search results draw from local library records and a global community of library partners.

The Library staff has been training in a prescribed Primo implementation plan for six months, and through this pandemic period library data has been migrated to the new system. All staff have worked hard to learn this entirely new system, which significantly changes our day to day operations. Three library staff members have earned a master certification status in Primo.  

While many things will change, your MBLWHOI Library ID access number (printed sideways on your ID card) will not change. We will be contacting you in the coming weeks through our campus news, listserv, and social media systems to let you know all about this exciting MBLWHOI Library service improvement.

Any questions, please email:

Need Help?

If you have any questions or difficulty accessing resources, please contact

Request Materials

To request materials from other Libraries (including article PDFs), please use the resource request form here:  Please bear in mind that given the situation, we may not be able to obtain materials from other Libraries. Unfortunately due to the current situation, we can only supply electronic content.

Books and physical journals access

Unfortunately access to physical collections is not available at this time. The MBLWHOI Lillie Library office is staffed daily, if you would like physical items from the collection or need research assistance, please contact the main library office: or call 508-289-7002. Lillie library reading room use is limited to MBL, WHOI, USGS, SEA and Woodwell users Monday-Friday 8-5 only. Woods Hole researchers will still need to register to have access added to their card. Please contact the Library for more information call 508-289-7002 or email

Remote Access

Remote access to scholarly articles from the MBLWHOI Library is available in a number of ways. Campus specific information is listed below. All users are able to use the proxy server option.

  • MBL: Use your MBL login and password. You will remain logged in until you quit your browser. You must access the resource through the library website using proxy server (see instructions below).
  • WHOI: Log in to WHOI VPN before accessing library subscribed journal or database. Alternatively, you may use library proxy server (see instructions below).
  • USGS: Users always access remote content via the proxy server.
  • WHRC: Users always access remote content via the proxy server.
  • SEA: Users always access remote content via the proxy server.

Proxy server

Initially, your username and password for the proxy server are identical, a combination of your initials and the 5-digit number on your Library card.


  • Pat Smith with Library card #12345
  • Username: ps12345
  • Password: ps12345

You will be prompted to set a new password, which needs to be changed on an annual basis. Access more information in our On-Boarding information guide.

MBLWHOI EZproxy Browser Bookmarklet

Most of our electronic resources can be accessed through our website through remote access authentication.  However, there are cases where you may go directly to a publisher's site, bypassing our website's "proxied links" and you won't be recognized as having access.  For these cases, the MBLWHOI EZProxy Browser Bookmarklet will allow you to log in without first going back to the MBLWHOI Library homepage.

Once added, you will see MBLWHOI EZProxy in your browser's menu bar.  Click on the MBLWHOI EZProxy and the proxy prefix is added to the URL and the paper will be accessible if we subscribe.  Please note, if you are not already logged into our proxy server, you will be prompted to do so.


  • Firefox - Right click on this link: MBLWHOI EZProxy and select "Bookmark This Link".
  • Google Chrome - Drag this link: MBLWHOI EZProxy to your bookmarks toolbar.



While Pubmed is a free service, accessing this resource with a customized MBLWHOI url will provide users with additional options for obtaining full text.  Using this link will provide a "GetText" button on each Pubmed citation that provides a path to our subscribed content.  Please note that this will require most users to login to our proxy server (see above).


Google Scholar

It's possible to add links to MBLWHOI Library subscribed content with Google Scholar.

1.  From the Google Scholar homepage click on the "hamburger" menu in the upper left corner.

2.  From the expanded menu, select the Settings option.

3.  From the resulting menu, select Library Links.  Search for and add "MBLWHOI".

4.  Note the new "MBLWHOI GetText" links that appear next to many citations.


The Woods Hole Open Access Server (WHOAS) repository was granted CoreTrustSeal certification on August 28, 2019.  The WHOAS repository complies with the guidelines set by the CoreTrustSeal Board.

We chose to go through this process to demonstrate our commitment to quality stewardship and to be a trusted option for our researchers facing funder and publisher requirements that data be accessible, and more recently, also citable with a DOI.

The Library always recommends that researchers deposit data in an appropriate subject or community repository, but there are many cases where the dataset needing a DOI does not fit that scenario. 

The ability to quickly and easily deposit data in a certified repository is a value added service for our users. Some funders now mandate the data must be deposited in a FAIR repository. Being a CoreTrustSeal certified repository ensures that the WHOAS repository practices FAIR principles.

Data Librarian, Audrey Mickle, teaching a module on Data Management Planning at the  WHOI Data Science Training Camp 2020. The main goals of the two day training camp are foundational best practices in data, software, and project management for scientific research; some more specific practices in the ocean sciences; and some resources available at WHOI.