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Progress on the Neuro-Ophthalmology Virtual Education Library (NOVEL)

Lombardo, Nancy T MLS; Craigle, Valeri MLS

Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology: June 2005 - Volume 25 - Issue 2 - p 163-164
doi: 10.1097/01.WNO.0000165317.90557.AC

Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

At the 2005 North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS) meeting at Copper Mountain, Colorado, librarians Valeri Craigle, MLS (Salt Lake City, UT) and Nancy Lombardo, MLS (Salt Lake City, UT) demonstrated that significant progress has been made on the Neuro-Ophthalmology Virtual Education Library (NOVEL) project.

Anyone can access this freely available educational resource at The NOVEL Updates page, located at, provides the most recent information about the project and includes links to PowerPoint presentations and informational handouts with instructions on how to use the materials.

An important development is the incorporation of the Core Curriculum Outline for Neuro-Ophthalmology, created by Valérie Biousse, MD (Atlanta, GA) and the NANOS Curriculum Committee. The outline has been an invaluable resource for structuring the subject matter in each of the NOVEL collections. Ultimately, the curriculum outline will serve as a subject-based discovery tool that will link to all of the materials in NOVEL.

Contributions to NOVEL are welcomed and encouraged. Those who contribute to NOVEL will retain the copyright to their materials. For those wishing to submit their materials, an online contribution form is available on the Web site at All materials will be peer-reviewed before publication.

To make the materials valuable to the clinical practitioner, NOVEL has added descriptors such as anatomy, pathology, disease and diagnosis, and clinical symptoms and signs. Called metadata, it has been developed according to internationally recognized standards. Adhering to these standards allows NOVEL resources to be shared across systems and institutions.

At this time there are six collections available for use. The William F. Hoyt collection, which contains 855 slides, focuses on the optic disc and has been peer-reviewed by members of the NANOS Web Education Committee. The Shirley H. Wray collection holds approximately 100 patient case videos, with a potential total of 300 cases. This material was collected by Dr. Wray during her tenure as Director of Neurovisual Disorders at the Massachusetts General Hospital. The Moran Eye Center is a growing collection, and includes eye movement disorder videos collected by Kathleen B. Digre, MD (Salt Lake City, UT) and Daniel Jacobson, MD (deceased). It also includes video covering ophthalmoscopy and the neuro-ophthalmic examination. There is one outstanding video capturing an ongoing central retinal artery occlusion. The J. Lawton Smith collection consists of 87 lectures delivered by J. Lawton Smith, MD (Miami, FL) in the 1970s. The lectures are in MP3 audio format. Dr. Smith's large slide collection will also be added to NOVEL. The AAO-NANOS Clinical Collection is derived directly from the AAO-NANOS Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology collection produced on CD. The 405 images are of selected cases from the NANOS teaching slide exchange, and the CD was produced under the direction of Larry Frohman, MD (Newark, NJ) and Andrew Lee, MD (Iowa City, IA). Future collections for NOVEL include the David G. Cogan Collection of video and slides and the cases presented at the annual Walsh Meeting.





The NOVEL team recognizes the value of collecting, preserving, and sharing these valuable materials. As source materials are acquired, each item is converted to digital form, cataloged, and uploaded to a database on the Web. Each collection is customized for the author yet maintains a similar layout and navigation scheme, which creates a sense of continuity and originality across the resource.

When obtaining materials for lectures, presentations, or for clinical research, users should be aware of the techniques for downloading the various media types and their appropriate use. Images are available in two formats; JPEG and TIF. The JPEG is quite sufficient for use in PowerPoint lectures, presentations, and Web pages. Choose the TIF if you want an image at its highest resolution and best quality. Be aware that the TIF images are large files, ranging from 10 to 24 megabytes in size. Files this size can take several minutes to download on slow Internet connections. Videos come in five formats, including two streaming formats and three download formats. A streaming file is appropriate for use only on the Web, not for downloading to your computer. You can link out to a streaming video file from a Web page or PowerPoint lecture.

The downloadable video files should be used only from the desktop or played from a CD. These files are approximately 100 megabytes-too large to use on the Web. Videos must be downloaded to the desktop for use in a PowerPoint lecture. The Windows Media download file is the only video format that can be used to embed into a PowerPoint presentation.

For further information, contact or at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, 10 North 1900 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112.

Nancy T. Lombardo, MLS

Valeri Craigle, MLS

Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

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