Library News and Announcements

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, and expanded access to certain publishers

Unfortunately access to physical collections is not available at this time. The Lillie Library stacks and reading rooms are closed. Resources may be available though Open Access platforms such as: the Biodivesity Heritage Library, the Internet Archive, National Emergency Library, Open Library and the Hathi Trust.

Due to extenuating circumstances, some publishers are making additional content available on their platform. We will be updating this space as more become available.

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.


The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) donated the Watkins/Schevill Sound Archive to the New Bedford Whaling Museum in December 2016.  Highlights from the digitized audio recordings of marine mammals continue to be held by the WHOI Archives. We recently loaned the museum a Rochelle salt hydrophone and a Gray Audograph Dictaphone.  These instruments took some of the first recordings of marine mammal sounds and will be part of a long term exhibit, Whales Today, that opened on February 18, 2019.  Read more about the exhibit, Whales Today.



The Library’s application to the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission" (IOC) of UNESCO to become an Associate Information Unit (AIU) has been accepted.

From the IODE website:

2-October-2018: Two first IODE Associate Units (AIU) established

Information (as usually managed by librarians) is as essential in the research process as data. The marine library community should therefore be a natural key stakeholder in the IODE programme. While IODE had a Group of Experts on Marine Information Management (GE-MIM) since 1984 and also IODE national coordinators for marine information management, until 2017 IODE lacked channels of direct communication with individual marine science libraries and information centres which limited engagement with the marine information community.  Accordingly IODE-XXIV adopted Recommendation IODE-XXIV.5 (IODE ASSOCIATE INFORMATION UNIT). The two first AIUs have now been formally established: the MBLWHOI Library (Woods Hole, MA, United States) and INSTM Library (Salammbo, Tunisia). Find more information from IODE.

DataCite, a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) registry agent, is an international organization which aims to improve data citation in order to:

  • establish easier access to research data on the internet
  • increase acceptance of research data as legitimate, citable contributions to the scholarly record
  • support data archiving that will permit results to be verified and re-purposed for future study

From the Executive Director:

“DataCite's Executive Board overwhelmingly supported your application for membership.”

This membership enables the Library to provide increased data services that will support data citation and discovery.

Do you need a DOI for a dataset?  Contact the Library at .

Librarian, Audrey Mickle will provide an update about the DMP Tool Project, go over changes and improvements to the interface, and answer questions about how to use the DMP Tool, as well as questions about data management in general. Feel free to email questions ahead of time. There will be a presentation for both the village and the quissett campus on July 12th. 
Time and location: July 12th, 11:00 am in Clark 509
Time and location: July 12th, 1:00 pm at the WHOI Exhibit Center auditorium 
Contact:, 508-289-2538