May 29, 2008
Science as Conversation, Part 1: "Is Pubmed Passé?"
Today at "lunch" I listened to a webcast presentation by a couple of my colleagues & peers here at the University of Michigan Health Sciences Libraries - Marisa Conte & Jean Song. They were presenting research data that is part of a project to develop improvements to the PubMed searching interface. The specific project under discussion today was MiSearch.
I occasionally sent brief tweets to Twitter about the interesting data or concepts being presented. As a topic for another conversation, somehow I turned on LiveTweet by accident, so the tweets were captured as a session.
What was really interesting was the dialog that happened around the tweets. Specifically one comment in particular from Chris Seper.
- "Interesting. Is PubMed becoming passé? I just yanked the PubMed widget off Cleveland.com/medical. Replaces with ScienceRoll."
Wow! You could have knocked me over with a feather right about then. As a medical librarian, and especially as someone heavily engaged with evidence-based healthcare and systematic reviews, Medline is a BIG part of my life! PubMed, Ovid, Silverplatter, GratefulMed, Dialog, Index Medicus, Index to Dental Literature ... the list of tools I've used for searching the medical literature goes back through decades of my life, and the tools themselves (as well as the literature) go back around 150 years. I was "raised" (as a medical librarian) on Medline as the mother's milk of authoritative medicine and healthcare.
I was immediately and urgently curious what it was about ScienceRoll search that inspired Chris to make this change. So I popped over to Chris' page and checked it out. I noticed two big differences right away -- (1) what information sources are being searched, and (2) how the results are being displayed.
So what is so different? Well, when you use ScienceRoll's search you do still get results from PubMed mixed in. That is also true of Google Scholar. ScienceRoll, though, is a bit like a blogroll -- "who are your favorites?" ScienceRoll searches the crème de la crème of the medical web -- World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, Health On the Net, and many more. Then it gives you what it finds (a little, not too much, some consumer, some clinical) with more suggestions and ideas for refining your search. For a site targeting the general public I can definitely see why Chris felt this was a better choice than dumping John Q Public directly into the heart of the clinical dialog.
May 25, 2008
My Tech Podcasts Now Available in Open Michigan
I just discovered that selections from the podcast series I've been doing for the School of Dentistry have been released as collection in the Open.Michigan initiative. Here is more information.
May 23, 2008
Twittering the Plenary of the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting
I've been gone this week at the Medical Library Association annual meeting. I gave a bunch of talks (more on that later), and only really attended one major event (because I was working too hard!). The big event was the Plenary Session on Web 2.0. It was a superb intro to the fundamental social technologies of primary interest to medical librarians. They had a panel of four speakers (David Rothman, Amanda Etches-Johnson, Melissa Rethlefsen & Bart Ragon) introduced by Mark Funk, MLA President.
One of the presentations I gave was about Twitter. As readers of this blog are already aware, I like to live-tweet presentations I attend. This was no exception. ;) There had also been a GroupTweet account set up for the conference, and several people were twittering about the presentation to the group account. At the same time, they were dialoging about the event in their regular Twitter streams.
The event was webcast, and there ended up being a fascinating dialog between folks twittering the event in person and those attending via the web. The broader twittersphere caught wind of some of this, so there was also an 'external' dialog with non-medical librarians. In capturing the twitterlog, there were also sidebar discussions, one of which I preserved. While twittering away, I had a reference question from a cancer patient in NY. During the short break in between speakers, I took her question to our local Cancer Center librarian, Ruti Volk. Ruti gave me some short answers and contacts for fuller information, which I twittered back. During the session! So I was actually reporting out on the event at the same time I was answering reference questions, and partaking of the real world conversations to do so.
I thought it would be fascinating and perhaps a useful illustration of the power of Twitter to assemble the complete set of tweets relating to this noteworthy Plenary session. This might be especially of interest to people who are NOT currently using Twitter, to get a sense of what it might be like.
What I've done is this. First I collected all the tweets from the open GroupTweet stream that related to the plenary event. I put all the tweets in chronological order. I then checked the streams of everyone who was following the GroupTweet account for tweets during that 3 hour span of time. I embedded those in the appropriate place of the main stream, indented. Where there appeared to be a conversation going on, I placed the entire conversation (indented again) at the point of the beginning comment. Tweets included from people who were not following the main account were included only if they directly connected to the conversation, and were italicized to show that they are from 'outside', so to speak. Permission was requested to incorporate those tweets that were from protected streams.
The result is a mock up of what you might have seen if you followed Twitter and just followed the primary players in this discussion. See the results below.
- etches hanging with @davidlrothman and @mrethlefsen before the plenary. fun! 09:01 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- MLA2008: via @dial_m: david rothman taking the stage for the final plenary session... 09:14 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- MLA2008: via @eagledawg: hello! Thanks Mark, this is a great webcast setup. I am one happy member in Seattle. 09:14 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- pfanderson In MLA08 PLenary watching David Rothman Talking about "old media" being unidirectional. "New media" multidirectional (ie. conversation) 10:24 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- MLA2008: via @alwright1: I was playing with the new librarything features when David Rothman started talking it. :) 09:26 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- imnewhere watching @davidlrothman speak about Library 2.0 at MLA via a webcast 09:26 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- pfanderson DLR: "2.0" is poorly defined, ill-used, and represents concepts that are (deep down) not new. [this is a paraphrase] 10:29 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- eagledawg need to alert physicians that health care marketing has access to conversations that are on sermo (social networking site) re:ethics 07:31 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl
- pfanderson DLR: Some healthcare social networks compromised by censorship, hidden observers, biased funding. Careful, libs must recommend w/caution. 10:32 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- miinmiin enjoying David Rothman's pragmatic, non-divisive presentation 10:32 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- eagledawg "Same game, new tools!" my son is enjoying David Rothman's slideshow quite a bit ;) 07:33 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl
- MLA2008: via @ImNewHere: thanks, MLA, for providing a webcast for those of us that had to get back to work! 09:34 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- pfanderson Amanda Etches-Johnson about web 2.0 literacies & affordances (like dungeons and dragons?) 10:35 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- imnewhere subscribed to blogwithoutalibrary.net by @etches 09:37 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- MLA2008: via @dial_m: amaanda etches johnson plays DnD. love love love her blog blogwithoutalibrary.net 09:38 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- pfanderson AEJ: Library blogs to promote, describe, outreach, and tell the story of the library & its changes. 10:42 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- pfanderson AEJ: Talking about Ask Sassy Systems blog. Conversation, connection w/ users. Computer tech fr library as "Ask Aunt Agatha" columns ... 10:44 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- dial_m angela anderson's sassy systems blog just got a shout out! 09:46 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl
- MLA2008: via @davidlrothman: @etches is great! 09:46 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- MLA2008: via @dial_m: ok, amanda basically has covered all our symposium topics for this afternoon. 09:46 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- imnewhere wasn't seeing MLA webcast slides because I was using Firefox. Now in IE; there they are. 09:46 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- gabinator saw David Rothman do a great job speaking in the session this morning. 09:46 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl
- pfanderson @gabinator Hey! Hiya, I'm here, too. Yes, good job. Thanks 4 twittering 2 DLR while I showed Twitter yesterday. Timely. :) 10:49 AM May 21, 2008 from web in reply to gabinator
- gabinator @pfanderson oh no... hope i did not say anything too bad. ;-) 09:52 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl in reply to pfanderson
- pfanderson @gabinator DLR did not share text. Was just cool while I was presenting abotu Twitter for DLR to pop up and say "Gabe just sent me a Tweet!" 11:22 AM May 21, 2008 from web in reply to gabinator
- krafty Im dying my whole presentation is duplicated by somebody else earlier in the day. slit my wrists 09:47 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl
- eagledawg think about providing your blog headlines syndication code to others to share news 07:47 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl
- eagledawg AEJ webcast: "why wiki?".. pronounced correctly by a 5-year-old. Webcasts = his basic expectation of web tech, we didn't yet have Atari! 07:52 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl
- aldricham @eagledawg wow, you and the little guy got up EARLY to watch this! 07:54 AM May 21, 2008 from web in reply to eagledawg
- eagledawg @aldricham he wakes up every morning at 6 whether we like it or not, I scrambled to get the breakfast/pack lunches/prep for school b4 7am :) 07:55 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl in reply to aldricham
- aldricham Geeking away in the Grand Ballroom. 08:07 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- MLA2008: via @pfanderson: livetweeting bits of MLA plenary as long as battery holds out. Not much longer, but U can see what I've said already on ... ... 09:56 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- MLA2008: via @krafty: rothman's presentation rocked the house. Im dying a slow agonizing death b/c Amanda's presentation is exactly what Im talk ... ... 09:56 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- MLA2008: via @aldricham: I bet this panel discussion is really resonating with librarians who are new to 2.0! Great presentations so far. 09:56 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- pfanderson AEJ: Define yr problem, match tool to task. Don't get sucked into "shiny/shiny" [paraphrase] slides at blogwithoutalibrary.net 10:57 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- eagledawg AEJ: assess your needs, evaluate the options, choose your tool accordingly. Important to not do this backwards! :) 07:58 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl
- pfanderson Next, Melissa Rethlefsen. Medical Library 2.0 (book) 10:58 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- pfanderson Melissa talks about RSS & social bookmarking. Overview, examples of cool use. 10:58 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- imnewhere is cheering on @mlrethlefsen , now speaking at MLA 2008 10:00 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- eagledawg @krafty hang in there! build on it, open up for more analysis and depth? That was a brief overview for many who will want to know even more. 08:00 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl in reply to krafty
- MLA2008: via @aldricham: I bet this session is really resonating with librarians who are new to 2.0! 10:02 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- eagledawg hehe yeah old & new Nancy Pearl! loving Melissa's slideshow. Sorry not going to try her @ because I will typo it. 08:02 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl
- pfanderson MR: LibWorm to search library blogosphere; MedWorm to search medical blogosphere. Ebling Library 4 collection of RSS feeds in Med. 11:05 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- rachel_w listening to @mlrethlefsen and trying to grade abstracts for a systematic review simultaneously 10:05 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- pfanderson MR: MedGrab.com built via feedburner to give email alerts for your custom feeds. JournalBot 11:07 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- dial_m (cross post] who out there is teaching RSS in Ebsco? @blathering we should do this 10:04 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl
- eagledawg going to miss the next 10 minutes, school bus run! 08:07 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl
- MLA2008: via @dial_m: who out there is teaching RSS feeds in Ebsco? 10:08 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- MLA2008: via @dial_m: melissa has pretty slides 10:08 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- pfanderson MR: Cool idea - rss feed of what books are being returned to library and are available for checkout. 11:11 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- MLA2008: via @gabinator: is loving Melissa R's "Kathleen Turner" voice... 10:14 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- dial_m @gabinator lol kathleen turner 10:16 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl in reply to gabinator
- MLA2008: via @aldricham: I've never had much luck getting Ebsco feeds to work. Are they better now? 10:14 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- aldricham wondering if @mrethlefsen will share her del.icio.us username with us. 08:16 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- rachel_w okay, @mlrethlefsen has inspired me to use del.icio.us again 10:17 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- susanreynolds @pfanderson Looking at daunting task of finding multidisciplinary cancer team to look at case & evaluate breast to bone. Any leads locally? 11:17 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl in reply to pfanderson
- pfanderson @susanreynolds Well, UM has a comprehensive cancer care center. I know their librarian. Saw her a few minutes ago. I would want to ask her. 11:27 AM May 21, 2008 from web in reply to susanreynolds
- pfanderson @susanreynolds Asked cancer libn. She rec 2 CCC for inflammatory BrCa > MD Anderson & UM. UM Ctr *new*, flexible. Contact Sophia Mera ... ... 12:07 PM May 21, 2008 from web in reply to susanreynolds
- pfanderson MR: Talking a lot about my del.icio.us account. :) I have an obscene number of bookmarks. Books, too. ;) 11:19 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- MLA2008: via @dial_m: @aldricham haven't rly played around w/ it yet. in theory sounds great. 10:20 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- eagledawg ooh what library is that slide from? *lib architecture lust* 08:20 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl
- pfanderson MR: Libraries use del.icio.us to collect staff links. Create rss feeds of links for web guides. Create groups (connotea). Tagclouds. 11:20 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- pfanderson MR: Talking about various libraries using del.icio.us Lots of examples (including us). She'll share her slides, I'm sure. 11:24 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- aldricham TX Scottish Rite Children's Hospital - didn't know you could add your own branding to del.icio.us like that. 08:24 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- eagledawg @aldricham I didn't either, I'm eyeing unofficial apps such as the dead bookmark checker for del.icio.us in http://snurl.com/29xxk 08:35 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl in reply to aldricham
- pfanderson MR: Let's Face It, Stanford (sulinfocenter @ delicious). MTagger from UM for tagging library web site pages. 11:26 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- pfanderson Next Speaker - Bart Ragon from UVa. APIs, Mashups & Semantic Web 11:28 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- pfanderson BF: PubMed API used by HubMed - clustering, graphic displays, tagging; PubFocus - connects w/ author rank; clustermed, gopubmed ... 11:35 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- eagledawg huge long delay with direct tweets :( 08:38 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl
- dial_m gopubmed is pretty frickin awesome: http://www.gopubmed.org/ 10:39 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl
- pfanderson BF: More mashups: CraigsList, JSON > US President's List, VIMO, BioWizard, HealthMap, ... 11:41 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- susanreynolds @pfanderson OK, give me your schpiel about why I should use del.icio - admit I rarely do. I'm a lousy tagger & thus lose track of stuff 11:42 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl in reply to pfanderson
- pfanderson @susanreynolds Using del.icio.us. My first class slides http://tinyurl.com/6gunpk I have 13K bkmarks. Tricks come next. 12:13 PM May 21, 2008 from web in reply to susanreynolds
- pfanderson @susanreynolds Most useful bit 4me is slicing and dicing by tags. Use plus sign (+) to chain tags to find interesting things. 12:14 PM May 21, 2008 from web in reply to susanreynolds
- eagledawg ah ah ah Bart, I have a ZIP code that spans 2 cities! 08:44 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl
- rachel_w will webcast be available later as well? 10:46 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- eagledawg @rachel_w yes, members only through end of June then moved to public after that 08:48 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl in reply to rachel_w
- rachel_w @eagledawg Thanks! I missed a few bits. 10:54 AM May 21, 2008 from web in reply to eagledawg
- eagledawg yay the seminal article about the semantic web was published on my bday 7 years ago ;) 08:46 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl
- MLA2008: via @dial_m: if you look at twittervision right now chicago is prolly exploding :D 10:48 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- MLA2008: via @aldricham: Bart talking about the complicated stuff. No kittens. 10:48 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- MLA2008: via @eagledawg: brilliant use of images text, you have inspired me to not automatically equate ppt with bleh, Melissa. 10:48 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- MLA2008: via @gabinator: Bart Ragon in a suit! What a rockstar! 10:48 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- MLA2008: via @gabinator: Wow! There is so much that I am not doing with del.icio.us! Melissa is giving great examples for social bookmarking. 10:48 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- MLA2008: via @dial_m: you can check out my delicious at del.icio.us/dial_m 10:48 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- pfanderson BF: Semantic web, microformats, XML-RDF. Describing future scenario of intelligent agent queries between patient advocate and dr. 11:48 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- pfanderson I am disagreeing with BF that semantic web won't be "ready for prime time" w/o intelligent agents. Microformats very useful NOW!! 11:50 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- eagledawg as standards are developed in health care, we as librarians need to be there. Push vendors for APIs, monitor semantic web trends. 08:51 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl
- eagledawg who is the librarian getting jiggy to the music? :) 08:52 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl
- eagledawg aha, I see the DM delay just barfed all at once in MLA2008 08:54 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl
- MLA2008: via @gabinator: Apple came up with Semantic technlogy in the late 80s with this video I saw in library school - http://tinyurl.com/2yk2re 10:54 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- eagledawg @rachel_w yep, I'm telecommuting for work too so I have varying levels of attention. I either misheard or don't agree with some mashup info. 08:57 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl in reply to rachel_w
- eagledawg 'the webcast' for those wondering wtf I've been talking about the past 2 + 1 more hour: http://snurl.com/29y2f 08:59 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl
- susanreynolds @pfanderson You do know you have to go on staff of the FPFund as soon as we become a big deal in the cancer world :) as our resource guru 11:59 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl in reply to pfanderson
- pfanderson @susanreynolds Ah, Susan, bless you. :) 12:15 PM May 21, 2008 from web in reply to susanreynolds
- imnewhere can't remember if I have a jaiku account. Oh, probably. 11:01 AM May 21, 2008 from HelloTxt
- rachel_w excellent answer, @mlrethlefsen 11:07 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- imnewhere thanks @sckerns for the intro to @gabinator 11:07 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- pfanderson Q: Getting comments on blogs - how. A: controversy, passion, being a real person, quality content. 12:10 PM May 21, 2008 from web
- gabinator is listening to a panel of experts on Web 2.0 services 11:10 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl
- susanreynolds @pfanderson is the del.icio postergirl 12:16 PM May 21, 2008 from twhirl in reply to pfanderson
- pfanderson @susanreynolds Talked about you and FPF in my Twitter presentation yesterday http://tinyurl.com/5655nc 12:19 PM May 21, 2008 from web in reply to susanreynolds
- mindofandre @pfanderson cant wait to go through the slideshow! very cool 12:21 PM May 21, 2008 from twhirl in reply to pfanderson
- pfanderson @mindofandre Slideshow yesterday was Twitter for health. Planning another for public health. And one on food and recipes. ;) 12:27 PM May 21, 2008 from web in reply to mindofandre
- mindofandre @pfanderson Very cool! I might be able to help with those, let me know when you start pulling together resources 12:31 PM May 21, 2008 from twhirl in reply to pfanderson
- pfanderson @mindofandre Sounds excellent! Pondering ... 12:37 PM May 21, 2008 from web in reply to mindofandre
- pfanderson DLR: "It isn't about the tools, it is about the results from the tools." Yes, yes, yes. :) 12:20 PM May 21, 2008 from web
- pfanderson Oops, sorry. That was Mark Funk, not DLR. 12:21 PM May 21, 2008 from web
- eagledawg LOL Lucy & Ethel chocolates conveyor belt imagery w/new tech things.. nom nom nom... 09:21 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl
- gabinator @eagledawg you made me look for this video: http://tinyurl.com/5eak9u 11:28 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl in reply to eagledawg
- eagledawg @gabinator LOL you rock, paused to view after Q&A is over.. thanks :) Oddly enough I am eating red MLA corporate partner M&Ms right now... 09:33 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl in reply to gabinator
- MLA2008: via @gabinator: Melissa R. has a good point that these technologies/service should not be viewed as exotic. 11:26 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- pfanderson @susanreynolds LOL. :) 2 tools I could not function w/o anymore: del.icio.us & twitter. There is my productivity. 12:26 PM May 21, 2008 from web in reply to susanreynolds
- giustini I should be listening to the MLA web 2.0 webcast 09:28 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- pfanderson #MLA2008 Good question. How do you justify your social tech to admin when your audience goes beyond that clientbase mandated by institution 12:29 PM May 21, 2008 from web
- pfanderson AEJ: "We don't disambiguate, we don't reach our users, and it is O.K." We are in SL to monitor how VW work, build skills, become leader. 12:31 PM May 21, 2008 from web
- pfanderson #mla2008 repeat question. "How do we measure efficacy of social tech?" Repeat answer "Have you seen studies measuring efficacy of books?" 12:33 PM May 21, 2008 from web
- MLA2008: via @dial_m: hear hear Bart about integrating pdas into your life. I teach them, support them, but use them? Not rly. (maybe an iphone w ... ... 11:34 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- eagledawg The efficacy question was mine, sent in at 8 past the hour. I'm not letting those of you I know on the panel off that easy ;) 09:34 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl
- eagledawg Mark edited off my preface about use of tools as part of library education & distance learning. 09:35 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl
- MLA2008: via @ImNewHere: the bottom line is just try new technologies; overcome the need for perfection 11:42 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- pfanderson Met @lwu5 this morning. Very nice to have face to go with twitter account! :) 12:43 PM May 21, 2008 from web
- dial_m yes yes yes give up the second life bandwagon for chrissakes. ur not gonna cure cancer on an island of Furries 11:46 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl
- blathering @dial_m I wondered what the dissenter's avatar might be? Did you see her? 01:15 PM May 21, 2008 from twhirl in reply to dial_m
- ImNewHere @pfanderson I knew that would get you to the mike! 11:48 AM May 21, 2008 from web in reply to pfanderson
- eagledawg I'm glad to hear SL dissent, I have yet to read the GMR final report on HealthInfoIsland http://snurl.com/29ydx 09:49 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl
- pfanderson One of the speakers just said not to waste time in SL, so I stood up and ranted for a while. Oops. 12:51 PM May 21, 2008 from web
- giustini @pfanderson ::hearting:: your tweets this morning in the absence of being at the W2 session :( 09:53 AM May 21, 2008 from web in reply to pfanderson
- giustini @pfanderson Problem with SL? I need a 1st one. 09:54 AM May 21, 2008 from web in reply to pfanderson
- pfanderson @guistini Part of why SL works 4 me is I am single mom, special needs child, no car. Thus, SL maximises my pro engagement & productivity. 12:56 PM May 21, 2008 from web
- eagledawg @pfanderson do NOT oops. All aspects of consumer health service need to be considered, not pigeonholed. Were you on the HI Island grant? 09:56 AM May 21, 2008 from twhirl in reply to pfanderson
- pfanderson @eagledawg I was not on HI island grant, but am in conversations w/ Caro/Namro and on committees/groups that are supportive. about 3 hours ago from web
- iYan @pfanderson hehe, you tell'em Lexi! :) 06:57 PM May 21, 2008 from twhirl in reply to pfanderson
- pfanderson Session over. Thanks to @guistini @imnewhere @eagledawg for appreciating tweets! 12:57 PM May 21, 2008 from web
- MLA2008: via @gabinator: Alright... Bart is gonna get me to the mic if he trashes Twitter. I am kidding... all I can say is that it works for me. 11:58 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- MLA2008: via @krafty: SL is good but when libs are struggling to provide other mission critical resources/services SL is not the area that most s ... ... 11:58 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- MLA2008: via @krafty: Rothman is right! Just because there are users in SL doesn't mean they are the library's users. 5 questions/ day does not ... ... 11:58 AM May 21, 2008 from web
- giustini @pfanderson my godchildren are autistic....I sympathize with any parent when special needs are involved 09:59 AM May 21, 2008 from web in reply to pfanderson
- pfanderson @guistini Being single-parent of special-needs kid is mostly why I don't travel much. Being able 2 present professionally in SL is gr8 4 me! about 3 hours ago from web
- gusplisskin @pfanderson re: your rant. what was the reaction? 12:02 PM May 21, 2008 from web in reply to pfanderson
- jereodell @pfanderson and @NCurse are great SL advocates, but why it doesn't work for me: cant do it at work, home computer slow, house full of kids. 01:02 PM May 21, 2008 from web in reply to pfanderson
- pfanderson Yestrdy's SL rant focused on statement that libns shouldnt waste time in SL cuz our patrons are not there, thus a waste of time. about 3 hours ago from web
- pfanderson Reply was: Yes, few patrons we currently reach & serve R in SL, but SL reaches those we do NOT reach now. Do they hav right to libns & help? about 3 hours ago from web
- pfanderson @guslisskin @jereodell We agreed that SL is not appropriate for everyone (just like most social tech), that some libn presence is good. about 3 hours ago from web
- MLA2008: via @dial_m: great chat everybdy! i expect to see a poster session on this twittering mla 08 plenary next year!! 12:04 PM May 21, 2008 from web
- MLA2008: via @jereodell: I'm with @aldricham: I've never had much luck getting Ebsco feeds to work - Has EBSCO cleaned up its RSS yet? 12:10 PM May 21, 2008 from web
- MLA2008: via @eagledawg: (cont) to existing high quality sources that *are* Check it: http://snurl.com/29yhe 12:10 PM May 21, 2008 from web
- MLA2008: via @eagledawg: re:SL this is where we (librar*) must connect to share and promote resources. Everyone doesnt have to be on there but we ... ... 12:10 PM May 21, 2008 from web
- giustini @pfanderson & @eagledawg I agree, web 2.0 - in order for it to have any future - needs a theoretical and evidence-based framework 10:16 AM May 21, 2008 from web in reply to pfanderson
- pfanderson @giustini @eagledawg Response to yesterday's Q abt evidence base 4 social tech included reference to ASIST research. about 3 hours ago from web in reply to giustini
- giustini @krafty I'm sure you were fabu. Look forward to seeing your slides on slideshare? :) 10:17 AM May 21, 2008 from web in reply to krafty
- MLA2008: via @eagledawg: ;) @gabinator the answer to all your 'Web 2.0' problems is in this little bottle http://snipr.com/29yjq 12:20 PM May 21, 2008 from web
- rcdl @pfanderson can't find delicious accounts from these tweets - pls post them later 06:46 PM May 21, 2008 from web in reply to pfanderson
- etches MLA plenary was wicked fun. now I get to tool around chi-town for a bit. yay :) 01:38 PM May 21, 2008 from web
- MLA2008: via @eagledawg: mosaic of plenary webcast from our perspective http://snurl.com/29zg0 02:54 PM May 21, 2008 from web
- captainstardust @pfanderson i'm always in favour of any path that reaches underserved patrons/community members. about 7 hours ago from web in reply to pfanderson
- pfanderson @captainstardust Me, too. But also agree that not all routes necessarily appropriate for one-person libraries, for example. Share the load about 3 hours ago from web in reply to captainstardust
- eillir didn't get to see the webcast today--technical problems about 20 hours ago from web
May 17, 2008
Life Hacks for Doctors
Joshua Schwimmer of EfficientMD has been doing work that I've been watching for a while. A lot of it is pretty interesting. Well, he just appeared on Slideshare with this handy dandy little overview of day to day life management thoughts to help busy clinicians be more efficient and productive. Some of it is obvious, some of it is less so. FlyLady (a similar popular type of resource for women in charge of a household) refers to those who are born organized (BO) and those who aren't. Whether this is useful for you will depend on whether you are born organized, or could use a little booster help to get your personal time back.
May 12, 2008
Visual & Clustering Search Engines, and Things to Do With Them
After I did last week's session on "Online Visualization and Organization Tools" I realized that I had left out a significant group of tools that could contribute to both areas. I left them out at the time because they weren't intended for this kind of use, but when I thought about how I use these myself, I realized it was a disservice to my audience not to have included them. Consider this slideshow an addition to the earlier one.
May 11, 2008
Tech Trends for 2008 from Read/Write/Web
This slide presentation from Read / Write / Web forecasts as this year's major trends (in my paraphrasing):
- production (ie. reading AND writing via social web applications),
- the core role of APIs in facilitating production of new content,
- microformats to facilitate reuse and repurposing of existing data,
- openness (open source, open content, open data, open science, open ... ),
- mashups & tools to create them,
- mobile (web, tools, tech, data),
- semantic web applications, and
- recommendation engines.
May 09, 2008
Online Presentation Tools
These are the slides from today's session for Enrich Scholarship. It reviews the basic features of the three big online tools (Slideshare, Zoho, Google) for creating / presenting / sharing presentations online. It then adds in a few other similar tools that are interesting for special features.
May 07, 2008
Cute Dogs / Cute Cats Theory of Social Technologies
The productivity applications of social tech and social media was figured out early on by a number of folk who were working on a dime (or a penny) trying to do too much (like me). Then lots of folks started talking about how social media and technologies can be used for marketing. This slide presentation talks about both -- all those good folk volunteering for this or that nonprofit trying to promote the good work and good ideas.
I wanted to share something with you. This slide presentation covers a lot of possible ideas for this type of application, but does so in a particularly engaging way. One of my favorite bits comes right at the beginning.
"Web 1.0 tools were created so physicists could share their research papers. Web 2.0? To share cute cat photos."
So take a look and see if there is anything mentioned that you might find useful. If there is anything you'd like to know more about, let's chat. :)
May 06, 2008
Why Second Life?
Some of my recent blog posts have discussed some of the reasons I personally find Second Life of particular value in my work. Today I was privileged to present on this topic to a group of university faculty. The presentation focused on the context of virtual worlds more broadly, and second life in particular. To my surprise, the presentation was videotaped. If I find out where and when it becomes available, I'll let you know. In the meantime, here are the slides.
Online Visualization and Organization Tools
Enriching Scholarship is an annual week-long series of continuing education classes for university faculty on topics of teachnology (technology to support teaching). Pretty amazing and awesome concept, and I am proud to be part of it.
When we were planning sessions for this year's Enriching Scholarship, I thought, "Hmmm, I don't want to just do the same things I always teach. I want to do something new. Why don't I do a session on some of the coolest of the new toys I've found recently." That became a session I called "Online Visualization and Organization Tools."
Because I was already teaching 7 other sessions, and did not teach one I usually teach, we didn't want to go overboard with this. So we offered one session for 20 people. 45 registered. Oops. We switched to a new and bigger room, and scheduled a second session for a week later.
Last night I posted the slides. WIll you forgive me if I post a snapshot of the stats now? (Slides follow right below.)
It is now 21 hours after I first posted the slides. Slideshare picked up the slides and highlighted them on their homepage. So in 21 hours there have been over 700 views. I am flabbergasted!
Someone commented that I should add audio, so I will probably turn this into a series of podcasts. You don't have to wait until that happens, though. You can look at the slides yourself right now. :)
Enriching Scholarship 08 Keynote Twittered
Yesterday I attended the keynote presentation by James Wooliscroft of the UM Medical School and the following panel discussion. The focus of the discussion was the mission critical importance of thinking globally in our educational, humanitarian, community and collaboration efforts.
I twittered much of this, with the result of questions and comments from afar. Replies to some of the questions are embedded in the twittered stream. Because this was twitter, and the newest is always listed on top, for chronological order you should read from the bottom up.
JK: Info tech has made tracking possible and compliance possible when it never was before, so requests were considered silly and tossed out.
JK: Compliance burden has increased in past 5 years by 800 percent (not sure I caught numbers right). Burden generated by info tech.
JK: Compliance burden. "Someone has decided that life shouldn't be as risky as it is."
Q&A issues - copyright, human subjects, ada accessibility ...
Q&A: Americans are expecting the conversations to happen in English. Is it practical to expect otherwise?
Q&A: How do we prepare our collegaues? We don't. We prepare what they might need. We need to be ready when tipping point occurs.
JK: "It's going to be a Really Bumpy Ride from here on out."
JK: We have proved that the academy can live thru agrarian age, industrial age, information age, and cling to outdated semester model.
JK: Pro schools are the locomotive that will pull the rest of the academy.
JK: "Oh we'll never do that." "Oh yes you will."
JK: 2 flavors of "waking up". shift in bias away from "These kids coming into my classes are like a successor species."
JK on infrastructure "Never underestimate the power of the incumbency." "No matter how foolish it seems, someone is benefitting from it."
JK: "We are learners. In a community of learning." "You never really learn a subject until you teach it." New model: everyone teaches.
JK synopsizing previously given lecture available in YouTube via School of Information and University Libraries.
@rachky They R trying 2 use f2f via online video 2 serve as prequel 2 real study-abroad experience. Also 4 stdts who can't afford real thing in reply to rachky
@rachky I think absolutely the smaller schools are more flexible and rapid adopters. Big schools like UM are slower. IMHO. in reply to rachky
@BudGibson Yes, but the point is that this is a new trend, and not commonly adopted through out the university. Not CORE economic model. in reply to BudGibson
JK quoting Moby Dick. "Why do you have to go to sea to see the world? Why can't you see it from where you stand?"
BobM: Learning communities, natural partners. Online international could substitute or serve as prelim for real study-abroad experience.
BobM clarification - bad transcriber. Not just tech, but interactive online media synchronuous mixed w/ asynchronous.
BobM: Learning via tech seems to be equivalent to f2f learning.
@Rachky Cool! My son was just out of school for a week. Did his homework on websites, turned in science test by email. in reply to rachky
BobM: Tech to enable face to face cross cultural dialogs, but you don't need to leave campus. Structure course around the tech dialogs.
Bob Megginson, LSA dean: how to study abroad w/o a passport. all international collaborations
ML: ePortfolio model as scaffolding tool for deep reflective learning
ML: Importance of tech in internationalizing our programs, shift to media based courses. Implants, microscopy, anatomy, prosthodontics.
For you dental folks, Marilyn Lantz: IFDEA/MedEdPortal & the importance of education 4 global solutions 4 difficult oral health problems
Shift to faculty panel - Dean of LSA, Marilyn Lantz fr Dentistry, John King Provost.
JW: Cost effectiveness - less time spent given the same lecture year after year.
JW: how do we do lab classes in the undergrad sciences as distance learning? We don't know yet. But anatomy has made the shift to web.
JW: Students dragging faculty into web 2.0. Faculty operating at Web 0 or 1. Students have competencies faculty lack.
JW: new kinds of assessment. Email communication part of grade, timed response to real challenges, synthesize the story, flag key elements
JW: Expect failure as part of process.
@BudGibson Actually, that is more the future model. Lots of U economy is dependent on campus life experience. in reply to BudGibson
JW: Set target, provide choices, expert guidance ... Shift of focus from "knows-how" to "does" & "shows". Competency map + learning path
JW: "If you've been to one medical school, you've ... been to ONE medical school."
JW: Why is education teacher-centric?
JW: New ed model: foundation skills, achievement of outcomes, competencies, flexibility in settings and experiences, self-direction/LL lrng
JW: business model of university dependent on residential educational experience. How will Univ economically survive?
JW: All medical/dental *preclinical* info going online free 2 world. Partners 4 life, all alum have access w/ indexed access 4 continuing ed
JW: health disparities. insufficient health care workers in other parts of the world. how to educate? all slides, streaming video, courses
JW: Future: OPEN education access / Open MIT, Open Yale, Notre Dame, Utah - but no health sciences until we did it last week Open.Michigan
JW: "50% of what we teach in medical school is wrong, we just don't know which 50%."
JW: Distance learning resources internationally accessible, requires active professional learning, discovery learning.
JW: How do we combine and engage faculty and students in global classroom, take fac brains w/ students, wherever they are ...
JW: Global professional partnerships depend on technology to facilitate collaboration.
JW: Faculty member partners to study inflammatory breast cancer in Egypt (Cairo).
JW: Faculty member goes to Vietnam & Shanghai to teach clinicians there how to transplant toes to hand.
Vodcast: importance of global medical humanitarian experience in medical education. 62 M4 clinical rotations in 20 countries.
JW: "The whole success or failure of this initiative depends upon technology." Audience laughs. Vodcast is refusing to open.
JW: Why global? Disease respects NO BOUNDARIES. People come w/ tropical diseases via airflight. You have 2 dx/tx all entities.
JW: Vision & success depend on huge team efforts.
Presentation beginning. Creating the Future: Medical Education & Globalization - James O Wooliscroft (dean of med school) about 23 hours ago