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June 29, 2008

MLA 2008: Office 2.0

Another entry from our presentation at the Medical Library Association annual meeting. This presentation focuses on the evolution of office management tools from carbon paper to the newest productivity tools.

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June 24, 2008

Virtual Reality for Health - Event Makes News

Last week's event, Virtual Reality for Health, was the subject of a well done article in yesterday's Ann Arbor News. You can read more here:

Not just playing games
At U-M, virtual-reality researchers are finding real-world uses
Monday, June 23, 2008
The Ann Arbor News

News Article: Not just playing games

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June 23, 2008

MLA 2008: Eight module information curriculum matched to ACGME competencies

The presentation highlights one of the richest recent collaborations between the Health Sciences Libraries liaisons and the Medical School. Take a look, and think about what sort of educational support you would like the library to offer to support your competencies? We are hoping to expand this to the other health schools on campus, so please, do talk with your liaison for more information.

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June 18, 2008

MLA 2008: Ask An Avatar

At the Medical Library Association meeting, we did a great skit about the pros and cons of working in Second Life. There were supporting slides to clarify and support the discussion. Here are the slides.

Here are pictures from the skit.

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June 12, 2008

MLA 2008: Creating a Roadmap: Local Public Health 2.0

Another in our series of presentations from the Medical Library Association annual meeting.

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June 10, 2008

MLA 2008: Science as Conversation, Conversation as Science

Another presentation from the Medical Library Association annual meeting. This one is part of a blog discussion at ETechLib.

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June 05, 2008

MLA 2008: Twitter for Health

This is one of several slide presentations that were part of the "Evidence Base: Web 2.0 for Professional and Clinical Productivity" invited speaker session at the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting in May, with David Rothman and Patricia Anderson. This small set of slides has already attracted a surprising amount of attention.

First it was blogged by Andre Blackman, a public health professional, at his new blog "Pulse & Signal". There has been an interesting conversation going on in the comments section there.

Pulse & Signal: Healthy Possibilities with Twitter: http://pulseandsignal.com/2008/05/22/healthy-possibilities-with-twitter/

Since then Slideshare put the presentation in the Spotlight on Health section on their homepage for several days earlier this week. Perhaps you'd like to take a look? We hope to offer an open class later this summer on the possibilities of Twitter for healthcare and research.

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June 03, 2008

Virtual Reality in Health

The Virtual Reality in Health event will be Thursday, June 19, 2:00-4:30pm at the Duderstadt Center Video Studio and UM3D Lab.

Virtual disaster simulators?
Virtual dentistry?
Virtual hospitals in Second Life?

Come find out what’s possible in Virtual Reality when The Health Sciences Libraries and the UM3D Lab present an afternoon of “Virtual Reality in Health? at the Duderstadt Center Video Studio and UM3D Lab on Thursday, June 19, from 2:00-4:30.

Presentations on the UM3D Lab’s health related projects such as a virtual disaster simulator as well as the VRDent project and a tour of some of Second Life’s virtual health locations will be given from 2:00-3:30 in the Video Studio.


* Dr. Klaus-Peter Beier, Director of the UM3D Lab.
* Sharon Grayden, Coordinator, Faculty Development Dental Informatics and Assistant Research Scientist.
* Lars Schumann, UM3D Lab Manager and Research Computer Specialist.
* Patricia F. Anderson, Health Sciences Libraries, Emerging Technologies Librarian.

Following the presentations, from 3:30-4:30, the UM3D Lab will offer an open house to view health related 3D projects and have a chance to experience Immersive Virtual Reality in the Virtual Reality CAVE.


This event is free and open to the public. Registration is appreciated, but not required. University of Michigan affiliates can register at www.umich.edu/~teachtec/workshops.html under Health Sciences Libraries workshops. Non-University of Michigan affiliates can RSVP by sending name(s) and number of attendees to Medical.library@umich.edu.

Virtual Reality in Health - Event poster

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June 02, 2008

MLA 2008: Six Essential Social Technologies for Health Sciences Faculty

We were all pretty busy at the recent annual meeting of the Medical Library Association, giving presentations, poster sessions, skits and more. We'll be blogging several of these over the coming weeks. Here is one poster that was well received. The main categories of the essential social technologies were:

- social networking
- collaborative writing
- blogging
- real time communication
- social bookmarking
- multimedia sharing

Pop over to Slideshare for the full scoop - to view or download the file.

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June 01, 2008

Modifications to PubMed

o PubMed has been modified frequently over the years to optimize retrieval or provide features that lead searchers to additional information. PubMed is undergoing two changes which continue this trend. One change is in the way Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) works and the other is a new feature called Citation Sensor.* http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/mj08/mj08_pubmed_atm_cite_sensor.html

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