September 01, 2010

Trends and Opportunities in Science and Medical Publishing

U-M Medical School Office of Enabling Technologies and Taubman Health Sciences Library are pleased to Co-Present:
Trends and Opportunities in Science and Medical Publishing

Thursday, 23 September 2010 noon — 1:30 pm (lunch will be served)
James Neel Lecture Hall
2901 Taubman Health Sciences Library
Speaker: Jasna Markovac, Ph.D. Senior Advisor, Publishing and Related Business Development University of Michigan Medical School

The current state of scientific and medical publishing is very dynamic and exciting. The migration of print publications to the electronic environment, especially with respect to content development and information delivery, offers many opportunities for new initiatives. As publishing moves away from traditional book and journal formats, the content becomes much more important than the vehicle by which it is published. This trend provides authors with opportunities to disseminate content and data in novel ways. In addition, it lends itself to the development of subject gateways, information communities and knowledge bases that provide a ‘one stop shop’ for access to large quantities of content in a given discipline.

The objective of this session is to discuss the future of science and medical publishing, both within the context of the University of Michigan Medical School and the broader scope of commercial and not-for-profit publishing organizations. We will explore ways to develop revenue opportunities that are built around the open access mechanisms supported by the various funding bodies. We will discuss some specific examples of how to take advantage of the online environment to maximize the visibility and distribution of content.
• How to decide where to publish your research.
• How to publish your textbook on a web site with interactive features.
• How to organize an information community to promote your department’s research

About Jasna Markovac: Dr. Markovac received training in life sciences and earned a Ph.D. in human genetics at U-M. After several years in academics, she changed careers to join the Science Technical Medical publishing industry. For the past two and a half years, she has worked for U-M, first at the Library, and more recently at the Medical School, focusing on academic publishing initiatives, exploring new publication opportunities, and providing consultation services to faculty, staff, and students for all aspects of the publishing process.

For more information, please contact the Office of Enabling Technologies enabling.technologies (at)

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September 26, 2009

ICML 2009: Virtual Worlds & Medical Librarians

We recently had a few presentations at the International Congress of Medical Librarianship in Australia. The first one to share talks about some of the things happening in Second Life by medical librarians in general, and OUR medical librarians in particular.

You can find the full article and bibligraphy here.

International Congress of Medical Librarianship 2009:

Virtual Worlds Demand Innovative Roles and Skills from Medical Librarians:

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July 21, 2009

Mendeley for Research Article & Citation Management

As part of our Bootcamp series and collaboration with the School of Dentistry, Carol Shannon recently presented on Mendeley as a tool for managing research article collections and citation. Slides are below, and the podcast version is available at the Bootcamp website as well as in iTunes. Continuing this series, we have Marisa Conte presenting on Zotero this Wednesday.

School of Dentistry Bootcamps:

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May 11, 2009

Ed V, Libraries, and Small Electronic Devices

Ed in his talk in Room 100, on May 11th, at noon, began by going all the way back in electronic history to the Memorex (a huge microfiche reader from the '40"s) and then forward to a fictionalized device used in a StarTrek ship's computer way that could collect, categorize, provide video, maintain a perfect memory, be omniscient, and communicate to anyone anywhere, or provide a referral by the simple push of a button. Further, he discussed the technical difficulty of actually putting services on such a slow, small handheld device backed by byzantine systems support that interfere with clarity of information. He described some of his completed projects for the AADL and some of his attempted projects for the bus system and the AA parking system.

In the case of databases that can be used by a library patron, e.g., handbook types of information, he suggested that the library look for systems well adaptable to share and that the staff members model good behavior to induce the manufacturers to improve their products for mobile-size possibilities and to produce good, usable formats.

There is much unexplored territory in the realm of assistive devices in navigating the world, Ed explained. The mobile user has different information needs from the standard computer user and questions have to be framed differently for best results.

Ed himself uses a sort of mobile wiki system that contains lectures, papers, short books, etc., resulting in a kind of commonplace book.

At the conclusion of his talk, there were questions from the audience that elicited and provided additional examples of possible mobile uses (blood sugar monitoring for diabetes, TrialX, etc.)

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April 10, 2009

NIH Public Access Policy

This presentation by Merle Rosenzweig has been getting some attention in Slideshare. It includes important content for researchers about changes in the NIH Public Access policy.

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November 26, 2008

Google for Life Science Researchers

From our lecture series for the Taubman Medical Research Institute comes these slides. Remember, the library can offer classes and workshops for your department also.

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July 24, 2008

Open.Michigan for Academic Health

Last week there was a fascinating presentation about the Open.Michigan initiative and partnership among most of the various academic health programs of the University of Michigan. This presentation discussed some of the technical aspects behind the process as well as the intellectual property and collaboration issues. While the presentation itself was not recorded, the slides are available below.

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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 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:

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 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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