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October 31, 2006


If you are interested in identifying new and emerging technologies in
library or clinical settings and learning more about using blogs, podcasts,
and wikis to support professional growth and information sharing, please
consider attending the Medical Library Association's Educational Webcast:
"Moving at the Speed of Byte: Emerging Technologies for Information

The Webcast is co-sponsored by Library Staff Development, the Center for
Research on Learning and Teaching, and the Health Sciences Libraries.

Nancy Toronto, Interim Head, Public Health Library and Informatics, will be
facilitating the session. No registration is needed, just your attendance!

Date: November 8, 2006
Time: 2:00-4:00pm
Place: Forum Hall, Palmers Commons

Posted by gmayman at 09:35 AM | Comments (0)

October 30, 2006

Food Drive now through Nov. 13th

We now have a Michigan Harvest Food Gatherers collection box (generic box simply decorated) in place at Taubman Medical Library. The food drive will be from Oct. 30 through Nov. 13th. More information about this particular UMHS project is available at:

The Food Gatherers also accepts monetary donations...if anyone asks, please have them contact me directly ( or take their contact information and I will get back with them.

Our participation in the food drive is just one example of community outreach activities that we, along with our patrons, can be involved with.

Please message with other suggestions for community outreach.

Posted by dlauseng at 09:38 PM | Comments (1)

October 27, 2006

A little Friday humor...

From the comic strip "Brewster Rockit - Space Guy"

Posted by mchaffee at 09:53 AM | Comments (0)

October 25, 2006

Identifying the unified Health Sciences Libraries

Following up on the question posed at today's all-staff meeting, what are your thoughts on how we should identify ourselves as the collective Health Sciences Libraries in communications like phone calls, voicemail, email signature files, business cards, letterhead, etc.? One possibility is "Health Sciences Libraries @ ---" (fill in with Taubman/PHLI/Dentistry, depending on which library). What are other suggestions?

Posted by nallee at 11:58 AM | Comments (6)

October 24, 2006

New Health Search Engine: MedStory

"There's a new kid in town
I don't want to hear it
There's a new kid in town
I don't want to hear it"

There are so many different health search engines available, you might very well be tired of hearing about the new ones. They start up, do very little new, and fail, quietly fading away. Most people just use Google, and why not?

For myself, it has been a long time since I was really excited about a new Internet search engine focusing on health. But. (You knew there was going to be a "but", didn't you?) But now there is MedStory.

This new kid in town is following in the footsteps of such other hot new players as Kosmix, ClusterMed, Healia and Google: Coop: Health (which has since been folded into Google proper). All of these use a new approach to searching called clustering. They allow you to enter a medical term, and then they make suggestions for focusing your search that are based on automatically grouping the results into categories of pages that have information in common.

This new approach is exciting, and all of these new search engines are worth exploring, testing, and comparing. MedStory is, however, the one that makes my toes tap and want to start dancing. MedStory groups items into categories that make sense for clinicians as well as the general public, and it is pretty clear which is which. They show you graphically how the results group, what are the main groupings within a top level group, who are the main researchers in the area, and what is complementary or alternative. Not only that, but the sponsored links are in a different part of the page, and actually labelled as "Sponsored Links". Worth checking out. Me? I think I might have a crush on "the new kid in town."


Posted by pfa at 01:03 PM | Comments (1)

Blog Inservice

HSL Staff Inservice: Participate in the HSL Staff Blog
Led by Scott Martin on November 8 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Additional details will be coming soon…

Posted by gmayman at 09:32 AM | Comments (1)

Welcome to the HSL Staff Blog

Suggested topics for the HSL Staff Blog include, but are not limited to:
• All Staff Meetings
• Coordinator Updates
• Inservices and Training
• Activities and Events
• Kudos
• Around Town (SE Michigan)
• Humor

All staff members may respond to a posting with comments. All staff members are also encouraged to create new postings, although you first will need to do two things: 1) create an mBlog account ( and 2) let Gillian ( know so that she can add you to the list of HSL Staff Blog authors.

Posted by gmayman at 09:31 AM | Comments (0)

October 23, 2006

Staff Photos on the Blog

A few points about the staff photos that are on this blog.

1) The photos rotate randomly. If you refresh your browser multiple times, you will see them all.
2) If you do not like your photo, please let me ( know and I will remove it immediately.
3) I would like to have photos on the blog of all HSL staff who do not object. On the day of the blog inservice, I will bring the camera and take more pictures.
4) Although the blog is not for the public, it may still be seen by the public. Therefore, do not assume that the photos will be completely private.
5) I will put all photos in a file on shared space for you to use as needed.

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October 18, 2006



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