November 29, 2006
The first of many new ways of thinking about our libraries
First Woman to head Oxford Library
If at first ...
Adieu to Google Answers was posted on the Official Google Blog today. I think it's interesting not for the demise of the service, which will undoubtedly be cheered by many of my colleagues in libraries around the world, but for the mindset behind it.
Google saw a need, tried a solution, and pulled the plug when it didn't work. They see no shame in having an idea not work out, and put it behind them, moving on to the next one. The same approach is reflected in an article in the Harvard Business Review, "The Quest for Resilience" HBR 2003;81(3):52-63 , brought to my attention by Patricia Anderson.
A challenge to us is to generate the required stream of ideas to keep us moving forward and responding flexibly to our environmental challenges.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts, suggestions, and ideas as we brainstorm together.
November 28, 2006
CIC Conference: Take Away #2
USING NEW TECHNOLOGY: Students who are adept as using new technology are making faculty anxious about using it. We can assist faculty by using emerging technologies ourselves in what we already do so we can provide guidance, share insights, and answer questions based on real-world examples.
Some emerging technologies include: RSS feeds, wikis, blogs (you're doing it already!), Web 2.0 technology such as Second Life, etc
CIC Conference: Take Away #1
COACHES: In a train-the-trainer fashion, people (students or staff) are trained as "specialists" on certain topics - software, databases, web tools, etc. Coaches then participate in faculty training sessions where faculty are encouraged to bring actual tasks to work on.
The lead Instructor gives a brief 10-30 minute overview at the beginning of the session and then turns the faculty over to the assistance of the Coaches. Faculty can learn at their own pace, get specific questions answered on actual tasks/projects, and do not have to follow the pace of an entire classroom.
This model is being used by the University of Iowa.
What's a mashup?
Check out this post on the Krafty Librarian blog for an explanation of mashups and several good examples.
CIC Conference in Minneapolis
I recently attended the CIC Conference on Learning Technology (http://www1.umn.edu/cic-lt/) held in Minneapolis along with five others from Michigan: Kim Bayer, Jon Maybaum, Ted Hanns, Eric Frierson, and myself. The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) is made up of 12 universities (the Big Ten and the University of Chicago) who regularly share information and conduct conferences on specific topics. For more on the CIC: http://www.cic.uiuc.edu
I was involved mainly with sessions addressing Training, Support, and Faculty/Educational Development. The most interesting thing about it was the realization that though we were discussing technology - Web 2.0 and other emerging technology - we kept coming back to the fact that technology alone does not solve a problem. All technology *must* be examined and understood based on its intended use. We must evaluate a given situation or problem first, and then consider technology that may meet the need.
Content and desired outcome are still the most important principles when considering how to use *any* technology.
I will share my Take-Aways as separate items and welcome your feedback or ideas of how we might use them here.
About Today's Students
College Students Fall Short in Demonstrating the ICT Literacy Skills Necessary for Success in College and the Workplace
PDF [60KB]: http://www.ets.org/Media/Products/ICT_Literacy/pdf/2006_Preliminary_Findings.pdf
"Despite the assumption that today's college students are tech savvy and ICT literate, preliminary research released by ETS today shows that many students lack the critical thinking skills to perform the kinds of information management and research tasks necessary for academic success."
Also of interest, the ETS Education Issues 2007 publication.
November 25, 2006
Google Book Search Tracks Down Plagiarists
Interesting article from Slate.
Dead Plagiarists Society -- Will Google Book Search uncover long-buried literary crimes? By Paul Collins
Posted Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006, at 12:22 PM ET. http://www.slate.com/id/2153313/?nav=tap3
November 23, 2006
Preparing for MLK Day
Helen Look, Jamaine Wourman, and I are thinking that the HSL could have some special event(s) for MLK Day, which is on January 15th. Helen has belonged to the MLK Day Committee for quite some time now, Jamaine is the Head of the UL Diversity Committee, and I have recently been invited to join the UMHS Diversity Awareness Subcommittee. Therefore, we were wondering how we could incorporate those connections into the HSL roster (Can you help us think of ways?). We would be delighted to collect any thoughts you might have on the subject. In the past, Patricia Anderson has also been "a player" in the MLK celebration with Dentistry resources, so we solicit Patricia's ideas, as well, of course. If any other staff member wants to be involved, PLEASE chime in.
The MLK events calendar is maintained at: http://www.mlksymposium.umich.edu/
November 22, 2006
Turning to One Another, by Margaret J. Wheatley
This poem was read at the beginning of the first committee meeting (Integrated Disability Management Advisory Committee or IDMAC)by Laurita Thomas:
There is no power greater
than a community
discovering what it cares about
Ask "What's possible?: not
Notice what you care about.
Assume that many others
share your dreams.
Be brave enough to start a
conversation that matters.
Talk to people you know.
Talk to people you
Talk to people you
never talk to.
Be intrigued by the differences you hear. Expect
to be surprised. Treasure
curiosity more than certainty.
Invite in everybody who cares
to work on what is possible.
Acknowledge that everyone is
an expert about something.
Know that creative solutions
come from new connections.
Remember, you don't fear
people whose story you know.
Real listening always brings
people closer together.
Trust that meaningful
conversations can change
Rely on human goodness.
November 20, 2006
Views of the Digital Divide: Economic, Usability, Empowerment
In case you haven't seen this. For the librarians, note this line from the section on the "Empowerment Divide"..
" ... [W]e've found that many users don't know how to use search to truly master the Web. People don't understand advanced search features, they rarely employ query reformulation, and many uncritically select the first search results."
Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox for November 20 is now online at:
The economic divide is a non-issue, but the usability and empowerment divides alienate huge population groups who miss out on the Internet's potential.
November 17, 2006
State of the Health System
This page has link to a video of Dr Kelch's Nov 13 "State of the Health System" remarks. There are no slides, but I have a copy of the handouts, which have brief text and list some links. The most interesting links to me were the Medical School's response to prop2 (http://www.med.umich.edu/medschool/2response.htm) and the Health System's Strategic Principles (http://www.med.umich.edu/strategic/princ.htm)
AAHSL Annual Meeting
As you know, Preet, Doreen, and I attended the AAMC and AAHSL annual meeting earlier this month. The AAHSL workshop title was:
Developing the Evidence Base: Making Effective Use of Assessment and Statistics Data in Academic Health Sciences Libraries
Slides and notes from the workshop are now available on the AAHL homepage at www.aahsl.org.
Liaison Services - Sharing
Jane would like to highlight Liaison Services' efforts by asking the liaison services librarians to update us on some of the interesting projects they have been working on this past term. Jane has asked me to get the ball rolling. So here's an update on a few of the things I've been up to these days....
Evidence-based Medicine Journal Club, Department of Pediatrics: I've been consulting with pediatric residents to develop evidence-based search skills and introduce them to information resources. I attend EBM Journal Club and also provide instruction during the journal club sessions.
Co-reviewing literature for inclusion in the Journal of Pediatrics’ Best Evidence section.
Provided an instruction seminar called "Information Management: Tools, Tips and Journal Clubs" for the Medical Education Scholars Program (Dept. of Medical Education) for junior medical faculty.
Doreen and I recently joined the Graduate Medical Education Competency Assessment Working Group to discuss evaluation, develop further projects in medical education and collaborate on initiatives with the med school.
Planning a seminar for the "Pediatric Research, Foundations of Clinical and Epidemiologic Research" for fellows.
November 16, 2006
The user-centric library manifesto
This posting on Karen Schneider's blog last June has become famous in library 2.0 circles. What do you think?
November 12, 2006
Feedback on ErgoPod
This afternoon, at Dance Marathon's Pediatric Ability Event, I ran into the visually impaired individual who has been using the ErgoPod on Friday, a week ago (I was not present at the time). She made a point of telling me that she was extremely enthusiastic about the able assistance she had received while using the ErgoPod at Taubman and afterwards. One librarian had assisted her in adjusting some of the ErgoPod computer elements, and another staff member accompanied her to a private room (Group Study Room?) where she could listen to her speaking machine without the noise interrrupting others. Anyhow, she extended her appreciation to all who helped her, and she promised to return to use the Ergopod whenever she could.
Hi all -
Some of us have jest learned about Web 2.0 and mash-up. Here comes the "semantic Web".
To learn more about this and add to the discussion, see PFA's entry and associated comments on Googling for a diagnosis.
November 10, 2006
HSL Web Site: You tell us, part 2
Hi, everyone! Since folks seem to have a lot of ideas they want to share about how the new web site could look and function, please add those in this place. We are just beginning this process, so are open to hearing all kinds of ideas.
HSL Web Site: Question Three: Websites for partnering libraries
Question 3: What web sites would you recommend that represent a single public face for geographically separate libraries? This is common in public libraries, but less so in health and medical libraries. Please let us know of examples of web sites supporting communities like ours.
HSL Web Site: Question Two: Other academic health libraries
Question 2: What academic health libraries do you feel are doing work similar to what we do or hope to do?
HSL Web Site: Question One: Library websites you like
Question 1: What library websites (in general) do you most like and
admire? What library websites do you think we could learn from in
designing our new "public face"?
HSL Web Site: Step One -- You tell us!
In moving toward a unified web presence for the partner libraries, we will be looking both inward and outward. As part of this process, we will at various points be asking you for help, information, and your thoughts and opinions.
As a first step in information gathering, we would like to start by asking you all for a few thoughts about other libraries, their websites, and what we can learn from them. We will post each question separately so comments make sense.
Thank you in advance!
Remembrance Day - November 11
Some of you have asked been asking why some patrons and I have been wearing poppies this week. So I thought I'd let you know. It's to commemorate Remembrance Day (Veterans Day in the US). Until November 11, Canadians, Britons and those from other countries wear poppies to commemorate the sacrifices of veterans and civilians in war. On the 11th minute of the 11th day of the 11th month (the time that World War I ended), a moment of silence is observed in remembrance.
The significance of the poppy comes from the poem "In Flanders Fields" written by Lt. Col. John McCrae, a Canadian physician who served and died at a field hospital during WWI. Poppies grew in profusion in Flanders Field, Belgium, where war casualties had been buried. Back home, I remember learning the poem in school and reciting it at assemblies every year. Here it is:
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Googling for a Diagnosis
This new article from BMJ has some possibly surprising findings.
Hangwi Tang & Jennifer Hwee Kwoon Ng
Googling for a diagnosis--use of Google as a diagnostic aid: internet based study.
BMJ, doi:10.1136/bmj.39003.640567.AE (published 10 November 2006)
Objective: To determine how often searching with Google (the most popular search engine on the world wide web) leads doctors to the correct diagnosis.
Results: Google searches revealed the correct diagnosis in 15 (58%, 95% confidence interval 38% to 77%) cases.
November 09, 2006
Sakai (CTools) integration project
Pat R, Doreen, Patricia, and I were all at the Sakai/CTools presentation this afternoon. We were able to see a demo of the alpha version, which looks promising as a tool, with more development in the works. The URL above will take you to background material on the project. Feel free to ask any of us for more information.
What's in a blog?
Interesting post on the ways we could be using blogs to communicate among ourselves and with our users.
What do you think?
November 08, 2006
Word of the Day
Cybergogy: the science of integrating information technology into adult learning.
Open House at Pop Studies Library
I wanted to report about the lovely Open House at the Population Studies Library that Yan Fu held two weeks ago for her ISR patrons. She had various demo's scheduled at specific time slots; e.g., Darlene Nichols gave one on Mirlyn at 2:30, and I gave one on PubMed at 3, so people came in and out as their schedules and interests permitted.
Yan had a huge plate with various fruits and cheeses, some crackers, and a bowl of punch (as I recall--there may also have been cider available).
November 06, 2006
Reasons for a Shredder
Kind of interesting. Usually we think of health privacy as applying to patients, not physicians, but here is an example of the reverse.
Some gynecologist or family member pitched a lifetime of saved papers (hopefully when he retired, but we don't know), and an artist snatched the whole pile from the trash to catalog and reprint.
Monoian, Elizabeth. The Life of One Man as Found in the Garbage. LOST Magazine, no.10, November 2006. URL: http://www.lostmag.com/issue10/garbage.php
November 04, 2006
Cochrane for Consumers
I hadn't heard of this until today, but I think it's very interesting. For all the talk about Patient Oriented Evidence that Matters (POEMS), I haven't seen a lot of other examples that consumers or health professionals are pushing for involvment of patients in more than personal decision-making.
What have the rest of you observed?
November 03, 2006
Libraries Beckon, But Stacks of Books Aren't Part of Pitch
This article was mentioned at the AAHSL workshop last weekend. It's short, but it and the follow up letters encapsulate the two views of the issue.
Other materials from the meeting will be posted on the AAHSL website later in the month - I'll let you know when they are available.
November 02, 2006
HSL Staff Training & Development
Thanks to everyone who responded to the request for information about classes, training sessions, workshops, etc. that you would like to see offered. These are the recommendations so far:
Acrobat Professional: PDF Document Manipulation
Working w/ Images & Graphics
What are other ideas/recommendations for staff training & development that are of interest?
November 01, 2006
Take a walk and see something beautiful
Quoting Patricia Anderson caption on the beautiful in question:
The University of Michigan Hospitals have this displayed on the 1st floor of the Taubman Center. This was a marvelous community project. Patients were given pieces of paper on which they wrote hopes, wishes, and prayers. These were individually folded and assembled into a large paper sculpture dragon. The dragon is mounted on the wall in a glass case. If you look closely at this image you will see reflections of the hospital hall. I don't recall the name of the artist.
See the photos at:
Better yet, take a walk and see the real thing -- no offense to Patricia, but you really MUST see this for real!