February 27, 2007
LUNAFEST comes to Ann Arbor
LUNAFEST is a nationwide fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women's issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities. The event, from 7 - 10 p.m. Thursday, March 15, will highlight women as leaders in society, illustrated through nine outstanding films by female filmmakers. The films, which will be shown in the Pendleton Room at the Michigan Union, range from animated shorts to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women's health, body image, spirituality, relationships, cultural diversity, and breaking barriers.
Cost is $5 for students and $8 for community members. All proceeds will benefit the U-M American Medical Women's Association and the Breast Cancer Fund.
February 24, 2007
Librarian of Fortune--Bates Information Tips on Google
From Mary Ellen Bates:
Want to read even more stuff I write? I've started a personal blog, Librarian of Fortune, which you can get to at, coincidently, http://www.LibrarianOfFortune.com
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Did you know Kramer wanted to be a standardized patient?
The AARP Bulletin features this interesting article, Good Rapport Is Good Medicine, about standardized patients. If you are not familiar with standardized patients and how they are used in medical education, this article explains the program as well as talks with medical educators, medical students, and the patient actors about the program and their experiences. The LRC downstairs in this building has a standardized patient lab for UM students.
February 22, 2007
Mike Swanson blogging about his class on Health Informatics
Introduction to Health Informatics
This blog will provide comments on my experiences in a course in the School of Public Health titled Introduction to Health Informatics. Although I am somewhat tardy in starting this blog on the course, it should be noted that our first few weeks of class dealt with basic concepts relating to Health Informatics. Only more recently have we begun to dive into the meat of the subject matter. I will attempt to bring everyone up to date in subsequent postings, but for now I wish to focus on the main theme of the course. Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) have the promise to significantly impact diverse aspects of healthcare. Currently in the United States, only about 25% of healthcare facilities are using EMRs. The overriding question is why is this percentage as low as it is. The answers to this question are complex and varied. Addressing this issue, though, is what the course is all about and subsequent postings will touch upon these.
February 21, 2007
In Quest of the Perfect Library (from The Chronicle..)
From the issue dated February 23, 2007
In Quest of the Perfect Library
By ANDREW HOLLERAN
There is a sad truth about college libraries: No matter how attractively designed and cleverly constructed, they cannot disguise a central fact — that the undergraduates in them are seldom there to read books they want to read.
When I walk through the library at Georgetown University or American University, my heart goes out to the undergraduates sprawled under the fluorescent light like animals that have been euthanized. I know that whether they curl up in easy chairs, stretch their legs under long tables, or hunch over desks, nothing can alleviate the ordeal. The reason is simple: Only an adult can walk into a university library looking for a book he actually wants to read.
In a corner of Harvard Yard, there is a library called Lamont, a midcentury, redbrick, functional building whose most recent addition is a strange circular pit with glass walls that show students studying at their desks, like ants in a terrarium, or the virgins the Mayans threw into cenotes as sacrifices to the gods. But across an asphalt path lies Widener.
This enormity was named after a Harvard man who drowned on the Titanic, and its look still exemplifies the turn-of-the-century, upper-class, male WASP coterie with which Harvard was once synonymous. Opened in 1915 with a gift by Widener's mother, it was designed by an African-American architect in a Philadelphia firm that the Wideners had used for their enormous pile Lynnewood, a staggering estate whose plutocratic interiors are remembered today only in photographs since the building is now owned by a Korean church.
Widener dominates its portion of the Yard like some enormous train station — or the post office on Eighth Avenue in Manhattan that the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan wanted to make the new Pennsylvania Station. Inside the library, murals by John Singer Sargent flank a marble staircase that leads to a vast reading room in whose shadows the beautiful green shades of reading lamps glimmer like emeralds.
The books Harvard owns outgrew Widener's 50 miles of shelves not long after it was opened, but Widener is still the Mother Church. Forbidden to freshmen, she constitutes a rite of passage when, at the beginning of sophomore year, one is finally allowed to leave Lamont for Widener. Obtaining a pass that allows one into the stacks of Widener means: I am growing up.
Widener is the jungle, the Amazon basin, where any budding intellectual must find gold. Yet 50 miles of books speak of the futility of it all. For one thing, you can never read all of them. For another, other people have tried. So the thrill soon pales.
Sitting in the stacks at some graduate student's desk (or carrel — a new word to the uninitiated!), staring out the narrow window that resembles the slit in the wall of a medieval castle through which archers aimed their crossbows, ennui, dejection, and despair descend, until one realizes one has entered the Sophomore Slump. Yes, getting into Widener may be a thrill, but getting out soon becomes an even bigger one.
Conveniently, there are other Harvard libraries — over 90, to house the largest university collection in the world. The reluctant reader searches for the perfect room, the perfect desk, the perfect lamp, the perfect chair, as if they will make it easier for the literary castor oil to go down.
When they become sophomores, students are expelled from the Yard and sent to live in individual colleges, or houses, near the river. Each house has its own library, small (like Lamont) but atmospheric (like Widener). The Lowell House Library, for instance, looks like the men's club in a New Yorker cartoon, with wood-paneled walls, brass chandeliers, dark tables, and red-leather chairs.
The Lowell House Library is, in a sense, perfect. But it takes perfection to realize a crucial truth about the limitations of architecture and décor. For it was there, one winter night, while sitting in one of those slippery, high-backed, red-leather chairs, that I finished a book called The American Adam — and realized I had, technically, completed this well-regarded study of my country's literature and could not remember a single word of what I had just read. The book had passed through me as a vapor.
So I went up to my room and spent the rest of my college years reading under a low ceiling, with a crummy little lamp, flat on my back, having finally realized I had been searching for something that cannot exist: a library that would read the book for me.
Andrew Holleran teaches creative writing at American University. His latest novel is Grief (Hyperion, 2006).
February 20, 2007
EBM for the layperson
Evidence-based medicine in the mainstream media
Saturday, April 21, is the day for the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild's Fiber Feast. see
the pretty postcard for details.
Sadly we don't have many men attend, but it is a fun "ladies day". Some of the artists who contribute do wonderful work.
February 19, 2007
Big Medicine at Michigan
This article in the University Record Michigan medical schools and teaching hospitals make major economic impact focuses specifically on UMHS while discussing the AAMC report The Economic Impact of AAMC - Member Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals
February 17, 2007
Women's Health and Fitness Event at Ypsi High
Merle, Pat M., and I (anna) attended the UM Women Medical Students' event called Women's Health and Fitness held at Ypsilanti High School on February 17th from early morning until early afternoon. We set up a little table with our HSL name, our brochures about MedlinePlus, two laptops featuring PowerPoint of a number of relevant MedlinePlus topics (we tried to match them up with the workshops held at the event), and we distributed over 50 NLM flyers and a number of library brochures (plus a lot of good will). Several of our colleagues were present to attend the workshop, as well (Agnes, Barb G.). After the crowds had dispersed we attended a number of excellent workshops (e.g., "Hiding in Plain Sight"--about violence to women; "Chair Yoga," and "It's Not Just Potty Talk"--about colon cancer and the need for screening. We also made contact with Debbi Smith who runs the UM Women's Health Resource Center, and we promised to collaborate with each other. She will drop off bookmarks for her unit soon and will pick up some of our brochures, she said. All in all, I would say that it was an outstanding outreach venture from the standpoint of reaching local women of all ages and ethnicities and promoting the fact that HSL care and are there to provide further good health information.
February 16, 2007
Red-Hot Library Porn
Sure, his college has a fine utilitarian collection, but what he really longs for are the tactile pleasures of a great university library.
This is a quite delightful article about an academic's love of libraries and of books about libraries.
February 14, 2007
Help for New Web Site
As part of working toward the new HSL gateway web site, we've been asked to come up with some visually intriguing aspects of each of the libraries as possible future highlights. We would love to have your help with this. This could be services, collections, or something else. It could be cutting edge modern or historical. It would need to be something that can be photographed or in some way provide a point of visual interest. We would like it to be something about which we can toot our horn, a point of pride for us to promote to our patrons.
The Gateway working team is comprised of Gillian Mayman, Mark Chaffee, Anna Ercoli Schnitzer and myself (Patricia Anderson). Please send suggestions or concepts to any of us. We will compile and send the list out to everyone as a future step. Please do NOT reply to all.
Thank you in advance for your ideas!
-- Patricia Anderson, pfa@Umich.edu
Look who's in second life
February 13, 2007
Neat tool for scheduling
I just learned about Doodle: Scheduling meetings from a colleague in Medicine. It might be useful for some of our scheduling and/or decisionmaking.
After Katrina..(last of MLK events)
I attended the following seminar: "The Social and Political Implications of Hurricane Katrina: Looking Back and Looking Ahead." Panelist: John Logan, Professor of Sociology, Brown University, and Michael Dawson, Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago. Moderator: Alford Young, Jr., Department of Sociology and Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan. February 9, 2007. 1-3 p.m. Kuenzel Room, Michigan Union.
The seminar focused on whether New Orleans should retain its former footprint or become a smaller city, the fact that the poorest people--the ones who were the last to leave--are now the ones who have no funds to return and rebuild, whether the discrepancies in being rescued were based on race or class, and the difference of opinions between African-Americans and Caucasians as to whether or not a major race problem still exists in the United States.
Synopsis of Dr Farmer's Talk
From the Michigan Daily
A brief summary of Paul Farmer's presentation yesterday, if you weren't able to view the live presentation or webcast.
UM can be proud to be a leader in this effort
UM's policy is explained in this press release, and I have seen it cited in articles as one of the first such in the country.
February 12, 2007
Our Friends Across Town
Michael Stephens, a well-known medical library blogger, reprinted this article of his from the Spring 2006 Sirsi Dynix Upstream newsletter. He has strong praise for our colleagues in the Ann Arbor District Library. If you're not familiar with the library and the innovative use it's making of technology, give this a read. This morning at the coordinators' meeting we were talking about potential partnerships for outreach. AADL looks like a partner from whom we could learn much.
Paul Farmer presents Building a Health Care Movement
Paul Farmer presents Building a Health Care Movement: From Haiti to Rwanda
Time: Monday, Feb 12, 2007 5:00pm
Address: Ford Auditorium, University Hospital
Address: 1500 East Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Paul E. Farmer, M.D., Ph.D., Presley Professor of Medical Anthropology at Harvard University, attending physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, and founding director of Partners In Health will present "Building a Health Care Movement: From Haiti to Rwanda." The speech will focus on PIH's philosophy and approach to providing integrated health care solutions to the poor. PIH is an international charity organization that operates in eight countries and is best known for its work in Haiti, where it has been treating impoverished people since 1983; and in Rwanda, where it is pursuing an integrated approach to health and development issues for rural residents.
This will be simulcast to Ford Auditorium and the West Lecture Hall. To view a streaming video, visit http://ummedia02.rs.itd.umich.edu/farmer021207_400k.
February 09, 2007
Interesting new journal
I wonder if this is going to become a separate discipline within medicine. Isn't it just a particular aspect of Family or Internal Medicine? How is lifestyle medicine different from the (non-medical) field of health education?
The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color
I've been meaning to share what I learned from the first Joint Conference of Librarians of Color which was held in Dallas from October 12-15, 2006. The Library's Diversity Committee has been working on sponsoring a brown bag to discuss the conference. It was a really great experience working on and participating in the conference. A Library Journal article gives a sample of the types of programs at the conference - "diversity in the workplace, cultural literacy, recruitment and retention, multicultural leadership, multicultural programs and materials, and equity of access."
I hope the recent "All Americans?" letter to the editor won't cast a shadow on the collaboration that took place. JCLC brought together individuals who feel passionate about diversity and want to help all types of libraries better serve the diverse needs of their communities. I believe this is reason why there was a strong representation of health sciences librarians, the NLM, and MLA at the conference. I look forward to the next JCLC and hope even more people will want to participate.
Do we use machines or do they use us?
An anthropologist's view:
February 08, 2007
UM Alums in NLM exhibit
As you know from Helen's email, the HSL are hosting the NLM African American Surgeons Traveling Exhibit August - October 2009. In case you were wondering about the identity of the two UM alums featured in the exhibit, they are Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr, and Dr. Alexa I. Canady
February 07, 2007
A step forward
February 06, 2007
The Trouble with E-Mail
Research on why/how e-mail promotes miscommunication.
A hit in the blogoshpere
University of Michigan | University Library | Usability Studies is being linked to all over the place. I'm seeing it in del.icio.us, a of variety blogs, and in lists of websites. HSL's Preet Rana is one of the team members, contributing not just to UM but to libraries in general.
Check out the pages, linked above.
Be careful with the pit bulls
Interesting follow up to the earlier news about new PR efforts against open access by scientific publishers.
February 05, 2007
HSL involvement with "Give Kids a Smile"
Saturday, Merle, Anna and I were able to distribute information about MedlinePlus.gov and the American Dental Association to over 55 families as part of the School of Dentistry's "Give Kids a Smile" day. Merle created a very nice, color printed flyer highlighting MedlinePlus and ADA web pages, with a header of "University of Michigan, Health Sciences Libraries". This flyer, along with the MedlinePlus trifolds, bookmarks, and pens were activitely distributed as people were in line to register and wait for their appointment with the Dentistry teams for x-rays, cleanings and simple fillings.
A delightful part of our participation was meeting a 5th grader interested in starting a 'health club' at her school. She is so interested in the health club idea, that she came back a second time to talk with us. She left us with her Principal's name in hopes that arrangements could be made to talk at her school about health information.
Thanks to Anna, Merle, Nancy A, Patricia and Pat M. for their willingness to move this community outreach opportunity along. Thanks also to Jane for alerting us to this Dental School program and helping with the contacts.
A 'news release' of this successful outreach activity has been sent to a number of sources: Taubman and HSL News Blogs, Library Newsletter, UMHS Bulletin, School of Dentistry publicity office, and Liene Karels.
MedlinePlus goes local
Current Health News
In the Spotlight
A new Go Local site is now available in MedlinePlus. Find health services in your hometown in:
Lots of specific local resources are listed by county. This should prove very practical and helpful.
February 04, 2007
Free e-learning site
The Stingy Scholar is an interesting site with links to online repositories and tutorials, both personal and professional, at a variety of grade levels. For example, the January 31 entry highlights "Science, Optics, and You." While that program is targeted to the elementary grades, those of you who, like me, have taken advantages of the old librarians' trick of looking at children's literature for quick and understandable introductions to a topic may find it and similar links useful.
February 03, 2007
MelCat ILL at AA District Library
MeLCat is here!
I found the information below on a link from the AA District Library Home Page while searching for something else for a patron (a typing class, which I could not find and am still searching for--gone the way of the dodo bird?). This information below could come in handy for patrons who are not UM affiliates or for questions about items that are more public-library-collection oriented. The AA District Library is getting better and better every day!
The Ann Arbor District Library is pleased to announce the return of patron-initiated interlibrary loan service through the Michigan eLibrary Catalog (MeLCat), a statewide-shared catalog.
You may request interlibrary loans directly by going to MeLCat. There is also a link to MeLCat from the Request ILL page on our website.
All requests will require your name and library barcode (found on the back of your library card) and a pickup location of your choice.
When a book is ready for pickup you will receive a message similar to the one you receive now for AADL holds ready to be picked up. Books will be checked out at your pickup location for three weeks and be available for one three week renewal unless there is a request at the owning library. Renewals may be done through your online account, at any Circulation Desk, or by calling 327-4219.
Please let us know if you need more information about this service by going to Contact Us or asking at any of our public service desks. http://www.aadl.org/