August 27, 2007
How Doctors Think
is one of Amazon's "best books of the year so far: nonfiction"
August 24, 2007
Of interest, from the Chronicle
It's MLibrary's SPO that made this available - kudos to the team!
UM on Scholarly Publishing/Technology via Web 2.0
August 23, 2007 Chronicle of Higher Education's Wired Campus:
A Report on Scholarly Publishing Gets the Web 2.0 Treatment
How better to mark the arrival of a much-discussed report on scholarly publishing and technology than to post the document online, in full Web 2.0 glory?
“University Publishing in a Digital Age” — a report released a few weeks ago by Ithaka, a nonprofit group that promotes IT in academe — argues that campus administrators have been slow to react to an uptick in “informal scholarly publication” made possible by the Web. The paper has sparked a good bit of discussion, so the University of Michigan’s Scholarly Publishing Office decided to put it online and solicit public commentary.
The digital copy of the report was created with a tool called CommentPress. The software — which was released the same week as the Ithaka paper — lets Web surfers annotate a common text by creating the digital equivalent of margin notes. CommentPress was designed by the Institute for the Future of the Book, an academic center run by the University of Southern California. —Brock Read
Posted on Thursday August 23, 2007 | Permalink |
Publishing in academe is critically important for ensuring success in higher education. Publishing in national refereed journals is highly prized in higher education. The competition to publish remains fierce. As an editor of several national periodicals, we have about a 90% rejection rate. Space is limited so only best manuscripts are featured in our scholarly journals.
William Allan Kritsonis, PhD
PhD Program of Educational Leadership
Prairie View A&M University
Member of the Texas A&M University System
— William Allan Kritsonis, PhD Aug 24, 0
August 23, 2007
New Consumer/Patient/Outreach Librarian Blog
August 21, 2007
White Paper: Physician's and Web 2.0
In case you haven't seen this: http://www.manhattanresearch.com/ttpwhitepaper.aspx
August 14, 2007
Dr. Google and Dr. Microsoft
Rather lengthy article on how Google and Microsoft plan to mine and use health information--since everyone seems to be desperately seeking it these days. From front page of today's NYT's "Business Section:"
By combining better Internet search tools, the vast resources of the Web and online personal health records, both companies are betting they can enable people to make smarter choices about their health habits and medical care.
More Good PR!
David Rothman picked this up as well - Congrats to everyone who worked on the project and to Nancy for starting the PR ball rolling.
MI-INFO Online Tutorials
The MI-INFO online tutorials are featured in "News from the Region" in the August entries of The Cornflower, the blog of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region.
August 09, 2007
Yale Libraries drop BMC
Yale's Libraries, including the medical and science libraries are dropping out of BioMed Central due to rapidly escalating costs. There's a difference of opinion on whether this is the start of a trend or not.
Remaking American Medicine
Sharing a recommendation posted to the AAHSL email group:
"The four-part PBS series Remaking American Medicine ~ Health Care for the 21st Century was chosen as the best television program of 2006 by the Association of Health Care Journalists"
Second Brain: Possible Web 2.0 CMS
I really like the idea of a Web 2.0 content management system. Patrick just sent me a link to Second Brain which is still very much in Beta.
August 07, 2007
Librarians and 2nd Life (2 letters of possible interest)
RE: Reaching out to the digital natives... Laugh if you must (in fact, I
think you should), but I play a MMPORG (Massively-Multiplayer Online
Roleplaying Game). There are a high number of young, net-savvy folks there.
There are frequently new players asking where things are, or how you do
things. I'll toss out answers when I can. About 50% of the time, the
person asking says "thanks," and I often respond with: "I'm a librarian-- I
love answering questions!" And they say "cool" and we move on.
There are librarians involved with Second Life, too, and I think those are
the places where we can reach out to this audience in a small way-- we're
librarians, we're helpful, we're information hunter-gatherers.
To paraphrase Churchill: "we shall research on the beaches, we shall
research in the databases, we shall research in the games and in the chat
rooms, we shall fight in the virtual worlds; we shall never surrender."
Ann M. Holman, MLS
Stitt Library: Information is Our Lifeblood.
National Naval Medical Center
"If everyone knew how smart and funny and dedicated librarians were, no
library would ever be shut down again."
- Ann Seidl
From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:MEDLIB-L@LIST.UVM.EDU] On
Behalf Of Tony McSean
Sent: Tuesday, August 07, 2007 6:14 AM
Subject: Re: Chat: re "librarian" as obsolete
It's a conundrum. "Librarian" and "library" are words that carry a lot of
undesirable historical baggage and can be used by the ignorant and/or young
as sticks to beat us; on the other hand, we don't have a decent
alternative. I think it's a really serious problem. We hear a lot from academic
librarians saying that students who have grown up in the digital age no
longer see the close association of libraries with knowledge acquisition.
When digital natives think of libraries at all they often think of a
quieter, dowdier version of Starbucks.
When you talk to people outside the profession - as we all have to do
occasionally - you sometimes find some very odd preconceptions indeed, not
all of them with a basis in reality. It's a commonplace to say that as a
profession we are rather too strongly wedded to our complex and abstruse
rules and procedures. I would take this down a level and say that we create
trouble for ourselves by our difficulty in ever completely dropping
something from our repertoire. Things get overlaid, never completely
replaced. Perhaps we should be more like the software industry and be
prepared to tell our users that Library 1.7 is no longer available and its
features no longer supported - we have moved to Library 2.0 And So Must You.
Going Native in a Virtual World
Tom Boellstorff, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of California at Irvine, talks about his research and his forthcoming book about the virtual world Second Life.
August 06, 2007
Top Ten Facebook Apps for Librarians
From iLibrarian - a good summary of Facebook applications for Librarians...
SPH Findings ranked second
The SPH alumni magazine, Findings, has been ranked second among all SPH magazines by Epi Monitor.
You can see Findings here: http://www.sph.umich.edu/news_events/findings/spring07/
August 04, 2007
Second Life Video
At the request of the School of Dentistry and in partnership with them, we made a video this week about science in Second Life. Here it is!
YouTube: Science Learning Opportunities in Second Life: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfsSGBraUhc
August 02, 2007
Comparisons of Point of Care Resources
Google TechTalks: Social Software
Hung (the incoming PHLI ULA) sent me this link to an interesting YouTube video from Google on the challenges of implementing social software within organizatios.