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September 28, 2007

Google Health ---system-to-be?

This is from a message by Chris Shaffer (Hardin Library) on Medlib-L. If you choose to check it out, don't neglect the comments at the end. People DO have opinions!

One of the library science students found these screenshots of the
Google Health product. This is not the same as Google Co-op in which
MLA participates.


Chris Shaffer, MS, AHIP, Assistant Director, Technology and Outreach
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, University of Iowa

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September 22, 2007

Work/Life Integration

Eleven HSL staff members attended the brown bag presentation on September 17 regarding Work/Life Integration at the University. Presented by David Perrotta of the Work/Life Resource Center, the attendees learned more about what the University does to assist employees with balancing their many roles.

Overall, the presentation reflected that striving toward this balance is beneficial for the employees as well as the organization as a whole. Attendees also learned about some of the specific programs available, such as helping line up child care, helping find caregivers for elderly parents, and flexible scheduling.

Thanks to everyone who participated, to Reference staff for allowing use of their space, and to Deborah for helping with Audio/Visual equipment.

Please contact Hollie if you would like handouts from the presentation. The WLRC’s website is available at the following link: http://www.hr.umich.edu/worklife/.

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September 20, 2007

Defeating the Demons of Distraction (re: ADD)

At noon on Wednesday, September 19th, there was a presentation on ADD and how to conquer its "demons." Stuart Segal, a psychologist who works in the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities introduced the speaker Geraldine Markel, Ph.D. Of note, the Michigan Union allowed a room change for the overflow crowd--not even standing room was available when the talk started. We were informed that the previous audience for this topic, some time ago, had consisted of only 4 people and now, thanks to excellent publicity, there were hundreds of interested people gathered to hear this same speaker on this same topic. We were actually too late to receive any handouts, but there is some information on Dr. Markel's web site (http://www.managingyourmind.com/), and she has written a book (co-authored with Dr. Judity Greenbaum) called "Finding Your Focus: Practical Strategies for the Everyday Challenges Facing Adults with ADD."

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September 14, 2007

Social Networking (from Chronicle 9/14/07)

September 13, 2007

Social Networks Make Few 'Real Friends'

Facebook, MySpace, and other social networking sites popular among college students boast users who claim hundreds of online friends. But new research shows the count of “real friends” — true intimates — is about five.

Researchers at Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Liverpool, both in Britain, have been conducting surveys of social networking denizens. They report that although such people claim 150 or 200 online friends (depending on the survey), they say they but have five core friends.

It’s interesting that five is the same number claimed by people not involved in online networks. —Josh Fischman

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September 10, 2007

New wrinkle in medical publishing--online ads

A Medical Publisher's Unusual Prescription: Online Ads

By some measures, the medical publishing world has met the advent of the
Internet with a shrug, sticking to its time-honored revenue model of
charging high subscription fees for specialized journals that often
attract few, if any, advertisements.

But now Reed Elsevier, which publishes more than 400 medical and
scientific journals, is trying an experiment that stands this model on its
head. Over the weekend it introduced a Web portal, OncologySTAT.com, that
gives doctors free access to the latest articles from 100 of its own
pricey medical journals and that plans to sell advertisements against the

The new site asks oncologists to register their personal information. In
exchange, it gives them immediate access to the latest cancer-related
articles from Elsevier journals like The Lancet and Surgical Oncology.
Prices for journals can run from hundreds to thousands of dollars a year.

Elsevier hopes to sign up 150,000 professional users within the next 12
months and to attract advertising and sponsorships, especially from
pharmaceutical companies with cancer drugs to sell. The publisher also
hopes to cash in on the site's list of registered professionals, which it
can sell to advertisers.

Mainstream publishers have wrestled for years with the question of how to
charge for online content in a way that neither alienates potential
readers nor cannibalizes their print properties. So far, few definitive
answers have emerged. Reed Elsevier, which is based in London, is taking a
risk that its readers will drop their paid subscriptions and switch
allegiance to the new Web site, which will offer searches and full texts
of the same content from the moment of publication.

From Dave Dillard at Temple University

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September 05, 2007

Fund-Raiser for Washtenaw Literacy

News about a worthy, fun fund raiser. See:


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September 04, 2007

Chronicle on faculty publication preferences


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