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February 26, 2008

Google "Who is a failure" and you get...

George Bush.

Take a look at this interesting article on GoogleBombing and this recent follow-up from a librarian in the UK.

Posted by markmac at 11:45 AM | Comments (0)

February 25, 2008

More on social technologies and education

Wired Campus: Project Aims to Build Online Classroom With Latest Web 2.0�Features - Chronicle.com

Interesting how far back his interest in social networking online goes, and that he still sees the value and application in education.

Posted by janeblum at 12:35 PM | Comments (1)

February 24, 2008

New design for NLM Gateway

I checked it out and it seems very simple and straighforward with a Google-like box:


http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/jf08/jf08_gateway_redesign.html
NLM will soon unveil a redesigned Gateway with a new user interface. The new interface, accessible through the link on the current homepage, will run in parallel with the current version. It will permanently replace the current version after several weeks.

New Look and Improved Usability
The new homepage contains the search query box and links to search tips, Help, and additional information about the system.

Posted by schnitzr at 05:49 AM | Comments (0)

February 17, 2008

Using Medical Literature to Promote Drugs

An interesting post about drug reps using the medical literature to promote their company's drugs:

However, if you read only the abstract (which is as far as most readers will venture) you'll get the uncanny sensation of having been teleported to Eli Lilly's website:

"Conclusion: Switch to duloxetine was associated with significant improvements in both emotional and painful physical symptoms of depression and was well tolerated and safe, regardless of which of the switch methods was used."

If it reads like copy written by a Lilly employee, it's because it was: Dr. Perahia, the first author, works for Lilly in England. One might have hoped that the editors of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry would have caught this bit of blatant promotionalism before it went to press. Because of this awful oversight, now Lilly will likely end up paying the journal thousands of dollars to purchase article reprints for its drug reps--someone's head will roll!

Posted by markmac at 03:11 PM | Comments (0)

February 15, 2008

Good Library PR

David Rothman's blog today links to Jean Song's slides on slideshare from her Bioinformatics 800.6 presentation. Interesting example of peer review via social networking tools. Kudos to Jean on her presentation and thanks for the positive PR for UM and HSL.

Posted by janeblum at 02:50 PM | Comments (1)

February 04, 2008

Horizon Report & emerging technologies

Educause's 2008 Horizon Report identifies six areas of emerging technologies that will have "significant impact" on higher education in next 1-5 years:

Grassroots Video
Collaboration Webs
Mobile Broadband
Data Mashups
Collective Intelligence
Social Operating Systems

Posted by nallee at 04:24 PM | Comments (0)