Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Skill Kit: Truncation in PubMedSkill

The NLM Skill Kit: Truncation in PubMed, has been updated. It is helpful for anybody using or teaching PubMed.
It can be found at:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/jf06/jf06_skillkit.html

Many RSS Users Do Not Know They Use RSS

The Librarian in Black brought my attention to this survey.

According to a MarketingSherpa survey, at least 75 million consumers and business people in the USA and UK use RSS on a regular basis. However, only 17-32% of RSS users actually know they're using RSS. Why is this? Most of the RSS users use MyYahoo or MyMSN to monitor their news and interest stories. They don’t realize that MyYahoo and MyMSN are RSS readers compiling their selected feeds. Even though these users are using RSS feeds they are likely to bypass the orange RSS button on a site because it is techie gibberish to them. However, if it is viewed as a news feed within their reader (MyYahoo or MyMSN) they are more likely to subscribe to it. “It's the newsiness of the content that makes RSS compelling to them, not the whiz-bang coolness of RSS itself.”

So what does this mean to libraries offering RSS feeds to their users? Obviously our users do not associate the term RSS with the concept of getting news feeds. Remember, most of our users don’t know what ILL or Interlibrary Loan means, they just know the library doesn’t have the book and they want it. So, it shouldn’t come as a shock that they are also unaware of what the term RSS means. If you want them to subscribe to our RSS feeds you have got to stop using the word RSS, plain and simple. Dump the orange button and call it a news update link, a current library events link, etc. Who cares what you call it as long as it make sense to them.

Next you need to get people to want to subscribe to your feed. You need to publish frequently (daily or weekly). People want current and relevant information. If you or your library doesn’t have the time or people to maintain and update the feeds, it is worthless. MarketingSherpa also recommends that the content be “newsy” (newsletter articles, fact-of-the-day, offer of the day.) I am not sure if a library specifically should stick to that recommendation. Perhaps libraries have other types of uses for a feed that my not be considered “newsy” but are successful. It is all about content, if you don’t have it and you don’t update it, why should they subscribe to it.

Brand your feed. Users tend to identify the news feeds as coming from their reader (MyYahoo or MyMSN) not from the original source. They may subscribe to various sources but the information is still collected and read from one place, their reader. In other words, “they love their reader more than they love the particular brands within it.” Including your library name automatically as a part of every headline increases your visibility and helps combat the idea that it is just another feed within the reader. Simply put, it gets your name out there and on their minds, and that is almost always a good thing.

Use feed aggregators. MarketingSherpa says to “get your feed included as a part of one the ever-increasing numbers of aggregated feeds.” Aggregated feeds are RSS feeds that are themselves clumped together feeds from several sources. I am not sure how well that works for libraries, but I would be interested to see if anybody has done this successfully for their library feeds as a way to reach out their users. One thing a library can easily is to offer your own aggregated feeds. Many bloggers are now offering their own aggregated feeds, people can see what news and sites the author is reading. This would be perfect for any special library. For example, medical libraries could show a list of feeds from medical journals, medical news sites, etc.

If you need some examples of what other libraries are doing to get the creative juices flowing check out:
Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library -Check it out on the MAIN PAGE! Library News and Health News on the right hand side. They have up to date information under their news and they have an aggregate list of health news displayed on their site from the New York Times Health, Reuters Health, MEDLINEplus, and Google Health News.

Georgia State University Library -Unfortunately their Library News and Subject Blogs are not displayed on the main page, but there is a link to them on the main page. What I find neat is not only do they have subject blogs but they list the most current posts (off all their blogs) in the center, and then have links to the specific subject blogs on the right. It is a long list perhaps that is why it is not on the main page.

Ann Arbor District Library - Posts from all of the blogs appear front and center on the home page, with a link back to the rest of that subject’s blog. What is really cool is that they allow patrons to comment, and the patrons most definitely comment. One post has 32 comments!


Bottom line, RSS feeds offer a lot of opportunities to reach out to users, we just have package it in a way that is meaningful and useful to them. But isn’t that what we should be doing with all of our services?

Monday, February 27, 2006

Technology Articles Needed for the Journal of Hospital Librarianship

Journal of Hospital Librarianship is looking for articles 8-10 pages in length for an upcoming issue for the Technology Column. Anyone interested in writing an article on any technology topic, Web 2.0, blogging, etc. contact Alexia Estabrook. Submissions are due by March 30, 2006. Instructions for authors can be found here: http://www.haworthpress.com/journals/submittingart.asp

Alexia Estabrook, MSLS, AHIP
Information Services Librarian
Providence Hospital
Helen L. DeRoy Medical Library
Southfield, MI

alexia.estabrook@providence-stjohnhealth.org

"Google Scholar Rivals Web of Science" - UBC Prof Says

Dean Giustini, UBC Google Scholar Blogger writes an interesting post in which he directs our attention to a study comparing WoS and Google Scholar by Drs. Pauly and Stergiou. Pauly and Stergiou compared WoS and Google Scholar using 114 papers from 11 disciplines from 1925 to 2004.

"It's axiomatic that databases bought by university libraries - like ISI's Web of Science (WoS) - outperform free search tools like Google Scholar. Or is it? A recent study co-authored by Daniel Pauly, director of the UBC Fisheries Centre suggests otherwise; the study compared WoS with Google Scholar, with some surprising results."

MLA '06 Hotel Update

(reposted from Medlib)
Due to high demand for accommodations at MLA '06, MLA's room block at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix is sold out. If you need a room, please contact the Wyndham Phoenix, where MLA has reserved a block of rooms for MLA attendees.

The Wyndham is located directly across the street from the Hyatt. To make a reservation contact:

Wyndham Phoenix
50 East Adams Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Hotel direct line, 602.333.000
Hotel reservations, 800.359.7253 or 602.333.5000
Hotel fax, 602.333.5183
Online reservations:
http://www.wyndham-phoenix.com
you must enter 0516819ML in the Group Code field.

If you are holding a reservation you do not need at the Hyatt, please cancel it so the room can be made available to another member who might need it. Attendees may continue to contact the Hyatt, if desired, because rooms might become available as people cancel reservations they do not need.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

No Posts for Thursday or Friday

I will be travelling to St. Louis to visit family for a long weekend. At least it will be warmer than Cleveland.

Table of Contents Service

I am in the process of evaluating the services our library provides. One service we provide is a table of contents alert service. Hospital employees (doctors, nurses, administrators) let us know which journals they would like the table of contents delivered to them. As the most recent journal comes to the library we copy the table of contents and mail it to the requestors. People then circle the articles they would like and return it back to the library. We then copy and deliver the requested article.

We have a booming TOC service. We copy more than 250 table of contents for various people. Now, some people request to receive the table of contents from many different journals, but that is still a big number for my little ol' library.

I have been thinking. There has got to be a better way of providing this service so that they can get the TOC delivered to them quicker and receive the requested articles faster. I have begun to look at delivering the table of contents electronically for some journals.

What I would like to do is sign people up to receive the TOC's (from journals we have electronically) via email. That way the person can quickly read the table of contents then click and download the article, instead of waiting a couple of days to for mail delivery and for us to copy the article.

I am wondering what other libraries do for their table of content services. What obstacles have they encountered? What about offsite physicians who can't access the electronic version because their home/office computer is not a part of the hospital IP range? What about journals we get through aggregators such as MDConsult and Ovid, are there reliable methods to get online table of contents from them?

Is Peer Review Broken?

Medinfo directed me to this interesting article in The Scientist, Is Peer Review Broken?

It is a very interesting look at the myriad or problems associated with peer review, researchers, and institutions.

"Everyone, it seems, has a problem with peer review at top-tier journals. The recent discrediting of stem cell work by Woo-Suk Hwang at Seoul National University sparked media debates about the system's failure to detect fraud. Authors, meanwhile, are lodging a range of complaints: Reviewers sabotage papers that compete with their own, strong papers are sent to sister journals to boost their profiles, and editors at commercial journals are too young and invariably make mistakes about which papers to reject or accept (see Truth or Myth?). Still, even senior scientists are reluctant to give specific examples of being shortchanged by peer review, worrying that the
move could jeopardize their future publications."

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Using IM in Libraries

Michael Stephens is conducting a survey on the use of IM (instant messaging) by librarians as a part of library services or staff communication. He is doing background work for a brief talk at Computers in Libraries 2006 as well as collecting some data for my upcoming Library Technology Report "Web 2.0 & Libraries: Best Practices for Social Software." He is interested to see how many librarians are using IM at their desks to commiunicate with colleagues and as a reference point.

I know there are medical and health libraries out there who are using IM for reference. Before my current position, I used to help with a few OhioLink HealthSci reference chat shifts. If you are interested click here to take survey take the survey.

One thing I think I would have liked to have seen on the IM survey is a question asking why we do not or cannot do IM in our library. I think the reasons for that might be just as interesting as why and how people are doing IM.

Pandemic Flu Survival Guide for Handhelds Released

The Pandemic Flu Survival Guide, from Stephenson Strategies http://stephensonstrategies.com was recently released and is available for only $9.95 (including updates) from mobile content web sites, including PocketDirectory.com.

It is available for Palm and Microsoft Windows handhelds and smartphones. It was developed by Homeland security strategist and planning expert W. David Stephenson who complied vital and current information from the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the US pandemicflu.gov web site, the UK Health Protection Agency, and it is supplemented by material from other sources.
The data is compressed into more than 150 listings in 6 categories: sources for latest information, preparations, staying healthy, travel precautions, the illness and its treatment, and human & economic impacts. The information ranges from checklists for family medical and food supplies to an extensive set of business continuity recommendations.

E-mail and/or RSS feeds notify subscribers of updates as the changing situation dictates.

While $9.95 is very reasonable for a handheld medical program, don't forget there are some quality free resources as well.
Such as:
  • .911 - FREE Emergency Management Resource (available at Skyscape.com)
    Published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) incorporating content from the CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO), The Medical Letter and Outlines in Clinical Medicine to provide medical professionals with the latest information on infectious disease outbreaks, natural disasters, bio-terrorism threats and more. Recent updates include the Avian Influenza and Hurricane Health. Other topics and resources medical professionals can reference via .911 include CDC Spotlights on infectious disease threats such Influenza, SARS, Mad Cow Disease (BSE and CJD) and Monkeypox and bio-terrorist agents including Anthrax and Smallpox. This can serve as a reference for diagnosis to treatments to available vaccines, and provides doctors, nurses, EMTs and other medical professionals information on these new threats on their mobile devices at the point of care.

Monday, February 20, 2006

CyberTools News

I received CyberTools e-new letter the other day and I thought I would share a few things from it and some of my thoughts.

CyberTools is Ranked # 2 in the ILS Marketplace For Numbers of New Libraries in 2005 (=73)Total Libraries Now Served by CyberTools as of 12/31/05: 221
They are ranked 2nd (tied with Innovative Interfaces). SirsiDynix was #1. Of the new libraries joining CyberTools, 7% were Academic, 93% were Special.

CyberTools OPAC (while delayed) will have some new features.

Features in the new OPAC include:
  • Embedded thumbnail in Search Results
  • Table of Contents in Details
  • Embedded graphics in Details
  • Thumbnail book cover in Search Results
  • Link directly to Web resources from Search Results
  • Link directly to PDF from Search Results
  • Link directly to a database from Search Results

New features to available shortly at the Librarian Resources site:

  • Add a field to your library's home page to directly query your OPAC
  • New Cataloging function [Refresh MARC Bibs via Z39.50]
  • New Enhancements to Interactive Z39.50 MARC Bib Import

Some things Krafty, wishes will be in the new OPAC:

  • URL’s to Web resources and Holdings statements at the TOP of the full record, just below the title and the Author. Please think like the users, they don’t care about whether the American Heart Journals was indexed in the Combined cumulative index to Cardiology or the subject headings. They want access to the material. They want to know where it is. Good web page design demands that the most important information be at the top of the page. Holding statements and URLs are probably the second most important piece of information to our users, the first being the title of the resource.
  • Better results listing order. When you search for Emergency Medicine, (or any topic) the first things to display are all of the journals. Users have to scroll through all of the journals before they can locate books. This is because the current OPAC displays the most recent material first. Since issues journals are checked quarterly, monthly, weekly, etc. they display ahead of any books. Displaying the most recent material first sounds like a good idea, this method is not user friendly. It is annoying to me as I try to quickly look for a book for a patron, and my users are easily confused until I tell them it displays our journal holding first.

Think about the library users not the librarian users. When designing the OPAC think about how Joe Q. Public is going to see the results. Too often we design for ourselves and forget the ones we serve. It would be interesting to see any tests done with library users. Sit a fresh (non-librarian) body down and ask them to find a book. Get their thoughts and opinions.

CyberTools at MLA:
CyberTools will be in Phoenix at MLA. Mark Roux will present a technology showcase entitled, “CyberTools for Libraries – Virtually Yours”, where he’ll show highlights of the new virtual library collection that will be delivered to each library with the CyberTools for Libraries Integrated Library System soon.

They will also have a Users Group Breakfast held in conjunction with the MLA Conference where Mark Roux will summarize the state of product development, and report on related CyberTools for Libraries activity.

Additionally, CyberTools is targeting May 21, 7-9am Users Group Meeting to avoid conflicts with other popular meetings at MLA. The date and time tentative and they hope to avoid conflicts with other popular meetings.
All CyberTools users are welcome: You do not need to attend the MLA Conference in order to participate in this Users Group Meeting

Top Ten Technologies for Librarians

(forwarded from Web4Lib list)
OPAL (Online Programming for All Libraries) is pleased to announce speaker Michael Stephens of "Tame the Web" blogging fame. The topic of Michael's talk on Thursday, April 6 at 2 p.m.
central time is "Ten Top Technologies for Librarians 2006."

What trends should librarians be watching? What's the next big thing? Join librarian and Blogger Michael Stephens for a survey of ten technologies to be aware of for 2006 and beyond. We'll
touch on user-centered planning, changes to the ILS, conversations, communities and
the Cluetrain.

The program is free of charge.

To come to the program, enter the OPAL auditorium at:
http://67.19.231.218/v4/login.asp?r=67955673&p=0
type your name and click enter.
A small software applet will download to your computer as you enter the online room. All you need to participate are an Internet connection, sound card, and speakers. If you have a pc microphone, you can participate via audio.

If you do not have a microphone, you may participate via text chat.

Email Woes

Last week my email became erratic and for all purposes was down for 2-3 days. I believe, technically speaking it went all wonky. Every once and a while I would get a ton of new emails flooding my inbox and I would think it was working, then an hour two later I wouldn't receive any new mail and a lot of my sent mails would come crashing back to me. The only consolation I could take was that it was system wide, it wasn't just me.

I have so become dependent on email, as my preferred method of communication, that when I tried to contact my husband about the possibility of working a little late, I realized I didn't even know his office phone number. Normally, I just email him that I am going to be home late, I don't call. My cell phone has his work number, however, there is a reason the Verizon guy does not do his "Can you hear me now?" shtick in my library. I get absolutely no reception. Without my email I became cold, started shaking, and muttering to myself.

Of course that could be because I was standing outside, in the snow, in 6 degree weather, muttering about getting a signal on my cell phone so that I could call my husband.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Flexible Health Sciences Library Work Environments

Susan Corbett and Valerie Gordon are looking at flexible library work environments to identify and describe the changing face of work in health sciences libraries. If you have ever worked in a library environment with a flexible schedule they would like to you to complete their survey. Results will be presented in a poster session at MLA '06.

(posted on MEDLIB)
We would like your help in identifying and describing the changing face of work in health sciences libraries. If you have ever worked in a library environment that allowed flexible schedule, working remotely, or telecommuting, please take a few minutes to complete our survey. The data collected will be tabulated and presented in a poster session at
MLA '06.

The survey should take no more than 5 or 10 minutes to complete and is available at http://www.uab.edu/lister/survey/mla/mlasurvey2.htm . We appreciate your taking the time to share this information with us. We'd like to receive your response by February 24th.
A companion survey has also been sent to all academic medical library directors, for the purpose of gathering policy and procedure information. However, this survey is specifically about your personal experiences.
Thank you for supporting our work.
Susan C. Corbett (scorbett@uab.edu)
Valerie S. Gordon (vgordon@uab.edu)
Lister Hill Library
University of Alabama at Birmingham
1530 Third Avenue South
Birmingham NC 35294

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Evaluating Internet Health Information Tutorial

The tutorial, "Evaluating Internet Health Information" teaches users how to to evaluate the health information they find on the Web. It is about 16 minutes long. You need a Flash plug-in, version 6 or above, to view it. If you do not have Flash, the page helps you perform a free download of the software before you start.

The tutorial runs automatically, but you can also use the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen to go forward, backward, pause, or start over.


The tutorial is linked from the Information for Librarians and Trainers page: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/training/trainers.html

Public libraries might find want to link to this on their web page as well as consumer health libraries.

GIDEON...Global Infectious Disease & Epidemiology Network

GIDEON is the Global Infectious Disease & Epidemiology Network. This resource is a point-of-care clinical decision support system for the diagnosis of most known infectious diseases throughout the world.

GIDEON is a web-based application used for diagnosis, reference and treatment in the fields of tropical and infectious diseases, epidemiology and microbiology. Through GIDEON, medical professionals are able to diagnose and obtain treatment information for diseases as well as obtain up-to-date global information about the diseases and relevant outbreaks.

GIDEON is made up of four modules: Diagnosis, Epidemiology, Therapy and Microbiology. It includes information regarding 342 diseases, 228 countries, 1,297 microbial taxa, and 333 antibacterial agents & vaccines. Over 14,000 notes outline the status of specific infections within each country. Also featured are over 45,000 images, graphs, interactive maps and references. This resource is updated on a continual basis using all relevant citations appearing in quarterly MEDLINE searches, periodic publications of the World Health Organization, abstracts of major international meetings, user feedback and other relevant sources. GIDEON data sources adhere to the standards of Evidence-Based Medicine.

GIDEON is available to individual and institutional subscribers on CD or through the web. Individual subscriptionUS$695 / year or US$69.95 / month. Institutions must contact Ebsco for a price quote.


GIDEON was reviewed in the Journal of the American Medical Association, (Vol. 293 No. 13, April 6, 2005 subscription required).


For more information on GIDEON go to: http://www.gideononline.com/
or contact: information@epnet.com

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Why Not Use Amazon to Buy Books?

Our hospital buys books from one of the major medical bookstores. We are supposed to get a 15% discount off of list price and the travel fees (shipping) are supposed to minimal or waived. I have noticed this isn't always the case. Most of the time the shipping is included and depending on fulfills our order we might or might not get the 15% discount. Of course I don't know this happens until I receive the books and the invoice. I then must take time out of my day and call to get it straightened out. It makes it so that I hate purchasing books (imagine that a librarian who hates purchasing books).

This got me thinking. Why not use Amazon.com to buy the library's medical books? Almost all of the books I bought recently were available on Amazon.com for less than the list price. I might also receive them a lot faster compared to the time it takes to get them from the medical bookstore.

I did a little experiment. I randomly selected 10 books that I have recently purchased. These are either new purchases or replacement purchases, so they were all published randomly between 2004-2006. I wanted to know how much it would cost me on Amazon.com vs. Medical Bookstore. For shipping cost I looked at how much Amazon.com's standard shipping and what my medical bookstore charges me. For total shipping costs I looked at how much it would cost to ship each item individually. Most likely I would combine shipping to save money, but I could not exactly calculate how much that would save. We are non-profit institution, we don't pay sales tax. My medical bookstore does not charge me tax and by creating a corporate account Amazon.com non-profit users do not have to pay tax either. So I did not include tax.

Amazon Price:
  1. Current Pediatric Diagnosis & Treatment, 2004: $53.95 (10% savings), free shipping
  2. Clinically Oriented Anatomy, 2005: $67.11 (8% savings), $4.60 shipping
  3. Swanson's Family Practice Review, 2004 : $67.45 (10% savings), free shipping
  4. Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment, 2006: $59.95 (list price), fee shipping
  5. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 2004: $108.20 (20% savings), $3.00 shipping
  6. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update, 2005: $225 (list price), $3.00 shipping
  7. Critical Care Medicine, 2006: $59.95 (list price), free shipping
  8. Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases 2-Volume Set 2004: $296.10 (10% savings) $3.80 shipping
  9. Current Surgical Therapy 2004: $150.88 (8% savings), $4.60 shipping
  10. Conn's Current Therapy 2006 : $69.95 (list price), $3.00 shipping

Amazon.com Total: $1158.54
If I shipped each individually, total cost: $22.00

My medical bookstore Price: (from the invoice, note that there is no 15% discount on the books, so I have to call to try and get the discount). Shipping ranges from $6-$12 per shipment and it is not consistent. I have invoices where one book will ship for $6 and four books will ship for $8 or $12.

  1. Current Pediatric Diagnosis & Treatment, 2004: $59.95
  2. Clinically Oriented Anatomy, 2005: $68.95
  3. Swanson's Family Practice Review, 2004 : $74.95
  4. Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment, 2006: $59.95
  5. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 2004: $135.00
  6. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update, 2005: $225
  7. Critical Care Medicine, 2006: $59.95
  8. Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases 2-Volume Set 2004: $329.00
  9. Current Surgical Therapy 2004: $164.00
  10. Conn's Current Therapy 2006 : $69.95

Medical bookstore Total: $1246.70
If I shipped each individually at $6/title: $60.00
If I shipped it in 2 groups of 5 books the shipping could be: $16 ($8/shipping) or $24 ($12/shipping)

While I was not able to get a discount on every book from Amazon.com, I still saved money compared to my bookstore charging me list price. If I call them and successfully am able to argue to get my 15% discount on every title (which I have never been able to do) I will pay approximately $1060.00 which is less than $100 savings without shipping. How much is my time worth?

I get much bigger savings if I purchase the book through one of Amazon.com's Merchants. These are the people who list used & new books for usually cheaper than even Amazon.com. Merchants list the books as new, gently used, or used with writing. At the time I was able to find a new book from a merchant for each the ten books.

Amazon New/Used Retailers Price:
  1. Current Pediatric Diagnosis & Treatment, 2004: $39.99 (33% savings), $3.50 shipping
  2. Clinically Oriented Anatomy, 2005: $47.99 (34% savings), $3.50 shipping
  3. Swanson's Family Practice Review, 2004 : $60.00 (20% savings), $3.50 shipping
  4. Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment, 2006: $53.68 (10% savings), $3.50 shipping
  5. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 2004: $86.36 (36% savings), $3.50 shipping
  6. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update, 2005: $196.93 (12% savings), $3.50 shipping
  7. Critical Care Medicine, 2006: $49.95 (16% savings), $3.50 shipping
  8. Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases 2-Volume Set 2004: $259.00 (21% savings), $3.50 shipping
  9. Current Surgical Therapy 2004: $148.56 (10% savings), $3.50 shipping
  10. Conn's Current Therapy 2006 : $64.75 (9% savings), $3.50 shipping

Amazon.com New/Used Merchants Total: $1007.21
If I shipped each individually, total cost: $35.00

If I purchased my books through the merchants, I save $151 from Amazon, $239 from my bookstore (without the discount), $53 from my bookstore (with the 15% discount).

Depending how much time your are willing to spend, how easy Amazon.com makes it for libraries to buy books, and shipping costs. It can be cheaper to buy your books from Amazon.com. I suspect there might be an even bigger savings if you are buying older books. In a medical library, you probably won't being buy a lot of older or books. But in another type of library like a public library where you are replacing classic books or buying fiction, you might find you can save a lot. I quickly looked up Catch-22, Cell, and The House, to see how much it would cost to buy them on Amazon.com. All three of those books were priced $6-$10 cheaper than list price.

Perhaps we need to have a closer look at our book vendors and determine whether the staying with them is worth the time and money. In some libraries it may be, in others it may not. I would love to hear from other libraries to see if they buy from Amazon.com and how they like it.

Gary Price Joins Ask Jeeves

The former Search Engine Watch news editor and current ResourceShelf editor, Gary Price will be the Director of Information Resources at Ask Jeeves. As the Director of Information Resources, Price is to lead outreach efforts within the library and education communities and will play an advisory role in the development of new search products for Ask Jeeves.

In his ResourceShelf statement Price further describes his outreach and product development duties. Those interested in the fate of ResourcShelf and DocuTicker will be happy to know that those two services will continue and serve as an independent voice.

For more information:
Gary Price's statement
http://www.resourceshelf.com/2006/02/gary-price-gets-new-job-but.html

Ask Jeeves Press Release
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060209/sfth056.html?.v=43

It will be interesting to see what is in the future with Ask Jeeves and libraries now that they have a librarian with valuable search engine knowledge and expertise as their Director of Online Information Resources.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Update on Scopus

The Resource Shelf directed me to a new review on Scopus that was written November 2005 and published in January 2006.

Update on Scopus
Reviewed November 2005
The Charleston Advisor Volume 7, Number 3, January 2006

Reviewers:
Louise F. Deis Science Reference Librarian Princeton University Princeton, NJ

David Goodman Associate Professor Palmer School of Library and Information Science Long Island University Brookville, NY

Deis and Goodman provide an update intended to be read in conjunction with their previous review "Web of Science (2004 version) and Scopus" in The Charleston Advisor, Volume 6, Number 3, January 2005 (available as Open Access). This update discusses developments in Scopus over the past 12 months.

The update contends there are still questions regarding interface and functionality and there are serious issues regarding content.

All in all, it is a pretty scathing update.
"We now amend our statement: the true state of affairs is even worse than we imagined. All publishers of journals or databases make errors or leave gaps, but responsible publishers correct at least those called to their attention--especially those called to their attention in public. What will get Elsevier to fill in gaps and produce a complete product? Apparently nothing--while there are libraries who will buy it knowing that 10% percent of the titles are incomplete, Scopus does not even try for a more complete product. This is not the attitude of a responsible publisher. "

Wow if I were Elsevier, I would seriously start cracking the whip to get that content in the database.

Central Michigan University seeks a Reference Librarian/Health Sciences Bibliographer

Central Michigan University seeks a Reference Librarian/Health Sciences Bibliographer to join an energetic library team. This is a tenure-track faculty position, with a 12-month appointment, at the rank of Assistant Professor. Serving about 28,000 students, Central Michigan University is an innovative doctoral/research-intensive institution recognized for strong undergraduate education and a range of focused graduate programs and research.

Position Description:
Shares responsibility with other librarians in the Reference Services Department for providing all facets of reference service, including reference and research support, and library instruction. Participates incollection development and serves as bibliographer for the academic disciplines of communication disorders, health education, the physician assistant program, physical therapy, and physical education and sport. As a faculty member, makes positive contributions toward university service and service to the broader profession, and actively engages in scholarly and/or creative achievements.

Minimum Qualifications:
Applicants must possess MLS from an ALA-accredited program. Library reference experience. Teaching or other instructional experience. Subject expertise, degree, and/or experience in a health related field. Excellent communication skills, service-orientation, and ability to carry out assignments and responsibilities independently and cooperatively. Evident potential for earning tenure/promotion as alibrary faculty member.

Additional Desired Qualifications:
Academic or health sciences library experience. Collection development experience. Web content development experience. Additional advanced degree, preferably in the health sciences. Salary commensurate with qualifications, minimum $50,722. Excellent fringe benefits. Submit letter of application addressing qualifications for the position, resume, and names, titles, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references. Applications may be emailed to cole1se@cmich.edu
(please include the phrase "Reference Librarian/HealthSciences Bibliographer Search" in the subject line).

Alternatively, a hard copy application may be sent to:
Chairperson, Reference Librarian/Health Sciences Bibliographer Search Committee
407 Park Library
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859

Review of applications begins March 15, 2006. Applications for this position will be accepted until the position is filled. CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increasediversity within its community (see http://www.cmich.edu/aaeo/).

Monday, February 13, 2006

Weblogs & Libraries: Free Web Seminar

This a reminder for all who are interested in learning more about weblogs and libraries. The SirsiDynix web seminar, Weblogs & Libraries: Communication, Conversation, and the Blog People, is February 15, 2006 8am-9am PST.

It is Free. You just have to register.
http://www.dynix.com/institute/seminar/index.asp?sem=20060215

(about the program)
"Weblogs have become a standard content management and communication tool for many libraries. There are conversations taking place every day in library-sponsored blogspace. Librarians can create content easily and effectively and build communities for their users.
Where do we go from here? What does the next generation of library blog look like? What about the Blog people, librarians who write weblogs for sharing, knowledge exchange, and community. This presentation will examine the blogs and the bloggers and point to the future of the medium."

The nice thing is if you happen to miss the seminar you can always view it in their Seminar Archive, free of charge.

NLM Gateway Enhances Search and Display of Meeting Abstracts

(from NLM Technical Bulletin)

Over 98% of the Meeting Abstracts in the NLM Gateway now include the conference name in the record. You can search for meeting abstracts by searching for the conference name. Use the new field qualifier [CN] (which will also search the Corporate Author in Meeting Abstracts, PubMed, and NLM Catalog).

For more information, see the Gateway FAQ: How do I search for abstracts from a particular professional conference?

NIH Public Access Policy

(from the MLA Focus)

The National Institutes of Health submitted its Report on the NIH Public Access Policy (PDF) to Congress. The report shows that less than 4% of NIH-funded manuscripts have been deposited into PubMed Central since the policy was implemented on May 2, 2005. NIH supports the NIH Public Access Working Group's recommendations that, for the policy to be effective, it must be mandatory and the embargo period should be no longer than six months.

Friday, February 10, 2006

I Wish I Had an RSS Feed for New Books

I would love it if Matthews Medical Books and Rittenhouse developed an RSS feed of listing newly published medical books. I got the idea yesterday while looking at some other library (not medical) blogs. The authors of the blogs used Library Thing to display current books they are reading along the side of their blog. I thought it would be great to do the same thing on my blog but instead have a list of newly published medical books.

I searched both Matthews Medical Books and Rittenhouse and I could not find anything on their site where they have email alert system or an RSS feed for newly published books. Both sites feature new books but only on their web site. Why do I have to go to their web site to look at what's new? Shouldn't they have a service that I can sign up for and which sends me an alert of what's newly available on the market? I realize the amount of books that are published is probably pretty huge, perhaps that list would be too big to send out or display. However, they could display new books that were Brandon Hill Titles, titles that have 3 stars in Doody Core Titles in Health Sciences, or most bought titles.

I have noticed that some public libraries have RSS feeds displaying newly acquired and cataloged materials on their web page. That would be very nice to have. I suspect these libraries did some neat little coding on the web site from their catalog to accomplish this cool feature. Perhaps academic medical libraries and other hospitals that have a little more freedom on their intranet sites could do this too. Smaller hospital libraries, ones without the technical staff, or ones without a lot of intranet development freedom may not be able to easily do this, it really depends on their situation.

Drawing people to the resources that is what it is all about.

Podcasting Meetings

I am presenting a poster at MLA on medical podcasts so I have had podcasts on my mind recently. I also found out today that my hospital will pay for me to attend (happy dance) the annual meeting in Phoenix. While I was registering for the conference I noticed that an audio CD-ROM of the presentations is available for a special price of $39.00 with registration.

That is when the two subjects in my brain collided and hit me. What about a podcast of the annual meeting? After all MLA is already making an audio CD-ROM of the presentations, how hard would it be to convert to an MP3 file and distribute it? By all rights I think $40 for CD-ROM is kind of pricey for me and I know I wouldn't pay that kind of money to download a podcast program.

Before you think I have lost my mind to iTunes check out Doctors On Health Medical Podcast Library. From there you can see podcasts from two annual meetings (Diabetes and AIDS) are available.

It seems like the perfect opportunity for MLA.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

What Would You Like to See Here?

I am in the process of evaluating my blog (an ongoing thing) and I realized that I have always been posting information that I thought was interesting to people in the medical library world. That got me thinking. Am I really in touch with my audience and providing information that they find interesting and informative? I realize I can not satisfy everybody, but I am curious what you all would like to see in a medical library blog.

One way to find out is to ask.

Am I covering things that you find interesting?
Is there something that you would like to see on this blog that I am not doing/covering?

Drop me a line (comment) if there is you have any ideas or if there is something you think I should spend more time on.

Last Author Added to PubMed's "Sort by" Menu and Single Citation Matcher

(From the NLM Technical Bulletin)

Last author will soon be available as two new features: Sort by Menu Selection, Single Citation Matcher Option.

Sorting by last author has been added to the PubMed Sort by pull-down menu. Using with the First Author and Last Author options, PubMed sorts A to Z with citations having no authors (anonymous) at the end; the secondary sort is publication date.

Searching for last author has been added to the Single Citation Matcher as the check box , "Only as last author." Last author searching uses data from the Author field, so use the lastname + initial(s) format to enter a name, then click in the "Only as last author" check box. Last author works with personal author names, not corporate author names.

Why is Nursing Research Not Implemented into Practice

(courtesy Janene Batten)
Why is Nursing Research Not Implemented into Practice

"This paper discusses a number of different levels at which the implementation of nursing research findings needs to be addressed and identifies 10 areas of potential difficulty:
  • the complexity of the change process
  • the genesis of research programmes
  • the formulation of research questions
  • differences in theoretical approaches
  • timescales and planning cycles
  • information overload
  • credibility
  • applicability
  • response to change
  • the management of change.


"An attempt is made to shift the nature of the discourse from the personal to the organizational and from a diffusionist perspective to that of change management. It is suggested that it is simplistic to regard the apparent lack of take-up of research-based practice findings as a failure on the part of individual nurses to respond rationally to the production of new information. The integration of research and practice has to be addressed at all levels within an organization; from policy statements to procedure manuals and from managers, educators and clinicians to support workers within the framework of the management of change. The potential of action research and quality circles in this context is touched on."

To read the full article: Macguire JM. Putting nursing research findings into practice: research utilization as an aspect of the management of change*. 2006 Jan;53(1):65-71.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

International Congress on Medical Librarianship 2009

Medinfo directed me to the International Congress on Medical Librarianship 2009 in Brisbane Australia. August 31st - September 4th.

Venue:
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Cnr Merivale and Glenelg Streets South Bank, Brisbane, Queensland

Program:
The theme of the program will be Positioning the Profession.
  • The impact of information specialists
  • Partnerships and collaborations
  • Health informatics
  • Evidence-based health care
  • Research, education and training
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Integration of new technologies with service delivery

Accomodations:
Delegates are able to choose from a wide selection of accommodation styles, including everything from the finest in comfort and service, to medium priced hotels to the budget options of guesthouses and backpacker hostels. The Congress Secretariat is holding an allocation of hotel rooms at discounted rates at various Brisbane properties within close proximity to the Congress venue. Further details will be provided closer to the Congress.

Other useful information:
Visitors to Australia must have a valid passport and the appropriate Australian visa. The type of visa depends on the purpose of the visit. Overseas visitors seeking to attend or participate in a Congress or event in Australia should, in most cases, apply for a short stay business visitor visa (subclass 456). You must apply for your visa early to ensure that details are confirmed prior to your departure for the Congress.
Information about this important requirement can also be found on the Australian Government website at www.immi.gov.au/visitors/business/iecn.htm Some participants will be able to obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). You can apply for an ETA via the Internet www.eta.immi.gov.au or through a travel agent, an airline office or a specialist service provider to arrange an ETA on your behalf.

Ok, I have almost three years to figure out how I can go to this. As much as I love what I do, I have to admit the thrill of going to Australia is a driving force.

PDA Sales Declining

Despite a recent Skyscape survey of doctors describing their "mobile handheld technology and related software titles and tools as 'critical' to their daily practice" (Feb. 6, 2006) it would seem that the sales of PDAs are declining. (PDA Sales Plummet Again, by Mike Slocombe).

The decline of the PDA is being attributed to the growing popularity of smart phones. However, industry insiders say that there are plenty of PDA vendors who are still committed to nich markets. (Medicine Perhaps?)

I have noticed Tablet PC's starting to dip their toe into the water hospital mobile technology, but I really haven't noticed smart phones used a lot in the hospital. Perhaps it is because they are cell phones and cell phones must be turned off on the patient floors. I admit am a little naive about smart phones. My cell phone has the very basics and is no way shape or form "smart." But is it possible to use the smart phone and have the receiving call function turned off? If that is not possible then that could be a major stumbling block to the emergence of smart phones within the hospital.

Obviously software will be one of the main driving forces for what platform become adopted. As far as I can tell in healthcare the edge is still on PDAs.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Medical Podcasts List

Here is the list of medical podcasts I have compiled so far.
http://www.kraftylibrarian.com/podcasts.doc***Warning Old File from Feb. 2006***

******Link for Updated File as of 3/28/06 is below*******
http://www.kraftylibrarian.com/podcasts2.doc

As the list grew it became easier to manage it in a Word file. The list of 34 podcasts are in alphabetic order. Topics range from consumer health to professional medical specialties such as ophthalmology, cardiology, and dental.

The URLs provided usually go directly to the provider's web page, not the RSS feed that you would need to subscribe to that podcast. The reason I chose to list the URLs is that the web page gives you a little more information about the provider, types of programs, and it has the RSS feed. There are a few programs in which I could only find the RSS feed instead of the provider's URL.

I provided special notes about some programs that had unique characteristics, circumstances, offers video podcasts, offers CME, etc.

It is interesting to see that there are already four sites offering video podcasts. For example CVMD.org consumer videos is that they are on specific surgical procedures and would be used to educate the patient about an upcoming or potential surgical treatment.

One of the problems I had (which I have mentioned on this blog) is that there is no main resource listing medical podcasts. You have to do a lot of web searching and a lot of sifting through iTunes. This led to another problem, which was authority and who was producing the programs. In some instances it was very easy to find out who was responsible for the programming, but in other cases it took some investigating. The most difficult were the consumer health podcasts. I know I don't have a list that comes close to representing the amount of consumer health podcasts available. However, with scant information available at some sites it became difficult to determine if I was listing a legitimate consumer information podcast or a Kevin Trudeau look-a-like.

I hope this list of podcasts is helpful. I have sifted through a lot of web sites, lists, and iTunes programs. Please feel free to suggest any that I am missing. As this list grows it may be necessary to create two lists: those for consumers and those for medical professionals.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Exam measures students' 'information literacy'

Exam measures students' 'information literacy'
CNN.com

"When it comes to downloading music and instant messaging, today's students are plenty tech-savvy. But that doesn't mean they know how to make good use of the endless stream of information that computers put at their fingertips."

It will be interesting to see the results and see whether our (librarian's) suspicions are correct.

Nursing Demands Drive Web Courses

Nursing demands drive Web courses
The Temple News
By: Leigh Zaleski

(first paragraph)
"A record number of graduate students at Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions online learning program will earn their degrees without ever having to step foot in a classroom. More than 500 students have enrolled for the winter 2006 term, and will take classes entirely through the World Wide Web."

Just a quick and interesting read to think about. Regardless of the discipline more and more classes are being offered online and lectures are now being offered as podcasts. How can the academic librarians reach those students? Are those nursing students more apt to use online resources in their careers? How does a hospital librarian reach those "new" employees?

Florida Web Site Discloses Hospital Quality Info

For those who live in Florida (or if you are northern state that is home to a lot of snowbirds) the web site, Florida Compare Care is available. It discloses each Florida hospital's rate of medical problems in seven categories, including bedsores, hospital-based infections and post-operative complications. However, the web site does not allow for direct hospital-to-hospital comparisons.

For those of you in other states, similar data is also available form the federal government at the Department of Health and Human Services Hospital Compare Web site. "Hospital Compare has quality measures on how often hospitals provide some of the recommended care to get the best results for most patients."

Medical Providers and Handheld Technology

According to a survey conducted by Skyscape a majority of surveyed professionals said "mobile handheld technology and related software titles and tools as 'critical' to their daily practice -- and reported that the solutions enabled them to reduce potential medical errors, provide greater medical care, and assist more patients."

  • 84% reported that using a PDA and medical software helped reduce potential medical errors
  • 88% their mobile devices helped increase their practice efficiency
  • 72% reporting being able to provide more care in less time.
  • 70% called their use of PDAs either "Important" or "Critical."

At one time PDAs were mainly bought and supported by individual doctors, however more hospitals and educational institutions are deploying and/or supporting the use of handheld decision support software by doctors as well as nurses, medical students and instructors.

Currently only 50% of US physicians are already using handheld devices. However, John Ryder, Vice President, of Skyscape, Inc predicts handheld technology to continue to grow due to evidence based medicine resources and the push of the EMR. "Expect the growth in handheld technology to be driven by a growing trend in evidence-based medicine, daily (if not hourly) updates in reference databases, and increased wireless accessibility," Ryder said. "Combine this on -going 'information barrage' with the coming convergence of EMR (e-medical records) and e-prescribing on handheld devices -- and we'll see more medical professionals using PDAs more often and for more uses."

From what I can tell many academic libraries have been investigating handheld technology and software, some even offer institutional subscriptions to various resources. Hospital libraries need to start thinking about this as well. Start making inquiries. If you start to notice the little wireless router hubs sprouting up around your hospital like mushrooms, talk with your IT people ask them their plans and what that means for the library and resources. After all if there will be a push for handheld devices you would want to know so that you can plan your budget ahead of time for those institutional software packages. So many times librarians are reactionary planners and not anticipatory planners.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Finding Medical Podcasts

In my September 18, 2005 post I decided to create a list of medical podcasts. At the time I found eight sites. I am in the process of updating that list and so far I have 34 sites! While some of the sites are like Nature and Science which covering medical and science topics, the vast majority of the podcasts I found were created in October and November of last year.

Things I have noticed while trying to update the list:
  • There is no good central database/aggregator/collection point of medical podcasts. That means you have to scan through iTunes (and other aggregators) and do multiple searches on the search engines. Very time consuming process
  • iTunes is horrible for podcasts. The software is designed primarily for listening to music and they do good job for that. But the design does not work as well with podcasts.
    1) They offer the broadest of subject headings for you to browse through
    podcasts (Food, Health, Science, Sports, etc.) and I have found that
    medical podcasts can be in either the Health or Science category.
    2) Name, Artist, and Album/Description are what is displayed and it is
    that information you see and evaluate as you browse through programs. The
    information displayed is dependent upon the creator of the program to
    provide iTunes as it is uploaded to the service. Some creators provide little
    information (which is not the fault of iTunes), but those that provide
    copius amounts of information have limited room. Many long podcasts
    explore multiple topics, and you are limited in the amount of information
    you can see in that program's description.

    Examples:
    The Harvard Health Letter ($7.95 to download) has this for its information in
    iTunes.

    Name field: Harvard Health Letter, April 2001 (Nonfiction)
    Time field:37:08
    Artist field: Harvard Health Letter
    Description field: Harvard Health Letter, April 2001 (Nonfiction)

Compare that with the information Nature provides iTunes

Name field: Nature Podcast: 1 December 2005
Time field: 24:12
Artist field: Nature
Description: Touch down on titan, the giant water scorpian, Ebola virus hunters
Stem cell controversies, and Chilling news on the Gulf Stream

The Harvard Health Letter does not give you any information to entice you
to plunk your money down to buy their podcast. Heck you have no idea what the
program is about! While Nature provides general titles about the topics they cover
there is no extra room to determine who will be talking about each topic, who they
are interviewing, or any additional information. There simply isn't enough room
within iTunes to do that.

  • Sometimes there is little correlation between what is in iTunes and what is on the provider's web page of archived programs. Sometimes new content is on the provider's site and not in iTunes or vice versa. Sometimes it is more confusing, as the case with Audio Digest where content is listed at $17/program on their site, but free on iTunes.

Podcasting is exploding in popularity. After all, I found 34 programs and I feel like I haven't even scratched the surface. The quality and types of programs vary wildly in nature. It is something to definetly keep your eye on and to start getting your feet wet trying.

In the meantime I will still be compiling my list and I will post it shortly.

UpToDate in Germany

Medinfo is a German medical library blog by Oliver Obst that focuses on issues of interest in medical libraries in Germany.

Today I noticed Obst provided a "rough translation" about UpToDate's prohibitive pricing structure in Germany. "Rigid holding to US price models interrupts the desirable spreading process of campus licenses in Germany." As a result hospital libraries are now looking at FIRSTConsult, MD Consult, ClinicalResource@Ovid, and Clinical Evidence.

It would appear from Obst's post that UpToDate's foothold in Germany isn't as solid as it is in the United States. According to Obst, many of the department heads within his own hospital were not very interested in getting UpToDate for the costs, and he references an article which says interest was low among other UKM hospitals.

"Bei einer Umfrage unter den 30 betroffenen Kliniken des UKM waren nur wenige
dazu bereit, sich an der Finanzierung zu beteiligen"

Krafty's very rough translation: Out of 30 UKM hospitals very few were willing to participate in the financing (of UpToDate).


I think it would be interesting to see the results of Charite's assessment of FIRSTConsult, MD Consult, ClinicalResource@Ovid, and Clinical Evidence. How they compared to each other and UpToDate.

I think there are some physicians in the United States that have such a blind devotion to UpToDate because it was the first tool of its kind that they ever used, that they sometimes do not give other competing products a fair evaluation and trial.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Searching for Answers: NCBI’s David Lipman

National Center for Biotechnology Information, part of the National Library of Medicine, which hosts various life sciences databases, including the PubMed scientific literature database. Lipman discusses the emergence of Google and Yahoo as scientific research tools, as well as major improvements on tap to PubMed’s search functionality."

Interesting little interview and gives you some ideas as to what changes lie ahead for PubMed and the Discovery Initiative.

Ovid's Resource of the Month

It is February, time for heart shape candy and love notes for your Valentine sweetie. Well not on this blog, February means that BIOSIS and Analytical Abstracts are Ovid's resources of the month. You must register to use the databases each time but you can "test drive" these databases for free for the entire month.

"BIOSIS Previews is the comprehensive index to life sciences and biomedical research worldwide including: journals, meetings, patents, and books. BIOSIS Previews serves your every need for finding life sciences references. No matter where life sciences information is published, BIOSIS Previews gives you the most efficient and reliable way to find it. Researchers, librarians, and students worldwide use BIOSIS Previews to stay current on topics from botany to genetic engineering. BIOSIS Previews contains a vast collection of records from thousands of life science literature sources across the globe including journals, books, and meetings. The database is multidisciplinary - and the best single source for references to the international life science research literature. BIOSIS indexing presents key terms in the same context used by the original author. This allows you to search the database for items, such as organisms or biochemicals, taking into account the relationship between them in the source literature."

Learn more about BIOSIS.

"Analytical Abstracts, from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), is the premier specialist database for the analytical scientist. Coverage focuses exclusively on the most leading edge methods of analysis with detailed records to keep you up to date with current applications. With Analytical Abstracts, you have access to new analytical methods, abstracted from all major analytical journals, at your fingertips. Over 100 international journals, standard methods and application notes are scanned for inclusion in Analytical Abstracts. "

Learn more about Analytical Abstracts.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Ovid Technical Support Team Receives 'Certification of Excellence'

Ovid Technologies has announced that its North and South American Technical Services team has received certification as a "Center of Excellence" from BenchmarkPortal, which only 10% of companies that apply and undergo a rigorous assessment receive a "Certification of Excellence."

Part of the certifcation of excellence assessment looked at user surveys and technical support cases. BenchmarkPortal-administered a customer satisfaction survey, looked at account customer service ratings from Ovid-administered surveys, and thousands of technical support cases logged over the past year.

Some of the highlights include:

  • 74.8% of customers rate Ovid customer service as outstanding (industry average = 44%)
  • 68% of calls or emails are resolved with only one call to an Ovid support representative
  • 85%, of calls or emails are resolved within the same business day (industry average = 5%)

I may have some criticisms about Ovid, but I have criticisms about almost every vendor/product I use because nobody/nothing is perfect. While I may not agree with some of the ways they handle their full text journals, you would have to pry Ovid Medline from my cold dead hands before I give it up.

So congratulations Ovid.

Contact Info

From the onset of this blog it was never my intention to hide my identity, after all my blog title is a play on my last name and I registered myself with the Library Weblogs list. It was not hard to put two and two together. In fact there have been people who contacted me (because of my blog) and I have enjoyed all the criticism, comments, critiques, and praise. I feel my blog has helped me discover new opportunities professionally. Whether it was learning about a cool new database, reading article somebody forwarded to me, or being asked to write a journal article.

Recently I changed my blogger profile. I became a little more public. I added a picture, included my name and added the name of my hospital. I thought I would be a little more "official." As I mentioned earlier, it wasn't hard for people within the library world to determine who I was and contact me appropriately. That had been fine, because the library world is my blog's primary audience.

Since I changed my profile I have received emails and phone calls at my work. I do not provide my work phone number or email address on this blog, I provide a completely functional personal email on my blog. People who want to comment about my blog or a specific post can leave a comment (that's what blogs are for) or they can email my PERSONAL address. I look forward to all your all thoughts but please contact me by appropriate means.

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