The last month we have had some really good #medlibs discussions on Twitter. Many have been moderated by guest #medlibs who host the discussion on a specific topic.
- March 11, 2013 Chat with Ambulance Riding Librarian
- March 6, 2013 Apps and Tablets
- February 28, 2013 The Horizon Report
- February 20, 2013 Opinion vs Libel
I hosted the Apps and Tablets discussion (as well as several previous ones) it is not only fun but pretty darn easy to do. You welcome everybody to the group discussion and then you get the ball rolling with a question, thought or talking point that you post. From there the discussion almost takes on a life of its own. If there are specific points or topics you want to make sure you hit, then you monitor the discussion and throw them in either when the discussion moves that way or after a certain amount of time.
One important thing you need to know is you don’t have to be an expert in the topic to moderate. You just have to have an inquisitive mind and the ability to ask questions. The rest of the group will take the discussion and move with it. Often there are several people with many different perspectives that can help educate you and the rest of the group.
So if there is a topic you are dying to discuss, please become a #medlibs moderator. (Remember I said it is very easy.) Go to the #medlibs Calendar and click on a date that works for you. Then enter your topic and information in the details link. Once you have done that, you are on the schedule and we will look forward to tweeting with you.Share on Facebook
I know I am a bit late with the news that Google is killing Google Reader. I know lots of people who are upset about this. For me the sky started falling back when Bloglines died. Back then I migrated all of my feeds to Netvibes. I could have gone the Google Reader route, but I just didn’t quite like Reader as much as Netvibes. So while my feeds were both in Reader and Netvibes, I used Netvibes more.
For all of you Readers, you are probably wondering what you are going to do with your feeds. First, let me tell you this is a really good time to evaluate and weed your feeds. You also might want to evaluate if you still need a reader. I have noticed that I have been using my reader less and less. I don’t know if it is because of my personal and professional life changes and time constraints have made reading my feeds more difficult or if it is because I am getting my more of my news from Twitter. I have noticed with my adoption of TweetDeck (and Hootsuite iPhone) for monitoring tweets, my reader use has dropped. I have debated about dropping my feeds altogether. But old habits die hard.
So if you still need a reader then you might want to check out a few of these sites to see if they suit you.
Netvibes – It has a free and premium version. Free is all you need and has plenty of features Has very good social media integration. Makes tweeting or facebooking blog posts and other feed items very easy. I still recommend using TweetDeck or Hootsuite for monitoring Twitter overall. It doesn’t have an app, but is mobile optimized but that has limited features. Perhaps that is why I don’t use it as much. As my husband will tell you, if it isn’t on my phone, it isn’t on my mind.
The Old Reader - Is free. Is designed to look and feel like old Google Reader, so if you liked that style, it might be the perfect option for you. You can also follow other Old Reader users and share with them, similar to Google Reader. They don’t have a mobile app but are supposedly working on one. It is looks fine on a mobile device.
Feedly – Is free and has been around for quite a while. Bad news for IE controlled institutions, Feedly doesn’t work with IE. It only works with Firefox and Chrome. It also requires you to install a plug in and if you have a locked down computer, it won’t work for you. It too is a social media tool that easily lets you share things with your social network friends. There are several layouts that are available for you to choose from. They have the straight top to bottom feed style , full articles, or the Flipboard style. Easy to transfer feeds from Reader, in fact I signed in using my Google ID and everything migrated seamlessly. Feedly does have an app for iOS and Android. With demise of Reader there are quite a few upset people posting to the Feedly board about the lack of IE use. There are many more people with companies that force IE use than just hospitals.
NewsBlur – Premium version costs $24/yr. They have a free version but it caps the number of blogs, stories and public sharing options. The blog and stories cap is the deal killer for me. It caps you at 64 blogs and 10 stories at a time. Additionally they have temporarily stopped free users from signing up. Ptthhbbb. I normally wouldn’t even mention them (I didn’t link them) but since other sites are recommending them, I felt obligated to at least mention them with their fees and stopping free user registration. Stupid considering this the time to grab users leaving Reader. Once they find a reader they won’t magically switch unless forced to. Very short sighted of them and makes me thing even less of them.
While I wasn’t using Reader, I also dialed back my Netvibes reading considerably. So instead of worrying about my Reader feeds from Google, I am going to take this time to investigate whether I even need a reader anymore by investigating Feedly. I am not a big fan of the Flipboard style of things but that is no big deal because I can use the plain ol’ reader style. While I like Netvibes, clearly I evolved beyond it for some reason. My guess is because it doesn’t have an app. That is why I am giving Feedly a try. I am going to see if having my feeds synced to an app on my phone increases my use of them. I am lucky to be able to have Firefox on my computer, but I rarely use it since much of our hospital stuff is IE. So the whole Feedly experiment will be interesting to me.Share on Facebook
Tomorrow (Thursday 3/7/13) at 9:00pm est, I will be hosting the #medlibs chat on apps and tablets. What are you doing with apps? Are you creating a library specific app, catalog app, etc? Or do you have a good app guide that you want to share with others? Is there a push for tablets within your institution, if so which one? Can tablets access the EMR so that your docs & nurses can treat patients and do research with one device?
What other trends do you see or want discussed about apps and tablets? Let me know?
Here are some sites you might be interested prior to the #medlibs chat.
- Nova Southeaster University Health Professions Division Library http://bit.ly/HApZqW – tips, resources
- University of Groningen Central Medical Library http://bit.ly/15vCVqE -finding medical apps, information on adding bookmarks, (side bar has a lot of info)
- Setting up a library iPad program: Guidelines for Success – http://crln.acrl.org/content/72/4/212.full Full text article in ACRL News by Sara Thompson at Briar Cliff University
- Continuing the conversation: Integrating iPads and tablet computers into library services http://bit.ly/wgnMRS -ALA Tech Source article by Daniel Freeman
Policies and Procedures
- Duke http://bit.ly/kcRLCz
- KOC University http://bit.ly/YU7mCZ
- University of California Irvine http://bit.ly/cqwAuk
- University of Chicago http://bit.ly/XUoB5K
- University of Utah (iPad, Xoom, Kindle, Nook) http://bit.ly/wuIW2s
- Virginia Tech http://bit.ly/99151e
- Wake Forest http://bit.ly/Zm1JNS
- ZweigBibliothek Medizin in Münster, Germany, What to consider when borrowing English Translation http://bit.ly/15vDOjd
- iMedicalApps.com -One of the best review sites. Are there other good ones?
- Journal Reading Apps
- Browzine, ReadQx, Docphin, DocWise
- Other medical libraries –See what they have & how they organize them
- University of Michigan http://guides.lib.umich.edu/healthmobile
- University of Washington http://bit.ly/Nbzc9y
- University of Iowa http://guides.lib.uiowa.edu/mobile
- Weill Cornell Medical College http://bit.ly/13EJUQ4
- Norris Medical Library http://bit.ly/eaPRxO
- Dahlgren Memorial Library http://bit.ly/u7mbHH
- Florida International University http://bit.ly/102A45z
Hope to see you on the chat tomorrow! If you haven’t participated in a chat before, the easiest way to do it is use the cite TweetChat, login with your Twitter password and the follow #medlibs.Share on Facebook
According to this article from CBC News Edwin Mellen Press says it is dropping at least one of its lawsuits against Dale Askey. The article does mention that EMP filed two lawsuits against Askey and McMaster for a total of $4.5 million in damages.
EMP told the CBC that it “discontinued the court case against McMaster University and Dale Askey,” citing in a statement “financial pressure of the social media campaign and press on authors is severe. EMP is a small company. Therefore [it] mus choose to focus its resources on its business and serving its authors.”
So it appears according to this article that at lest 1 of the 2 lawsuits was dropped. I couldn’t find any information on whether they planned to also drop the second.
If anybody knows please leave a comment with a link to the information.Share on Facebook
Thursday #medlibs will discuss the 2013 Horizon Report- Higher Education edition, “a decade-long research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in higher education.”
When we are talking higher education it is barely just a hop, skip, and a jump to think of how all of it will impact libraries in higher education. While academic libraries will see the impact quicker, hospital libraries aren’t immune to the changes. Because what is considered trending technology by medical students will be common place when they enter their residency programs in the hospitals and will be outdated when they are staff physicians.
So what kind of technology does the Horizon Report list and what will be talking about on #medlibs?
Happening in one year or less according Horizon:
(I say it is happening now)
- Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
- Tablet Computing
Happening 2-3 years:
- Big Data and Learning Analytics
- Game Based Learning
Happening 4-5 years:
- 3D Printing
- Wearable Technology
As a hospital librarian I have to say that tablet’s have exploded and it is in our world now. Big Data is the next “big money” thing that hospital librarians need to be aware of. There are already academic librarian positions for data management dealing with research. Hospital librarians might think that they don’t need to worry about data management because their institution doesn’t really do research. WRONG?!?!
If your hospital has an EMR, it has tons of data that it needs to manage and most likely that data is either just sitting there in the EMR or communicating poorly with a few of the hodge podge of other computer systems within your hospital.
Hospitals eligible for Medicare EHR Incentive Programs must demonstrate meaningful use of the EHR technology. “Eligible hospitals and CAHs that do not successfully demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology will be subject to Medicare payment adjustments beginning in FY 2015.” Read that as penalized.
Personally I see data management as a natural extension for libraries that have already been involved with IT and the EMR.
Here are two examples of many where hospitals are mining the data within the EMR to improve care.
- The Value of Data: It’s How You Use It.
- Health Fidelity Receives Grant from National Science Foundation to Support Use of EHR Data to Improve Quality of Care.
Perhaps I am old and my memory is failing but weren’t librarians talking about data mining in 2000? IT was mining for data withing bibliographic databases, but aren’t the principles the same? Data mining and the EHR are one avenue that hospital librarians who are interested in the future of librarianship need to consider.
The Horizon Report lists other technologies, how do you see them impacting hospital librarians and when? Feel free to comment below or better yet, join us Thursday at 9pm est. for the #medlibs discussion on Twitter. (The easiest way to follow a discussion on Twitter is go to TweetChat, login using your Twitter login, then follow the #medlibs hastag.)
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Due to Valentine’s Day there will be no #medlibs Twitter discussion this Thursday. But the discussion will continue in the Thursdays to follow. What started out as an experiment in discussing medical library issues with others via Twitter, has grown considerably.
Previous discussions have been on:
- Disaster Planning (with participation from NLM Disaster Info https://twitter.com/NLM_DIMRC)
- Embedded Librarianship
- Data Management
- Single Service Desk
- Library Education
People are online every Thursday at 9pm Eastern time and it is always a lively informative and entertaining discussion.
Now that the discussion has grown, it is difficult for one person to play host every week. Nikki Dettmar (@eagledawg) has done a great job but she needs help. She needs people willing to host the discussion on a Thursday.
Speaking as somebody who has hosted a few times, it is VERY EASY!!!!! Nikki has done the heavy lifting. She has created a hosting calendar and she has a service that already records the #medlibs tweets posted during the hour long discussion. So all you have to do is sign up for a day to discuss a topic. You don’t even have to do it alone! February 28th will be on the Horizon Report and it will be hosted by @pfanderson, @kr_barker and a few others.
Thursday Feb. 21st is still open as well as a whole bunch of other dates. So if you are a #medlibs participant go to the calendar and pick a date. If the date is somewhat far out then don’t worry so much about the topic, you can always add that as it gets closer. *Please note the calendar is set on West coast time…so make sure you adjust your private calendar for your own time zone.
On the day and time of your hosted #medlibs chat, you just welcome people, state the topic and have 1-3 questions available to pose should our loquatious group fails to talk. That is it! See easy peasy. Hope to see you hosting.
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Greetings! Happy 2013! This is the first full week after the holidays and I thought I would start off the new year right with a blog post.
Hopefully you got your flu shot and weren’t hit with the flu bug that seems to have hit hard and early this year. We got a small stomach bug in the Krafty household. Thankfully it was a 24 hr thing that was gone as quick as it came.
Over the holidays while dealing with the stomach bug, I noticed a reference to a site that tracks illness via social media posts. Sickweather.com, tracks self reported illnesses using social media.
“Just as Doppler radar scans the skies for indicators of bad weather, Sickweather scans social networks for indicators of illness, allowing you to check for the chance of sickness as easily as you can check for the chance of rain.”
Sickweather trolls the social media sites like Facebook and Twitter looking for when people post that they are sick. Using the location based information from the social networks, they are able to map the illness. Their system supposedly is smart enough to differentiate between somebody saying, “I’m sick” and “I’m sick of the Browns losing.” (Interesting little fun fact: According to All Things D, “The company has found it must filter out messages with any mention of the word “fever” that also include the word “Bieber.” Hee hee)
There is one fairly BIG caveat. The social information has to be publicly available. Most people I know lock down their Facebook accounts which means their posts usually aren’t publicly available. (I say usually because Facebook likes to change settings and some people like myself might find themselves posting publicly for a bit thinking they were posting privately.)
Sickweather is an interesting concept, it isn’t the first time people have used the Internet to track illnesses. In August of 2009 FluPortal (seems to be no longer active) used the Internet to “collect and curate content from across public media as well as from trusted governement sources.” They were using the reports from the news media and organizations like the CDC and WHO to build their outbreak maps. It appears that Sickweather is the first company to use social media to track the spread of diseases. (Others like Salathe and Christianini & Lampos for example, have studied the use of social media to track illnesses.)
Despite only having access to public social media updates, Sickweather claims to have declared the start of the flu season 6 weeks earlier than the CDC and may have dectected two whooping cough outbreaks. Clearly there are enough people out there with public accounts (for example my Twitter feed is public but my Facebook isn’t) mentioning their illnesses to make for some interesting results.
Several people have mentioned that you probably don’t want to rely on Sickweather if you have serious health concerns. Duh. However, what I find interesting is the data. There is a boat load of data out there ripe for the plucking and Sickweather is just another example of somebody finding and using the data. There is already an overwhelming amount of medical data out there, and I’m not just talking about “I’m sick” tweets. Data management is big right now. Why? Because as I mentioned there is a ton of data out there. Do a quick search on data management and librarian. The whole first page on Google retrieves pretty relevant results on data management and librarians, including information ARL’s Guide for Research Libraries: The NSF Data Sharing Policy (top result), MIT Libraries support of management & curation of the MIT community research data (second result), and a position description for a Data Management Librarian at Oregon State University Libraries (fourth result, the third result was a slide presentation). Data management has been mentioned several times during #medlibs chat sessions as an emerging role for medical librarians. Margaret Henderson (@mehlibrarian) even stated “Data is the new book. That is where we need to go.”
So how are medical librarians positioned to deal with the onslaught of data? How are library schools teaching librarians or information professionals to work with and manage data? Or are we still playing around with our cataloging systems and copying the journals tables of contents and routing them?
Just seconds after this post went live I saw Kevin the Librarian’s post “A Data Management and Data Sharing Bibliography for Librarians” where he compiled a list of all the literature on data management a librarian would find useful. He and his colleague @fsayre hope to have ”Mendeley group where more librarians can join and share their experiences and ideas about working with data management.” So if you are interested in learning more about data management, go to his site.
Last Thursday the #medlibs group met on Twitter to discuss social media and medical libraries. As usual it was a fun and interesting discussion. We primarily discussed three areas of social media and medical libraries. The transcript can be found here.
It should come as no surprise that companies monitor what is said about them on social media. What used to be a word of mouth activity, “Did you read that blog that blasted that company” has now become quite automated and much easier to find even brief mentions. Twitter is a perfect example. Personally, I have TweetDeck and HootSuite set up to look throughout the Twittersphere to find any tweets that say krafty. I want to know if anybody is asking a question, has an issue, or just how my re-tweets are represented. I also have those two programs looking for any tweets that mention the terms medlib, medlibs, or mlanet. The reason I have the term medlib or medlibs is because medical librarians often send out a tweet about medical library stuff by using the hashtag #medlibs. We are all human and we sometimes mistype it as medlib and there are always new people who don’t remember to use the hashtag, so my search filter catches those as well. You can do this for any number of words, people, hashtags, etc. It may sound complicated but it is extremely simple to do using either of those two Twitter programs.
So if I am doing it for my own personal reasons, you can bet your bottom dollar that library companies are doing it. It honestly is easier set Twitter to catch all of the tweets on a company’s name than it is to monitor Medlib-l for a company’s name. The reason, TweetDeck and Hootsuite automate it, and to my knowledge there is no automated way to monitor the listserv. As a result, a company like SpringShare is notified as soon as somebody tweets their name. If I mentioned SpringShare on MEDLIB-l either a company rep has to read the post or somebody has to forward it to them.
Here is what I am talking about:
So companies like SpringShare can do something very similar to what I do (depending on their Twitter software) and instantly become aware of anybody talking about them. This results in fairly quick communication between twitterer and the vendor. For me it is often faster than when I have posted in MEDLIB-l
Don’t get me wrong, MEDLIB-l definitely has a purpose and Twitter can’t replace the longer discussions that happen there. However, if you are looking to state a quick question or comment such as “What is going on with Ovid Medline? @WKHealthOvid” or “Having problems with stats @SpringShare LibGuides, anybody else?” Twitter is an excellent way to get quick answers.
As with all companies, there are ones who “get it” and ones who don’t. Regardless of the method of communication; email, MEDLIB-l post, Twitter, Facebook, etc. there are companies that have poor communication skills or take every critique as an attack. As I mentioned, in my post “Embrace Your Critics,” there are some companies who don’t see criticism as an opportunity for growth and improvement. Yet there are other companies that are open to hearing from their customers. For the most part the same companies that I have encountered as open to hearing from people (good and bad about their product) on MEDLIB-l are also the same on Twitter.
Companies that have responded in positive ways to tweets directed at them:
- NLM -Did not provide link because there are ton of different NLMs for different things. Often NLM librarians (not tweeting as NLM but as themselves) respond as well.
I follow A LOT of other companies, the above list are just ones I have had very good conversations with via Twitter regarding their product, services, etc. Note, I didn’t always lavish praise either. There were a few times where I complained about something not working correctly or suggested an improvement and still they responded in a very positive manner.
Some librarians monitor their own library feeds and respond to patrons questions or provide information. Many on the list mentioned that their hospitals or institutions had people in marketing or PR who were monitoring the institution’s name. This area of discussion wasn’t explored as much as I think it could have been. Perhaps it is because this sub-topic often seems to creep into other #medlib discussions. I know @CarolinaFan1982 does a lot with Twitter and his School of Nursing users.
Professional/Personal Information Bleed
Finally the group ended with a discussion on whether there was a need to keep professional/personal divide when tweeting. I think it depends a lot on who is following you, what you primarily tweet on, and your institution. More and more institutions have social media policies so it is best to read through those and adhere to them.
For me, I let some of my personal life bleed into my professional life. So far it seems to be ok. If I decide to make the official split I can always have two accounts. One personal and one professional. I know several librarians who have two Twitter accounts.
I think it is also important how you respond to tweets. For example if I tweet:
@EagleDawg Great to see you on #medlibs chat
Only people who follow both me AND @EagleDawg will see that conversation.
BUT if you put an character, even a period at the beginning of the tweet then everyone can see that tweet.
.@EagleDawg How was the mocha milkshake?
#medlibs @EagleDawg How as the mocha milkshake?
Those two tweets can be seen by everyone. The #medlibs just ensures that the tweet can be seen by people following the #medlibs discussion. Knowing this information might be helpful regarding personal and professional tone within Twitter.
It was a very interesting and fun chat last Thursday. This Thursday is Thanksgiving, so there will be no #medlibs chat. We always welcome new people to the group, so feel free to join us November 29th. Twitter isn’t just wasting time, it can be used for professional communication and we who chat on Thursdays are the perfect example.Share on Facebook
Last week the #medlibs chat focused on disaster planning and @NLM_DIMRC (NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center) participated in the discussion. Disaster planning seemed to fall into 2 primary types, personal and professional. You need a personal disaster plan so that you and your family are safe. Once you are safe then you can deal with your professional disaster plan. In this case since it was the #medlibs chat most of the professional disaster plan stuff dealt with medical library disaster plans. The #medlibs chat transcripts can be found online.
This Thursday the #medlibs chat will be on social media.
Website? Check. Facebook page? Maybe… is it your library’s or your public relations department’s? What about Twitter? Are you using Twitter solely for your personal professional development (and fun)? As an automatic electronic news channel? Engaging with your users via their hashtag chats?
Come to the Thursday, November 15, 2012 #medlibs chat at 6pm Pacific/9 Eastern as we explore together how things are evolving for medical librarians and libraries in social media, including these chats!
Never participated in a Twitter hashtag chat before? Check out this overview and come on in, we’re a supportive community.
Believe it or not I use Twitter to communicate with medical librarians now more than I use the listserv MEDLIB-L. I get quicker responses from librarians AND library vendors. If I posted something on MEDLIB-L about a database flaw, it would often be several days before I heard from the vendor’s rep. However, when I tweet about it I get a response within a day (usually within a few hours). When the government was about to shut down I had a patron ask mewhat would happened to PubMed if the government shut down. I sent the question out to MEDLIB-L as well as Twitter. I got a response within an hour from somebody working at NLM via Twitter.
So if you are interested in discussing social media within libraries, join us tomorrow on Twitter.Share on Facebook
Hurricane Sandy sucker punched the Cleveland area last week leaving me and others without power for 6 days. As frustrating as it was to deal without power, a very cold house, no fridge and rising sump pump waters threatening to flood my basement, I was lucky. We were safe and my house was fine (no falling tree damage or worse). Additionally there were pockets of areas within the Cleveland area that had power back on within a day or two. So while we were without power, I could go to the neighboring suburb rec center to warm up, charge my phone, and let the kids run around the basketball court or swim in the indoor pool.
We also had a basic little camping generator that we used to power the sump pump intermittantly and to power a TV or recharge cell phones. (Remember it is a camping generator, it was meant to power a small TV and light. A sump pump definitely had it at its limits.) We have been off cable and satellite for almost 2 yrs. We get our TV over the airwaves and use Netflix or Amazon on Demand to get other cable type programs. We have AT&T Uverse for phone and Internet, just not TV. We save a bundle doing this. We also learned that it can also help in an emergency. Sandy not only killed the power but it killed AT&T service as well as other cable and phone providers. That meant no Internet for us, but for a large portion of our neighbors that also meant no TV as well as no Internet, even if they had power. With only a small radio, you feel cut off from the outside world.
Thankfully we had our cell phones and we could charge them. While Sandy took out a bunch of cell phone towers, there were still enough left for us surf and find information via 3 and 4G. However, this is not the case for many on the East Coast. With fewer cell phone towers left standing and a larger population, people’s smartphones aren’t very smart. People aren’t always able to call somebody, their data stream has gone down to a data drip and their battery is quickly moving toward dead because the phone boosts battery power to try and help the signal. The only thing that works is good ol’ reliable SMS texting.
However texting can only do so much. Right? Wrong! I read an article yesterday about how people can leverage SMS texting to surf the Internet (Google), get email, even use Twitter and Facebook. Doing this allows you to stay in touch with events without relying upon your phone needing a decent data stream from a cell tower.
“How to use the Internet when the Internet is gone” is a good step by step article on how to do all of the things I mentioned. Some things like Facebook and getting your email via text requires you do some things while the Internet is still up, so if you did it Monday morning before the storm, or if can find a place where you can get online then you can set yourself up. Google and Twitter doesn’t need any advanced set up, it can be done all via texting.
Here is what I got when I Googled the hours of the rec center in a nearby suburb.
While I didn’t get the hours I did get the phone number to call them. It isn’t perfect but if you can’t even get online, it is better than nothing.
I am not sure how medical libraries can leverage this information to help provide services during a disaster. However it is something good to know and librarians might want to add it to their disaster plans or at the very least let their users know about it.Share on Facebook