Krafty & Clever, or Just Perplexed? (Introduction)

Patricia Anderson here, one of the cohort of new writers for the Krafty Librarian blog, and delighted to be here. You might know me better as @pfanderson on Twitter (and many other places in social media), or as the person behind the ETechLib blog, or as Perplexity Peccable in Second Life. (I chose that name because both being perplexed and having a less-than-impeccable office are part of what I consider to be my natural condition!)

I am the Emerging Technologies Informationist at the newly renovated Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan. I bet some of you will want to hear about our renovation, so I’ll try to touch on that before too long. Obviously, I have a strong focus on new technologies, and am the leader of the MLA Systematic Review team on emerging technologies. Reporting out on some of that work will also probably interest folk here. I was doing systematic reviews long before I was into emerging technologies, and have been thrilled to see the growth of the profession in that area, and the emerging respect for medical librarians that naturally derives from our inclusion as partners and methodology consultants in the design, data generation, and practice of research methods in information synthesis. Pretty darn cool, if you ask me. Before that, I did a lot of research and writing about search engines, online health information, and so forth. Did you realize that 2014 was the 20th anniversary of the founding of the HealthWeb project? There are still a lot of lessons we could learn from that.

Anyway, those are the types of topics I’m likely to write about — emerging tech or trends or events; research and methods; online health information and searching; and so forth. I am really looking forward to seeing what the other collaborators come up with, and learning from the truly incredible team that Michelle has assembled. Delighted to be here, and I hope you are, too.

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Patricia Anderson

Currently Emerging Technologies Informationist at the University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Libraries, Fall of 2014 was the 40th anniversary of Patricia's first library position, at age 17, as a Circulation assistant. Over the years, her professional interests have encompassed consumer health literacy and outreach, plain language resources and tools, all things dentistry, systematic reviews, artificial intelligence, informatics, accessibility, multimedia, history, education, and search engines, with technology and innovation connecting themes through them all.

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  1. Hi Patricia,
    Thank you so much for writing about the Atlas of Science. I was invited from this website, I got the email message this morning and did some digging. It did not look legitimate to me. I sent it to my university infosecurity staff to look at it and I went on a cyber search and found your blog. THANK YOU!

    Here is what I got:

    From: Atlas of Science [mailto:[email protected]]
    Sent: Thursday, August 10, 2017 9:24 AM
    To: Naowarat Cheeptham
    Subject: Create attention for your article; write a layman’s summary
    Importance: High

    Dear Dr Cheeptham,

    We are interested to publish the layman’s summary of your research article: ‘Biotechnological potential of Actinobacteria from Canadian and Azorean volcanic caves.’ on our website.
    Since the start in October 2015, Atlas of Science ( has been a great success in the scientific community. To date, more than 2500 scientists have chosen to publish layman summaries of their work, including publications in journals as Nature, Science, Cell, and the Lancet. is increasingly used as a source for scientific communication.
    What should your layman’s summary look like?
    The text (600 words at most) should be in English. Figures are allowed (2 figures at most).
    The illustrations (figures/images/graphs) can add attraction to article. If there is any possibility we will recommend you to supplement your submission with illustration (although this is optional and will not affect the publication)
    The title should be short and catchy.
    Submit your summary within 2 months directly from this page
    There are no charges for publishing.
    What do we do with your layman’s summary?
    Your text will be available on the Atlas of Science website,

    Please, let us know if you are interested and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any question (simply reply to this email).

    Thank you,

    Research Dept.
    Atlas of Science

    The idea is great! But this is not legitimate. Too bad!!!

    Thank you again for your work.



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