I saw on Michael Stephen’s Tame the Web the Pageflakes page Phil Bradley made out of a number of biblioblogs. Intrigued, I decided to try the same thing with the feeds in the Masterlist of MedLib Blogs (see previous post).
Meh. Sort of interesting, but nowhere near as useful and having the list in BlogLines or Google Reader. Also, the AJAX interface is a nice idea, and works well in my Google Personalized Home Page, but was wonky in Pageflakes. The item I was dragging somehow often ended up half a screen away from my cursor.
The marks added together are as follows and (out of 40):
Librarything = 32
Shelfari = 24
Gurulib = 23
I think you can see that Librarything is my favourite. I think, in comparison to the other two, Librarything really gives you that extra. Its main area I like is being able to transfer your data both into it and out of the site.
The Kaiser Family Foundation has recently expanded GlobalHealthFacts.org to include 40 new data indicators that can be easily displayed in tables, charts, and color-coded maps and downloaded for custom analyses. It’s a great resource for the global health community – which relies on information for, well, just about everything – and I strongly encourage you to check out the new and improved site. Even better, Kaiser welcomes suggestions for future additions as well; personally, I would love to see the eventual inclusion of DTP3 coverage rates, which are widely used as a proxy for health system strength (as discussed in our recent report, Measuring Commitment to Health).
LitMiner is a literature data mining tool that is based on the annotation of key terms in article abstracts followed by statistical co-citation analysis of annotated key terms in order to predict relationships. Key terms belonging to four different categories are used for the annotation process:
Genes: Names of genes and gene products. Gene name recognition is based on Ensembl . Synonyms and aliases are resolved.
Chemical Compounds: Names of chemical compounds and their respective aliases.
Diseases and Phenotypes: Names of diseases and phenotypes
This paper examines how the adoption of a subject-specific library service has changed the way in which its users interact with a digital library. The LitMiner text-analysis application was developed to enable biologists to explore gene relationships in the published literature. The application features a suite of interfaces that enable users to search PubMed as well as local databases, to view document abstracts, to filter terms, to select gene name aliases, and to visualize the co-occurrences of genes in the literature. At each of these stages, LitMiner offers the functionality of a digital library. Documents that are accessible online are identified by an icon. Users can also order documents from their institutions library collection from within the application. In so doing, LitMiner aims to integrate digital library services into the research process of its users.
Syracuse University is not only offering a course on Health Literacy, but they’ve announced it to S.U.’s LIS students:
HSHP is offering a new course in Spring 2007, HTS 311/600, HEALTH LITERACY, taught by Luvenia W. Cowart, Ed.D., RN, Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow and Associate Professor of Practice in the College.
The undergraduate course is class number 40063, HTW 311, M001, Health Literacy, 3 credits.
The graduate course class number is 40832, HTW 600, Selected Topics: Health Literacy, 3 credits.
This course is designed to introduce the health literacy phenomenon and to explore the multi-layered links between health literacy, health outcomes, and health care disparities. Critique of current health literacy literature and research findings will be emphasized. Foundational to the course is developing an understanding of social, economical, and personal barriers experienced by adults with poor literacy. Course participants will learn strategies for assessing readability and suitability of writing and printed materials and for evaluating individual reading skills of adults. Ethics and socio-political structures that address health literacy will be explored.
It’s wonderful that they’re promoting the course to LIS students. Whether a student plans a career in public, school, or academic librarianship, this is essential knowledge and these are essential skills.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006 Once a Librarian, Always a Librarian
To the person who got here searching for “nursing journal articles on human trafficking,”
Email me, I can help you find them.
posted by Rachel at 10/17/2006
How cool is that? Rachel doesn’t just wait for people to make their information needs known to her. She detects a need and actively seeks out the information-seeker with an offer to help.
Is this not the expression of an outstanding service ethic? Isn’t it pretty much a perfect example of the reflexive desire to help serve an information need that should ideally drive the work of all libraryfolk?
Can I get an amen?
Seriously. Please leave a comment with your “amen” if you find this as admirable as I do!
Understanding research activity within any given biomedical field is important. Search outputs generated by MEDLINE/PubMed are not well classified and require lengthy manual citation analysis. Automation of citation analytics can be very useful and timesaving for both novices and experts.
PubFocus web server automates analysis of MEDLINE/PubMed search queries by enriching them with two widely used human factor-based bibliometric indicators of publication quality: journal impact factor and volume of forward references. In addition to providing basic volumetric statistics, PubFocus also prioritizes citations and evaluates authors impact on the field of search. PubFocus also analyses presence and occurrence of biomedical key terms within citations by utilizing controlled vocabularies.
I won’t be a surprise to anyone who reads this blog that I love RSS as a current awareness tool for academic and medical libraries. But earFeeder scans your computer to see what musicians you like and builds a custom feed to bring you news on those musicians. Audiophiles, rejoice.
From the site, here’s a brief description of how it works:
earFeeder will scan your machine for music and automatically detect your favorite musical artists.
Once that’s done, earFeeder will generate an RSS newsfeed just for you.
Subscribe to the newsfeed and earFeeder will make sure you’re in the know.
Your RSS newsfeed contains:
Ticket presales and more…
After earFeeder scans your system for music files and collects artist names, it lists the artists found so you can refine the list of musicians you want updates on:
Then earFeeder creates your custom feed and makes it easy to subscribe with many popular aggregators, or via email with R-mail:
Here’s what a couple of feed items from my custom feed look like in BlogLines:
…and note that links inside of each feed item let you edit the feed!
I love this idea, and am impressed with the beta’s interface design. Can’t wait to see what it does next.
(Contrary to a number of comments I’ve read, it worked just fine in Firefox for me. YMMV.)
To help customers become more secure and up-to-date, Microsoft will distribute Internet Explorer 7 as a high-priority update via Automatic Updates and the Windows Update and Microsoft Update sites. Internet Explorer 7 will be available for users of genuine Windows XP SP2, Windows XP 64-bit Edition, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.
This announcement provides an overview of the delivery process and options available to IT Administrators to prevent delivery of Internet Explorer 7 to their organization through Automatic Updates. Customers wishing to block the delivery of Internet Explorer 7 into their organization should have blocking measures complete by November 1. Distribution of Internet Explore 7 by Automatic Updates will take several months to complete. Microsoft will revise this announcement with more information in the future.
I’ve been taking a class on Reference Librarianship this semester, so I was especially interested to see Mary Carmen Chimato has posted some thoughts on Practicing Medical Reference.
The only times I have flat out conducted a full-on database search for someone is when a doctor has come down to the library, in scrubs (this has happened more than once or twice) or about to go into surgery and needs to find out something immediately.
I think medical librarians remain important when they empart their skills and knowledge to others through instruction and training, not by mechanically answering question after question after question. Anyone can pretend to do that well, but by showing our patrons what we do is a skill and takes time and practice to get really good at doing, they value us more.
Searching for products on Google™ can be annoying: nothing but Kelkoo, Pricerunner et al clogging up your search results. Now don’t get me wrong, these sites have their uses, but sometimes you really don’t want them in your search results.
The site does exactly that. Executes your search but excludes certain domains. If I search for “David Rothman”, it executes the following search in Google:
Ran into a press release the other day from EBSCO, touting the ease of integrating it’s point-of-care tools into EMR/EHRs, “[w]ith the EBSCOhost® Integration Toolkit (EIT)” which “…provides a comprehensive set of flexible web services based on XML/SOAP standards for establishing direct links from their EHR/EMRs to applicable clinical reference resources from EBSCO.”
This makes me sigh and fret.
I know that the integration of information tools into our hospital’s EMR system is absolutely essential, but haven’t gotten far with this yet. The CIO did agree to link to the library’s portal from the EMR (Eclipsys Sunrise Clinical Manager), and that’s great because it makes the library’s resources accessible to any clinican with an internet connection and an Active Directory account for a our network- but it isn’t enough. There are too many steps between the identification of a need for clinical information based on a patient’s chart and the retrieval of that information. Clinicians won’t use tools they find inconvenient.
I’m not immediately finding a lot of literature to use as a guide, either. Before I submit a call for advice to MEDLIB-L, I thought I’d post it here first. Any thoughts? Any favorite articles on the topic? Anyone who has integrated tools with Eclipsys Sunrise Clinical Manager?