Oct 30

Slides: NAHSL 2010

Thanks again to the organizers and participants of NAHSL 2010 for inviting me to speak! Newport is lovely and I had a very nice time.

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As usual, my favorite thing about the event was the people I got to meet. FINALLY met Margo Coletti. I got to meet and chat with Lee Rainie (from whom I learned the word “tweckle”). I was delighted to meet Barbara Davis, who made this trip so delightfully easy and pleasant.

Another memorable moment was meeting Jeanie Vander Pyl of the Cape Cod Hospital Library. We had a brief correspondence in April 2009 that gave me a lasting case of warm fuzzies and reminded me how much I like the cooperative habits of so many librarians. It was a real treat to meet her in person and thank her for that.

Oct 22

Melissa Rethlefsen’s Continued Awesomeness

I’d have given anything to see this presentation given. It may not interest you if you’re not a medlib person interested in publishing (or if you don’t know me or Melissa), but I grinned my way through the slides as they show the path to the creation of the book.

Then there’s this recent presentation of Melissa’s on mobile health tech for the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association in Madison, WI in September that contains lots of consumer applications I know nothing about:

That’s especially timely, given Pew’s recent report.

Melissa is awesome. She even let me come to her wedding, where we took these photobooth shots:
David and Melissa
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Oct 12

MCMLA 2010 slides

Thanks so very, very much to MCMLA for inviting me to speak at their annual meeting last week- it was loads of fun.

Attendees: If you would like more information on the topics covered that are not addressed in the slides below, please email me- my email address is in the sidebar of this blog.

It was especially great to meet fun people like Cam Gentry, Kristin Sen, and Lynne Fox- and I got to pester T. Scott Plutchak with questions about his views on publishing until I finally think I understand where he’s coming from. I think I understand now why he says:

“Open access week is coming up. Here’s what I wish librarians would do — if you really care about advancing the openness of scholarship, make a commitment to go to at least one publishers conference or meeting in the next year. Introduce yourself to somebody other than your sales rep. Go have a cup of coffee or a drink. Ask them about what they see as the future of scholarly publishing. And then listen.”

Feb 07

“Information Overload” vs. “Filter Failure”

on 1/10/2008, I wrote:

I’m sincerely flabbergasted to hear a librarian (or any information professional) complain that there is “too much data” or “too many RSS feeds.”

“Web 2.0” doesn’t cause an information glut. What causes an information glut is being an information glutton, taking on more than anyone can reasonably manage. There aren’t too many RSS feeds. Rather, there are users who subscribe to too many RSS feeds. The solution isn’t for less data to exist, the solution is smarter, more selective use of the data. The tools that help us filter and manage the information that we care most about are continuing to improve in power and sophistication.

Nice to see Clay Shirky agree:

Jan 29

MLGSCA/NCNMLG 2010 Slides (#jm2010az)

Perhaps I can write a bit more about my trip to Arizona soon, but for now I wanted to get the slides posted for those who attended.

It was lots of fun and a treat for me to get to leave Syracuse in January and gape at palm trees for a couple of days. 🙂

Jun 09


Thanks so much to Laurie Blanchard and everybody at CHLA for inviting me to speak! I enjoyed Winnipeg and it was a treat to finally meet people like Francesca Frati (who is awesome) and Mark Rabnett.

The slides for my talk (which look awful in Slideshare) are embedded below.

To clarify for Krista Clement:

I think anything that removes obstacles between users and the information they want is good. If more fully automating some functions of the library makes those functions less visible, I think that’s great. I don’t think that doing a better job for users will result in decreased funding, but I do think that better automation will cut costs.

Nov 06

UNYOC (CE slides) and NYLA Tomorrow

My apologies to the awfully nice folks who attended the CE course I taught at UNYOC a couple of weeks ago! I’ve taken far too long to get these slides posted:

Also: I’ll be on a panel at NYLA tomorrow (Friday, 11/6/2008) afternoon at 4:00 PM- please say hello if you’re going to be there! As usual at these sorts of things, I’ll know almost nobody. But hey- I might get to meet Polly Farrington!

Jul 29

Online Social Networks in Healthcare & Libraries (slides)

Another great overview from Patricia Anderson:

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Posts from this blog about online social networks

Jun 09

MiSearch: Adaptive PubMed Search Tool


From MiSearch Help:

“MiSearch works with NCBI Entrez and your history of browsing to build a profile of your areas of interest, and uses this information to rank citations likely to be of most most information to you at the top of the list.”

“MiSearch uses a classification algorithm based on MeSH term, substance names and author names associated with citations. Two sets are defined. One is the set of articles you have previously clicked on to view. The other is all of PubMed. For each citation in the retrieval set, the algorithm calculates the likelihood that the citation is a member of these two sets. Article having the highest likelihood of belonging to the set of articles you have viewed are ranked at the top of the list.

The “User” field is used as an identifier to track usage. If you do not provide a name, the IP address of your request will be used as a default. If you know you will be doing searches for different tasks with different subject areas, feel free to define a “User” for each task.”

Slides from an MLA 2008 presentation by NLM Associate Fellow Marisa Conte

May 30

More MLA 2008 Slides: Ebling RSS

(I don’t care that Ratcatcher beats me to posting cool stuff. I’m gonna’ post ’em anyway- they’re cool and deserve multiple mentions from MedLib blogs.)

From the Ebling Library at the University of Wisconsin Madison:

Also available as PDF.

I also really enjoyed this poster from EblingPronounced “EEEEEbling.” I’d like to take a moment to thank the person who helped me look really dumb (as if I needed help) in front of Erika Sevetson (who is very nice) by assuring me in a wholly confident tone of voice that it was pronounced “Ebbling.” You know who you are.:

(Fair Warning: PDF is about 7 MBs)

Lots more on this project from Ebling here

May 26

MLA 2008: Plenary Session IV Slides

David Rothman

Amanda Etches-Johnson

Melissa Rethlefsen

Bart Ragon

Mar 28

Introduction to the Cochrane Collaboration (Slidecast)

Flash SlideCast embedded above. If you are reading this in an aggregator, you may need to visit the site to view/hear the SlideCast.

Okay, not the most engaging way to introduce the Cochrane Collaboration- but still neat.

For another introduction, see this video.

Mar 14

Emerging Technologies in Nursing and Nursing Education (Presentation)

Patricia Anderson (whose slides I always find worth a look) put up a new presentation yesterday:

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Feb 19

MLA “Web 2.0” Webcast

Web 2.0 Principles and Best Practices: Discovering the Participatory Web
MLA’s Educational Webcast
Wednesday, March 5, 2008, 1:00 p.m., central time

As a part of this Webcast, I get to present about 30 minutes of practical tips with Michelle Kraft (which is a real treat because Michelle’s was one of the first blogs I ever subscribed to). Fun!

I have already asked Michelle not to wear a crushed red velvet A-frame dress (because it would embarrassing for us to to be taped wearing the same thing). Michelle has been kind in agreeing to accommodate me in this.

For those who plan to view the Webcast: Are there particular tools or subjects you’d like to see covered (or are there any in particular you’d prefer to have skipped?) Aside from cross-dressing (no, not really), what can presenters do to make this Webcast especially worth your time? Answer anonymously if you need to, but please share your opinions!