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
(Click for larger version)

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.”

Oct 06

Are you going to the MCMLA 2010 Annual Meeting?

I’m speaking at MCMLA 2010 this weekend and just now realizing that I’m not sure I’ll know a soul there.

So that I don’t feel like the new kid at school who has nowhere to sit in the cafeteria at lunch, drop me an email if you’re going to be there? I’d also like to pick your brain a bit as I finish polishing my presentation. My email address is shown in the sidebar of this blog.


Sep 16

Nice Review of Our Book!


Herein lays the major accomplishment of this fine easy-to-use reference: allowing the reader to more easily and efficiently navigate through some of today’s most useful Internet tools. The book details ways to maximize the efficiency of Internet search engines and tools that allow the busy health care provider to find, manage, and organize the information that they need in a timely fashion. To this end, the authors have done a spectacular job.

This well-planned concise reference book is well organized, with an ample table of contents. The individual chapters contain numerous boxes that contain short key highlights. An adequate number of schematics, most referencing variations of an advanced Google search, make correlation between the text and actual Internet usage more user friendly. While the title implies that this fine book might be most suited for physicians, Internet Cool Tools for Physicians is equally applicable to numerous other groups including, but not limited to, information technology and picture archiving and communication system personnel, nurses, medical researchers, basic scientists, and medical students, as well as undergraduates who are interested in health care professions. In fact, the fi rst seven chapters are so broad in context that any modern-day user of the Internet would most certainly benefit from this book.

Thanks, Dr. Stoffey!

[Book available here]

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. πŸ™‚

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.

Jan 15

More About the Book

So the book is getting some attention!

Internet Cool Tools for Physicians is in Google Book Search

Stephen Francoeur made this little video:

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the MLA mentioned it on their blog.

The MLA’s Taskforce on Social Networking Software posted about it, calling it “…an accessible, illustrated and contemporary guide to online tools in medicine.”

Laika, whose blog has quickly become one of my favorite MedLib blogs, mentioned it, as did Creaky.

I’m watching WorldCat.org with interest to see which libraries are getting it (though Duke’s copy doesn’t show up yet).

Dr. Shock (MD, PhD) gave it a very nice review.

I’m lucky to count as friends people like Meredith Farkas and Michael Stephens, both of whom thought the book worthy of mention on their very popular blogs.

Gosh- Brandi blogged about it way back in August– well before it as released!

I’m pleased to see mention of it in languages other than English.

The President and CEO of Community General Hospital blogged about it.

It has gotten some buzz on Twitter.

We’re anxious to hear any feedback you have about the book- please let us know what you think….and what you think needs to be added or changed for the second edition! πŸ™‚

Dec 08

The Book!

Got my hands on my copies of the book today! How exciting!


You can buy a copy from:
Springer Publishing

or here:

I’m looking forward to eventually seeing it in WorldCat. πŸ™‚

Congratulations to Melissa Rethlefsen (who wrote a heck of a lot more than I did)! You should really go email Melissa now and tell her how much she rocks.

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!

May 17

MLA 2008 – My Schedule

Reading this from T. Scott’s blog made me feel a lot better:

“We feel like this every year,” I tell Lynn. “In the last couple of days before the MLA meeting we’re completely stressed out and we don’t think there’s any way that we can get everything done that needs doing. But we always end up having a great time…”

Thanks, Scott- I needed that.

Here are the three times I’ll be speaking:

  • Web 2.0 for Professional and Clinical Productivity (Co-presenting with Patricia F. Anderson)
    Session Title: Evidence Base: Web 2.0 for Professional and Clinical Productivity
    Session Type: Section Program
    Session Start: 5/20/2008 4:30:00 PM
    Session End: 5/20/2008 6:00:00 PM
    Location: Regency Ballroom A
    Description: The Lecture on the Evidence Base focuses on the evidence base underlying clinical practice including its content, organization and its use. This year’s proposal is to bring in one or two experts on the emerging Web 2.0 technology and how it is being applied in healthcare related educational and clinical settings to improve the productivity of professional and clinical staff. Librarians need to see how these emerging technologies can affect health care settings in the future to know how to train and supports students and staff who will be working in these settings in the future.
  • Session Title: Plenary Session IV: Web 2.0 Tools for Librarians: Description, Demonstration, Discussion and Debate
    I’m one of four presenters (others are Melissa Rethlefsen, Amanda Etches-Johnson, and Bart Ragon- all of whom kick butt)
    Session Start: 5/21/2008 9:00:00 AM
    Session End: 5/21/2008 12:00:00 PM
    Location: Grand Ballroom
    It’ll be Webcast(ed?) live.
  • Session Title: Not-So Dangerous Liaisons: Best Practices for Library Liaison Work (CE801)
    (Presenting with Michelle Kraft and Molly Knapp from 3:00 to 4:00)
    Session Type: Meeting Symposia
    Session Start: 5/21/2008 12:30:00 PM
    Session End: 5/21/2008 5:00:00 PM
    Location: Columbus ABCD
    Description: Many health sciences libraries have initiated or are planning liaison programs to help direct public services efforts more efficiently and with greater authority. As these liaison programs take form, valuable lessons are being learned about interacting effectively with academic departments. Communication, collaboration, and instruction all play a role in being an effective liaison. This symposium will address the various facets of liaison work among librarians, both academic and hospital-based, including methods for initiating or improving liaison programs, effective communication and instruction techniques, improved understanding of web 2.0 technologies as they apply to liaison work, and methods for evaluating the success of library liaison programs. Participants will have an opportunity to interact with panels composed of participants in successful liaison programs and to discuss how they might build a program at their own institution, utilizing some of the lessons from these panelists.

I’ve been working on a tentative schedule using Google Calendar, but I suspect that that some plans may suddenly change. That’s okay- change is good.

I won’t know a whole lot of people at MLA 2008, so please say hello if you go to any of these sessions! I’ll look pretty much like this, but with a more confused expression on my face. πŸ™‚

May 08

Blogging MLA 2008

Looks like I *will* be blogging in the month of May, but only from Chicago.

To my surprise, I was approved as an “official conference blogger” for MLA 2008.

All MLA 2008 conference bloggers:

Stewart Brower – Professional Notes

A’Lyn Ettien – The Creature from the Health Informatics Class

Marie Kennedy – Organization Monkey

Maureen ‘Molly’ Knapp – LSUHC New Orleans Health Sciences Center

Michelle Kraft – The Krafty Librarian

Leigh Mihlrad – Leigh’s Little Corner of the Web

Emily Molanphy (Emily has 2 blogs!) – Emily’s Journal – and – Eponymous Blog about Libraries

Bryan Nugent – The Universe of Medical Librarianship

David Rothman – davidrothman.net

Eric Schnell – The Medium is the Message

For reasons I haven’t yet been able to determine, they decided to aggregate all posts about MLA 2008 from each of these blogs on a page at a WetPaint wiki …but don’t provide an aggregated feed. So here’s a feed I slapped together in Yahoo! Pipes.

Here’s that same feed, previewed with FeedSweep:

I’ll put together a feed that pulls from more than official sources (sort of like the one I set up for CIL2008) next week and will elaborate on the MLA2008 GroupTweet I set up that’ll allow MLA attendees who use Twitter to conveniently send a tweet to all other MLA 2008 Twitter users from a laptop, cell phone, or other mobile device.

I’m bringing with me to Chicago these newfangled devices for the digital recording of sound and images (both still and moving)- so expect at least a little of that sort of stuff to appear here between 5/17 and 5/21.


Apr 22

Good Reasons for Not Blogging

I have (no joke) 20 posts that are half-written, and have ideas for another dozen or so that I want to get to- but they’ll need to wait until next week.

Reason 1:
I must try to finish a writing project (about which I’ll write more soon).

Reason 2:
I must make sure I’m well-prepared for my visit to Wisconsin at the end of the week.

Reason 3:
I need to keep refining my materials for MLA 2008. I’m not happy with them yet.

I’m not pleased to put off the blogging, but with the commitments I’ve made to others it is the only thing I can (in good conscience) put on the back burner.

Next week, I plan to put up a few posts about the AMA conference last week and some of the interesting things I learned there.

Also keeping me busy lately: Liz and I are expecting a baby in early July.

More about that next week, too.


Mar 16

Moving and/or Shaking [updated]

(The title of this post was going to be “Ambulatory and with Tremors,” but figured I’d be the only one amused by it.)

So Library Journal named me one of their 2008 Movers & Shakers.

(I’m curious: Are those named in this annual list all people who either move OR shake or people who both move AND shake? If the former, am I a mover or a shaker?)

Library Journal’s navigation makes it impossible to browse the profiles by name, so Jessamyn West sensibly made a version of the list with names.

Thank you to Melissa Rethlefsen for nominating me!


Bobbi Newman has borrowed Jessmyn’s list and added links to the blogs of 2008 Movers & Shakers. Interesting how many of them have blogs, isn’t it?

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!