Apr 08

PubGet (3rd Party PubMed/MEDLINE Tool)

The idea behind Pubget is that it speeds up the process of grabbing the full-text PDFs from PubMed search results. The videos below illustrate the idea:

Above: Embedded video. If you are reading this in an aggregator, you may need to visit the site to view the video.

If you’re at one of the following institutions, you can try a full-featured Pubget that links to full-text PDFs available to these institutions:

From Pubget’s public site, you can get a feel for how it works, but it’ll only pull up open access PDFs.

To keep up on new developments, you can subscribe to the feed of the Pubget blog.

Interested in getting this service for your library’s users? Get in touch and let them know you’re interested.

Mar 29

Microsoft Vision of our Healthcare Future

Again, not new- but new to me:

The ubiquitous computing concepts shown in the video make someone like me drool. It would seem that the future is flat, rectilinear, and white with pastel accentsI’m married to a design historian, I can’t help it. Sorry..

Still, do you see anything in this video that really strikes you as revolutionary for healthcare …or is it all just really cool-looking?

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 21

(Greatly improved) Cochrane and CINAHL Tutorial Videos

The Cochrane tutorial video I posted a few days ago from YouTube was good in its content, but the quality of the image left something to be desired.

James Carson, the reference/acquisitions librarian at Lake-Sumter Community College who put the tutorial together was kind to contact me and point me towards the much higher quality version.

If you like that, be sure to check out their CINAHL tutorial as well.

Thanks, James!

Mar 20

EBLIP4 Keynote 5-9-07 Booth Plutchak Debate (Video)

Journal of the Medical Library Association and health sciences library director and Andrew Booth, a leader in EBLIP from the U.K., discuss whether the model of evidence based practice as it has evolved in other fields such as health sciences can be applied to the field of library and information science. Plutchak questions whether the “big questions” in the LIS field can ever be address by the currently available models and Booth counters with arguments in the affirmative. The speakers use the characteristic humor of the classical debating format to make their points.

Mar 10

On Microblogging (with video)

Michelle already elaborated a bit on Microblogging in a follow-up from the MLA Webcast last week, but this great video from CommonCraft provides a good, short explanation of the most popular microblogging platform, Twitter:

I have a Twitter account, I sometimes update my Facebook status, and I have a Pownce account that I don’t use. I haven’t seen any applications of microblogging that struck me as particularly useful to libraries or medicine, but I’ve found they can be a good bit of fun.

Additional reading:

Feb 29

Video: Dr. Joshua Schwimmer on Google Book Search

A few weeks ago I mentioned a post from Dr. Joshua Schwimmer about Google Book Search in which he described a time when it proved extremely useful in a clinical setting.

Google must have liked the positive exposure because they interviewed Dr. Schwimmer. The interview (just over two minutes) is embedded below.

If you’re reading this in an aggregator or via email, you may have to visit the site to view the embedded video above

Dr. Schwimmer’s blogs:

Feb 24

National Medical Librarians Month: Mark Funk Video

Not new, but seemingly new to YouTube:

Please join us in congratulating in Loretta Merlo, Head of Circulation, on her award-winning video display screen promotion celebrating the contributions and importance of health sciences information professionals. The promotion highlighted Mark Funk, Head of Resource Management-Collections, who is currently the President of the Medical Library Association (MLA) and other Weill Cornell librarians. A record number of libraries submitted entries for the National Medical Librarians Month (NMLM) Creative Promotions Award which were judged for creativity and innovation in library marketing. View our second place winning video.

You’ll want to view the video above at full-screen size in order to see all the detail.

Feb 20

Human Brain Atlas

From Michigan State University’s Brian Biodiversity Bank, The Human Brain Atlas looks like just the cool sort of thing that anyone with an interest in neuroanatomy would like to play with.

In this atlas you can view MRI sections through a living human brain as well as corresponding sections stained for cell bodies or for nerve fibers. The stained sections are from a different brain than the one which was scanned for the MRI images. Furthermore, for the stained sections, the brain was removed from the skull, dehydrated, embedded in celloidin, cut with a sliding microtome, passed through several staining and differentiating solutions, and mounted on glass slides. Each step of these procedures changed the shaped of the brain and of the sections. Therefore the stained sections will be quite a different size and shape than those of the MRI sections. Nevertheless, comparing MRI images with stained sections from approximately the same level can greatly increase understanding of the internal architecture of these brains.

Still images:


Feb 18

OvidSP RSS Tutorial

From the Yale University School of Medicine’s Cushing/Whitney Medical Library comes a nice screencast tutorial on generating search-based RSS feeds from OvidSP.

You can download the tutorial (mp4) or watch the streaming version.

Be sure to check out the rest of the tutorials from this blog of video tutorials and consider subscribing to its RSS feed.

Dec 14

TV Librarians (YouTube fun)

A YouTube user going by the handle of “TVLibrarian” is collecting and posting short clips of librarians and libraries from popular television programs. Neat!

I love this one:

Although I’ve never heard of of a public library volunteer being called a “docent”…

Want to be informed when TVLibrarian posts new videos? Subscribe to this feed.

Nov 30

HIPPOCRATech on Medutainment

Neat post from HIPPOCRATech reviewing several Games Used to Train Medical Doctors.

This falls into the category of what blog author Michelle Nguyen calls “Medutainment.”

Among the other interesting posts from this relatively new blog is The “Youtubes” of Health, highlighting biomedical video sites like HealthTheater.tv, icYou, Dramatic Health (YouTube channel) and Jove.

One suggestion for Michelle: How about an “About” page telling readers who you are? Are you this Gastroenterologist? This ObGyn? This IT Support Generalist?