Monday, February 28, 2005

Ovid and LWW Titles

To say our users really don't like using Ovid to get full text access to the LWW journals, is an understatement. They hate it. They want access to the journal from the journal site. For example if they want full text to Spine, they want to go to the site and access it. They do not want to fuss with Ovid to get Spine. By all rights Ovid has gotten slightly easier when one wants to browse online journals. But it is far from perfect and I our users just don't like it. They love using Ovid for database searching, but if they already know the citation information they would much rather go to the actual journal site, not Ovid's site.

Major questions yet to be addressed and solved by our Ovid rep. regarding online journal access.
1. Are all of the full text items available on both sites. In other words do individual users (who access the online journal from the coveted journal site) have access to more things than institutional users. Are e-pages available to both groups, are letters, editorial, etc. all available to both groups?
2. What are the pre-published rules. So many publishers are now pre-publishing their journals ahead of time on their journal sites. However, some institutional subscription can not get pre-published articles. Is this the case with LWW titles through Ovid?
3. Why does online access to the AHA journals (from the AHA journal site) still work for some institutions and not for others. I have begun to suspect that you are able to maintain online access to a journal based on who you get on the customer serice line. I have real world examples but I will not post them in a public blog. If anything LWW and Highwire need to get together and eliminate the page giving conflicting and confusing information regarding institutional online access. Helloooo why do we have once sentence that says all online institional access must go through Ovid and then the next page (or paragraph) which misleads people to think they can sign up for institutional access through Highwire.

What have other libraries discovered when working with Ovid and LWW online journals? I would greatly appreciate any information answering my three questions.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Libraries and the Net Generation

On one of my listservs mentioned this FREE ebook entitled, Educating the Net Generation. It is available in PDF or HTML format, and you can either download the entire book (huge file) or chapter by chapter.

Wow, it looks to be a very interesting read. So, why am I talking about it on a medical library blog? Well these Net Generation students will be your medical students, your interns, your doctors, your surgeons, and eventually your administrators. Know what they know, learn how they learned, so that you and your library can be relevant in their continued learning.

Here are two brief blurbs from Chapter 13, Net Generation Students and Libraries.

"Given that this generation of college students has grown up with computers and video games, the students have become accustomed to multimedia environments: figuring things out for themselves without consulting manuals; working in groups; and multitasking. These qualities differ from those found in traditional library environments, which, by and large, are text-based, require learning the system from experts (librarians), were constructed for individual use, and assume that work progresses in a logical, linear fashion."

"What are some of the major disconnects between many of today's academic libraries and Net Gen students? The most common one is students' dependence on Google or similar search engines for discovery of information resources rather than consultation of library Web pages, catalogs, and databases as the main source of access. Since students often find library-sponsored resources difficult to figure out on their own, and they are seldom exposed to or interested in formal instruction in information literacy, they prefer to use the simplistic but responsive Google. Another disconnect is that digital library resources often reside outside the environment that is frequently the digital home of students' coursework, namely, the course management system, or CMS. Library services are often presented in the library organization context rather than in a user-centered mode. Libraries emphasize access to information but generally do not have facilities, software, or support for student creation of new information products. All of these disconnects can be remedied if appropriate attention is paid to the style of Net Gen students."

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

New PubMed Training Workbooks are Available

For those who are interested, the PubMed, NLM Gateway, and training workbooks are now available for downloading from the NLM Web site. These are recently updated refelecting recent changes including My NCBI in PubMed.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Some UK Librarians Face Layoffs due to the Internet

The Guardian published this article, "Bangor Librarians Face Internet Threat," about Bangor University (part of the University of Wales) who last month proposed a £300,000 cost cutting that would layoff 8 of the current 12 librarians at the University. Surviving the cut would be one cataloguer, an acquisitions expert, a chief librarian and a law librarian.

In regards to keeping the librarians, a University document said, "The support to the academic and student communities from the qualified subject librarians, whatever its contribution to the teaching and research roles of the institution, is hard to justify in value-for-money terms at a time when the process of literature searches is substantially deskilled by online bibliographical resources."

Huh, this is just hot on the heals of my blog Information Literacy and Students which was in regards to the article in the New York Times, Teaching Students to Swim in the Online Sea.

Like or not administrators and doctors think that everything is on the internet and that they can find it just as easily as I can. Hrmpf.

These two articles actually come at a time when I must create my library's yearly action plan. So for part of my action plan I am making it a goal to meet with at least one hospital department/month to help educate them as to what the library can do for them. I am really looking forward to this for a couple of reasons. One, it is just another good way to illustrate the library's worth. Two, I am the new head librarian in this community hospital, this will give a perfect excuse to get to know my patrons better and for them to get to know me. I will let you know how this all works out.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

StatRef for Small Libraries Through the National Library Alliance

As all of my regular readers may know, I am now the head librarian in a small community hospital. Previously I had been a librarian at a large research hospital. So there are a few things I am still learning about small hospital libraries, one of which is the National Library Alliance.

Our community hospital library has access to StatRef! through the National Library Alliance. The National Library Alliance is a group of small hospitals, nursing schools, physician groups and public libraries working together to bring affordable electronic delivery of medical textbooks to patrons.

Membership in the National Library Alliance allows for small hospital libraries, public libraries and certain nursing schools and physician groups to afford electronic medical textbooks.

They are just in their 2nd year of existence, and it appears that StatRef! is their only vendor for online medical books, but they are continuing attract new members. Their goal is to continue to grow and attract more resources and vendors. Currently they serve over 10,000 users in over 22 states. According to their website, a subscription is between $750-$1750 depending on hospital bed size and length of subscription.

Here is a sampling of the current titles:

Evidence Based Medicine from the ACP - (2004)
5 Minute Emergency Medicine Consult - (2003)
A Nurses Guide to Cancer Care (2000)
AHFS Drug Information - (2004)
American Joint Committee of Cancer Staging Handbook (2002)
Brunner and Suddarth's Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing (2004)
Delmar's Fundamental and Advanced Nursing Skills (2004)
Delmar's Guide to Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests (2002)
Davis's Drug Guide For Nurses (2003)
Dictionary of Medical Acronyms & Abbreviations (2001)
Diseases and Disorders: A Nursing Therapeutics Manual (2002)
DSM-IV-TR: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (2000)
Family Medicine - Principles and Practices - (2003)
Geriatric Medicine: An Evidence-Based Approach (2003)
Griffith's 5 Minute Clinical Consult (2004)

Guide to Culturally Competent Health Care - (2005)
Holland Frei Cancer Medicine - (2003)
ICU Book (1998)
Infectious Diseases: The Clinician's Guide (2003)
Internal Medicine - Stein - (1998)
Merck Manual of Diagnosis & Therapy (1999)
Mosby's Drug Consult (2004)
Natural Standard - (2004)
Nurses Pocket Guide - (2004)
Nursing Diagnosis in Psychiatric Nursing - (2004)
Nursing Diagnosis Reference Manual (2004)
Pediatric Nursing: Caring for their Children and Families - (2002)
Red Book - (2003)
Stedman's Medical Dictionary (2000)
Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (2001)

Unfortunately, McGraw Hill titles are unavailable in StatRef! through the Alliance, as they (McGraw Hill) demanded StatRef! no longer offer the their titles to the Alliance. But as you can see there are a number of quality non-McGraw Hill medical textbooks available.

For more information contact:
National Library Alliance
1207 Berkley Manor Drive
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Phone: 412-310-0780
Fax: 877-722-7329
Email: [email protected]

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Library OPACs, Are They Hindering Libraries?

Andrew Pace's article in American Libraries, My Kingdom for an OPAC, discusses how the structure of the OPAC is hindering libraries. He places the blame both on librarians and vendors and MARC record and AACR2.

It is in interesting read and it makes you kind of realize why Google and the internet have been making so much headway into our territory (information). They (Google and other internet companies) have programmers who are not librarians and who have not been constrained by the over dependence of MARC (which Pace points out predated online catalogs). These programmers look beyond the keyword searching and the authority control that seem to entrench librarians.

If anything this article seem to illustrate how we as librarians have been very myopic at times regarding our hold on information and its organization. Just because we have been doing it for centuries, doesn't mean that others can have better ideas and do some things better. You see it on the library listservs, when Google comes out with something new (Scholar, Books, etc.) everybody clamors about how they (Google) needs to get librarians involved. The impression is that we (librarians) do it better. Maybe we don't. But then again maybe they don't either. Maybe by combing our collective wisdom we can see areas that others have missed. Unfortunately I don't see that happening. They (Google and the internet companies) are more concerned with the competition and the dollar. We (librarians) are locked into grousing about our value.

Information Literacy and Students

An article the New York Times, Teaching Students to Swim in the Online Sea (must register to view), discusses how students who are tech savy still don't have the information literacy skills to evaluate good web sites from junk.

According to the article, 87% of search engine users believe they are able to find what they are looking for all or most the time. A 2002 study indicated that people tend to judge a site credible based on its appearance, not by checking the credentials of who authored or is responsible for the site.

If you are a librarian, this is scary. If you are a medical librarian this information is even scarier. I want to cry or spontaneously combust (depending on my mood that day) when I hear of doctors who don't feel like using Medline and would rather Google it. You would think doctors would be a little more discerning as to what sites they trust. You would think...

Monday, February 14, 2005

NLM Launches PubChem

PubChem is project of three databases (PubChem Substance, PubChem Compount, and PubChem Bioassay) that link small organic molecules to bioactivity assays, PubMed abstracts, and protein sequences and structures.

These three PubChem databases are linked to several related NLM Entrez databases, including PubMed, Protein, and Structure. The PubMed links are derived either from citations provided by submitters or by matching substance names to the MeSH medical thesaurus.

For more information about PubChem go to the NLM Technical Bulletin.

Access PubChem at:

Friday, February 11, 2005

My NCBI Replaces Cubby in PubMed

It is the new and improved Cubby. It even has a new name, My NCBI.

You must register to use My NCBI.
Good news to those of you who have Cubby accounts, your login and passwords work for My NCBI and all of your stored searches and preferences have moved to My NCBI as well.

In addition ot a new look and feel here are a few difference sbetween Cubby and My NCBI.

My NCBI allows you to have your searches automatically emailed to you monthly, weekly, or daily (your choice). Emails are sent in the format of your choice, HTML or Plain Text.
You can check the date of you last update. Simply go to the My Saved Searches page and in the Last Updated column you will see when last update was generated, either automatically or by you.

My NCBI also includes a new Filters feature which groups search results by areas of interest. You can have up to five active filters using My NCBI. You can also add an icon to the filters with links to resources provided by outside organizations. (This function replaces the LinkOut preferences in Cubby.)

For more information go to the NLM Technical Bulletin or Help Section for My NCBI.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

RFID in the Medical Library

A post on one of my listservs asked if anybody was using RFID in a medical library setting. It got me thinking and wondering the same question too.
In my quest for information I ran accross a nice article in Library Journal entitled Making Sense of RFID.
From reading the article it appears that RFID will be the next thing in inventory and security, however their are some obstacles that must be overcome before it can be widely adopted.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Marketing the Medical Library

Tara Breton posted this on Medlib-l and I thought it was a great idea to bring non-traditional potential library users into the library.

For those who are during the Superbowl and may have people who are
interested in the score but are working as well: what a great time to
market the library!

You think I'm nuts, but our job is provide the information they want
WHEN they want it, right? Why not sports?

If you can get a television in the room, that's the best draw. If not,
a huge poster on the library door will be great. Leave the TV on the
game and place some comfy chairs around it. If you can get a low table
(make the place look like a living room), that's the best.
Put out bowls of salsa & chips; doesn't have to be expensive. It just has to BE
there. And napkins, maybe small paper plates. Add some crackers &
squirt cheese (won't get icky in the air) and you're in business.

No TV? Put a huge hunk of poster board on the door - like, the WHOLE
DOOR. Cover it up with logos: add the colors of the Eagles & Patriots
and have it read 1Q, 2Q, 3Q 4Q = Final. Then, during the game, KEEP
TRACK of the score by posting up the points by quarter. This will even
work for those with the TV, so people rushing by can glance at the score
and be updated. Got a radio? Keep that playing in the background.

Then, on Monday, on the same door: post up the pages from the paper:
pictures, the news clips, etc. regardless who wins. Suddenly, the
library is no longer a bunch of books & journals in a side room. It's
where everyone wants to be: see the news! Read the reports! Check out
the pictures!

And be sure to set up the door TODAY - so people there on Sunday will
KNOW about it. And if you are in a corner area, put up a sign
downstairs saying something like: To The Minute Superbowl

Now, how you choose to present the library during this time is up to
you. Maybe strategically place a few recent journals on the coffee
table next to the salsa dish. Perhaps an advertisement for a new
training course you are offering.

Maybe a colorful (but simple, bullet point only) handout of library
services hung on the same door as the scores (tape a manila folder on
the door) - but put ON THE TOP about the game - maybe a list of sports
web sites with news articles - and put a note about "other library
services offered include" and only list 5 (too many and they won't read
it). Give them a reason to take the paper - and give them a reason to
get back to you.

For those who may think I've lost my mind and am suggesting the
outrageous, please consider this: such services will never, ever replace
what we really do as professionals. There's a reason why we are
professionals. It will, however, get people's attention so that we can
get our "this is what we can do for you" message across to people.

GREAT IDEA! We need to think out of the box when it comes to getting potential patrons in the library. The employees at a hospital are probably not thrilled to be workinging the weekend, and this is something that can brighten their day and let them know about the library. Ambulatory patients or their families can stop by and relax and do something different. So not only are you drawing potential new employee users, but you are also providing a patient service.

This doesn't have to end with the Superbowl. There is March Madness right around the corner. I know everybody has seen the medical students and residents filling in their Final Four brackets. Why not have a tv with the Final Four tournament on?! Have a big poster of the brackets and the results.

Is there an auditorium nearby at your hospital that can show movies? Have movie night sponsored by the library for patients, families, and employees.

What other creative ideas do you have to draw people in? Get the word out!

Thursday, February 03, 2005

PubMed Results and Full Journal Title

To help users more easily identify the journal in their PubMed results, a mouseover of the MEDLINE journal abbreviation will display the full journal name.

*personal note* It's about time! How many of you and your users have been confused with and abbreviation like Clin.? Is it Clinics, Clinical, Clinic, etc!?!?

Slow Adoption of IT Threatens Healthcare Industry

Previously I blogged about GW speaking at the Cleveland Clinic regarding technology and healthcare, specifically the electronic medical record.

Well according to an article in InformationWeek, a survey of health executives found that the slow adoption of IT in healthcare is a bigger threat to the industry than rising health costs.

RSS Button Subscribe to this feed.
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License.
The Krafty Librarian has been a medical librarian since 1998. She is currently the medical librarian for a hospital system in Ohio. You can email her at: