Friday, July 29, 2005

July 28 MLA Focus

I just received the July 28 MLA Focus in my email today, it will soon be posted at

In This Issue:
  • Professional Development Grant Deadline Is August 1
  • MLA Seeks Volunteer MEDLIB-L Coordinator
  • Leadership Fellows Program Seeks Class of 2005/06
  • MLA's Federal Libraries Section offers searching tips
  • Apply for Library-Related IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) Grants

What's New on MLANET:

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Evidence Based Medicine Via Health IT

Evidence-based medicine via Health IT
By Alex Cukan
United Press International
Published July 27, 2005

Interesting article on the making evidence based medicine to doctors and health care professionals easily available and accessible by incorporating it within the hospital environment so that it as the point of care.

Research at Risk and How Academic Librarians Can Influence Students Web Information Choice

Sitting down with cup o' coke in the morning I ran across two interesting pieces, Research at Risk By Thomas Mann, Library Journal, July 15, 2005 (courtesy Web4Lib list) and the Harris Interactive: How Academic Librarians Can Influence Students' Web-Based Information Choices reference on

Both pieces illustrate how influence the library can be on users.

Research at Risk: When we undermine cataloging, we undermine scholarship
By Thomas Mann
Library Journal, July 15, 2005

(Brief excerpt)

"Studies abound showing that researchers don't use library subject headings. They guess at keywords. They don't grasp Boolean or word proximity search techniques. Many are apparently contented with whatever results they find quickly. They just don't know what they're missing. Fast information-finding trumps systematic scholarship."

"Many library managers seem to think the library profession should simply capitulate and accept this situation. In their view, we should abandon Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) in our OPACs and scan in the table of contents of each book or wait for Google Print to digitize "everything." These managers are willing to go with the expedience of simply throwing more keywords into the hopper. They think this eliminates the need for categorization, linkages, and browse displays that show options beyond whatever keywords happen to be typed into a blank search box."

Most users , even sophisticated ones, think all there is to research is looking for whatever and as many words for their topic in the catalog. It was only through library instruction where users' eyes were opened to LC classification did they understand the potential strength and accuracy of using subject searching within the catalog.

Currently there is a ongoing debate on the Web4Lib list library catalogs, their ease of use (or lack of) for patrons, their structure, and even the wording (should we even use the word catalog at all). The author fears massive structural and philosophical changes to the internet to make it more like Google may make users happy but it won't necessarily find the correct information that they need. directs us to look at the OCLC White Paper on the Information Habits of College Students, How Academic Librarians Can Influence Students' Web Based-Information Choices.

(brief excerpt from the White Paper)
"College and university librarians are acutely aware that usage of their websites and electronic resources is growing. They observe that, since fewer students visit the library in person, knowledge about the needs of their student users is limited. In order to deliver relevant services, academic librarians need to know more about the preferences and needs of these invisible information consumers."

"College students have confidence in their abilities to locate information for their study assignments. Three out four agree completely that they are successful at finding theinformationo they need for courses andassignmentss, and seven in ten say they are successful at finding what they seek most of the time. The first choice web resources for most of their assignments are search engines (such as Google or Alta Vista), web portals (such as MSN, AOL, or Yahoo!), and course specific websites."

Clearly there is some need for libraries to reach out to their users and educate them and direct them to quality online resources (be it the catalog, website, online journal, database, etc.) However, it seems we as librarians are missing the boat.

So here are two different articles that both look at the research patterns of users. One article looks at our catalog in relation to research and the other looks at the library's internet. Obviously there are always was to improve both areas, but in my mind the bigger question is how are you going to eventually reach these users who think they are sophisticated enough to do quality research and who aren't in physicallycomingg into your library. All the changing and reorganizing of systems and creation of web help guides and directories won't make a difference if there isn't some sort of basic research education. Just because your user knows how to sew a button on doesn't mean they are ready to close in surgery. Yet that is what we are faced with, a whole bunch of excellent button sewers.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Forbes Best of the Web Health Sites

Forbes Best of the Web is out, take a look at the best of the web in Health.

The Best of the Web in Health is further subdivided into these categories:

Forbes also included a new category in their Best of the Web list, Blogs.
Check out so of the Best of the Web Medical Blogs and Blog Tools:

Medical Blogs:

Blog Tools:

Any thoughts about Health list? What do you think is missing that should be there and isn't? What is on the list that you feel shouldn't be there?

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Canadian Adverse Drug Reaction Information System (CADRIS) is Unfriendly and Uninformative

Librarians' Rx directs us to a news article in the July 19th issue of CMAJ,

APA Announces Librarian's Resource Center

The American Psychological Association is pleased to introduce the new Librarian's Resource Center
It is intended to be a "one-stop shop" for librarians who administer and use APA resources.

Information now available on the site includes:

  • Institutional pricing for electronic and print products (databases, journals, books)
  • APA's licensing terms and conditions
  • Policies such as archiving and Interlibrary Loan
  • Policies for appropriate use and course packs
  • Basic fact sheets on the content and file structure of each APA database
  • Brief product descriptions that can be used for the OPAC
  • Information on MARC records to support cataloging of full-text documents available in PsycBOOKS
  • Forms for obtaining permissions
  • Downloadable tools such as the new Application Guides
  • Tutorials, vendor specific search guides, training schedules (comming soon)
  • OpenURL, SFX, CrossRef, RSS Feeds information

Monday, July 25, 2005

Nursing Information Needs

Royal College of Nursing's Survey On Information Needs
25 July 2005
(brief excerpt)
"Patients may not be getting the best care possible because nurses have limited access to the latest research and information in their workplaces, according to research from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). The survey of nurses’ information needs showed that nurses who have the time and easy access to health information at work are more likely to use their research to improve the care they give to patients. Over 1700 nurses responded to the RCN survey, making it one of the largest reviews of nurses’ information needs undertaken in the UK."

Barriers to nurses finding information:
  • Limited access to the Internet for research at work.
  • Large workload and little time
  • Workplace policies, one third of nurses surveyed said it was "never acceptable for them to leave the workplace to do research to improve their nursing practice."

Nurses want more acces to full text journal articles and help finding the appropriate articles. “Health librarians are primed to help nurses to find information and improve their research skills. The role of the employer is crucial here and more efforts should be made to give nurses better access to the Internet and health libraries, and the time during working hours to do research. Ultimately, better informed nurses mean better care for the patients.”

I realize this survey was done in the UK, but I have to think that it isn't too far off the mark with the information needs of nurses in the US. Just from my unofficial and unscientific observations and conversations with nurses, their work environment does not usually lend itself to doing research or finding information for patient care.

Some hospitals have locked out all Internet access from clinical floor computers. So nurses and other healthcare personell are prevented from doing a simple PubMed or MDConsult search at the computer closest to the patient. If the computers on the floors can not access information outside of the hospital's intranet, nurses must find time in their already busy work day to find a computer that can access the Internet.

As hospitals try to become more "wired" it is a shame that they actually inhibit online knowledge by preventing access to the Internet.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Anatomy TV and New Titles in StatRef

StatRef now offers online 3D models of human anatomy online or on CD/DVD. They include "features such as interactive zoom, rotation, angle, interactive layers, extensive text, MRI, clinical slides and xrays, live action movies, animations, radiology slides, dissection videos and slides, surface anatomy videos and slides. Focuses on muscles, ligaments, nerves, veins, arteries, bones."

Pricing for the 3D Anatomy Collection:
(Single user pricing, must contact StatRef for network or multi-user licensing)


  • Complete Human Anatomy, $950
  • Interactive Functional Anatomy, $125
  • Thorax and Pelvis, $250
  • Spine with Head/Neck, $250
  • Thorax/Pelvis and Spine w/ Head/Neck, $500
  • Interactive Functional Anatomy,Thorax/Pelvis, $449
  • Interactive Functional Anatomy, Spine w/ Head/Neck, $449
  • Interactive Functional Anatomy, Thorax/Pelvis and Spine w/ Head/Neck, $699
  • Complete Human Anatomy, Interactive Functional Anatomy, $1149

CD-ROM Products:

  • Complete Human Anatomy: 9 CDs, $950
  • Sports Injuries Series: 4 CDs, $399

DVD Product:

  • Interactive Functional Anatomy, $125

New titles are available in StatRef:

  • Critical Decisions in Periodontology - 4th Ed. (2003) Critical Decisions in Periodontology describes common clinical problems and how practitioners go about deciding what should be done.
  • Maternal-Newborn Nursing and Women's Health Care - 7th Ed. (2004) This title contains numerous learning tools to help increase your understanding of key concepts and guide you in applying maternal-newborn women's health nursing care.
  • Women's Health: A Primary Care Clinical Guide - 3rd Ed. (2004) This title covers the traditional reproductive and gynecologic content as well as selected common medical, psychosocial, developmental and political problems, issues and needs.
  • Primary Preventive Dentistry - 6th Ed. (2004)Focusing on the clinical application of primary preventive dentistry procedures to control plaque diseases, it's perfect for a Dental Hygiene program, or Dental Assistant and general dentistry courses.

The new edition of Adams and Victor's Principles of Neurology - 8th Ed. (2005) and Williams Obstetrics - 22nd Edition (2005) are now available.

Supplemental Updates:

  • ACP Medicine
  • ACS Surgery: Principles & Practice
  • USP DI Drug Information for the Health Care Professional
  • USP DI Advice for the Patient
  • Infectious Diseases: The Clinician's Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
  • Griffith's 5-Minute Clinical Consult
  • AHFS Drug Information

Thursday, July 21, 2005

2005-2006 Leadership Fellows Program for Health Sciences Librarians

"The NLM/ AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for director positions in academic health center libraries. Fellows will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of learning settings, including exposure to leadership in another environment. They will be paired with mentors who are academic health center library directors. In addition to the individual relationship with their mentors, fellows benefit from working collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. The program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community to allow fellows to maintain their current professional and personal lives. The sponsors will provide financial support for up to five fellows and will underwrite travel expenses."

"The one-year program design is multi-faceted: three in-person leadership institutes; attendance at an Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) annual meeting; a yearlong fellow/mentor relationship; three Web-based courses on issues related to effective library leadership and management; and a two-week site visit to the mentor's home library (in one or two-week segments)."

The program is designed to:

  • Introduce emerging academic health center library leaders to leadership theory and practical tools for implementing change at organizational and professional levels;
  • Develop meaningful professional relationships between fellows and mentors that give fellows access to career guidance and support;
  • Expose fellows to another academic health center library under the guidance of their mentors;
  • Examine career development and provide models of directors to potential future academic health center library directors;
  • Create a cohort of learners who will draw upon each other for support throughout their careers;
  • Offer recognition to emerging leaders.

For more information go to:

More Images on images.MD

images.MD has added to their collection.
  • Echocardiography, contains over 850 images related to three-dimensional imaging, contrast imaging, and tissue Doppler imaging.
  • The Allergic Diseases collection has added 110 new images and updated more than 45 other images.
  • The Skin Cancer collection has a new section, "Risk Factors and Etiology," which includes 12 new images.
  • The Neuro-oncology section has 54 new images added to the "Primary Brain Tumors."
  • The Current Reports and Current Treatmend Options have an additional 200 imagesavailable.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

NLM Technical Bulletin July-August 2005

Cited Articles Option available in PubMed allows you to see a list of references for a particulart article. "Full text of articles archived in PubMed Central (PMC) include the references cited by the articles. You can now also see a list of those references in PubMed, using the option Cited Articles, on the Links menu." (Read More)

Three new animated tutorials called "quick tours," are available. They require Macromedia Flash Player to view. The topics are Getting Started with My NCBI, Saving Searches, and Filters. Additionaly, PubMed Author Search "quick tour" has been updated. (Read More)

Two new books are added to NCBI Bookshelf. The PDA version of Genes and Disease and Systematic Evidence Reviews. (Read More)

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Move That Computer

Computers Make Mumbling Doctors Worse, Good Doctors Better
By M.L. Baker
July 12, 2005

A quick interesting article about a study on the use of computers in exam rooms by doctors. It found the computer is used slightly differently by good communicators and bad communicators. Those doctors who were skilled communicators used the computer as an educational tool, showing patients lab results or drug information. Doctors who were poor communicators did not use at as an educational tool but more as a glorified notebook. They focused primarily on the computer instead of the patient, and "seemed confused if a patient described a reason for a visit that differed from that on the computer screen. "

Another interesting revelation was the location of the computer. Those in IT would put the computer connection drops in the corner of the exam room. That meant the doctor would have his back to the patient. Obviously this makes the physician patient relationship already strained. How would like to be talking to somebody's back the whole time.

It will be interesting to read the whole study when it appears in the August issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine (subscription required).

Let's not pick only on the doctors. Let's take the ideas in the article and apply them to our libraries.

Where are your data connection drops?
The drop in my office is in the back wall of my office, so I would have to sit with my back to the door of my office. Not only did people scare the bejezes out of me when they quietly entered my office while I was typing, but it also made me look completely unapproachable and uninterested. One of the first things I did when I started my job was do some major re-arranging and getting longer computer cables to move my computer was a priority.

Are you "hiding" behind your giant computer screen while on the reference desk?
Let's face it, a lot of reference desks really weren't made for the ,ultiple electronic things we have now days. So your computer plus its monitor are sitting right on top of the desk, making very easy for you to be hidden and appear unapproachable to patrons. Think about getting a flat screen, moving the cpu underneath your desk or off to the side. Play patron, go to the other side of your reference desk (while somebody sits behind it) and look at it from your patron's point of view.

Do you use the computer as teaching tool or as glorified info box?
I often turn my screen around so the user can see what I am referencing. If it is going to be a long search that will require some patron librarian interaction, I often invite the patron to sit behind the desk next to me while we work on the research together.

We all could stand to learn a few good tips on how to communicate better with our patrons while using computers.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Elsevier Enhances Scopus

Scopus is a scientific, technological, and medical database developed last year by Elsevier whose mission was to provide an easy to use literature database. Elsevier wanted something “as easy to use as Google,” but with quicker/easier access to the literature.

It provides:
  • Coverage of 14,000 journal titles and 4,000 publishers, 750 conference proceedings, all journals in Medline and 400 trade publications, and e-only journals as well as all Open Access journals (approximately 531).
  • Updated daily; coverage back to the mid-1960's
  • Basic Search: searches the Scopus database, the web, and patent info in one search statement
  • Cited by information available for articles published since 1996. As you're viewing your search results, the far right column lists the number of times this article has been cited. Clicking the link automatically displays the articles that cite the original paper.
  • Links to full text can be implemented via a library’s link resolver.
  • Create your own saved searches and auto-alerts for automatic notification via email of new content based on your profile.

Apparently Scopus has been very successful since its launch (June 6, 2005), it has signed its 500th customer, and more than 60 universities in the U.K. are now taking part in the introductory offer for Scopus.

Scopus has partnered with RefWorks integrating the two databases so that users can move seamlessly between the two products. Additionally Scopus is integrated with Elsevier MDL's CrossFire Commander, allowing researchers to move between text and graphical structures.

Scopus is an annual subscription based on the size of the institution and can be used by anyone who accesses the product from a subscribing institution. Remote access is possible through ID's and passwords.

For more information about Scopus check out:
Elsevier Enhances Scopus
Information Today July 18, 2005
by Paula J. Hane

Scopus Website

I invite anyone who has Scopus to give their opinions on the database. How do you like it, how do your users like it? Do you use it in conjunction with Medline or do you use it for other searches?

Friday, July 15, 2005

Study Proves PDFs Are Preferred to HTML

Legacy Content Conversion: Generating citations, revenue and goodwill from your publication history (free online)
Duff Johnson
Journal Publishing
Summer, 2005 No. 2

Johnson provides a detailed description of assessing, planning, and executing the conversion of a publication's back-catalogue to electronic format.

  • 3 case studies exploring various legacy conversion business models
  • An in-depth, real-world study of how legacy conversion can contribute to content usage
  • A revealing look at how PDF fares vs. HTML when all other things are equal
  • Top 5 reasons to digitize back issues
  • 7 key indicators favoring legacy conversion

Thursday, July 14, 2005

WWISH List... An Online Journal Resource List

The WWISH (World Wide Information on Serials in Health) List, maintained by the Gardiner Library Service, is a directory which provides information on the electronic versions of key English language peer-reviewed print journals in clinical medicine, biomedical research, nursing and allied health.

Journals are listed in alphabetic order and each journal title found has a corresponding detailed information table listing information such as Journal Name, Website, Pricing, Full Text Dates, Medline Indexing, Publisher, etc.

It is a great starting resource for those looking for specific online journals. The creators work hard to keep information up to date, "we do work diligently at maintaining and updating the list, but it’s a lot like painting the Sydney Harbour Bridge * get to the end and it’s time to start again." So you should double check the information at the publisher's web site. However, if you find any errors or have found some new journals they should add to the list, they appreciate your input and suggestions.

I would use this in conjunction with the Highwire Press list of journals, together you have a very good starting point for finding online journal information.

One thing I would LOVE but have yet to discover is a list providing information on all possible ways to access certain journals. I am not sure if it is even possible given the constantly changing environment, but it would be nice to click on a journal like New England Journal of Medicine and know that you could also get/pay access to the journal through Ovid, or that the American Heart Journal is available on MDConsult, Science Direct, Web Editions, and Mosby. Hey shouldn't that be something journal vendors like Swets should be doing?!

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Ovid's Interface Has Changed

Ovid has a new look and feel. It is a cleaner look but all of the old buttons are in different locations, where they are more likely to be used or thought of by patrons.

New Features:
  • Find Citation -(blue file tab) allows you to search for a specific article more efficiently when you have some of the pertinent information, similar to PubMed's Citation Matcher
  • Find Citing Articles -find out where an article may have been cited
  • Find Similar -links to other relevant articles similar to PubMed Related Articles
  • Alerts -A pull-down list for saved searches and alerts, alerts can be saved for searches in more than one database, alerts will have scheduling options and have multifile deduplication options.
  • Alerts Delivery -You can also send alerts to patrons in HTML or text emails.

Something I wish they would have changed:
One thing that hasn't changed is Ovid's clunky Citation Manager which is renamed as Results Manager. Most new users have trouble figuring out what that is for and why they should use it. It is just not really as intuitive as PubMed's method of saving, emailing, etc. Equally disappointing is that Ovid does not give you the option to email the results in HTML format. Why is that frustrating? If you choose to email PubMed results in HTML format, you are able to preserve the links to the full text, related articles, books, and LinkOut. That way your patron can easily click on the full text of an article they want from the citations you sent them. With Ovid's text only email option your patrons still must contact you or go online and find the full text.

Why Ovid went so far to include the ability to have HTML emails in alerts but did not include it in the Results Manager is mind boggling and poor planning.

Top 100 Most Wired Hospitals in the U.S.

(courtesy of Librarians' Rx)

A new study measuring IT use among physicians, nurses and pharmacists was conducted to determine the 100 "most wired" hospitals and health systems in the United States. The report also identifies the 25 most-improved, the 25 most-wireless and the 25 most-wired small and rural hospitals.

One interesting note: "Researchers found that physicians at 41% of the most-wired hospitals use computerized systems for drug ordering, compared with 27% of all hospitals surveyed and 8% of the 100 least-wired hospitals. Electronic medication alerts also are more common at the most-wired hospitals, according to the report. In an independent analysis, conducted by Solucient, researchers compared mortality rates for the most-wired hospitals with other hospitals and found that health systems that have invested significantly in IT have risk-adjusted mortality rates that are 7.2% lower than other hospitals. However, researchers said the analysis does not establish a causal relationship between IT and mortality rates."

Here are the rankings what I find interesting is the big name hospitals who are not on the list.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Available Back to 1915

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) legacy content dating back to volume 1, issue 1, 1915 is now digitally archived, searchable, and freely available on
the PNAS web site at

Non-subscribers to PNAS have access to content from 1915 to 6 months ago. Subscribers have access to the everything, including content published within the most recent 6 months.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Bloggers Need Not Apply

Bloggers Need Not Apply
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Friday, July 8, 2005
Ivan Tribble is the pseudonym of a humanities professor at a small liberal-arts college in the Midwest

If you are going to write a blog, take a look at this article. It is about how job candidates should really be concerned about what their blog says along with what their resume says.

The article mentions that while the search committee did not specifically exclude anybody based solely on their blog, it did give them valuable insight to the candidate which the committee generally viewed negatively. "In truth, we did not disqualify any applicants based purely on their blogs. If the blog was a negative factor, it was one of many that killed a candidate's chances. More often that not, however, the blog was a negative, and job seekers need to eliminate as many negatives as possible."

It makes one want to stop and think about what they are going to say before they say it. Is that always a good thing? Sometimes yes and sometimes no.

I tend to think of this as a professional blog. I attempt to help other medical librarians (including myself) by finding bits of information and opinions on medical databases, journals, research, online systems, etc. By keeping it more of a professional type of blog, I would hope in the future when I seek a new job, my blog does not eliminate me from consideration.

Maybe I should change my name to the Nervous Librarian instead of the Krafty Librarian.

Faked Research on the Rise?!

Faked Research Results on Rise?
Associated Press
11:08 AM Jul. 10, 2005 PT

(brief excerpt)

"Allegations of misconduct by U.S. researchers reached record highs last year as the Department of Health and Human Services received 274 complaints -- 50 percent higher than 2003 and the most since 1989 when the federal government established a program to deal with scientific misconduct.
Chris Pascal, director of the federal Office of Research Integrity, said its 28 staffers and $7 million annual budget haven't kept pace with the allegations. The result: Only 23 cases were closed last year. Of those, eight individuals were found guilty of research misconduct. In the past 15 years, the office has confirmed about 185 cases of scientific misconduct."

This article is a startling look at the issue of academic medical researchers falsifying data and plagiarizing work in the medical literature. It mentions numerous cases of misconduct, including a doctor who actually went into patients charts and fraudulently added data to support the made up data in his article.

The doctor testified that he was "working 80 to 90 hours a week, seeing patients two days a week, doing surgery one day a week, supervising medical residents, serving on as many as 10 different committees at the hospital and the medical school and putting on national medical conferences. He did seek help, both from a psychiatrist, who counseled him to cut back, and from his boss, who demanded he increase his research and refused to reduce the patient load."

Interesting how is his own profession (his boss) whose reputation would also suffer from his improprieties ignored his pleas when he sought help.

According to the Wired article a study in the June 9 Nature indicates that the problem is still relatively small, "about 1.5 percent of 3,247 researchers who responded admitted to falsification or plagiarism." However, "one in three admitted to some type of professional misbehavior," which is very discouraging.

Even though the percentage of those who falsify information is relatively low, the fact is that these articles are still getting published and we are only able to catch a handful of them. It makes you seriously question and suspect all research and legitimate research can suffer as a result.

My question for the blog readers...
What happens to the bad research? I did a quick search on Medline for articles written by some the authors mentioned in the Wired article.
  • Eric T. Poehlman made up research between 1992 and 2000 on issues like menopause, aging and hormone supplements to win millions of dollars in grant money from the federal government. ----I found over 139 articles.
  • Ali A. Sultan, Harvard School of Public Health, had plagiarized text and figures, and falsified his data -substituting results from one type of malaria for another, now a faculty member at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. ----I found 22 articles. More if you use just A. Sultan (which he is also known to publish under).
  • Gary M. Kammer, a Wake Forest University rheumatology professor and leading lupus expert, made up families and medical conditions in grant applications, has resigned from the university and has been suspended from receiving federal grants for three years. ---I found 71 articles.

Given the fact that the above authors have published over 200 articles, how do we know what articles had good information and what had false information? Is there any way of knowing in the literature or in the databases? Are the bad articles simply removed...if so what about all of the articles that cited these bad articles? What happens to them?

Friday, July 08, 2005

CDC Public Health Image Library

Oooh this pairs nicely with yesterday's post (July 7, 2005) on Medical Images on the Internet. Thanks Clare Leibfarth for directing my attention to this.

Notice to Readers: Enhanced CDC Public Health Image Library Available Online
July 8, 2005 / 54(26);660

"The online CDC Public Health Image Library (PHIL) has been updated and enhanced with a new design and new functions; PHIL also has a new link to its website. PHIL contains approximately 7,000 free public health-related images, including high-resolution photographs, illustrations, and videos devoted to topics ranging from science, to public health, to CDC.
Most photos and illustrations are not copyrighted, although users should attribute CDC as the source where appropriate. Images are accessible by persons using both Windows and Macintosh operating systems. PHIL photos and illustrations are routinely used by health professionals, news media, and the general public to enhance news reports, health promotion brochures, manuscripts, classroom instruction, and presentations."

PHIL is available at

Hospital Libraries and Consortias and Catalogs

I just got access to my new CyberTools for Libraries catalog. Now begins the task of playing with the system. Exploring, testing, trying to push it and me to our limits. While I am playing, I have the small matter of adding/importing approximately 3,000 book titles from my card catalog into the lovely system. I am very happy. It was a lot work to get this system for me and for three other hospitals within my hospital system. The four hospitals have had card catalogs and have been maintaining a union card catalog and I thought it was important that all four of us move together to the online world. The folks at CyberTools were wonderful and very patient as we worked at getting all four hospital libraries on board.

As happy as I am to have CyberTools and to start working on a new online system, I still feel a little left out. I had approached some OhioLink librarians about possibly getting into OhioLink through my larger hospital system. I was denied. I was told that we were not an educational institution therefore we could not be a part of OhioLink. However our hospital has residents, interns, and medical students from all over (including OhioLink institutions) who work and learn here and should have access to the same resources as their brethren at other facilities in the state. But, so be it, according OhioLink I am not an educational institution.

What perplexes me is.... How is it that Cuyahoga County Public Library and Westerville Public Library are OhioLink members? They are not educational institutions. To be fair those public libraries do not have access to all of the same OhioLink resources such as EJC. But they are a part of OhioLink and they do have access to other areas such as the catalog. Why are they allowed to participate when they are not educational institutions? Why is it alright to allow a public library into OhioLink but not a hospital library?

Please know that I am not specifically criticizing OhioLink or the fact that these public libraries were able to be a part of great system. While academic and public libraries form interesting and great consortias we hospital libraries seem to always be left out of the loop. I am not talking about hospital libraries such as Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, etc. Those hospitals are like the giant elephant in the living room. I am talking about the regional and community hospitals that have maybe one or two librarians. We may not have the same amount of money as the giant elephants, but does that mean we should be forgotten or excluded? Even when we take the initiative to try and participate we are sometimes excluded.

When larger library systems such as academic or public discuss consortias or partnerships I sometimes think hospital libraries are always the bridesmaid and never the bride.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Medical Images on the Internet

So often there are questions on Medlib as well as other email groups asking for good medical images sites. I have found that The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) Library has a really nice web page listing sites where one can find a great many medical images.

The majority of the sites they listed allow the use of the images for noncommercial or personal, however they encourage users to check copyright statements for each listed site.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

New Test Would Measure Students' Web Wisdom

New Test Would Measure Students' Web Wisdom
July 4, 2005
By Michelle Locke, The Associated Press

Cal State and other colleges are working with the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to create a test used to evaluated student's Internet intelligence. Basically it will be testing to whether students can find, evaluate, and verfy reliable online infomation. It will also determine whether student know how to properly use and cite or credit the information.

Educators are worried that students are comming to college with minimal Internet research skills. Lorie Roth, assistant vice chancellor of academic programs at California State University says, "Every single one (student) that comes through the door thinks that if you just go to Google and get some hits--you've got material for your research paper right there.''

A preliminary version of the test will be given to 3,300 Cal State students this spring and the final version will be available next year.

I can't wait for the result of these tests. Of course these results also effect all librarians too, not just academic. Medical librarians will eventually get these students who choose to go into medicine. Perhaps the results will give us an indication of how good or bad students are at conducting Internet research. Regardless, if they are good or bad, we will need to alter our research teaching methods accordingly.

IEEE Expands Access to Biomedical Engineering Library

IEEE has announced a new licensing option to the IEEE Biomedical Engineering Library for institutions. It is now available at an introductory annual rate of $9,995 for a special one-user license. This license is targeted at smaller institutions and start-up companies.
The standard five-user license for access to the IEEE Biomedical Engineering Library costs $19,995.

For more information on the IEEE Biomedical Engineering Library, visit

So you are paying 1/2 the price with 1/5 of the access slots....not exactly fair to me. If you are start up company or a small institution this still seems to be a pretty hefty price to pay, especially for a start up company. I would be interested to know what other bio-tech companies/libraries are currently doing and whether they feel this is a bargain.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Former BMJ Editor Calls Medical Journals Immoral

A question of ethics: Medical journals are an immoral marketing tool for drug companies, according to a former editor of the BMJ.
Sarah Boseley
The Guardian
June 30, 2005
(courtsey of Clare Leibfarth)

Richard Smith, former editor of BMJ has strong words for the medical journals, the publishing community and drug companies. He questions the validity of published research, believes medical journals are "little more than a marketing tool of the drug companies," and they are immoral in charging for access to scientific literature.

Ovid's July Resources of the Month...MEDLINE

For all of you librarians who don't have Ovid MEDLINE but wish you did, you are in luck. It is Ovid's July resource of the month.

Each time you try the resource of the month you will be asked to provide some contact information.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Life Science Bloggers Wanted

(courtesy of Medical Informatics Insider)

Seeking 'Life Science' Bloggers for Weblogs, Inc.
Posted Jun 30, 2005, 9:54 AM ET

Weblogs Inc. is looking of people to blog on their Cancer, Cardio, and/or Diabetes weblogs. Those interested must submit three sample posts that you would write for one or more of these weblogs. They ask that you look at their current Weblogs Inc. blogs and use them as a styleguide for the submission of your writing samples.

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