Friday, August 31, 2007

Have a Happy Holiday Weekend

I will resume posting on Tuesday after the Labor Day weekend. Have a safe and happy weekend.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Web Innovation

John Sharp linked to a short but intersting podcast by Gartner on Web 2.0. For those of you who cannot listen to podcasts from work, I will let you know that it is only about 10 minutes long, so if you are interested in listening to it at home it won't take up too much time. The short podcasts discusses the difficulty of implementing 2.0 tools and balancing the issue of control in an enterprise environment. "You can take these Web 2.0 technologies, whether they be blogs, or wikis, social networks, and the methodologies like AJAX and mashups and you can make them approach enterprise class applications with the right kind process and controls in place you can make these usable within the enterprise. One other caution though, is if you put too much control on it you basically kill it. You kill it right off the bat." It is all about control. More people have control or want more control and that tends to freak out many institutional IT people.

Hopefully as more of these technologies become more accepted and ingrained our daily lives, perhaps hospital IT departments will find a happy balance.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Top 13 Web Tools

This was recently forwarded to me and I thought I would forward it along as well.

Over at Infododads they have come up with the Top 13 Web 2.0 Tools For Librarians. I have decided to take their list and adapt it slightly for medical librarians.
  1. Google Suite - If you are still emailing drafts of documents to people then you might want to look into using Google Docs. Co-writers, presenters, committees, and associations can all benefit from using it. Anybody who has to write and share documents with multiple people will find it helpful.
  2. Meebo/Chatango - This is not just for the public libraries any more. USC Norris Medical Library, Duke University Medical Center Library, and UND Harley E. French Library are among some of the medical libraries using Meebo to provide reference chat. Due to IT policies, many hospital librarians are unable to use Meebo. That is unfortunate because even patients want to chat with family and friend.
  3. Wikipedia - While it may not be the first place you look for medical information, it seems to have a pretty good handle on techie things. So if you are looking for more information on Common Lisp (no not speaking, but the dialect of the Lisp programing language), it is a good starting point.
  4. - I think medical librarians sometimes get so focused on "our" side of things (LocatorPlus, Docline, etc.) that we forget to look for items through WorldCat. I recently used WorldCat to order the "How to use Web 2.0 in your library."
  5. - Again this is also probably a no brainer, I use it all the time along with Matthews and Rittenhouse. Don't forget you can integrate into your catalog like McMaster University Library did, your patrons then have the option to check out your copy or buy a copy and the referral fee can go to your library to help purchase books.
  6. - Despite the fact that I hate its name (it is a pain to type out) people are using tagging in the medical and science fields (Connotea). Ratcatcher blogs about the use of social tagging as a method for organizing information. Specifically she mentions Patricia Anderson at the University of Michigan Dentristy Library and Health Sciences Library, Stony Brook as examples of medical librarians tagging.
  7. Bloglines - It is the most popular RSS reader and is now one of my main methods for staying up to date. Don't just use it to keep current on blogs, you can also monitor PubMed searches, journal table of contents, news sites, and create your own current awareness searches using LibWorm, MedWorm, or other search engines.
  8. Zotero - Think of it as RefWorks or EndNotes for Firefox. It is a Firefox extension to help collect, manage, and cite research sources. David Rothman has been monitoring it and thinks it is geared more towards citation management of online items. UM Library even offers a class on it as well as other citation management programs.
  9. Facebook - For a brief period in time I was able to get on to Facebook, but the hospital IT people renewed their blocking efforts and now I can only use it from home. What is interesting about Facebook are all the apps that librarians are adding to it. Some librarians are using it as another contact point in addition to their email.
  10. Wordpress - It is one of the more popular blogging softwares used by librarian bloggers. It requires some technical skills depending on your hosting site, but the Wordpress plugins are what make it very cool.
  11. MediaWiki - It is a very popular wiki software application used by many sites, it not only is used for wikis but is also used by companies as solution for internal knowledge management or content management. If you are looking for wikis that use MediaWiki look no further than LISWiki.
  12. Ning - Ning allows you to create your own social network. Medical 2.0 mentions some uses Ning and social networking.
  13. Twitter - Think mobile instant messaging. This is the one thing on this list that I am not quite sure as to how it can be used in medical libraries. The folks at Infodoodads point to Nebraska and Boise as examples of libraries using Twitter.

There you have it, my thoughts on the 13 technologies. What are your thoughts? Do you think they left anything off the list?

Monday, August 27, 2007

MLA Committee Members Needed

MLA needs you. MLA has a membership of nearly 3,500 people with diverse skills and knowledge. So put these things to work helping out the organization and join a committee. Working on a committee can help you develop leadership skills, promote your ideas, establish relationships, learn, build your resume, help justify funding for meeting attendance, and earn some AHIP points.

Any current MLA member can apply for a committee appointment. The current list of available positions is at and you can submit an application online at http://www.mlanet/org/members/comappf.html.

For more information about joining a committee go to

On a personal note, I am currently on two committees and I have found it to be a very valuable experience. I am meeting new people and learning a lot.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Call For Papers and Posters for MLA 2008

MLA 2008 in Chicago's theme is "Connections: Bridging the Gaps." The 2008 National Program Committee (NPC) invites submission of abstracts for contributed papers or electronic print poster presentations. The NPC encourages the submission of papers and posters that facilitate collaboration and highlight the vision, use, or development of cutting edge technologies and means by which health sciences librarians can harness today's powerful information environment to promote access to health care information.

Final submission deadline is Monday November 5, 2007.

For more information about MLA 2008 go to
Don't forget about the MLA 2008 blog, bookmark it or add it to your feeder. As the time gets closer more news surely will be popping up.

The Social Networking Task Force Blog

For those of you who are interested in learning what the Social Networking Task Force is up to, check out their blog. The blog was created to help connect with MLA members, includes current awareness information, social networking at MLA, evaluation of social networking applications, task force updates, and IT support information.

You can bookmark this page or subscribe using a RSS reader.

The most current post by Bart Ragon mentions the MLA Social Networking survey was a huge success, 495 responses were received and the task for is analyzing the data. Findings will be released in the near future. The task force has also created a wiki (to be released in early fall) to help MLA members with social networking. The first release will focus on blogs including guidelines, platforms, best practices, etc.

Our Presence in the Wired World

There has been some chatter lately about MEDLIB-l's Archives being accessible to the general public through Google. I think some people were surprised that somebody could look at the virtual bread crumbs in Google and get information. Others I think were frustrated with their daily spam intake which they believed might be partly a result of their email addresses showing up on sig files in the MEDLIB-l posts.

Of course these days our emails are on everything and spammers have more than just MEDLIB-l to munch on. Our library web pages, articles, meeting minutes, vendor information cards at annual meetings, and of course all of those online commerce sites have our email addresses.

As the online world starts to permeate our daily lives we become more visible to the world in ways we never envisioned. For example, we all like the discounts offered through our grocery membership cards, but many people in society do not realize their buying habits, their profile, their address is all on file so that the grocery store can offer targeted coupons enticing them to return to the store to spend more. As an athlete (ok I use that term very loosely these days) I enjoy registering online for competitions, viewing online results, and pictures from competitions. Of course anybody can do the same thing and search for and find it on Google.

For an experiment I decided to search for myself using my maiden name. I graduated college the year after Netscape went public. I am young but not young enough to have much of an online presence during my teen years and my college years. Back then I was playing with Gopher and IRC, but there definitely wasn't anything like MySpace. I was prepared to see some things from my time at graduate school, but I had no idea my athletic endeavors from college and high school were also available online as well as a smattering of a few other things. Hmm.

Unless we are prepared to "go off the grid" completely we are probably going to have to get used to a certain lack of anonymity and spam within our lives. We can take some precautions to limit exposure a little, but nothing will keep us completely anonymous. Because, all of the modern conveniences we take for granted help create our online shadow of where we have been, which can be seen by anybody walking by and looking.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

MD on Tap

For those of you who are unfamiliar with MD on Tap, it is software for PDAs that retrieves citations from MEDLINE and displays them on the PDA using wireless Internet. Here is an interesting article evaluating MD on Tap and its use at the point of care.

Using Wireless Handheld Computers to Seek Information at the Point of Care: an Evaluation by Clinicians. Hauser SE, Demner-Fushman D, Jacobs JL, Humphrey SM, Ford G, Thoma GR. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2007 Aug 21; [epub ahead of print]

OBJECTIVE To evaluate: (1) the effectiveness of wireless handheld computers for online information retrieval in clinical settings; (2) the role of MEDLINE(TM) in answering clinical questions raised at the point of care. DESIGN A prospective single-cohort study: accompanying medical teams on teaching rounds, five internal medicine residents used and evaluated MD on Tap, an application for handheld computers, to seek answers in real time to clinical questions arising at the point of care. MEASUREMENTS All transactions were stored by an intermediate server. Evaluators recorded clinical scenarios and questions, identified MEDLINE citations that answered the questions, and submitted daily and summative reports of their experience. A senior medical librarian corroborated the relevance of the selected citation to each scenario and question. RESULTS Evaluators answered 68% of 363 background and foreground clinical questions during rounding sessions using a variety of MD on Tap features in an average session length of less than four minutes. The evaluator, the number and quality of query terms, the total number of citations found for a query, and the use of auto-spellcheck significantly contributed to the probability of query success. CONCLUSION Handheld computers with Internet access are useful tools for healthcare providers to access MEDLINE in real time. MEDLINE citations can answer specific clinical questions when several medical terms are used to form a query. The MD on Tap application is an effective interface to MEDLINE in clinical settings, allowing clinicians to quickly find relevant citations.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Can Open Access Journals Be Too Expensive?

I discovered that Yale's Medical Library and Science Libraries will no longer subsidize article charges for Yale faculty in BioMedCentral publications. Yale's Medical Library and Science Libraries joined BioMedCentral in 2003 and decided to subsidize article charges (100%) for Yale authors in BMC publications. However the cost of subsidizing the authors has become too expensive for the libraries. They state that in 2005 it cost $4658 to subsidize authors. In 2006 the cost jumped to $29, 635 and in 2007 to $34,965.

Given the costs, I can see why they decided to no longer subsidize authors. I am curious to see how this effects the future number of Yale authors in BMC publications. Will they pay for the cost themselves?

Friday, August 17, 2007

MedlinePlus Using Flash for Webcasts

MedlinePlus is using Flash for their surgical webcasts. TheFlash format was chosen so institutions that restrict software players like RealPlayer may view it.

The first flash webcast is Total Proctocolectomy for Synchronous Colon and Rectal Cancer (Retreat Hospital, Richmond, VA, 7/24/2007)

Future webcasts on the Surgery Videos page and health topics pages will be in Flash format. Live webcasts that are featured on the MedlinePlus home page will continue to use RealPlayer for the time being, as there is a significant difference between quality obtained in Real and Flash for live broadcasts. The older surgery videos will continue to be offered in RealPlayer format.

Thursday, August 16, 2007 Integrated Into the Library Catalog

McMaster University Library is doing an interesting little thing with their catalog. They have become a member of the Amazon Associates program. Patrons searching for books in the catalog now see a small "Buy from" button at the bottom of catalog record. The library says that "faculty and graduate students in particular may appreciate the ability to review a title in the Library before adding it to their personal collections." Patrons still have the option of borrowing the book for free, the library has just added the option of buying the book as well. The Library benefits from by earning a small referral fee from Amazon on each sale. Amazon pays these fees through Amazon gift certificates. The library will use the earning to supplement additional book purchases.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Digital Shoebox

I am a bad parent and photographer. God knows those who are into scrap booking would run in horror over the amount of pictures that are languishing on the memory card in my camera. I have uploaded some to flickr so that I can share them with friends and family, but for the most part they are living in photo limbo. This isn't a new phenomenon for me. I was guilty of this type of behavior when I had camera that used regular film. I was slightly better then at getting photos developed because I knew the film aged and it couldn't sit in my camera for months/years and still yield decent snapshots.

As I have been slowly but surely migrating my pictures to an online account, I notice that I am also very slow to print out pictures and put them in a photo album or frames. Again this is no new revelation. Before with regular film I would eagerly look at the newly developed pictures and then put the envelope off to the side of my desk to await a photo album or frames. Inevitably the pictures found themselves in a shoe box labeled photos and the year (maybe).

Flickr has now become my digital shoebox and I am slightly discomforted by that fact. For some reason I feel the need to have hard copies of the photos. Having them in flickr makes them less tangible to me. I can remember when I was young, I used to page through my parents wedding album laughing at my dad's very 70's mustache and glasses. I marveled at how the people looked so young and giggled at the styles, peach dresses and ruffley tuxes. When my dad passed away, my brother, sister and I went through family albums and many shoeboxes searching for those moments captured on film that depicted my dad as we knew him, comforting ourselves with the good memories.

A few years back I had uploaded many photos into my Yahoo account. However, Yahoo is eliminating photo storing and sharing in their accounts. Users are given a variety of places to migrate their photos, flickr, photobucket, shutterfly, snapfish, and Kodak Gallery. However, if you don’t do anything by September 20, 2007 your photos on Yahoo will be gone.

This begins to make me question the idea of permanence in the digital world. As medical librarians we have all debated about the print vs. online access. We ask questions about who is indexing and maintaining quality online images, websites, and multimedia. Permanence is important to us. I am not advocating that everything online must be saved. In addition to the headless, blurry, and thumb in front of the lens photos still clogging up my memory card there are quite a few not so great shots, ones where there is no obvious flaw like a thumb in the frame but the person is turned funny or has their eyes closed. There are also a lot of near duplicate images. After all, how many pictures do I need of me standing in front of various mountainous areas from my trip to Boulder, Colorado? But for every headless family photo there is also a keeper. You know the keepers when you see them. At the core of our debating is the question, “What happens if it all disappears?” Like the precious family photo of the baby with cake smeared on his face, where do the great online only medical articles or videos go when their digital shoebox disappears?

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

SLACK Online Journal Price Changes

Just when you thought pricing structures for online journals could not be any more confusing and tedious, SLACK decides to jump into the picture. I received an email from my journal vendor describing that SLACK online journal will only be available through an up charge and there will be no online only access options. In other words you must get the print and if you want online you must pay extra.

Here is where it gets to be a pain....

SLACK Tiered pricing takes into account the FTEs within an institution.

Academic Institutions and Nonprofits Organizations
Members of the faculty and staff/employees of the facility (whether permanent, temporary, contract, or visiting basis) and individuals who are currently studying or working at the facility, who are permitted to access the network from within the premises of the licensee and from such other places where authorized users work or study, including without limitation halls of residence, lodgings, and homes of authorized users, and who have been issued by the licensee with a password or other authentication.

To establish FTE number, please calculate each faculty member, staff, and student within range as the following.

Multiply each by the following:
Full time faculty: 1
Part time faculty: 1/3
Full time staff: 1
Part time staff: 1/2
Full time student: 1
Part time student: 1/2

Corporate, Governmental Entities, and Hospitals or Clinics
Members of the staff/employees of the facility (whether on a permanent, temporary, contract, or visiting basis) who are currently working at the facility and who are permitted to access the network from within the premises of the licensee and from such other places where authorized users work including without limitation the facility, off site related facilities to the licensee, and homes of authorized users, and who have been issued by the licensee with a password or other authentication.

To establish FTE number, please calculate each faculty member, staff, and student within range as the following.

Multiply each by the following:
Full time staff: 1
Part time staff: 1/2

Ok this is one of the more complicated and frankly inane pricing structures. Most institutions just list the number of FTEs which is the total number of full time and part time people together. There is no real easy way to determine the number of part time staff since they are incorporated into the total number of FTEs. So many institutions who should be able to take advantage of counting the part time staff as 1/2 cannot do so.

What a mess.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Librarians Satisfied With Their Jobs Not Their Vendors

This article describes how law librarians are changing the way the search, conduct business, and get information. In short they are becoming more business like delving into marketing, competitive intelligence, computer training and knowledge management projects. However, shrinking budgets, staffing, and billable hours are part of the challenges law librarians face. Despite these difficulties and the changing nature of their jobs, 87% of responding librarians are happy. Yet one thing they are not happy with is their vendors. Vendors continually raise license fees beyond the rate of inflation and aggressively market products directly to lawyers.

"Internet-friendly marketing strategies are also creating havoc for librarians. Increasingly, they say, vendors are wooing lawyers directly with targeted e-mails, free trials, even frequent-flyer-like programs that award prizes based on how much they use a service (among the swag: Starbucks gift cards)." According to Christine Scherzinger director library research services at Duane Morris in Philadelphia, "It creates a huge interest in products that we may not need."

It is difficult for librarians to keep abreast of resources, and even more difficult for lawyers who often conduct poor or inefficient searches racking charges or using expensive services that are already paid for under a similar service. A librarian in the article tells the story of a lawyer who rang up a $2,300 Westlaw bill running a name through public record databases, when the firm already had paid for a similar product on Lexis.

Medical librarians, does any of this sound familiar? It really is a small world. Just change a few of the vendor's names, add patient care issues, medical errors due to poor research, and you have an article on medical librarians.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

EMR and the Role of Librarians

Here is what I think might be an interesting article for everyone who is interested in the EMR and how the library fits in.

Integrating Knowledge-Based Resources into the Electronic Health Record: History, Current Status, and Role of Librarians. Albert, Karen. Medical Reference Services Quarterly 26(3) 2007 1-19. (subscription required for full text)

Satisfying clinical information needs remains a major challenge in medicine, underscored by recent studies showing high medical error rates and suboptimal physician adherence to evidence-based practice guidelines. Advanced clinical decision support systems can improve practitioner performance and patient outcomes. Similarly, integrating online information resources into electronic health records (EHRs) shows great potential for positively impacting health care quality. This paper explores the evolution and current status of knowledge-based resource linkages within EHRs, including the benefits and drawbacks, as well as the important role librarians can play in this process.

Oooh I have got to get my hands on this article. I really think the next step for librarians is to expand their services by providing point of care resources that can be integrated in the EMR. Unfortunately, I think many librarians are spinning their wheels trying to figure out how to get involved.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Where Was Eric’s Manuscript?

I read both part 1 and part 2 of Eric Schnell’s missing manuscript saga. Eric describes his frustration with the publishing industry over the time it took from submitting manuscripts to finally seeing them published. His missing manuscript was submitted in December 2005 and appeared to be AWOL until August 6, 2007 when he received a package from the publisher containing his reprints. Twenty months later!

I am a neophyte when it comes to publishing. I recently just started writing articles. My first "real" article was "The Use of Blogs in Medical Libraries." Journal of Hospital Librarianship 6(1): 2006 1-13. I submitted that article in May 2005 and it was published about a year later. At the time I thought it took forever for it to finally come out. By the time it became available online I discovered they had spelled my name wrong (I am Michelle with two l's not one, thankfully that was caught in the print) and I felt the overwhelming need to update some of the things already published in the article. When I wrote my article there were just a few blogs out there pertaining to medical libraries and librarianship. By the time the article was published, some of the blogs mentioned had died off and others had started up.

After having a few more articles under my belt I have begun to realize that a year turn around time appears to be the norm in the publishing world for library articles. Perhaps it is because I am of the MTV Generation and I expect things to happen at a faster pace, but like Eric I have got to think that the traditional means of publishing must be improved upon. We should not be waiting until 2009 to read about Kathyrn Greenhill’s wiki approach to writing conference papers. Had I not read Eric’s blog I would have had no clue about Kathyrn’s interesting use of wikis. There needs to be a faster method for scholarly communication published in journals to be distributed to the interested community.

In Scott Plutchak’s comment he wonders whether Eric is referring to Haworth Press and mentions they should not be considered a representative of "traditional publication." He states that "major" biomedical publishers have been able to get manuscripts through the peer review process and published electronically in a matter of weeks.

Unfortunately many library journals are published by Haworth Press leaving librarians with fewer options for writing and reading relevant and timely articles. I am also fairly certain the slow pace an article takes on its way publication is not just problem at Haworth. I have been asked to write articles for other publishers and have played the same waiting game as Eric. Perhaps this a problem unique to non-medical publishers. However, as more librarians are adopting rapidly changing technologies and using them in them in the workplace, timely publication is even more critical. Publishers must adapt.

Continuation of the Black and White MeSH

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is contemplating discontinuing the printing of the Black and White MeSH, once known as the Supplement to the Index Medicus. The printing costs are considerable given that there are less than 300 purchases of the book, worldwide. NLM is interested in hearing responses to the questions below as part of deciding whether to discontinue the printing.

1. Have you been receiving the Black and White MeSH?
2. If so, under what circumstances is it being used?
3. Do you know of anyone who would be inconvenienced by its discontinuance?
4. Are users aware of the three electronic versions of MeSH that are freely available?

Responses should be sent to Stuart Nelson by Friday, August 17, 2007

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

OReFiL: An Online Resource Finder for Life Sciences

There is an interesting article on BioMed Central, BMC Bioinformatics 2007, 8:287, "OReFiL: an online resource finder for life sciences", which alerted me to this new online resource for finding life science web resources. The authors created a database which crawls out to gather the web pages whose URLs appear in MEDLINE abstracts and full text papers in open access journals.

OReFiL is kind of neat in that it is attempting to collect the URLs of online resources mentioned in the literature. To my knowledge this hasn't been done before. They are using the MeSH indexing, linking the sites to the citing papers, and linking to the PubMed entry. I did a very quick and dirty search on apoptosis which gave me 80+ sites. What was also kind of cool is the search result's MeSH terms are displayed as a tag cloud. Frequently used terms are depicted in bigger and bolder font than lesser used terms. More detailed information about the database and how it is searched can be found in the article.

I just think it is kind of neat.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

OSTMED.DR A Closer Look

Well I was able to finally get into OSTMED.DR and unfortunately I have more questions rather than answers.

  1. Where is the content coming from? I can tell that they are loading JAOA full text articles into the database, but where are they getting the other bits of information (book chapters, images, etc.) I am not asking them to divulge their trade secrets, but I would like to know approximately where they are getting their resources. For example are the images and papers not found in journals such as JAOA, are those author submitted?
  2. Is this intended to be a full text repository of osteopathic literature? If so does OSTMED.DR work with link resolvers?
  3. OSTMED.DR is currently free from July – December 2007, what will be the price for personal or institutional subscribers? Will institutions be given usernames and passwords or will they be allowed to register their IP addresses?
  4. When is it updated?! I clicked on recent additions yet when I searched I could find no updates within the last month. When I searched for updates for the year, the last update from what I could determine was made in June 2007. Will it be updated monthly, quarterly, annually?
  5. Why go with OSTMED.DR as a separate database? OSTMED is available and has articles already indexed. Wouldn’t it be easier to resume updating OSTMED, add the full text to the articles in the database, and add the other stuff as well?

As for the database itself…
At first glance the searching and browsing is clunky. You discover how aweful it is when you actually use it. You can browse for items by title, creator, subject, and date. There is no way to search for source such as journal title. There is no way to search for a journal article using the simple methods similar to PubMed Citation Matcher or even the Quick Search on JAOA's website.

The database also has some issues with directing you to the wrong citation when you are browsing. I decided to browse by title clicked on the link for "18 – Trisomy syndrome and a review of chromosomal abnormalities in man," but the record I saw was "Radiographic evaluation of intervertebral disk physiology." Click here and look at the URL, you will see that according the URL I am supposed to be getting the 18 Trisomy citation. This is just one example, it happened repeatedly with other citations.

Here are two more examples:
See "Temporal Lesion" gave me "Getting the Most from Mutual Funds."
See "1960 Yearbook and Directory" gave me "Weighing Emergency Room Treatment Options."

This was not just limited to the browsing feature. It also happened while searching. I did a quick search on Asthma and clicked on the link Asthma by Dufur, JI and was directed to the citation, "The Father of Osteopathy and his life work."

The database bills itself as a full text database, but it isn’t. There quite a few citations within the database that are not full text. For example the citation, "Technic for hiccoughs" (which I found my doing a search on manipulation and clicking the "Manipulation of the Acute Shoulder" link) is not full text. I realize it is an old article, from 1941, but if a database is billed as a full text database, there needs to be some better documentation as to what is full text and what isn’t.

The errors within the searching and browsing are maddening. Clicking on the link for one citation and being directed to another drove me batty. I don’t see how anyone can put up with that for long. I don’t understand why creators of OSTMED.DR didn’t just build upon OSTMED, spruce it up, give it a little more flexible search options (for images and other things) and update it. Most of the citations were already there all they had to do was add the full text and update it.

As a librarian at an osteopathic hospital I can tell you it can be very difficult to find osteopathic research and literature. So, it is frustrating and sad to see what could be a potentially wonderful resource in osteopathic research so poorly developed.

I invite those who created or work with OSTMED.DR to respond to any of my questions or critiques. I personally think that if done correctly this resource could be quite wonderful.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

UpToDate Discussion Continues

The UpToDate discussion continues on MEDLIB-L (the medical librarian listserv) as well as on the physician blogs. Now is probably a good time for librarians and physicians to be reminded of other point of care resources that people are using instead of UpToDate.

(thank you Kelly Klinke for these links)
Campbell, R., Ash J. An evaluation of five bedside information products using a user-centered, task oriented approach. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006 October; 94(4): 435-441, e206-e207. (free full text)

Texas Health Science Libraries Consortium. A Systematic Evaluation of Evidence Based Medicine Tools for Point-of-Care presented at SCC/MLA October 2006 - revised November 2006 (free zip file includes PowerPoint slides, PDF handout, and three Excel files)

This study looked at 14 different point of care products and evaluated and ranked them according to 6 main categories (General Information, Content, Searching, Resutls, Other Features) and subcategories. The products were ranked in four different ways and each time UpToDate failed to make the top five. ACP Pier was ranked first all four times. Clinical Evidence was ranked second 3 out of 4 times, Dynamed was ranked third 3 out of 4 times.

Ovid's Resource of the Month

Ovid's resource of the month for August is the Journal of Addiction Medicine.

Journal of Addiction Medicine
The journal is intended for physicians and mental health professionals who need to keep up-to-date with the state of the art in research, clinical practice, and education in addiction medicine.
Try it at Ovid
Learn more about Journal of Addiction Medicine from Ovid

For those medical librarians who might get a rogue poly sci question thrown at them this month, you might check out Ovid's International Political Science Abstracts (IPSA) database on SilverPlatter.

International Political Science Abstracts (IPSA) on SilverPlatter
This database from the International Political Science Association provides abstracts of political science articles published in scholarly journals and yearbooks worldwide. Topics include method and theory; political thinkers and ideas; political and administrative institutions; political processes (public opinion, attitudes, parties, forces, groups, and elections); international relations; and national and area studies. International Political Science Abstracts is the global standard for scholarly research in the field.
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Learn more about International Political Science Abstracts (IPSA) from Ovid

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