This months edition of MedLib’s Round, a blog carnival of “excellent blog posts in the field of medical information” is about Peer Review, Impact Factors & Conflict of Interest, Social Media, Blogs & Web 2.0 tools and Electronic Health Records and the clinical librarian.
medlib grand round
I am very pleased to host this month’s edition of the Medlib’s round at it’s almost first birthday. The Medlib’s round was started by Jacqueline of Laika’s Medliblog in January 2009 and first published in February 2009. It’s a blog carnival of “excellent blog posts in the field of medical librarianship”.
I’ve included the submitted posts and some posts from MedLiblogs I frequenty visit, here it goes at random:
Mesh terms as used in PubMed for medical literature searches are a kind of tags. MeSH terms will tell you how a particular issue is talked about and labeled. If there is more than one way to refer to a concept (like “heart attack” vs. “myocardial infarction”), MeSH lets you know which is the right term. Did you know that Mesh terms lack appropriate terminology (now added) for menstrual tampons? On the Over-Explainer more on problematic Mesh terms
Will Amazon be selling more Kindle books than old fashioned paper books and how to read your Kindle in the bath tub? Read it at Clinical Cases and Images.
What is the success rate of diagnosing complex immunological and allergic cases with Google? You’ll be amazed how accurate Google diagnoses can be, read it at Allergy Notes
At GeriPal – A Geriatrics and Palliative Care Blog an excellent review and critical comments on the book: Cheating Death by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, the chief medical correspondent to CNN. Read all about the definition of death in this post.
“Death is not a single event, but a process that may be interrupted, even reversed. And here’s the exciting part – at any point during this process, the course of what seems inevitable can be changed. That is precisely what we are going to explore in this book: the possibility of cheating death.”
On DigiCMB there’s a post about literature searching in the browser. Most people don’t know is that you can “manage” this box and the search engines in it. This excellent post shows you how to do it in Firefox 3.5.5, Internet Explorer 8 and Chrome. Internet Explorer is the most used one, Firefox the most loved one with the most options to customize and Chrome the latest and rising quickly in popularity. How to make library users start a search : 6+ ways to search outside “native interface”
On dragonfly a post about steps for “born digital” or “digital natives” to maintain their ergonomic health: When Technology Tries to Tweak You. But we must also remember to take care of ourselves in the process. Some simple steps for those working over hours behind their computer monitor so that you can continue to be productive well into the future. Some of the tips below are drawn from a post on Lifehacker.com and on the UC Riverside Library’s web site.
Eagledawg has a Personal Trainer: Walking which is a good idea for librarians since they mostly sit behind their desk and computer screen. Probably a new year resolution to have more exercise, not that she needs it. She also discusses a good online health information article in the Costco magazine. A lot of suggestions for online health information searching.
The Krafty Librarian has a post on Article Level Metrics, a new development introduced by PLoS for socil networking.
Article level metrics refers to the data they are collecting on each article that can be used to help researchers to determine the value of the article within the scientific community.
Finally, Laika’s MedLibLog has a post about When more is less: Truncation, Stemming and Pluralization in the Cochrane Library. The ins and outs of retrieval results from the Cochrane Library.
You can already submit your posts for the next Medlib Round here
That’s it folks, have a healthy and happy new year, take care Dr Shock
The MedLib’s Round Blog Carnival is a monthly blog carnival that showcases excellent posts in medical librarianship. The carnival is not restricted to librarians – anyone can submit as long as the post is relevant and of good quality. If you have an article on medical librarianship, PubMed, evidence-based medicine, information literacy or Web 2.0 tools etc., you’re welcome to submit, I will be the next host. There is no special theme.
Please submit your article before January 2, 2010 through this form. The MedLib’s Round 1.9 should be available on January 6th.
Amazing extensive Medlib round this time on Knowledge | Beyond Words. I especially liked:
A review of the main reference management softwares on Knowledge beyond words by Valentin.
Interestingly, most of them are free and web-based. Therefore they are accessible from anywhere through private account and remain free. We will present the main reference management softwares you should know and then show the results of the poll launched on twitter.
Adding Methodological Filters to MyNCBI posted at Laika’s MedLibLog by Jacqueline.
Jacqueline has created a great tutorial to learn how to add methodological filters to MyNCBI.
What is Google Wave and why should I care? on Krafty Library.
This article will be perfect for you to discover, understand and start using Wave in a proper way. She describes how medecial librarians have already created dedicated waves but still doubts about usefulness of the tool.
The next Medlib Grand Round will be held on this blog beginning next year. You can submit your contributions here.
The MedLib’s Round, the monthly blog carnival that highlights some of the best writing on medical librarianship, encompassing all stages in the publication and dissemination of medical information: writing, publishing, searching, citing, managing and social networking is up at Highlight Health.
I especially liked:
MedlinePlus vs. healthfinder: Must We Choose?
So how can you make sense of the millions of websites and find online health information that is reliable?
Can You Trust That Health Website?
Do you subscribe to RSS feeds? Are you using social media? Have you ever wished you could integrate everything into a single organized page? Read Feed me Feedly on Life in the fast lane
But there’s more, three posts on PubMed’s redesign and much more have a look
MEDLIB’s ’spooktacular’ round 1.7 is up at Alisha764’s Blog: A solo medical librarian’s ramblings. A blog carnival of “excellent posts in the field of medical librarianship.”
Amongst excellent topics also the long awaited PubMed redesign was previewed this week. Another highly anticipated preview was Google Wave. You could argue both previews have brought to light issues with the new products; however, each holds promise for changing the medical library field. The discussion about H1N1 flu and vaccination is another topic leading to several excellent posts.
Check it out at Alisha764’s Blog: A solo medical librarian’s ramblings
The most web savvy librarian Laika’s who’s also on twitter made this weeks grand round of excellent blogs of medical librarians.
This weeks subjects are: Social Media, Google Health, PubMed, MeSH and the like, Grey Literature and… a Bonus.
A lot of useful information for doctors to, e.g.
Awesome medlib blog pubmed search strategies, about PubMed Search Strategies, a blog created by Cindy to share PubMed search strategies.
Or about evernote my favorite note taking app
From palmdoc : Evernote as your peripheral brain (Evernote is a note taking application)
A new edition of MedLib’s Round, a blog carnival of the “best blog posts in the field of medical librarianship” on Pharmamotion.
I especially liked:
10 + 1 PubMed Tips for Residents (and their Instructors) on Laika’s MedLibLog founder of this grand round and looking for hosts in the near future for this grand round. Very useful information.
See and read the power of twitter on the question:
How did a TIME magazine article end up indexed by PubMed as a scientific paper?
There is also a nice video on how to use Evernote for importing PubMed search results but when trying it out discovered that it only works on Windows.
This month’s theme was “evidence” – not just in the terms of “Evidence Based Medicine” but in the widest possible sense. Evidence is a hot topic in the UK at the moment – indeed, the National Library for Health (NLH) is to be relaunched at the end of this month as NHS Evidence, “a web-based service that will help people find, access and use high-quality clinical and non-clinical evidence and best practice.”
A very interesting read also for physicians (Evidence Based Medicine anyone?) and the likes, go read at First Person Narrative
We at Dragonfly are pleased to host this month’s edition of the Medlib’s Round blog carnival. Our theme is “enhancing access to health information for health professionals and the public.”
Most of the blog posts listed in this carnival were nominated for consideration by the bloggers themselves. I took some editorial license and included a few additional posts I thought were useful and relevant to the theme.