Medlib’s Round 1.10

Medlib's Round 2.1

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”

tech tweakOn 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 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