April 4, 2007
Articles of Interest 2.0
While reading a post on Squidoo on Infodoodads I stumbled across Brian Gray’s treatise on Using Web 2.0 Principles to Become Librarian 2.0. On that site I ran into CiteULike, a site that “is a free service to help academics to share, store, and organise the academic papers they are reading.” I am constantly running into articles I think would be of interest to other medical librarians, and see many postings on medlib-l sharing their articles. It stuck me that CiteULike would be a great place to serve as a repository or our serindipitously or otherwise obtained articles. I have created both a profile and a group (Health_Sciences_Librarians) to facilitate this sharing. I am encouraging all to join CiteULike (all they ask for is a username, passoword and email address) and join the group (it’s open to all for now).
CiteULike is easy to use. Just add a “Post to CiteULike” bookmark to your favorites and whenever you run across an article from a variety of sources (including PubMed, but not OVID) just choose the “Post to CiteULike” link and all the citation information will be pulled into CiteULike. Just add tags, reviews, etc. then click save and your done. If you’ve joined the Health Sciences Librarians group the citation will show up in your library and under your username in the group’s library. If full text is available you can obtain it from a link on CiteULike. You can track fellow users or groups via RSS feeds or via watchlists on CiteULike. The site even offers electronic tables of contents to over 11,000 journals (which you can add to your watch list).
This is a dynamic and useful site and I see lots of potential for information sharing among medical and health science librarians, many of whom work in one-person libraries. CiteULike is a quick and easy way to share articles of interest and I hope many of you will join in the fun.