September 29, 2006

ANNOUNCEMENT: Elsevier and Wellcome Trust

Posted in News and Noteworthy, Publishers, Vendors at 9:43 am by Alexia


I am pleased to announce that Elsevier has made an agreement with the Wellcome Trust that allows authors who publish in Elsevier journals to comply with Wellcome Trust’s policy requiring grantholders to deposit final manuscripts of their research papers into PubMed Central. More information regarding this agreement is available on, at the following URL:
Information regarding the Wellcome Trust policy on PMC posting is available from:

Please contact me (or your Elsevier representative) if you have any questions.

Tony McSean
Director of Library Relations
32 Jamestown Road
London NW1 7BY
+44 7795 960516
+44 20 7424 4242

September 28, 2006

Medical Journal 2.0?

Posted in Web 2.0 / Medical Library 2.0 at 1:50 pm by Alexia

I just received an interesting email from Health Affairs, which highlights just how far this Web 2.0 “thing” is going.

Dear Health Affairs subscriber,

For twenty-five years Health Affairs’ goal as a journal has been to foster an ongoing dialogue on health policy issues of concern to a diverse audience of interested readers. We wanted to let you know that we are launching a blog on our Web site,, with the aim of expanding the dialogue even further.

Anyone is welcome to comment, but all must register and agree to terms of use, including the use of real names. We will filter comments for appropriateness and language.

The main elements of Health Affairs’ blog will include:

  • invited posts from leading policy analysts;
  • responses from a variety of health care stakeholders;
  • comments from readers;
  • links to timely information both within Health Affairs and from other sources;
  • posts from Health Affairs’ editors on policy briefings, new reports, hot policy topics.

Writers during the first two weeks will include:

James Robinson, University of California, Berkeley, on Michael Porter’s new book

Alain Enthoven, Stanford University, writing his first-ever blog post.

Uwe Reinhardt, Princeton University

Alan Maynard, University of York

And much more.

Blog postings will not be peer-reviewed, but all will be vetted by the journal’s editors.
We invite you, our loyal readers, to join us in this new venture beginning October 5 at


John K. Iglehart
Founding Editor
Health Affairs

I see this as an additional “grey literature” resource and something that we need to be aware of.  I have not fleshed all of my thoughts out about this and invite comments.

September 27, 2006

Hump day funny

Posted in Humor at 4:03 pm by Alexia

Brady PC. What do you do when you have a loose screw?
Arthroscopy 2006 Sep; 22(9): 925-.

Shouldn’t that be in Archives of Psychiatry?  LOL.

September 18, 2006

Communiction is key

Posted in Tips & Tricks at 4:01 pm by Alexia

Because I have a BBA (bachelor of business administration) I am aware of the differences in how administration and librarians speak, and of what is important to each.  Clinicians fall somewhere in the middle.  While it is important to be able to communicate with hospital administrators and “proving your library’s worth” in terms they understand and care about it’s equally important to “prove your worth” to physicians.

We’ve developed a script of sorts at My Place of Work.  We acknowledge that physicians are the experts at diagnosing and treating patients.  We then explain to them that we are experts at finding, evaluating and disseminating information.  We tell them that we are here to help them by doing what we do best – finding information.  This allows them to spend their time most wisely doing what they do best – practicing medicine.

This makes sense to the doctors.  We’ve had a lot of positive response to this “script”.  We acknowledge their strengths, we acknowledge our strengths and in a dozen words or show how our strengths cannot help but work together to help the patient.

Medical librarians are a critical component of the patient care experience.  As a profession we need to stop being satisfied with letting our work speak for ourselves.  We need to speak up and speak out and let those people who we can make a difference for and who could make a difference for us know who we are and what we do.

September 13, 2006


Posted in Humor at 8:47 am by Alexia

A search term you hope you never have to have done for yourself:

enema/adverse effects

Just saying…

Also, when will I learn not to eat breakfast while doing lit searches?  Obviously never.

September 8, 2006

Library Rebooted

Posted in Career Development, Professional Development, Web 2.0 / Medical Library 2.0 at 11:24 am by Alexia

The Michigan Library Consortium is hosting a series of presentations over the course of 2006 and 2007 collectively titled Library Rebooted.  They have created a blog in conjuction with the presentations – Library Rebooted: Unwrapped!

In celebration of this event, we would like to introduce MLC’s newest blog, The Library Rebooted: Unwrapped! This blog exists to promote any and all aspects of Library 2.0. Featured guest posters include speakers at our upcoming special programs and experts in various library 2.0 technologies.

Comments are encouraged, though you have to obtain a username and password to do so.

I see this as an excellent opportunity for Medical Librarians to become involved and have their say within the general library community.  Though there are aspects of Medical Librarianship that have little bearing on public librarians and vice versa there are a lot of aspects that are relevant to all parties involved.  I encourage everyone to take a look at the blog and participate.  Let’s get our voices heard!


September 7, 2006

Interesting Site: Index of Medieval Medical Images

Posted in Reference Resources at 10:55 pm by Alexia

Serindipitously found from the Librarians’ Internet Index, the Index of Medieval Medical Images is the product of a project of History & Special Collections, UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library to make a substantial sample of the images and descriptions available via a searchable database on the Web. Users can search by keywords and browse by Subject. Image Type, Image Date, Image Origin or Manuscript. Not necessarily relevant to the hospital librarian it is nonetheless a great site and fun for those times when you just need a break and wish to see gross pictures from medieval times.


On being involved

Posted in Professional Development at 9:27 am by Alexia

Today I run my first general business meeting as MDMLG president.  In addition, I am a member of a panel presenting at the program portion of the business meeting.  The program is titled Stay Aware with Current Technology Pearls: Wikis, Blogs, RSS and Podcasting and should be very interesting.  I certainly hope so, I’d hate to fall flat on my face during my first presentation in many years.

This meeting got me thinking about the discussion a couple of weeks ago on the HLS listserv regarding MLA.  The MLA conference is great and worth attending if you can, but it’s not the only place to get programming and professional development.  Your state and local associations can offer a wealth of opportunities.  State and local associations are also a great place to start becoming professionally involved.

I’m going to put on my Hospital Library Section Professional Development Committee member hat for a moment and direct you to the Professional Development Committee’s web page.  Not only does it contain links to conferences, but also distance learning opportunities, professional tools, and links to national, state and local professional associations.  The page will go through some heavy updating soon, but is still a great resource as is.


September 1, 2006

Follow up to my rant

Posted in Publishers, Rants at 9:57 am by Alexia

Earlier this week I ranted about being billed by our journal vendor for an additional charge to a 2005 subscription. While I haven’t gotten an answer that satisfies me yet on that specific item I did find out that our vendor can mark our account so that any additional charges will be invoiced to us by May so that we can take care of them before the end of our fiscal year. This makes sense in a way. We renew our journals by September 1st. We get billed by our vendor in October. The publishers may or may not have set the subscription price for the upcoming year. We will get invoiced for additional charges. This still doesn’t explain how we are just now getting billed for a 2005 subscription but, at the very least, I am slowing getting our account set straight with our vendor in such a manner as to alleviate some of these problems.