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

August 22, 2006

New OCLC Connexion tool

Posted in News and Noteworthy, Vendors at 11:00 am by Alexia

OCLC announced that it’s Connexion cataloging product now offers a tool that lets librarians automatically harvest and create WorldCat records for digital resources.  According to MLC:

Using either Connexion client or browser, librarians just type in a URL and the Metadata Extractor captures and formats data into a bibliographic workform for Web sites as well as locally stored .htm, .html, .pdf and .doc files.


Five Weeks to a Social Library

Posted in News and Noteworthy, Professional Development, Web 2.0 / Medical Library 2.0 at 9:06 am by Alexia

There have been many posts around the blogosphere regarding this online course, which will take place February 12 – March 17, 2007.  Right now the coordinators are looking for contributors.  I wanted to point out what a wonderful opportunity this appears to be in regards to a basic course on new web technologies.  The goal of the course is to reach as broad an audience as possible so while you will learn about social software in general deciding if and how to utilize any or all of the technology in your situation will be up to you.

Starting in September look for posts about my thoughts about how medical librarians can use social software, including applications I don’t think are applicable to us.

August 8, 2006

New website now available (and what it means for medical libraries)

Posted in News and Noteworthy at 3:49 pm by Alexia

From the MLC Communique: 

This site—and a downloadable WorldCat search box you can easily add to your Web site—opens the complete WorldCat database to the public, not just the smaller data subsets utilized by Open WorldCat partner sites such as Google, Yahoo! Search and others. builds on the success of OCLC’s Open WorldCat Program that has elevated the visibility of library materials on the open Web since the summer of 2003.

The main attraction of the new site is the WorldCat search box. Web users can now search the entire WorldCat database with the method most familiar to them: simple keywords. As in Open WorldCat, each linked result leads to a “Find in a Library” information page.  From there, users can enter geographic information such as a zip or postal code, receive a list of nearby libraries that own the item, and link right to a library’s online catalog record to initiate circulation activity or access electronic content directly. Users can also create their own WorldCat account and add book reviews, table-of-contents information and notes to many WorldCat items, helping to personalize their library search experience.

From, any Web user or organization can also easily download and install the free, WorldCat search box to their personal or commercial Web page, allowing even more people to discover library content through WorldCat. Libraries and other groups inside and outside the OCLC cooperative are encouraged to add the box to their sites. We believe that sharing the ability to search for library materials to as many other sites as possible will help increase the awareness of libraries as primary sources of reliable information and helpful personal assistance.

To try the new WorldCat search box and download the box to your own Web site, visit the site at

Being a hospital library that is not openly open to the public (nor do we circulate directly to those are not employed by the hospital) we use WorldCat for only “technical services” help.  But, since our holdings are on OCLC it is important that we know what the public is seeing.  For instance, I just looked up Hurst’s The Heart, which we own.  I notice we do not have any library information under our profile (my bad, guess who get’s to add something to her Projects list?).  So, some poor, hopeful patron could walk into our library looking for this book only to find out that he cannot check it out.  Not only does our library have our reputation to think about but that of our parent organization (the Hospital).  Steven Cohen over at LibraryStuff talks about this aspect of WorldCat and the need for WorldCat to offer lending information in the library’s profile.  That is only half of the solution.  It is then up to the library to utilize that feature.  While many hospital libaries are solo or minimally staffed, and we may think we don’t have time to do stuff like create and update WorldCat profiles, it’s a drop in the bucket compared to redirecting the public to the more appropriate institution.  Hospital libraries may not be open to the public but they are more and more becoming aware of our existence and we need to act accordingly.