Friday, May 28, 2004

Teach-nology, the web portal for educators [ ]. Designed for teachers, this site has resources that I have found useful. When teaching someone brand new to using the mouse, use the Practice With a Mouse [ ]. (Hey, that might even be a site that physical and occupational therapists would want to know about.) Another topic of interest to me is Fundraising, under General Ideas [ ].The site has pop-up ads, but my Google toolbar catches most of them. There are membership options for the site, but some resources are available without signing in.

Thursday, May 27, 2004

"Finding Technology Funding" at eSchool News online is a resource that may be of interest to librarians (or librarians that support educators looking for technology funding). [ ]

Thursday, May 13, 2004

For those interested in EBM - Evaluating Health Services: A Reporter Covers the Science of Research Synthesis [ ], by Ray Moynihan.
If you are considering collaboration on campus to create an 'institutional repository' as a way to share scholarly communication and open archives, you should read this article by Clifford Lynch: [ ]
I thought you would like to see what some of our future students were up to for prom: [ ]. I found these students' creative use of duct tape for prom regalia refreshing! The fashions were created for a nationwide scholarship contest. (And as a mother of college-bound children, I will be encouraging my brood to apply and sweat for the scholarship as well!)

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

"Students check out the web instead of the library", Star Tribune, May 7, 2004: [ ]. This story is a real-world scenario that the OCLC Environmental Scan described in its findings.
ARL posted the latest salary survey in April here: [ ]

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

A MUST SEE for all librarians!
Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC's Vice President of Research and Chief Strategist, recently presented to the Library and Archives Canada. The presentation: "The pattern is new in every moment: observations on issues affecting libraries and archives within the frameworkof the 2003 OCLC environmental scan", has 60 slides, and can be viewed here: [ ] The OCLC 2003 Environmental Scan can be downloaded (free registration required) here: [ ].

Friday, May 07, 2004

At the risk of becoming a suspect myself, I thought you would like to read about one student's experiences after filing a FOIA request for information on campus steam tunnels: [ ]
The Public Library of Science has a new journal: PLoS Medicine. The open-access journal is now accepting manuscript submissions: [ ]. PLoS Medicine will publish "important advances in all disciplines, including epidemiology and public health." All you writing librarians out there - consider this avenue for publishing your manuscript.

Thursday, May 06, 2004

Evidence based medicine article, posted to medlib today by Tanya Feddern:
Oosterhuis WP, Bruns DE, Watine J, Sandberg S, Horvath AR. Evidence-based guidelines in laboratory medicine: Principles and methods. Clinical Chemistry, 2004 May; 50(5):806-818.
[ ] You can also just type in the PMID number in the PubMed search box to retrieve the citation: 15105349
The Guardian put Google's claim of being the fastest and most accurate way to get information. Three reporters searched for answers, each using a different source: Google, phoning someone, and using the library (without assistance). The results might not surprise you: [,12597,1210455,00.html ]. Now, for the contest between Google and a team of subject specialist reference librarians! That would be a reality show to watch.
Have you been wondering if your students are catching all the information and tips you present on your web pages or in your classes? Maybe not, according to studies on visual cognition reported in the Telegraph [ ]. There is also a link to online demonstrations, in case you want to test your own powers of observation: [

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

The Kaiser Family Foundation has announced a site for health policy students and faculty: [ ]
Is your library considering migrating to open source? Here is an article about a public library and their migration to the Linux operating system: [ ]