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Archive for November, 2010

The New Browser Wars – Updated

Friday, November 19th, 2010

What’s your favorite web browser? If you work in a hospital library, most likely it is Internet Explorer 6.  Oh wait – I said FAVORITE web browser.  According to Net Applications, Internet Explorer is still the top dog at 59.26% of market share as of October 2010.  Firefox came in second with 22.82% and Chrome is third with 8.47%.


End-of-Life Library Receives Award

Friday, November 19th, 2010

By Suzanne Earle, MLS, AHIP
End-of-Life Library
The Hospice Institute
Hospice of the Western Reserve
Cleveland, OH

The End-of-Life Library at Hospice of the Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio, has received the 2010 Rose & Sam Stein Award, the highest hospice honor which can be given in the state of Ohio. Library services were recognized for making significant, innovative, and extraordinary contributions to hospice and end-of-life care. The award highlights support which has significantly contributed to the greater hospice community, patients, families and team members. The library effectively collaborates across disciplines and enhances the delivery of services as part of the larger agency.

The award was accepted by Suzanne Earle, MLS, AHIP in Columbus, Ohio on November 12, 2010 at the annual Ohio Hospice and Palliative Care Conference.

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NCBI Discovery Worshops – December 15-16 in Chicago

Monday, November 15th, 2010

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is pleased to announce that it will be hosting NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) Discovery Workshops focusing on biomedical and genomic databases this December. This free two-day series of workshops on NCBI tools will be held at UIC on December 15-16, 2010.  Register at:

Program Overview
The Discovery Workshops consist of four 2.5-hour hands-on sessions emphasizing a different set of NCBI resources. Each session uses specific examples to highlight important features of the resources and tools under study and to demonstrate how to accomplish common tasks.

The four sessions of the Discovery Workshop will focus on the following areas:
1. Sequences, Genomes and Maps
2. Proteins, Domains and Structures
3. NCBI BLAST Services
4. Human Variation and Disease Genes


Gartner Identifies Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2011

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Gartner Research, a world leading information technology research and advisory company, comes out with annual predictions on strategic technologies that will have an impact on organizations in the coming year.  Gartner defines a strategic technology as “one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to IT or the business, the need for a major dollar investment, or the risk of being late to adopt.”


Blogging: The Making of a Disabilities Librarian

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

By Anna Ercoli Schnitzer
Liaison/Disabilities Librarian
Taubman Health Sciences Library
University of Michigan

One day at the reference desk about twelve years ago, I was helping a patron finish up work on her doctoral thesis on disability issues.  In between searching for information and correcting citations, we were chatting a bit, and she asked me whether I would like to attend a meeting to discuss what the library did for individuals who happened to have disabilities.  I did not have anything specific in mind, but I agreed to attend that meeting which turned out to be a gathering of members of the University of Michigan Council for Disability Concerns.  I had little positive news to report, but I used my imagination to describe what the medical library could and should do in the future to serve patrons with disabilities.  The variety of Council members, their expertise, lack of ego, and altruism impressed me so much that I signed on as a member myself.Anna Ercoli Schnitzer at disabilities outreach exhibit

Our medical library of a dozen years ago offered very little in accommodations to patrons with physical challenges. Truth to tell, it did not even have a low energy door for easy access for wheelchair users.  Gradually, month by month, bit by bit, as a Council member I began to learn about various disability issues. With the able and altruistic assistance of the members of that Council,  we managed to acquire the requisite automatic door openers for our library along with an Ergopod, a large, free-standing apparatus of many sections and elements that provided adaptive computer technology to users with various physical and cognitive impairments. We also obtained a magnifying reading device.  Eventually, we also presented and attended a few sessions for staff members on increasing sensitivity about such issues as assisting a person with low or no vision, using the preferred language when referring to various physical and emotional differences, and, in general, spreading the word and thus raising consciousness about disability issues. (more…)