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Archive for November, 2009

Distance Learning Class Announcement: Beyond an Apple a Day

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Apple jumping out of the water, by AHMED...
Apple Jumping Out of the Water, by AHMED…

Looking for some consumer health information education in the New Year?

Registration for a free, asynchronous online learning course via Moodle (what does that mean?) of Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library is now open at Class will begin on Monday, January 4, 2010 and end on Sunday, February 7. Once the enrollment limit has been reached information will be available at the registration website on how to be placed a waitlist for this or a future offering of the course.

Beyond an Apple a Day will be offered for 4 units of continuing education credit and is a Category A course option for the Medical Library Association’s (MLA) Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) program. We look forward to having you join us!

Minding Gaps and Visualizing Data

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Gapminder is an international non-profit organization with a mission to better use statistics for “minding the gaps” in socioeconomic indicators within and among populations. Gapminder World features colorful animated graphs that show trends over time in a very compelling way.

In this video, Gapminder founder Hans Rosling interprets a graph about global development over the last 200 years:

[11/30 Update: If YouTube is blocked for you, you can watch this same video (but without narration) here, or try this video on TeacherTube.]

The software behind Gapminder is called Trendalyzer. Google acquired Trendalyzer in 2007. Now you can create your own Trendalyzer animations using Google Spreadsheets and the Google Gadget Motion Chart.

Science librarians and researchers will appreciate this motion chart from the site, a project of Dr. Carl Bergstrom’s lab at the University of Washington. The motion chart shows the relative impact of scholarly journals over time.

True Tales of Technology Improvement

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

by Jane Saxton
Director of Library Services
Bastyr University
Kenmore, WA

“We live forward, but we understand backward.”

-William James

This is the True Story of what happened when we received an NN/LM PNR Technology Improvement Award.


More About E-Patients

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Hope Leman, Research Information Technologist at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, Oregon, submitted the following as a comment on our October 27 post E-Patients Rising. I am re-posting it here in order to highlight the great resources Hope suggests for learning more about the e-patient movement. Thanks Hope!

I have been to several conferences recently: Medicine 2.0, Health 2.0, the Connected Health Symposium and e-Patient Connections Conference 2009. At each of those I was privileged to hear e-Patient Dave speak. He is a remarkably incisive thinker on these issues and his keynote at the recent Medicine 2.0 conference (provocatively entitled, “Gimme My Damn Data!”) made a deep and positive impression on the attendees.


Congratulations to OHSU Library!

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Chris Shaffer and the Oregon Health & Science University Library are part of a national consortium recently awarded NIH funding to implement a Federated National Informatics Network.  This web-based initiative, called the eagle-i Consortium,  will be developed by OHSU and 8 other universities–led by Harvard Medical School.  Funding is from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), part of the NIH.

As one of 2 major awards made NCRR, Director Barbara Alving, M.D. states: “The infrastructure created and implemented through these awards has the potential to greatly facilitate the pace of biomedical research nationwide.”

For more information about the project,  see announcements on OHSU’s library website, and  the Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center.