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Archive for March, 2005

Cites & Insights 5:4 and 5:5 available

Wednesday, March 16th, 2005

The March 2005 and Spring 2005 issues of Walt Crawford’s Cites & Insights newsletter is now available.

Cites & Insights 5:4

Cites & Insights 5:5

A sampling of topics:

  • Did NIH back down to Big STM–or was this a reasonable compromise?
    Library Access to Scholarship
  • Is a short story a book–and would you read Moby Dick on a cell phone?
    Ebooks, Etext and PoD
  • ©4: Locking Down Technology: Broadcast flag and Grokster

Medical Information Day

Tuesday, March 15th, 2005

The Medical Library Association (MLA) is celebrating Monday, April 11, 2005, or 4-11, as “Medical Information Day”. The observance recognizes the invaluable information and vast range of services medical librarians provide for their institutions and local communities.

You can download sample press releases, logos and other promotional materials from the Web site

4-11:Medical Information Day

Free Access Public Health Courses

Tuesday, March 15th, 2005

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has announced the initial phase of its pilot OpenCourseWare (OCW) project, providing free and open access to the School’s most popular courses to students, self learners, and educators anywhere in the world. They launched the OCW web site with two courses and expect to publish eight additional courses by April 2005, followed by many more courses in the coming years. The two courses currently being offered:

Understanding Cost Effectiveness Analysis in Health Care
Statistical Reasoning in Public Health

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Low-Literacy Users (Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox)

Monday, March 14th, 2005

The latest article from Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox: characteristics of low-literacy web users.

Low-Literacy Users (Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox)

The Integrated Library System that Isn’t

Thursday, March 10th, 2005

A great article on what’s happening (and will be happening) in the world of library systems. Dempsey touches on all major areas of library technology and gives food for thought.

The integrated library system that isn’t.

From First Monday: Economics of Scientific and Biomedical Journals

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005

From the current First Monday:

Economics of scientific and biomedical journals: Where do scholars stand in the debate of online journal pricing and site license ownership between libraries and publishers?

Scanning Patterns of Search Engine Users

Tuesday, March 8th, 2005

An interesting article from Search Engine Watch about how users handle search engine results. Typically users review in an “f” shaped pattern, focusing on the top few results and disregarding the remainder.

The article:

A New “F-Word” for Google Search Results

The search pattern graphic:

Training: Epidemiology, the Internet, and Global Health

Friday, March 4th, 2005

The Supercourse: Epidemiology, the Internet, and Global Health is designed to provide an overview on epidemiology and the Internet for medical and health-related students around the world. The Supercourse has 18,000 faculty from 151 countries that have created a Library of Lectures with more than 2,000 lectures on the Internet with quality control, and cutting edge cognitive design.

The Supercourse consists of:

1. Information Sharing & Open Source Model: Global academic faculty are developing and beginning to share lectures in the area of public health and the Internet. The concept of a library of lectures for all to use is in many ways similar to that of “freeware” or “open source software” on the computer;

2. Global Health Network: A global Supercourse with 18,000 faculty, called the Global Health Network (GHNet), already exists in 151 countries. It consists largely of faculty members (e.g. deans, chair persons, professors, and associate or assistant professors) from academia;

3. Teaching the Teachers: The Supercourse is not a substitute for existing educational models, but serves as a teaching-support system. It provides high-level lectures to the teachers of students in medical, dental, nursing, and public health schools, etc.;

4. Statistical Quality Assurance: An open peer-review system by the global faculty strengthen the quality of lectures. In addition, all students rate the lectures, the results of which are tracked over time; and, more.

Epidemiology, the Internet, and Global Health

Open Access Bibliography

Friday, March 4th, 2005

The Open Access Bibliography

Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals presents over 1,300 selected English-language books, conference papers (including some digital video presentations), debates, editorials, e-prints, journal and magazine articles, news articles, technical reports, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding the open access movement’s efforts to provide free access to and unfettered use of scholarly literature. (more…)

Teach Your Doc a Lesson

Thursday, March 3rd, 2005

In this article, AARP gives a lot of advice about learning more about your health condition, from evaluating health information on the Internet to using a Medical Research Service .