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Archive for May, 2005

A Great Wiki Overview from the Educause Review

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

From the Educause Review:
EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 39, no. 5 (September/October 2004): 36–48.

Wide Open Spaces: Wikis, Ready or Not

Researching Medical Literature on the Internet — 2005 Update

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

Here’s a great overview of Internet medical information resources from the latest issue of It provides a good summary of the major resources to start with – a good resource for searchers new to medical information research.

Public Health Tutorial

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

The National Library of Medicine, in collaboration with the University of Michigan Public Health Library & Informatics Division and Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce, has announced the release of the Public Health Information and Data Tutorial. This online tutorial is a new tool designed to help the public health workforce effectively locate and use health information.

Partners in Information Access

Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large 5:9, June 2005 now available

Sunday, May 22nd, 2005

The June 2005 Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large is now available in PDF.

Topics include:

  • Library Access to Scholarship – The NIH policy and various reactions
  • Four trends and seven mini-perspectives ranging from hi-rez audio to a look back at Y2K
  • comments on wiki wackiness, weblogs, RSS, audio blogging (and podcasting)

What is the current size of the indexible Internet?

Friday, May 20th, 2005

A study is out stating that the current indexible Internet (that part that is available to search engines and other tools for indexing) is 11.5 billion pages.

Two Interesting Resources from Two Interesting Blogs

Thursday, May 19th, 2005

Librarians’ Rx, a Canadian blog of interest to health science librarians, has a posting today on the Health Metrics Network. According to Librarians’ Rx: “The World Health Organization has launched the Health Metrics Network, ‘an innovative global partnership founded on the premise that better health information means better decision making — and that means better health for all. HMN partners are working to improve health and save lives by strengthening and aligning health information systems around the world.'”

Library Stuff, a general library blog “dedicated to resources for keeping current and professional development” has a posting today on a new FDA rss feed concerning agency news releases. Library Stuff’s author, Steven Cohen, keeps readers up to date on current applications of RSS technology, particularly in libraries.

Pew Internet & American Life Project Report: Health Information Online

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

The latest Pew Internet & American Life Report is out today. From the front page:

“Eight in ten internet users have looked online for information on at least one of 16 health topics, with increased interest since 2002 in diet, fitness, drugs, health insurance, experimental treatments, and particular doctors and hospitals.

As reported in the July 2003 report, ‘Internet Health Resources,’ certain groups of internet users are the most likely to have sought health information online: women, internet users younger than 65, college graduates, those with more online experience, and those with broadband access.”

View the full report:

US Government Mapping Resource

Sunday, May 15th, 2005 (“the single best Federal source for national maps and geographic information on the Web”) has lots of mapping resources, including maps of Congressional Districts. congressional district maps for the 109th Congress

PubMed RSS feeds are almost here!

Sunday, May 15th, 2005

Just announced – PubMed will soon have RSS feeds. Read more at

South Texas “Go Local” goes Live

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Library’s Go Local project for the South Texas region is now available to the public. You can visit it by going to a health topic in MedlinePlus, and selecting South Texas from the Go Local drop down menu. It will take you to a list of local services and providers that address that health topic in the South Texas Region.

You can also visit their website, Lone Star Go Local, directly at