Tuesday, August 10th, it will be the second time that Walter Jessen will host the MedLibs Round at the well-known biomedical blog Highlight Health.
MedLib’s Round is a monthly blog carnival of “excellent blog posts in the field of medical information”.
The theme for this month’s edition of MedLib’s Round is “Leveraging social media to promote health information online”.
Although priority will be given to those posts that focus on leveraging social media to promote health information online, other topics will also be considered.
Please submit your article (thus the URL of the post) here no later than Sunday, August 8th at 04:00:00 UTC (12:00pm CST). You can also help Walter by suggesting good blog posts of others (i.e. via the above-mentioned submission formor the Highlight Health contact form)
Not familiar with the MedLibs Round? Then have a look at previous editions of MedLibs Round listed at the MedLibs Round Archive.
Last Month the round was hosted by Danni (Danni4info) at The Health Informaticist, my favorite English EBM-library blog. It is a great round again, about “dealing with PubMed trending analysis, liability in information provision, the ‘splinternet’, a search engine optimisation (SEO) teaser from CILIP’s fresh off the presses Update magazine, and more. Missed it? You can read it here.
She would like posts about “Reference Questions (or People) I Won’t Forget” (thus “memorable” encounters that took place in a public service/reference desk setting, over your career) or“how the library/librarian” has helped you. But as always other relevant and good quality posts related to medical information and medical librarianship will also be considered.
I am sure you all have a story to tell. So please share it with @creaky and us!
As always, you can submit the permalink (URL) (of your post(s) on your blog)here.
I would also like to take the opportunity to ask if there are any med- or medlib-bloggers out there who would like to host the MEDLIBS round August, September, October.
The MEDLIBs Round is still called the MedLibs round because I got too little response (6 votes including mine) to the poll with other name suggestions. Neither did I get any suggestions regarding the design of the MEDLIBS-logo, Robin of Survive the Journeyhas offered to make [for details see request here]. I hope you will take the time to fill in the poll below, and to think about any suggestions for a logo. Thanks!
Welcome to the sixth edition of MedLib’s Round, a blog carnival of “excellent blog posts in the field of medical librarianship”.
First I have to apologize for the postponement in publication. There were so few submissions (5, including one on this blog), that I needed more time to find some material myself. Time that I didn’t have at that moment.
After a flying start with many volunteering hosts and submissions the enthusiasm for the Medlib’s Round seems to have faded somewhat. There are far less submissions. Luckily there is a core of enthusiastic people regularly submitting to the Medlib’s Round and I’m very grateful for that. However, there are many more bloggers out there, who also write very useful MedLib stuff. Why aren’t they contributing? Are they not aware of the round, do they lack time, don’t they like blog carnivals? Should the rounds be better promoted or differently organized? I know that postponement does the round no good, but it is a bit the chicken-and-egg problem. Anyway, I would like to hear your thoughts on this.
But lets start…..
A previous host and regular contributor to the round, Nikki Dettmar(@eagledagw) of the Eagle Dawg Blog makes a good point in “Social Media & Emergency Preparedness: Can Your Family Text?”:“Does your family know to text when there is an emergency? Traditional phone lines may be down and traditional methods of communication may not be working.” Learn about an upcoming drill conducted by a national safety foundation and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) over the next few months to use texting and social media channels for emergency communication. And don’t forget to instruct your mother. By the way, the use of Twitter is included in the advise.
“It is a good product; however, it should be used with caution. Remember Google Health® is not bound by HIPPA, resources should always be double or triple checked, the Google® Health Drug Interaction program is missing some key interactions, and the Google Health® Topics are missing the reference section, reviewer information, and date stamp.
Again, I applaud Google® for its efforts and for including links to MedlinePlus® as a trusted resource. As with any information source, even MedlinePlus®, all information should be checked against at least 1 other source.”
Rachel Walden (@rachel_w on Twitter) is the woman behind the successful blog Women’s Health News and writer for Our bodies ourselves. She not only knows a lot about women’s health and medical information, but she is always ready to reach a helping hand or join a discussion on Twitter, which is actually a quality of all MEDLIB round contributors. In “Improving the Findability of Evidence & Literature on Doulas” Rachel describes the lack of a specific MeSH for “Doula” in PubMed. A doula is an assistant who provides various forms of non-medical and non-midwifery support (physical and emotional) in the childbirth process. MeSH (or Medical Subject Headings) are controlled terms in MEDLINE, or as explained by Rachel:
“MeSH are “right” terms to use to conduct a literature search in PubMed, it can really help to start with the MeSH term database, because you know those are the official subject terms being assigned to the articles. MeSH is a hierarchy, and it can help you focus a search, or expand it when needed, by moving up and down the list of subject words. It’s a nice tool to have, when it works.
As highlighted by Rachel, this gap in the MeSH makes searching less efficient and less precise: for instance, nursing and midwivery are too broad terms. But instead of whining, Rachel decided to do something about it. Via this form she send the National Library of Medicine a request to add the “doula” concept to the MeSH terms. I would recommend others to do the same when terms they search for are not (appropriately) covered by the MESH.
Wouldn’t that be wonderful indeed? Rather than the current “enhancements”, why not introduce some web 2.0 tools in PubMed? As Patricia Anderson tweeted a long time ago:
“It would be so cool to do a #pubmed search, then display word cloud of top major MESH terms in results.”
Yes I would like a visual MeSH, but even better, one that would show up in the sidebar and that you would be able to “walk up and down (and sideways) and with “drag and drop to your search possibilities”. That would be cool. My imagination runs away with me when I think of it.
Not having a public blog @shamsha has contributed to this round by writing a guest post on this blog. This interesting post is about grey literature: what is grey literature, why do you need it and why not have guidelines for searching grey literature? She gives many tips and a wealth of references, including links to her own delicious page and a wonderful resource from the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health.
This concludes the official part of this MEDLIB’s September round.
The next round is hosted by Alisha Miles on her blog Alisha 764.
Officially the deadline is next Saturday. (But it may be postponed a little. If so I will post the new deadline here)
Anyway, Alisha is looking forward to your posts. So send them in as soon as possible HERE at the Blog Carnival form. (registration required; see the medlibs-archivefor more information.)
I don’t have a palm or sophisticated phone, nor does our library supports its use, so I choose some other posts from these excellent bloggers.
From the KraftyLibrarian Michelle: Rapid Research about Rapid Research Notes , a new resource developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) to quickly disseminate the research results to the public in an open access archive. Michelle wonders why only PLOS-articles are included and not other quality information from for instance EBSCO and Cochrane.
Here we go. MedLib’s Round is coming to Laika’s MedLibLog again.
The Medlib’s Round is a blogcarnival of “recent good quality blog post in the field of medical librarianship”, hosted by a different blogger each time.
Everyone can submit, as long as the posts are good quality posts on the subject. What subject? Well for instance: PubMed, Library 2.0, new search engines, information literacy, management of information and references, open access, medical i-phone apps, searches and search filters.
Submission is easy, just submit the permalink (web address) of a post (you have already written on your blog) hereat theBlog Carnival(registering required).
The new Medlib’s Round (vol 1. no 5) with a compilation of interesting posts in the field of medical librarianship is up at Pharmamotion run by Flavio Guzmán. This is the first -and hopefully not the last- time that a MD has offered to host the round. Indeed the MedLib’s round is not only aimed at medical librarians, but also at physicians, researchers, nurses etcetera.
The fourth MedLibs round, with a selection of superb posts in the field of Medical Librarianship, is up at Eagle Dawg blog, the blog of Nicole (Nikki) Dettmar.
Nikki has chosen the theme PubMed, which is one of several databases in the the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Entrez life sciences search engine developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), and third party functionalities.
You can read the compilation here. *
Since there have been a few delays in publishing, in part because there were too few submissions on the subject, we’re now running short in time for the next issue, which is due July 7th. Nevertheless, I would like to try to adhere to this scheme.
Thus, you’re invited to submit your blogpost the coming week.
Submission deadline: July 4th(and I may accept July 5th in the morning)
NO theme, as long as it is related to medical librarianship, medical information retrieval etc.
Submission is open to librarians, doctors, students, scientists and health care workers (so no restrictions)
Submit the permalink of your post (already written on your blog) hereat the Blog Carnival.
I’m pleased to announce that we also have a host for August: Flavio Guzmán of Pharmamotion has offered to host the MedLibs Round on his blog. This is memorable, because it will be the first (and I hope not the last) time that a MD will host this Medical-Library-related blog carnival.
There are still vacancies for September, October and November. Please let me know if you would like to host a future edition. We really need you to make the best out of this blog carnival!
* You can await a contribution on this blog as well. I was not able to finish it due to congresses and work-related deadlines.
The 3rd Medlib’s Round, a blog carnival of medical-library related blogposts, is up at First Person Narrative. Anne Welsh did a great job pulling together an interesting collection of posts.
From Anne’s introduction
This month’s theme was “evidence” – not just in the terms of “Evidence Based Medicine” but in the widest possible sense. Evidence is a hot topic in the UK at the moment – indeed, the National Library for Health (NLH) is to be relaunched at the end of this month as NHS Evidence, “a web-based service that will help people find, access and use high-quality clinical and non-clinical evidence and best practice.”
The Next MedLib’s Round will be hosted by Nicole S. Dettmar at Eagle Dawg Blog. Nikki is a medical librarian at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). The main theme will be PubMed or 3rd party PubMed tools. Post addressing this subject will get extra emphasis.
You can submit the permalink (url) of the post (you have already written on your blog) at the Blog Carnival submission form (you have to login, scroll down (!), submit links to selected posts and give an optional description).Don’t forget to submit before Saturday May 2, 2009 round midnight (EST)
Perhaps you would like to host a future edition as well. If so, please inform me which edition (June, July or August) you would like to host.