My real name is Jacqueline. I have a PhD in Medical Biology and followed a post-doc course documentary information science (1994-1995). For the last 5 years I work as a medical information specialist at an academic hospital.

This blog was started as part of the online course SPOETNIK on NEW (web 2.0) internet communication methods for librarians. I chose the name Laika Spoetnik as a pseudonym, Laika being the first earthling launched into orbit (with Spoetnik II) as kind of an pioneering experiment. One of the reasons I chose this name was I only saw the blog as an experiment, but now I seem yo be irreversibly(?) infected by the blogvirus.

In the beginning I only blogged the course exercises (web 2.0 tools). I will continue to do so, but the emphasis of my blog will be anything related to medical librarianship, medical information, EBM, Cochrane Collaboration, etc.

I will also write about other things that interest me, like science and medicine (especially my previous specialties), sports, food and patient-oriented matter. For personal reasons I’m specifically interested in Sheehan’s syndrome or postpartum hypopituitarism, and Addison’s Disease.


Views or opinions expressed on this page are those of the blogger Laika and do not reflect views of her employers.


21 responses

22 05 2008
15 08 2008
The Real Sputnik Virus « Laika’s MedLibLog

[…] About *(new) […]

18 09 2008
Michael Douma

Dear Jacqueline,
The Internet has transformed how we communicate with the public, but there are still many challenges in making information easy to find. Since you cover hci in MedLibLog , I thought you might be interested in a study that my nonprofit published this summer about how people find information online. The study covers three groups: non-profit organizations and cities; web designers and firms; and the general public.
The study was fascinating on a number of levels, and I invite you to read the executive summary or download a PDF of the findings at http://www.idea.org/find-information.html .
The survey results sparked ideas about tools we could provide that might make finding information online easier. This fall, we will start beta testing a cool new new navigational tool. I don’t have your email, so if you are interested, you can sign up for our beta here: http://www.spicynodes.org/ or to stay abreast of our (very) occasional new projects, you can get our newsletter here: http://www.idea.org/newsletter.html

3 12 2008
David Bradley

Hi Jacqueline

Been meaning to visit here for a while as I do enjoy our tweet exchanges 😉 I’ve just added you to Google Reader, so your posts will hopefully stay on my radar ready for future tweets 😉

Dave Bradley

3 12 2008

The tweet exchanges are certainly a mutual pleasure. And useful. I’m glad that my blog is also in your radar now. Your blog was already picked up by mine. Hope our inspiration for tweets will be further fed by our feeds. See you!

9 05 2009
More on Elsevier, and mysteries of exposure « Bibliographic Wilderness

[…] a medical librarian has provided a bit more context then I can’t, over at Laika’s MedLibLog.  The author there makes the very good point that publishing fake journals actually isn’t […]

8 08 2009
List of Tweeting Journals, Vote Please | Dr Shock MD PhD

[…] Laikas is a Clinical Librarian working in a University Hospital In The Netherlands. Besides writing an excellent blog: Laika’s MedLibLog she is also to be found on Twitter (@laikas). She has made a spreadsheet of medical journals on twitter, It is open to anybody to edit. You will need a gmail or google account to be able to read and edit the list. […]

8 08 2009
Science Report » Blog Archive » List of Tweeting Journals, Vote Please

[…] Laikas is a Clinical Librarian working in a University Hospital In The Netherlands. Besides writing an excellent blog: Laika’s MedLibLog she is also to be found on Twitter (@laikas). She has made a spreadsheet of medical journals on twitter, It is open to anybody to edit. You will need a gmail or google account to be able to read and edit the list. […]

30 10 2009
William Lee

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16 05 2010
Stef Verf

Hoi Jacqueline,
Je artikel in de InformatieProfessional was heel inspirerend voor mij, dank je! Wat ik mij afvroeg; leggen jullie ook een relatie tussen de persoon die de vraag stelde, de antwoorden en andere personen die een soortgelijke vraag stellen? Zodat ervaring uitwisseling tot stand kan komen?
Stef Verf

11 06 2010
News, Libraries, Librarianship: Medlib’s Round Carnival Edition 2.5! « EBM and Clinical Support Librarians@UCHC

[…] Jacqueline, blogger at Laika‘s MedLibLog recently wrote:  “It is so important that you know the pros and cons of databases and that you think before you even start searching“. Read her evidence-based discussion here:  “PubMed versus Google Scholar for Retrieving Evidence” (Jun 6 2010). […]

21 04 2011

I realize you are not a native speaker of English. Please allow me to correct a minor flaw in your use of English in your second sentence, i.e., you can’t say “since 5 years,” instead it’s correct to say “For the last 5 years….” Also , in place of ” I will remain to do so..,” you should substitute ” I will continue to do so” It’s minor, but it identifies the writer as someone who doesn’t speak English (neither British not American) since these “seemingly” equivalent words are really not, in both formal and colloquial use. I”m guessing that you are a Dutch speaker, in which case you would understand a foreigner misusing “kennen” for “weten” or vice versa.
Now to my questionm. I am an American M.D. interested in medical education and trying to identify on=line medical education courses; courses in the clinical curriculum such Pediatrics, Surgery, Obstetrics-Gynecology etc. I came upon a joint Swiss University venture offering on-line courses , but the the links were dead and the venture discontinued. As a particularly engaged medical librarian,I was hoping you might properly direct me such courses, from whatever international source they might arise.
Thank you

22 04 2011

Thanks for the corrections. Those are obvious mistakes, that certainly don’t belong in the “About” section.

I know I make plenty mistakes. Worse, it takes me 3-5 times as much time to write in English and I can’t express myself the same way I can in Dutch.

Initially I wrote in Dutch, but only a few librarians read the post and only a few responded. Now I write in English (with all it shortcomings, – people should forgive me), even American MD’s start asking me questions…. 🙂

Unfortunately I know little about on-line medical education courses, besides EBM or medical information courses.

In the Netherlands we do have a website where Dutch Universities share their medical education courses (often meant to supplement the text books):


You can register for free.

I’m sure there must be English courses too. I will ask on Twitter. Do you have a Twitter account by the way?

More ideas

http://lifeinthefastlane.com/meducation/ (ER, toxicology)
http://lifeinthefastlane.com/resources/stuff-we-read/ (Life In The Fast Lane ELearning Resource Collections, ELearning Resources, Medical Multimedia)

Tweople I asked: @sandnsurf @precordialthump (both from http://lifeinthefastlane.com/) @DrVes (http://clinicalcases.org/) @meducate (http://www.provaeducation.com/) @amcunningham (http://wishfulthinkinginmedicaleducation.blogspot.com/) @Berci (http://scienceroll and http://www.webicina.com/). But they need more info:

22 04 2011
Anne Marie Cunningham

You have asked about very practical specialties which would be hard to deliver online. My university has online courses in dermatology and pain medicine. If I hear of others I’ll let you know.
Anne Marie

22 04 2011

Thanks very much Anne Marie. Do you have a link by the way?

16 06 2011
Julie Thoren

Just caught your blog…. looks great!

Could you add dates to your blog posts?


16 06 2011

Julie the dates are automatically generated and are shown next to the posts.

7 09 2011

Jacqueline- hey love the website- will you email me at cchao@ejustice.com ? would love to talk advertising as soon as possible.

10 03 2012

Hi Jacqueline,

My name is Mike Corrao, and I’m the owner of MCAT Question of the Day, a free resource for pre-med students that prepares them for the MCAT one question at a time. In addition to MCAT questions, we also have an MCAT Wisdom section which features articles pertaining to test-taking strategies, pre-med life, etc.

In an effort to expand our site’s offering to pre-med students, we’re building this cool new feature called the Pre-Med Magazine, which is basically an online magazine that will be distributed to our mailing list and will be publicized (hopefully) around campuses and such. I was trying to find a great way to organize our Wisdom articles into an easy-to-consume format, and I feel like this may be it.

My question to you is: would you like to be a part of the first issue? I’d love to have you in it, as I’ve been reading you blog for quite some time now!

Let me know Jacqueline, I’d be really excited to work with you!


Michael Corrao

17 12 2014
Dan Almour

Dear Jacquline, like your blog, informative, and from a good perspective.

Am curious as to your thoughts on what we have just started doing. First of all, we collect each day newly published research, most of which are in the STM world. All are Open Access, which means free.

Secondly, we are trying something a bit new, and I hope it gives value to people. We allow people to set up their own system, and we look to match their search/keywords, and any new articles matching, we automate delivery. So, the intent is to make sure people receive all new Open Access articles

Third, and this is unique (we think), It is based on the Amazon logic, when you look at a product, it recommends other products. We do the same for articles. Therefore, we aim to delivery other research someone might not have found otherwise.

If you have time, would love your comments and thoughts.

best regards

16 11 2015
Victor Araujo - BR


I am a brazilian Physician and I liked your post on the Evidence – Based Medicine pyramids. Found lots of useful stuff in other pages though. You shouls identify yourself thouhg… Are you Norwegian??

Keep up the good work.

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