Official MLA-conference bloggers (2)

26 05 2008

In a previous post I mentioned that the MLA (medical library association) 2008 meeting was covered by official conference bloggers and that these advanced medical-library-bloggers applied all the tools that we learned during our Spoetnik course.

I gave the name of 3 MLA-bloggers, just the ones that I already knew. When adding the other 7 to my feed I found out that at least 2 of these bloggers were newbies like us (Spoetniks) as well. On their blogs they make mention of their experiences with a web 2.0 MLA course. It seems that these web 2.0 courses are in great demand, especially (?) among librarians.

Here are the names of the 2 newbie-bloggers.

Leigh Mihlrad – Leigh’s Little Corner of the Web

Bryan Nugent – The Universe of Medical Librarianship

I found it interesting to read their experiences with a spoetnik-like web 2.0 course. The programs diverge in details (i.e. they cover mashups as well), but overall the experiences are very similar.

The full list of bloggers can (for instance) be found on David Rothman’s blog

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MLA 2008 – Poster Session I – Tour

22 05 2008

A singing and swinging start of the MLA-2008.

Take a tour of the 5/18/2008 poster session……

See many interesting posters, subjects, people … at a glance.

Tastes like more…. Hawaii, next year?

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “MLA 2008 – Poster Session I – Tour“, posted with vodpod

Video made by one of the official MLA bloggers, David Rothman (http://davidrothman.net/)

Directly posted to my blog via Vodpod, a new button I installed last night (hope it works, if not, try the original video on David Rothman’s blog-post or on vimeo.





MLA 2008: connections (and Spoetnik)

22 05 2008

The annual meeting of the Medical Library Association (MLA) that took place this week in Chicago focused on the future of librarianship and (thus) on connections:

Only connect!…Only connect the prose and the passion… Live in fragments no longer…Only connect.”

—E. M. Forster, Howards End (1910)

Well connecting that’s what they do, the US-librarians. No off-season. In line with the theme of MLA’08 they keep on blogging and connecting even when at a meeting.

It seems like most tools we learned during the Spoetnik-course (weeks #1-#13) (see about and the Dutch Spoetnik-program ) were applied by the advanced medical-library-bloggers.

15 Bloggers were invited by mail (#1) to become “official conference bloggers” (#2) for MLA 2008, including Michelle Kraft, David Rothman and Eric Schnell. In addition there was at least one unofficial MLA-blogger.

Their posts were displayed on an official Wetpaint-Wiki (#9), whereas David Rothman pulled together an aggregated Yahoo Pipes feed (#3) of all the MLA postings using Feedburner. I took a subscription, but still have to screen it (way behind again).

Of course all bloggers already are del.ici.ous (#7), do their librarything (#5), stumble upon, digg it (#13) and LinkedIn (#10).

Some bloggers shared their agenda using google calendar (#8), or made some appointments by mail (#1) or chatting(#4) and there was also a MLA twitter + feed (#13, #3). Unfortunately there was far less twittering, tweetering and blogging (#13) and thus far less connections than planned, because according to the kraftylibrarian “there was no freaking network on which to be social..” (No wireless access). Bit stupid for a meeting on networks…… 😦

In addition there was a MLA-flickr-group (#6) , and some bloggers placed a you tube-(#13) or other video- or podcast (#11) on their blog. I will copy (share) one in the next post.

Interested in more: well (if you are a MLA-member?!) you can watch a live Video Webcast on the first plenary session on “Web 2.0 Tools for Librarians: Description, Demonstration, Discussion, and Debate”.

Alas I’m not, but several video’s, links and posts on the blogs mentioned above are informative as well -and freely available-. See for instance the blogs that I read (and consulted for this post):

Michelle Kraft – The Krafty Librarian

David Rothman – davidrothman.net

Eric Schnell – The Medium is the Message

tunaiskewl? ratcatcher? – omg tuna is kewl






Carol Lefebvre awarded

29 02 2008

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News: Carol Lefebvre was awarded the T. Mark Hodges International Service Award by the Medical Library Association (MLA).

The T. Mark Hodges International Service Award was established in 2007 to honor outstanding individual achievement in promoting, enabling and/or delivering improvements in the quality of health information internationally through the development of health information professions, the improvement of libraries or an increased use of health information services.
Carol works as a TSC for the Cochrane Collaboration, i.e. coordinating searches for Cochrane authors or Centres. She does a wonderful job here. Among other things, Carol helped to develop the sensitive Cochrane search filters for finding randomized controlled trials (RCT’s), coaches and trains other information specialists, and wrote the chapter on “Searching” in the Cochrane Handbook.

Above all she is always willing to help everyone and is therefore considered as “the mother of all clinical librarians” by many.

Congratulations Carol!

The award is announced at: www.mlanet.org/

Thanks to Bobbi Scherer for bringing this to my attention.