Transfer of Knowledge X : Comparison of Journal Apps


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Journal Apps: a comparison of 4 Journal Apps specifically designed for personalized reading (medical) scientific literature
Guus van den Brekel
University Medical Center Groningen, Central Medical Library, Groningen, The Netherlands
Keeping up to date is one of the most difficult tasks in modern times for medical staff ánd librarians. The constant exponentially growth of information (on the Web) is causing many to dispare. But on the same Web comes up with new innovative ways of dealing with this task constantly. While email alerts are still the most dominant way for medical staff to keep up to date, the use of mobile devices and medical Apps is catching up fast. At the start of 2013 the Central Medical Library of the UMCG started a public trial and comparison period between 4 Journal Apps specifically designed for personalized reading of scientific literature. I will offer an extensive comparison for 3 medical journal Apps (docwise, Read by QxMD & Docphin) plus BrowZine which covers all academic areas. Many practicalities for medical libraries to set up these Apps for their patrons and access to the collections will be shared. Supporting and facilitating medical professionals in education, patient-care and research is the main focus for medical and health librarians. We constantly have to attempt to make their workflow more efficient and easier. To be abled to advice patrons about efficient ways of keeping up to date, we háve to know what tools are out there. In this presentation I will picture the wide range of possibilities of keeping up to date in relation to the rise of (medical) Apps. In my CEC workshop I want to go even more into more detail on these possibilities.

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Transfer of Knowledge X : Comparison of Journal Apps

  1. 1. Journal Apps Comparison of designed for personalized reading (medical) scientific literature Transfer of Knowledge X, 24-26 June 2014 Arkhangelsk, Russia
  2. 2. BrowZine Docwise Read by QXMD Docphin
  3. 3. Iphone Ipad Android smartphone X X X Android Tablet X X WEB X X Transfer of Knowledge X, 24-26 June 2014 Arkhangelsk, Russia
  4. 4. User Diversity
  5. 5. Off Campus Access ?
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  7. 7. Who are they?
  8. 8. September 2011, teamsize: 12 Key features: TOCs, Bookshelves, integration bibliographic software Next feature: smartphone app Tablet: iPad, Android SmartPhone: - Web: -
  9. 9. December 2012, teamsize: 3 Key features: flipboard-like personalized updates, Search & Topic Alerts, Add any RSS. Next feature: ? Tablet: iPad SmartPhone: iPhone Web: - Android: -
  10. 10. November 2012, teamsize: 3 Key features: Flipboard-like view, pdf annotation, web-version Next feature: Android support? Tablet: iPad SmartPhone: iPhone Web: + Android: -
  11. 11. July 2012, teamsize: 4 Key features: Medstream, Landmark articles Next feature: ? Tablet: iPad, Android SmartPhone: iPhone, Android Web: +
  12. 12. CEC3 Workshop EAHIL 2014 Criteria for comparison • Registration process • User Interface • Performance • Access to full text • PDF view + extra's • Share options • "Open In" other Apps • Notifications • Search Options • Support
  13. 13. Peak demo
  14. 14. Discover access issues very quickly be abled to act faster
  15. 15. Staff end personal subscriptions. Now they SEE what we have. It means they did not 'see' our collection before
  16. 16. The visible collection vs How to See What You Are Not Looking At.......
  17. 17. Very cooperative, fast adding of extra journals, Search topics & News Add/ Edit interface needs work
  18. 18. User interface, Annotations in pdf Mysterious topic drill down
  19. 19. Trending articles in Docphin community, The entering of ads
  20. 20. Browzine Docwise Read Docphin Registration User interface Performance Access full-text Pdf view & extra's Share "Open in" Notifications Search Support Gold BronzeSilver 4th (Subjective rating by course participants mixed with my experiences with the apps)
  21. 21. Gold BronzeSilver 4th
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  25. 25. • 2Finterfaces_for_mobile_devices
  26. 26. O N E S I Z E D O E S N O T F I T A L L
  27. 27. Keep up to date
  28. 28. If you want to be seen as an expert ...
 ...then your expertise has to be seen Lorcan Dempsey
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