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Blogs For Medical Librarians

  1. 1. Blogs for Medical Librarians Mayo Libraries 2.0 July 18th, 2007
  2. 2. David Rothman <ul><li>Medical Library Geek (Community General Hospital – Syracuse, NY) </li></ul><ul><li>Published recently on MedLib technology in MRSQ, JHL & MLA News. </li></ul><ul><li>Co-creator, LibWorm LIS Search Engine ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Blogger ( and / ) </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>7,000 Unique Visits in June 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>900-1000 subscribers, mostly medical librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Most linked-to English-language MedLib blog </li></ul><ul><li>Currently ranked in the top 15 healthcare blogs </li></ul>
  4. 5. What’s a blog? <ul><li>A blog isn’t an online diary anymore than a book is a 19 th -century English Novel . </li></ul><ul><li>CONTAINER CONTENT </li></ul>NOT an “online diary” A blog is a particular kind of Web site.
  5. 6. What makes a Web site a blog? <ul><li>Dated entries in reverse-chronological order </li></ul><ul><li>Interface that lets the blog’s author(s) easily and quickly create and update content - even with absolutely zero knowledge of Web geekery. </li></ul><ul><li>Other features that almost all blogs have: </li></ul><ul><li>Comments </li></ul><ul><li>Archives </li></ul>
  6. 7. Why call this kind of site a “blog”? <ul><li>Web </li></ul>log
  7. 8. <ul><li>Blogosphere : “… a collective term encompassing all blogs and their interconnections. It is the perception that blogs exist together as a connected community…” ( Wikipedia ) </li></ul><ul><li>Biblio blogosphere : Encompassing library blogs (biblioblogs). </li></ul>‘ Spheres
  8. 9. What’s the big deal? <ul><li>Blogs make publishing easy, affordable and immediate for anybody . </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs fill niches (long tail, etc.) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More on this later… </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. Why Read Blogs? <ul><li>Current Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Immediate, no delays as in print </li></ul><ul><li>Personal, informal, friendly, trusted voices – not impersonal, monolithic institutions or publications. </li></ul><ul><li>Help filter the avalanche of new information </li></ul>
  10. 11. Every sort What sort of blogs are available? We’ll start with MedLib blogs.
  11. 12. Types of MedLib Blogs <ul><li>By library staff, for library staff </li></ul><ul><li>By library staff, for patrons </li></ul><ul><li>By professional associations for members </li></ul><ul><li>By medical libraryfolk, for medical libraryfolk </li></ul><ul><li>By medical libraryfolk for laypeople </li></ul>
  12. 13. U of Michigan HSL Staff Blog
  13. 14. Google Scholar Blog (Dean Giustini )
  14. 15. The Krafty Librarian (Michelle Kraft)
  15. 16. T. Scott Plutchak
  16. 17. UBC Physio Info Blog (Eugene Barsky )
  17. 18. JMLA Case Studiesin Health Sciences Librarianship
  18. 19. Clinical Evidence, Searching Tidbits , and Other Minutiae (Becky Jerome)
  19. 20. Women's Health News(Rachel Walden)
  20. 21. NN/LM Blogs MidContinental Region , Middle Atlantic Region , Greater Midwest Region , South Central Region , Pacific Northwest Region , Pacific Southwest Region , Southeastern Atlantic Region
  21. 22. BHIC ( Siobhan Champ-Blackwell)
  22. 23. <ul><li>But why stop with MedLib Blogs? </li></ul>
  23. 24. Kevin, M.D.
  24. 25. Polite Dissent
  25. 26. Information Wants to be Free(Meredith Farkas )
  26. 27. Circ & Serve (Mary Chimato )
  27. 28. Where do I find more blogs? <ul><li>LibWorm </li></ul><ul><li>Masterlist of MedLib Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>MLA-HLS Wiki list of blogs for Hospital Librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Healthcare 100 </li></ul><ul><li>MedWorm </li></ul><ul><li>Always remember: “Popular” is a poor substitute for “authoritative” or even “high quality.” </li></ul><ul><li>Illustration of this: The New Kids on the Block had two albums go to #1 in both the US and the UK . </li></ul>
  28. 30. Masterlist of MedLib Blogs
  29. 32. Healthcare 100
  30. 34. Why start a blog? <ul><li>Enhance communication among staff </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance communication with patrons </li></ul><ul><li>Community outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Professional development </li></ul><ul><li>Identity Management </li></ul>
  31. 35. What I get from blogging <ul><li>Motivation to pursue current awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities to write for JHL, MRSQ, MLA News, JMLA and LJ </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities to speak </li></ul><ul><li>Contact with like-minded others and prominent voices in LIS and medicine (e.g. Melissa Rethlefsen, Tom Easley, AMA News) </li></ul><ul><li>My work appearing in books and CE courses, reviewer/referee for CIL and HILJ. </li></ul><ul><li>Building a reputation </li></ul><ul><li>How else could such things have been accomplished as quickly? </li></ul>
  32. 36. Questions?
  33. 37. Thank you! <ul><li>David Rothman </li></ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>