PubMed Search Clinic

Did you connect to the PubMed Search Clinic this afternoon? I didn’t even need to use my phone this time around. The VoIP worked nicely. It was definitely worth the time! It saved me all that time that it would have taken me to “experiment” and figure out how things worked. Somehow I haven’t had the time to try out that beta Advanced Search. So, thank you NLM for the update!
And seriously, just a few minutes before the session, I tried to show one of our residents how to use the Single Citation Matcher with our PubMed LinkOut to locate citations to see if they are available in our collection or to link through to fulltext. And his eyes just glazed over. I think that citation sensor would have been much simpler for him.

Flooding on Flickr

I get Hardin News in my Bloglines account. They posted yesterday that the Main Library at the University of Iowa is open for business again.
The UI News Service has been posting photos on Flickr of the flooding (including great aerial shots) and campus recovery efforts. Here are the photos of the students moving the Special Collections materials hand to hand to higher ground.


Brandi Tuttle sent this along:

Are you ready to join the latest evolution of MLA?

I thought MLA should be on LinkedIn since we already have a Facebook account. So I made a space for us there! Joining will allow you to find and contact other MLA members on LinkedIn.
The goal of this group is to help members:

  • Reach other members of MLA
  • Accelerate careers through referrals from MLA Group members
  • Know more than a name – view rich professional profiles from fellow MLA Group members

Here’s the link to join!
“LinkedIn is an online network of more than 20 million experienced professionals from around the world, representing 150 industries. When you join, you create a profile that summarizes your professional accomplishments.Your profile helps you find and be found by former colleagues, clients, and partners. You can add more connections by inviting trusted contacts to join LinkedIn and connect to you. Your network consists of your connections, your connections’ connections, and the people they know, linking you to thousands of qualified professionals.”
Just think of LinkedIn as a professional version of MySpace or Facebook. Many librarians and information professionals are already on LinkedIn. Hope to see you in the group!

Midwest Innovators Wanted

Sheryl Stevens, our chapter Awards & Scholarships Committee chair, sends this along:
The Midwest Chapter/MLA Awards & Scholarships Committee is seeking nominations for the Chapter’s 2008 Jean Williams Sayre Innovation Award. This award is intended to recognize individuals, groups, libraries, or organizations for their creative approaches to delivering and/or managing health information. It includes a cash prize of $500.
Please take a few minutes to think about some of the projects you and/or your colleagues have recently initiated, participated in, or are currently involved with. What about that project or accomplishment you described (or will be describing) in a paper or poster presentation at a conference? You’ve done the hard part already — filling out our nomination form is easy compared to that!
You can find additional information about the Innovation Award at:
The nomination form is at:
The application deadline is August 18, 2008.
Thanks for considering this. Please give our committee the opportunity to acknowledge your creativity and accomplishments!
The winner will be announced during at the Chapter’s Annual Business Meeting on October 20, 2008, at the Detroit Marriott Hotel in Troy, Michigan.