NCBI ROFL: A Way to Beat the Winter Doldrums

The Midwest is known for many things: we live in “America’s Heartland,” many of us live in the “Rust Belt” or “Tornado Alley,” and we may have the most diverse crappy weather of the nation. I will admit it; I am not a fan of winter after December. The gray snow matches the dreary sky and despite longer days, I often forget what sunshine feels like.

So here’s my cure to help with those winter doldrums—ridiculous PubMed entries.

One of my favorite blogs is NCBI ROFL, which was recently incorporated into Discover’s DiscoBlog. NCBI ROFL consists of “two prone-to-distraction grad students [that] post real scientific articles with funny subjects.” Here are a few of my favorite PubMed entries, but I highly recommend this site to anyone who needs a reminder that doctors have a sense of humor and medicine can be downright silly (just try to forget that our taxes may have gone into funding the studies)

Call for Member News!

On behalf of our great newsletter, MIDLINE, I’m soliciting any and all member news. What’s going on in your state/community/organization/life? We’d love to hear updates from you as individuals, as well as from groups like the Health Sciences Libraries of Minnesota (sorry for picking on you, I just happen to know you’ve got some good communication channels, as well as lots of snow and cold weather, up there!).

This is both an ASAP and an on-going call; please e-mail me directly with any updates! Your fellow members would love to hear what you’ve been up to. Many thanks in advance!

adonahue (at) umn (dot) edu

Medical Libraries & MLK Jr. Day

(apologies for the lack of an early January post; I need to create a buffer of post topics…e-mail any suggestions to adonahue (at) umn (dot) edu!)

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!  Many medical libraries will be closed or have limited hours today as the country celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For some, it’s the last day off before the academic semester starts.  For some, it’s a 3 day weekend.  For others, it’s just another Monday.  But nationally, since Clinton signed the legislature in 1994 (according to Wikipedia), it’s a day to engage in service.

Do you or your library do anything to celebrate this day?  Or do volunteer work really any other day of the year?  Does your library work with volunteers from your organization?  Any tips or tricks to getting such a program to work?

A quick Google search brought up one thing happening in the Midwest: the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Volunteer Services Department is running a book drive (the link is to a PDF) for the Patients Library through the month of January in celebration of MLK Jr. Day.  There’s always a medical library connection somewhere! 🙂  Anyone else doing anything similar?  Share your stories in the comments!

And happy MLK, Jr. Day (as well as a belated Happy New Year!)!