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  • February 7, 2009
  • 01:00 AM

Limiting the Dataset

by Anne Welsh in Library Marginalia

Limiting the dataset helps clinicians find what they need quickly... Read more »

  • February 3, 2009
  • 02:22 AM

Peer-reviewed Monday post-conference-drive-by

by Anne-Marie Deitering in info-fetishist

Oh who am I kidding.  It probably won’t be short.  But it might be disjointed.  My good intentions were foiled by intermittent Internet access at the Super Conference, which was not that unexpected.  And by a seriously limited amount of power for my computer, which was totally unexpected except for my expected ability to do [...]... Read more »

Kimmo Tuominen, Reijo Savolainen, & Sanna Talja. (2005) Information Literacy as a Sociotechnical Practice. The Library Quarterly, 75(3), 329-345. DOI: 10.1086/497311  

  • January 20, 2009
  • 03:00 AM

Peer Reviewed Monday - Re-Thinking Information Literacy

by Anne-Marie Deitering in info-fetishist

The article that starts off this post is this 2004 article from the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, but it’s behind a paywall, so I’m just going to talk about it briefly and focus instead on this 2007 paper which reports on, and updates, the same research.

So I was motivated to read these because [...]... Read more »

  • January 13, 2009
  • 02:50 AM

Kicking off Peer Reviewed Mondays

by Anne-Marie Deitering in info-fetishist

I am apparently not the only theory geek out there.  But I realized that I haven’t been doing a great job of putting my money where my mouth is where it comes to the value of peer-reviewed articles.  So my Monday evenings this term look like they are, for a variety of reasons, going to [...]... Read more »

  • November 15, 2008
  • 01:26 PM

Health Sector Information Skills Training

by Anne Welsh in Library Marginalia


In the 25th anniversary issue of Health Information and Libraries Journal, Margaret E.S. Forrest provides an overview of the role of informational professionals in user education.

It’s particularly useful for those of us who have not been working in the sector so long, since it highlights the growth of IT and EBM (evidence based medicine) and [...]... Read more »

Margaret E. S. Forrest. (2008) Learning and teaching retrospective. Health Information , 22-24. DOI/10.1111/j.1471-1842.2008.00799.x

  • October 21, 2008
  • 01:00 AM

Why Control Authority?

by Anne Welsh in Library Marginalia

Preparing this week’s lecture, I came across an interesting paper by Ling Hwey Jeng questioning the necessity and cost-effectiveness of authority control.

After a brief synopsis of the main aims and objectives, Jeng concludes that

In cataloging, accuracy means authoritative, standardized, and consistent accuracy. It means both completeness (i.e. retrieving all relevant information), and without false information (i.e. [...]... Read more »

Ling Hweng Jeng. (2002) What Authority? Why Control?. Cataloging , 34(4), 91-97. DOI/10.1300/J104v34n04_09

  • October 14, 2008
  • 10:53 PM

October 14: Open Access Day

by Olexandr Isayev in

October 14, 2008 was the world’s first Open Access Day!

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), the Public Library of Science (PLoS), and Students for FreeCulture have jointly announced the first international Open Access Day. Building on the worldwide momentum toward Open Access (OA) to publicly funded research, Open Access Day will create a [...]... Read more »

  • September 25, 2008
  • 10:28 AM

Analyzing the Impact of an Author’s Publications

by Anne Welsh in Library Marginalia

Rooting around in some citation analysis papers, I’ve come across a neat synopsis of the issues surrounding the use of citation count to determine the impact of an individual author’s work [*].

Lee A. Vucovich, Jason Blaine Baker and Jack T. Smith give an account of a library enquiry to determine the impact of various members of [...]... Read more »

Lee A. Vucovich, Jason Blaine Baker, & Jack T. Smith. (2008) Analyzing the impact of an author's publications. Journal of the Medical Library Association : JMLA, 96(1), 63-66. DOI/10.3163/1536-5050.96.1.63

  • September 21, 2008
  • 03:09 PM

Getting the Balance Right

by Anne Welsh in Library Marginalia

Preparing my paper for Elisad on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of Web 2.0, I’m grateful to the Blogging Section of SLA-IT and resource shelf respectively for highlighting articles on how to generate and limit User Generated Content.

As governmental organisations or NGOs, Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) information providers have a real need to [...]... Read more »

Margaret Sica-Browm, & Jeffrey Beall. (2008) Library 2.0 and the problem of hate speech. Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship, 9(2). DOI/

  • September 20, 2008
  • 05:00 AM

A Brief History of Blame

by Anne Welsh in Library Marginalia

We tend to think of vicarious liability as a modern product of a society we believe is becoming more and more litigious. However, continuing my reading around case studies and their historical use, I’ve come across a portrait of how blame and fear of blame was heaped upon medical personnel delivering babies in 17th century [...]... Read more »

Lianne McTavish. (2006) Blame and vindication in the Early Modern birthing chamber. Medical History, 447-464. DOI/PMC1592634

  • September 15, 2008
  • 01:00 AM

Case Studies in the Late 17th Century

by Anne Welsh in Library Marginalia

Alan Lovell’s post on the uses of case studies really got me thinking and fishing around on the web - so often in health information we deal only in the higher levels of evidence that it’s easy not to think about the lower-level stuff, especially the one-off cases.

Found a great article by S. Sandassie on [...]... Read more »

S Sandassie. (2008) Evidence-based medicine? Patient case studies in English surgical treatises, 1660-1700. Medical Humanities, 34(1), 11-18. DOI/10.1136/jmh.2008.000266

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