A Medical Librarian With a Very Special Patient

A Rexburg (ID) woman who spends her days helping doctors, nurses, and patients is also using her skills to help one of the most important people in her life...her son.

Teresa Murdock has been working at Madison Memorial Hospital's medical librarian for the past fifteen years. Just three months ago, Murdock's 19-year-old son Chance was diagnosed with an extremely rare type of terminal cancer. Story and video from Idaho CBS affiliate.

LOC's Billington Presents at Yale

Technology can be used to heal both broken bones and cultural conflicts, James Billington, the 13th librarian of Congress, said Wednesday.

The Yale School of Medicine held the opening ceremony for the interactive exhibit “Medical Inventions and Innovations” in the school’s Harkness Auditorium yesterday afternoon. The ceremony coincided with the 60th annual lecture sponsored by the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Associates, delivered by Billington.

Billington’s talk, titled “Freedom as Strategy: The Importance of an Ideal,” focused on the issues of globalization and intercultural understanding. More from the Yale Daily News.

More on the Popline Incident

From CBS News, here are details of how a librarian discovered the 'global gag rule' removing the word abortion from the Popline ("population information online" ) database.

Gloria Won, a librarian at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, was one of those who sent e-mails to POPLINE administrators after having trouble with searches.

Won got this response from POPLINE administrator Debra L. Dickson: "Yes, we did make a change to POPLINE. We recently made all abortion words stop words. As a federally funded project, we decided this was best for now."

A "stop word" is a word that a search engine ignores; typically they are common words such as "a," "the" and "is."

Loriene Roy, president of the American Library Association, applauded the actions of Dr. Michael J. Klag, the dean of the Bloomberg school, who ordered the word abortion restored to the db, saying the restriction denied "researchers, students and individuals on all sides of the issue access to accurate scientific information."

Health, Education and Informatics resource - website & blog

Originally created in the UK by Brian E Hodges (Ret.) at Manchester Metropolitan University - Hodges' Health Career - Care Domains - Model [h2cm] - can help map health, social care and OTHER issues, problems and solutions. The model takes a situated and multi-contextual view across four knowledge domains: * Interpersonal; * Sociological; * Empirical; * Political. Our links pages cover each care (knowledge) domain e.g.

A Protocol for Medical Web Surfing

From CNN's "Empowered Patient", this article lists a variety of websites that will help patients...and doctors...find treatment options.

It starts with screening out the junk: "It's the wild, wild West out there," says Alan Spielman, CEO of URAC, a company that certifies health Web sites. "You really have to be alert as you go through these sites."

To get rid of the junk, use a search engine that looks only at reputable sites that have been vetted by health professionals. Dirline, run by the National Library of Medicine, is one such engine, as are medlineplus and Imedix. Healthfinder searches for information on government health Web sites.


Opinion: Tackling Information Overload With Knowledge Navigators

As CIO at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, I oversee the medical libraries. These have always been clean, well-lighted places for books. But with the advent of Web 2.0 collaboration tools, blogging, content management portals, on-demand publishing and digital journals, libraries of paper books are becoming less relevant. By the time a book is printed, the knowledge it contains may be outdated. So, libraries need to become clean, well-lighted lounges for digital media staffed by expert knowledge navigators. In my institution, the librarians have thinned the book collection, migrated paper journals to digital media and indexed digital knowledge resources to support our search engine optimization efforts.

We’ve replaced the libraries with an information commons, and the Department of Medical Libraries has been retitled the Department of Knowledge Services. Librarians are now called information specialists. Here are a few examples of how they turn data into knowledge:

Full commentary here.

Researchers Who Won't Share

The New York Times published an interesting essay titled Cancer Data? Sorry, Can’t Have It about the difficulties in getting medical researchers, even government employees, to share their data, even though more freely shared information may save lives.

Topic:; Wikipedia of the Medical Profession

As we all know, one is not supposed to rely on medical advice found on the Internet; however, here is a source that most likely will find visitors among the general populace as well as medical professionals; Ask Dr. Wiki, a Wikipedia-style Web site started last March by two Cleveland Clinic doctors.

In this article from the Cleveland Plain Dealer medical librarian David Rothman says the site "has made great strides in the past eight months. It certainly is a safer source of medical information than it was," he wrote in an e-mail, adding that the site is still meant as a resource for medical professionals."


Health-E Illinois or How To Find a Doc in IL

Anthony Molaro writes "Thanks to federal funds that the National Library of Medicine provided to Loyola University Medical Center, locating the nearest healthcare services to your home in Illinois is about to become as effortless as a click of the mouse."


A Medical Publisher's Unusual Prescription: Online Ads

By some measures, the medical publishing world has met the advent of the Internet with a shrug, sticking to its time-honored revenue model of charging high subscription fees for specialized journals that often attract few, if any, advertisements.

But now Reed Elsevier, which publishes more than 400 medical and scientific journals, is trying an experiment that stands this model on its head. Over the weekend it introduced a Web portal,, that gives doctors free access to the latest articles from 100 of its own pricey medical journals and that plans to sell advertisements against the content.
Article in the New York Times continued here.



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