Even though David Rothman has probably sent these blogs about eight thousand times more traffic than I could ever send them, I do want to throw my hat in to the recommenders’ ring for:
- Jane Blumenthal’s blog, Health, Science, & Libraries – Jane’s blog is of course not new, but she scared us all with a threat of quitting blogging. I for one am very glad she’s back!
- Mark Rabnett’s blog, Shelved in the W’s – Frankly, though I thought this blog was pretty great from day one, the post “Barriers to Best Practice” made me a devotee. In said post, Mark describes trying to hunt down what is very important public health information–the safety/efficacy of using Saran Wrap as a barrier for safe oral sex. It’s an incredibly interesting look at a search strategy that can’t possibly be done using traditional searching methods alone. The only thing I would have tried that he didn’t would have been looking in plastics databases (maybe Scopus or Chem Abstracts?) for data on permeability. I really liked this post because it brought back fond memories in addition to being informative and well-written. One of my favorite searches ever was a whole series of searches that I had to do on the relative risk of contracting HIV by doing a number of different sex practices, some of which were not exactly commonly described in MEDLINE.
- What Interests Me – A very new medical librarian blog by a woman who is clearly a medical librarian extraordinaire. Her post on hedges is particularly interesting–does anyone use hedges? I have an expert search tag set on del.icio.us where I collect ones that I find, but as to actually using them…well, I admit I haven’t in ages. Though I used to when I did a lot of public health searches, mostly because it was necessary–no MeSH that was good enough. She also thinks a lot about serendipity, a topic that I also spend a great deal of time dwelling on.
- Learn to Live – Another very new blog, this one discussing primarily patient education, health literacy, and related topics. She has a number of great posts, plus has pulled together several resource lists that may be valuable–one on multilingual health resources (see the side bar) and one on surgery videos.
I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!