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Wow, really?

It’s been nearly 6 years since I posted anything on this blog, which is frankly a little hard to believe. One wonders what on earth I’ve been doing. Having no home internet access for several years probably helped the demise of this blog.

In the intervening years, my very favorite tool,, became Delicious, and then it died, so far as I was concerned. I mourned, and then I switched to Pinboard. If you were following my bookmarks at all, they are all there. Luckily, I managed to score the Ratcatcher username, which I haven’t even bothered to use most places anymore–too much competition. LibGuides has gone from being a brand new product to a staple of the library world. The work that is being done with it is truly impressive. My institution(s) haven’t made the switch to the new version, but it looks phenomenally flexible and powerful.

No one talks about social software at all these days–for one, it’s basically understood that software should be social now, but mostly, the PR and marketing folks hijacked the concept and turned it into social media. They are doing great things, no doubt, but the lack of emphasis on productivity is less than ideal, in my mind. To be fair, though, my current position requires me to use social media for marketing and branding, so I undoubtedly will use many skills the public affairs masters have brought to the discussion.

So why am I posting now, after all these years? Well, perhaps it’s because I’m feeling reinvigorated about medical librarianship, our future, and even using (gross, I hate this term) social media. My interests have fluctuated over the years, too, which is obvious to anyone who knows me. I still love bibliometrics, I like technology and web stuff, and I’m really into systematic review standards right now, plus the medical humanities and the history of medicine. So my tastes are a little divergent.

One of the things that I have most enjoyed doing in the past year or so is going to works in progress meetings for a health services research group. They covered a host of topics, from strategies to move from being a new investigator to getting an R01 down the road to systematic review methodology. What was really inspiring, though, was hearing the new investigators talk about their research questions and watching the experienced researchers help them narrow their focus and work together come up with research designs to help answer the questions. As a librarian, it was really fascinating for me to see the process of how the research we help organize and provide is instigated, developed, and is ultimately part of a strategy to get future R01 grants.


This post doesn’t have much of a point, I admit, but perhaps I will start thinking about actual topics. There’s a wealth of medical librarian blogs out there these days that are doing a great job, so who knows if I have anything to add. The Expert Searching list is what I’ve been paying attention to more than anything–if you’re not on it, and if you do any searching, join!


comments and medical libraries

I found out from a couple of readers that Akismet was eating comments. I just pulled one of them out today, so my apologies if you’ve tried to comment and not seen it show up. Out of respect for Patricia Anderson, whose comment I just pulled from the deluge of frankly hilarious spam Akismet had queued for me, take a look at her comment and the rest from my recent post on tagging in the medical library. She identifies a whole bunch of medical librarians on, including some I didn’t know about! I’m also going to start tracking some more on as I stumble across them. I’ve also got a ton of links on libraries/librarians in general using

feedburner again

Hi all–to my consternation, I can’t figure out a way to switch any subscribers over to FeedBurner painlessly, nor am I prepared to cough over the dough to be able to fix the header files with the autodiscovery options to autodiscover my new feed.  Therefore, though I encourage those of you subscribing to the old feed to switch, don’t worry, if you don’t want to, it will still be available.  I’ll just be running 2 feeds (well, 4 feeds with the comments…).

Thanks for your patience as I ramble on about this–I promise that very shortly, I will have new and interesting posts.  🙂   And thanks to the 15 of you who switched!

After reading my last post, my sister even asked me what RSS was.  She had pretty much figured it out on her own, but I am looking forward to spreading some more RSS joy to her in a couple of weeks.


I wish I had done this from day one, but now that all FeedBurner services are free, I just have to switch over. This move on Google’s part comes right after WordPress took out their blog stats feature, so it makes sense.

To subscribe to my new feed (and my apologies for having you switch), here are some links:

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Switch if you will!