take The Shifted Librarian's advice
and publicize A
Medical Text That Heals Itself. This is from Wired and was mentioned on Jenny's blog.
The text can be downloaded on to a handheld and is a "work in progress." Jenny also says
"medical librarians rule!" Jenny, you've made our day!
Jenny also comments on Steve Coffman of LSSI's new virtual reference course being
offered at the University of Maryland. Guess what, Jenny and other Illinoisans? We are
going to discuss bringing Steve to Illinois to do this at the next ILA RTSF Technology
Users Group meeting. We have approached him about doing this very same thing in
Illinois and he is game! What a great workshop it looks to be! Many of the workshops
on virtual reference provide an overview, policies, publicity and all, but this one
promises to show you how to be a virtual reference librarian, how to handle the
virtual problem patrons (if only they were all virtual, huh?) It also promises to show
us how to avoid the mistakes and actual hands-on with the LSSI software.
Go here to read more
about this great workshop. Let's hope we can bring Steve and his crew to
Read this article
on e-books from Wired. The article states that 2001 was a disappointing year
for the e-book industry, as indeed it was for most industries.The article quotes top
executives and others involved in e-books about what the best news was, the wish list
for 2002, and what were the most over-rated issues and disappointments for 2001.
Palm's sales of e-books are on the rise; handhelds will definitely become the platform
of choice for e-books. A great deal of progress in e-books has also been made. The article
cites that the field of law does not use print much anymore; almost everything is an e-book
or online; and the number of e-books on the Internet for download has increased.
There have also been a number of exciting new initiatives in the world of e-books,
such as the ground-breaking CIC initiative
The Cooperative Library/University Press Initiative. Kudos to Tom Peters on
this exciting initiative!
Is anyone out there trying ovid@hand?
We are! This has to be one of the first interactive library programs available for handhelds. Although
it is in its infancy, the possibilities are exciting! Our library
subscribes to about 200 of Ovid's full text magazines. With ovid@hand, our physicians, residents,
and medical personnel can subscribe to receive their choice of these tables of contents on their
handheld, select abstracts for which they want to read the full text of an article, hot sync, and view
the full text of the article in their personal library. Some trying this new service would like the full
text on the handheld, but are pleased with being able to view the abstracts and after a hotsync
having the full text right there for their viewing pleasure. I think this is a beautiful beginning for
library applications on handhelds!
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