Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Wikis worth a look
I have recently run across two wikis worth looking at. The first is a relatively new wiki created by the Hospital Library Section of MLA called the HLS Wiki. According to the site "The purpose(of the wiki)is to provide a sandbox in which we can share best practices in the true spirit of knowledge management in a forum that is easily accessed, archived, searched, and modified. Please feel free to add your content." Registration is required to add content but not to search or read content. Thus far there are "articles" on Collection Development, EHR & Point of Care, Evidence Based Practice, Magnet Hospitals, Physical Space, and Justification of need for library staff.

The second wiki is the EBM Librarian Wiki, whose purpose is "is to develop a community of librarians who are involved in teaching and supporting the practice of evidence based medicine (ebm) or evidence based practice (ebp)." Contributors must be invited but anyone can use the information found on the wiki.

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Web 2.0 learning resource
Helene Blowers, the Public Services Technology Director at The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County has created an online program that introduces Web 2.0 to novices. Each week examines a small part of the Web 2.0 world and provides simple exercises that allow participants to gain hands-on experience. I highly recommend this resource for a broad introduction to Web 2.0 concepts

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007
While reading a post in Squidoo on Infodoodads I stumbled across Brian Gray’s treatise on Using Web 2.0 Principles to Become Librarian 2.0. As an aside, Brian Gray's Squidoo page is an excellent source of basic Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 information.

On that site I ran into CiteULike, a site that “CiteULike is a free service to help academics to share, store, and organise the academic papers they are reading.” I am constantly running into articles I think would be of interest to other medical librarians, and see many postings on medlib-l sharing their articles. It stuck me that CiteULike would be a great place to serve as a repository or our serindipitously or otherwise obtained articles. I have created both a profile and a group (Health_Sciences_Librarians) to facilitate this sharing. I am encouraging all to join CiteULike (all they ask for is a username, passoword and email address) and join the group (it’s open to all for now).

For more information on CiteULike, including some basic instruction, see the post on my blog.


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