CommComm posted on August 31, 2010 23:40


In case it happens to come up in conversation, or in case a patron brings it to your attention---there IS a "Welch Lilienfeld Collection" on Stack Level 5. A collection of Lilienfeld books (not ALL of the Lilienfeld books) are now in Welch, and they're right up there in their own little area. I took a road trip and discovered them huddled together as if they'd just arrived from Ellis Island.  

CommComm posted on August 31, 2010 23:16

I stand corrected. The Wired magazine article (the Sept. issue) is titled "The Web is Dead. Long Live the Internet," by Chris Anderson. I may have the title wrong, but the essence of the previous post to the article itself is about the same. Let me share a couple of gems from the article that caught my eye:

"Two decades after it's inception, the World Wide Web has been eclipsed by Skype, Netflix, peer-to-peer, and a quarter-million other apps."

Along with this little nugget....

"Over the past few years, one of the most important shifts in the digital world has been the move from the wide-open Web to semi-closed platforms that use the internet for transport but not the browser for display. It's driven primarily by the rise of the iPhone model of mobile computing, and it's a world Google can't crawl, one where HTML doesn't rule. And it's the world that consumers are increasingly choosing, not because they're rejecting the idea of the Web but because these dedicated patterns often just work better or fit better into their lives (the screen comes to them, they don't have to go to the screen).


CommComm posted on August 28, 2010 20:16

Dongming Zhang gave a "Mobile Welch" presentation/demonstration on August 26th. Dongming highlighted the arrival of mobile technology as a true force in the very near future. Or should I say---the very near future which is right now. 2007-2009 statistics reveal that wireless technology is clearly on the rise. Dongming's graphs for "ownership and use of handheld technology" showed that approximately 15-20% of the US. population access the Internet on a mobile device on a daily basis.

In the current issue of WIRED magazine, they announce "the internet is dead" (this is in the magazine, I honestly couldn't find it on their website, and they also proclaim that (particularly with regards to handheld devices) mobile devices with specific applications have won the day. The Internet, for all it's charm, remains a vast place to surf and surf and surf. You narrow your results, you search some more. Time ticks away. So applications that take you RIGHT TO WHERE YOU WANT TO GO, are now at a premium. This trend followed right along with Dongming demonstrating that there's a list of specific iphone based applications for the Welch mobile technology.

Essentially, (along with it's more practical purposes) the iphone offers a cool interface that translates to a better user experience. And as Dongming mentioned, their purpose is to transform the current user experience from MyWelch to a better, more efficient and more integrated user experience with iphones. Those in attendance were allowed to play around with iphones and an ipad, and I have to say that those new toys are hard to beat. When you combine the "cool factor" with practicality, you can see why sales for the iphone and ipad are running through the roof with college students.

Strong Mac, iPad and iPhone Sales Boost Apple


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CommComm posted on August 27, 2010 21:49

Because the issue comes up from time to time, I just want to pass along some instructions Stella Seal passed along to us yesterday. Also, thanks to Jim Watson and Ivy Garner for "furthering the debate" and bringing this issue to everyone's attention.

"Remember, if people are getting a wonky message (or sort of flashy screen in Weldoc) it means they have to have an email address set up in their JHED profile.


Tell the patron to log into


Once there, they click on the profile button (top button on the left hand side).

Once in the profile, they click on the University tab.

In this tab, the third line is for email. Theirs is likely to be empty. It MUST be populated for Weldoc to work. Have them enter an email address and then save the changes.


Their Weldoc account should work then."


Alonzo LaMont




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CommComm posted on August 26, 2010 18:43

Chances are you've probably already heard about Mary, but I just wanted to re-send her information just in case.

I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say that she's in our thoughts and prayers.

Mary Kelley

Good Samaritan Hospital


5601 Loch Raven Blvd.

Baltimore, MD 21239

Phone: 443-444-5068



CommComm posted on August 25, 2010 20:12

We had a celebration last week, Debbie McClellan and Nora Smith are both leaving Welch for new adventures. So we had some kind words from Nancy Roderer and Claire Twose expressing our feelings towards all the good work they've done. But "good work" doesn't begin to express what Debbie has meant to Welch. And Nora, during her short time here, has been 'discovered' by many colleagues (and since my office is right next to her's I count myself as someone who appreciated her daily doses of good humor).

We all had cake, goodies, and gifts were exchanged. A good time was had by one and all.


Nancy, Debbie and Claire...



Nora receives a bag of goodies....


Debbie is genuinely touched.....

As was everyone else. During these moments you can't help but feel happy and elated for the many years, the accomplishments---and also for the new life that awaits them both. Debbie's world is sure to be full. Nora moves on to MIT. I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say "all the best" to both.

CommComm posted on August 20, 2010 19:14

(Nancy Roderer on the left, Catherine on the right)

Before she left Welch, Catherine Craven let me ask a few questions about her time here and her future plans. As mentioned in the interview, Catherine brought a very real energy to her job and also to her duties as Chair of the Communications Committee As a member of that Committee, I can attest to her genuine commitment and passion to the Welch Library and Johns Hopkins. She'll be missed. 


Catherine Craven was her for three years and I’m sure everyone remembers her “go get ‘em tiger!” walk and personality. “Clearly this is THEE most amazing biomedical center in the country and one of the best in the world. You’ll never go anywhere else and get this quality of people working and caring. From the hospital staff, to the people who mop the floors to everybody who works at Welch, throughout the entire clinical group, everybody cares. There’s an intensity here that you’ll never find anywhere else. And that’s a really ideal situation to be able to plug into”.

As Catherine elaborated, it was clear that a lot of her recollections haven’t entirely been relegated to the professional aspects and observations, but also included the personal transitions and occasions Welch has seen during her stay.

“What kind of personal transitions are you speaking about Catherine?”

“You know in just these three years we’ve had family members who’ve passed away, we’ve had births, deaths, some folks have endured illness or injury---all of this has really brought me into seeing Welch as my family. I have ‘real’ family in Missouri and Michigan, but my experiences at Welch have just touched my heart. I know it's corny to say that. But there it is. Long after I reflect on the many individual projects, “important people,” and challenging tasks---what I’ll remember are the people here at Welch that I’ve come to care about”.

We joked about my remembrance of seeing Catherine for the first time. My initial observation was “there goes a hard-charging woman. She’s walking SOMEWHERE”.  She admitted that her walk is unique, and people have commented in the past on it's forcefulness. When I asked about the biggest hurdle she felt when she arrived, “I’ll say it was---well, it was starting to become steeped in the culture and the history of Johns Hopkins. I came to realize how important that culture was to so many people.  I was excited to become part of that. Every single day I think I learned something new. I always tell people that one of the more humbling things around here is the opportunity to work with, and be around so many thousands of truly brilliant people. I hope in my own way I’ve made at least a little small mark.”

“So Catherine what I’m hearing is that you plugged into the---shall we say---"electric atmosphere" right away. But that seems like the same current you operate on as well, yes?”

“I’d like to think that some people have their very own ‘volume dial’ and on a scale of 1-to-10 they can dial it up, but perhaps it takes a little time to get to 10. And then there are other people who dial it up pretty quickly and prefer to work in the---7-to-10 range on the dial, I’ve gotta say that I’m probably one of those 7-to-10 people. At alot of places, that’s probably a little too intense---but Hopkins is a place where, for the most part, that volume is appreciated. That being said, I also have a true appreciation for those who tether the anchor. All in all, it takes that kind of combination to make departments and projects move forward."

Catherine is returning to the Univ. of Missouri to get her Ph.D in Medical Informatics. “It’s an exciting time to go back. I get to polish up some research skills, learn a few technical skills, and to get a few more project management skills. But I have to say---that it would really be an amazing thing if my career blew me back this way. I’m one of those people who LOVES Baltimore, I love this city. I would really, really enjoy coming back here”.

Catherine relayed that the genesis (and actual arrival) of the Welch Facebook page and the library blog came from input she received with the Communications Committee. “I can’t take any credit for that. Basically I just try to bring an energy. I like to bring some energy, some excitement and enthusiasm.”

Catherine is moving back to Columbia, Missouri and has fond memories of her previous time there. “And if anyone from the Welch family is passing through there along I-70 I’ll certainly make room for them in my humble little bungalow”.  


CommComm posted on August 19, 2010 19:58

I posted this in Facebook, and wanted to include it here too (just in case you might have missed it). Kudos to Nancy Roderer, Claire Twose, Stella Seal and Catherine (who-just-moved-on-not-too-long ago) Craven.



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CommComm posted on August 18, 2010 20:14

I don't meet many people who aren't in some form of "transition" these days. We're either "transitioning to" or "transforming into". Sigh. It's a sign of the times. Claire Twose gave me some insights into the plans for the Lilienfeld Library (down the street from Welch in the 9th floor of the Hampton House.)

I asked Claire to describe the transformation Lilienfeld is undergoing. Specifically, I wanted to know what is it being transformed into?

 "It's being transformed into a Welch library space. That is to say we are returning the space in which Lilienfeld has been to the School of Public Health. They in turn are offering the kind of office space options that other Informationists use---shared space for office hours in locations within Hampton House. The final locations are yet to be determined."

So how will this affect the Lilienfeld users? 

"Users will continue to receive the many services and resources they are used to. Continued access to electronic journals, databases and e-books. Continued access to electronic course reserves. And of course, continued access to Donna Hesson in Hampton House during office hours and at other times by appointment. For example, this includes help in identifying and finding public health resources relavent to particular topics, formulating searches to support course work and research and help with bibliographic management tools such as Endnote and RefWorks. Donna will also continue to provide orientations and in-class presentations. Patrons will maintain continued access to Informationists by email or phone, including two Informationists assigned to Public Health: Lori Rosman and myself (Claire Twose). We see patrons having access to other library staff, specifically Ivy Garner who teaches and troubleshoots RefWorks."

Claire also stressed that "print-only journals that are currently at Lilienfeld will be moved to Welch, and everyone will still have access to interlibrary loan services. And, printmonographs either purchased or used within the last three years will be available from Welch." 

Finally, I inquired how all this will impact the School of Public Health Informationists?

"The place Donna will hang her hat will be at Welch, this way all the Informationists will be under one roof. Department assignments won't change. Donna's work life will change, of course. Their will be a shift from managing the space/print/journal materials to purely Informationist services---from orientations to teaching, to search support, and so forth. Faculty and staff should actually see an increase in Donna's visibility, in that office spaces and office hours will be closer to at least some of the departments."


CommComm posted on August 16, 2010 01:49

We've got a newbie roaming the stacks and hallways. Katie Lobner, a recent graduate of  the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has planted her Clinical Informationist flag at the Welch Library.

Yours truly, Alonzo, has the hot scoop on her arrival. Katie credits her fascination with librarianship to a New York Times article ( from 2008. I asked Katie, who calls Wisconsin home, about her transition to Baltimore in terms of becoming an urban adventuress. "I do dislike the MVA (dept. of motor vehicles) experience," (she gets no argument there!) "but I like all the quirky little neighborhoods". Ahhh yes, we Baltimoreans have cornered the market on quirky. We eat quirky for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Regarding the overall Welch/Hopkins experience Katie confesses that "the lines of communication are open and it's definitely a team effort." Were truer words ever spoken. When asked about what, particularly, she enjoys about being a Clinical Informationist Katie stated "I like tackling projects where people don't exactly know where to go next". As I got a little bit nosier she said that what she's most startled by is that "people often don't expext you to help them, and seem genuinely surprised when you do". She also gleefully noted that "a patron who comes back for more help is a very reqarding interaction."

Katie's Mom and Dad have been around to help with her settling in. And, from her the sound of things she's making her way to a variety of eateries and places-to-go spots. We both shared a smile about the wait-time for the Blue Moon Cafe (on the weekend---fuggetaboutit!), the tasty food factor of The Diz and the nooks and crannies of Charles Village.

Now, Katie's lived in other places,  she's been a little bit here and there, so don't go stigmatizing her about Wisconsin being in the middle of nowhere (it's not). And don't go making jokes about cheese (who doesn't love cheese). These are childish, juvenile attempts at humor. I tried both and they just don't work. 


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