CommComm posted on October 31, 2011 21:04

          I thought a little levity should be added to the forthcoming changes to the Welch Library, and this cartoon provides more than a little.

          I'm also offering up this blog post on Librarians on top of their game. The author frecognizes the challenges that libraries and librarians have in front of them, but comes away impressed that not only are these challenges met, but librarians are facing front and center the difficulties that the digital age imposes on traditional librarianship. This paragraph offers a sobering, but optimistic dose of reality.

           "...librarians also know that the traditional handicraft tasks of the library require constant and continuous modification to match advances in computing power and tools. They also know that for all the versatility of technology, it does not necessarily adapt to the purposes of scholarship without intervention applied by librarians and others. They struggle with new methodologies, trying them out in difficult university contexts and reporting on their successes and failures to their colleagues to inform the development of what will surely become standardized tools for the management of information."


Alonzo LaMont


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CommComm posted on October 28, 2011 01:21

A brief chat with new arrival Julie Adamo, our National Library of Medicine Fellow, reveals that she enjoys the challenge of getting hands-on with data, research and the entire realm of library scholarship. Among Julie’s previous highlights include developing a pilot website to evaluate the Omeka content management system, analyzing data for the U.S. RDA (Resource Description and Access) Test Coordinating Committee, and conducting market research using blogs and social media to recommend outreach opportunities for Medline Plus. However, when asked what she was interested in here at Welch Medical Library she immediately stated “I’m really fascinated by the Informationists”. Ah-yes, those rock-star Informationists grab the glory AGAIN. Julie expressed noooooo small bit of amazement at the long list of departments each Informationists is responsible for, and the time this must require. “In general, I’m just really curious how they make it all work”. 

Julie’s also put in time as a Knowledge Services Assistant at Ipas in Chapel Hill (Ipas advances the cause of protecting women’s health, and women’s reproductive rights), and she was a Research Assistant at the GrantSource Library at the University of North Carolina.  I could go on about Julie’s employment and educational history (Internships, Writing Tutor, graduated from University of North Carolina and Antioch College)---and her work with a variety of organizations), but I’ll just cut to the chase and mention that Julie, in her spare time, likes to play drums. There I was asking the appropriate interview questions and lo and behold, I’m sitting next to a rock drummer. It’s a small footnote to be sure, but somehow it all seems to fit a career that holds such an eclectic mix.




Alonzo LaMont

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CommComm posted on October 21, 2011 00:35

This information has been up before, but  I just want to keep everyone posted on our changes.

You may be hearing rumors about the changes coming to the Welch Medical Library, but here are the facts. Please consider these changes to be “transitions,” because this is exactly what our new stage on the Hopkins campus is really about. Our people will still be here to serve patrons, and we consider that to be thee most important element. We’re excited about this new stage because we intend to provide even better resources and service. In moving forward our vision is really quite simple: how can we serve you best?


The Welch library building will be closing to patron access.


When                                                     December 31st, 2011.


Why?              95% of the items you use are available electronically, we can deliver the rest to you.


Library Informationists are available to work with you in your office, lab, department, research team meeting, grand rounds or class.


What does this mean?


1) No change to: online journals, databases and bibliographic tools.


2) Anyone with an office address can have materials delivered there.


3) Starting the second quarter (October 20 for the School of Public Health, October 24 for the School of Medicine)      

Five new locations will be available for delivery and return of print materials and print reserves:

a) 9th floor, Hampton House

b) First floor lounge, Bloomberg School of Public Health

c) Graduate Computing Center, Preclinical Teaching Building

d) Carol J. Gray Study Room (NIRC), SON, Rm. 313

e) School of Medicine Reserve Room- 306, Armstrong Building



 Print reserves will be available at the 5 locations mentioned above.



The Institute of the History of Medicine and the Historical Collection Library will remain open to visitors and patrons Monday through Friday from the hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM



On the Podcast (see below) the Director of the Welch Library, Nancy Roderer, speaks about the upcoming changes and provides some background information on the necessity for the Library's evolution.



WELCH PODCAST #2, October.mp3 (16.62 mb)



Alonzo LaMont

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CommComm posted on October 20, 2011 22:38

If you haven't seent this----(and I'm hoping you're one of the few who haven't), then prepare to be amazed. I posted it on FB, and it still seems to be all the rage. Where was quantum physics when I was growing up? Oh right, I wanted to be a little league baseball star. Alonzo LaMont

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Can you be a genius one day and not a genius the next? Where is it written that our gifts should stay with us an entire lifetime? Alonzo LaMont

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CommComm posted on October 14, 2011 00:46


The editors of Genome Medicine are pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue on Disease Metabolomics for 2012, guest edited by Professor Tim Veenstra. This issue will highlight the rapid advances that have been made in the prediction, detection, understanding and monitoring of human disease by small-metabolite profiling. We welcome studies that combine metabolomic approaches with other strategies.

This special issue will also feature commissioned reviews and opinions written by leaders in the field, including Mika Ala-Korpela, Jeremy Nicholson, Julian Griffin, Jerzy Adamski and Oliver Fiehn, and will cover a range of topics from breast cancer to obesity to epidemiology.

Please submit articles for the special issue by 31 December 2011. 


Alonzo LaMont





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CommComm posted on October 7, 2011 00:01

UpToDate is pleased to announce the launch of a new, live webinar series, the UpToDate Client Connection.


These free, 30-minute webinars will be presented bi-monthly and will cover a variety of key topics.


The first session on Monday, October 17 will highlight the NEW graphics search feature, plus cover other key features. Click here to register for this event. 


UpToDate Client Connection: New Graphics Search and other Key Features

Date: Monday, October 17

Time: 1:00 PM EST

Duration: 30 minutes

Presenter: Kathleen Brenock, M.S., UpToDate Product Specialist


Kathleen Brenock is an UpToDate Product Specialist and a master’s-level psychiatric clinician.  She has worked in inpatient settings and as the director of outpatient psychiatric emergency teams.

To register, click here.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to a colleague or friend. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot today.


If you are unable to attend, a recording will be e-mailed to you following the session.


We look forward to your participation!

Contact with any questions. 


Alonzo LaMont


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