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  Welch has a new kid on the block, Carrie Price. Carrie comes to us from the Eisenhower Library and joins our illustrious list of Clinical Informationists.  I asked Carrie about her motivation into the world of librarianship, and what triggered her arrival at our humble Welch Library doorstep. “For a couple of years in college I worked as a Physical Therapy Technician, helping people rehab from orthopedic injuries. I really liked it and the experience has always stuck with me.” Carrie also mentioned that the prospect of working in a high-energy research hospital environment is a challenge she’s looking forward to. “People don’t seem to have a lot of free time here.” She knows the landscape, already she’s speaking like a veteran Informationist.

Carrie’s a graduate of Towson University and………she plays the Cello. Since not everybody I run into plays the Cello, I asked Carrie how much Cello she played. Thinking of course that she played Cello “on the side,” as a little sidelight. But noooooo, Carrie played with the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra, a volunteer orchestra in Harford County. Oh.  For 3 years. Ohhhhhhh. Previously, Carrie worked at the Friends School and has put some time into the Maryland SPCA. A pet lover! (says the man with 2 dogs and 2 cats). She marveled at how much mentoring and support she’s gotten from her peers, and she’s looking forward to turning that early-getting-your-feet-on-the-ground-learning-curve into a straight line. Also, look for her in a local marathon or two. Better yet, she bikes. Ah-haaaa, now we’re talking. If you see her around the quad, don’t be a stranger.    

Alonzo LaMont


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This fairly long article (it's from The New Yorker, and they have alot to say) takes an in-depth look at Stanford University's role in academia and silicon valley. This 'look' ponders the position Stanford plays with regard to student and faculty entrepreneurship. Look no further for an example of this role than the current student who creates an app called "Snapchat". Snapchat allows photos you send online (you know the kind, the ones you want to disappear the moment after you send them), to exist only for a limited period of time, then they disappear. 

Reading the article I was constantly reminded of the cordial relationship between the Stanford population and the Silicon Valley business community. Most academic institutions seem to incorporate a certain disdain for business and business culture. Now, before everyone leaps down my throat----I think whether this is a reality or not, it's certainly a perception. We see business and commerce as something that hinders the freedom, the free-flow of ideas and individualism that college represents.

Traditionally, I think it's safe to say that most students see business as a greedy soul-sucking corporate machine. AKA, the enemy. Perhaps much of this is based on certain idealistic (antiquated?) visions we have about college. However the environment at Stanford is quite the opposite. But how did the population at Stanford brush aside the usual campus politics associated with commercial enterprise? Was it the access to the "free-flow" of cash money that was, is, and remains in such close proximity?

Things to consider for a blue (cold) Monday.    

Alonzo LaMont




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CommComm posted on April 20, 2012 23:26

Just thought I'd review some stories you may have overlooked....

1) Those way-too-hip-for-their-own-good Google glasses made some major yakkety-yak. Either ya love 'em or ya hate 'em. Think how nifty they'd look when you're sitting in Starbucks and somebody's cyber mouth is running non-stop. (Oh, you say you hate those kinda people).

2) Getting more women involved in math and science is now an educational priority.

3) The NY Times chimes in on journal retraction.

4) Caine's Arcade makes you realize all kids aren't like the ones we know. (D'uh, of course I'm kidding)

5) And the Trinity Repertory Theater Co. explores malpractice & forgiveness. 


Alonzo LaMont


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CommComm posted on April 18, 2012 00:42

I have a confession. I'm a drama guy. Yes, I know, I know: but therapy didn't help, so I'll just stay this way. This morning I posted a facebook post about the rise in scientific errors in medical journals . Errors. Mistakes. Things that can have serious complications. People-can-die territory. It's disturbing that mistakes are becoming more prevalent. But that's stating the obvious, right. Taken a step further let's move right into that hospital room where a surgery is about to happen. A patient gets prepped. Everyone is on their game. It could even be "minor surgery". Someone once told me that minor surgery is something that happens to somebody else. If anybody cuts me open it's major, am I right?

If that patient doesn't come out alive then an emotional door flies open that maybe no one can close. And what if an accident happened? A misstep? That door possibly stay permanently propped open. Such a tragedy goes right to where we live. The family wants details. Answers. They want MORE, period. 

So I ran across a play by the Trinity Repertory Company that addressses such a scenario. We see someone who made a medical mistake grappling with their own consequences and guilt, along with a family searching for a direction and answers.

The article is part play review and part observation.

Alonzo LaMont

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And just like everybody else, we want our friends and significant others (that would be you) to comment on it! So please poke around the site and let us know what you think.  Is there something missing?  Are you having a hard time finding something? Are you confused?  We want to know so we can improve access to all the wonderful resources we have.

You can access the feedback form on the right side of the site, it's that handy little button with "feedback" on it.

To provide incentive, we're going to have a drawing every month to give away at least one Welch Medical Library t-shirt.  If you want to be in the drawing, make sure to include your name and email address on your comment. 

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Our April Podcast brings lots of useful info your way. You can go for the HARD KNOWLEDGE or linger around the lighter stuff. The changes to the new Website are well-worth giving a listen to, and the database assessment tool will be of interest to anyone spending hours wondering if they're "in the right place" when seeking citations and articles. All databases are not born equal. The timeline breaks down like so:

0:00 - 2: 28 Intro (longer than usual but we had to give props to the new Audio Studio in the School of Public Health. It's so state of the art I thought I was in a new state).

2:28 - 9:50  Discussion of the New WelchWeb (Links, Department Guides, Book Delivery) and new E-Trials available through the Welch Library.

9:50 - 12:24 How does the Academic Database Assessment Tool work.

12:24 - 15:55 The Welch Library "Burn Calories Not Gas!" Bike Ride, coming in May.


Hope you enjoy it as much as Victoria Goode and I enjoy making it!

Alonzo LaMont

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Yes! You read right. The Welch Library will be sponsoring a bike ride. We'll leave from the Barnes & Noble on St. Paul St. and 33rd and wind our way to the east Baltimore campus. We'll be having rides one day a week (a Friday) for about 4 weeks. These rides are open to everyone. Just show up, WITH A HELMUT, sign our waiver and sign-in sheet and we're off. We plan on leaving at 7:30 and rides will be led by yours truly, Alonzo. We'll also ride back, from east Baltimore back to Barnes & Noble. 




Why pay 4 bucks (and more!) for gas. One day a week, do yourself and your car a little favor. The route will wind us through Wyman Park, getting us to the Jones Falls Trail. The Trail ends at Maryland Ave. and we'll continue up to St. Paul, then cut over to Guilford. We can even stop and say "na-na-da-boo-boo" to all the folks waiting for the shuttle at Penn Station. We'll get on Monument St. and it's a straight shot to Hopkins. There is a quicker route straight down St.Paul, but that would mean more traffic. We're taking the scenic route. 

You don't have to be an AVID RIDER. There are only a few small hills (and I hesitate to even call them hills) along the way. These rides are not races. They're just meant to be fun.

At the end of the 4 weeks, we'll put your name in the hat to win a newly designed Welch T-Shirt. Who doesn't want a new T-shirt?!  But, depending on the amount of riders we have----perhaps everyone can walk away with "a little something" gift to commemorate your participation. So bring a camera. Take pictures. Feel the city in the early morning. It's not all about backed-up traffic. 


Look for more info at the start of May. If you have any questions or comments feel free to send an e-mail my way.


Alonzo LaMont


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Victoria Goode and I were talking about ADAT (on our not yet edited April podcast) today. It's a tool that compares databases, ebooks, journal title lists and several more platforms. For instance, which database have a "saved searches" feature, which can "search by citation," or "serial title". Good to know all this before you invest time and energy. As you know all databases are not created equal.  

Also, there's a new scholarship established by the Hopkins School of Medicine available for International students. If you're a current international student or an incoming international student you're eligible to apply for some major funds. Give the details a careful once-over regarding eligibility details. But the money is very real, folks.  

Alonzo LaMont

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