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. 

If you have any questions, contact Alonzo Lamont ( or Katie Lobner (

And if you have insomnia, the official rules are right here:

T-shirt Giveaway Official Rules


The t-shirt giveaway begins April 16, 2012 and ends 11:59pm October 15, 2012 U.S. Eastern Time ("ET"). Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these official rules ("Official Rules"). By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the Official Rules and warrants that his or her entry complies with all requirements set out in the Official Rules.

Who May Enter

Contest is open only to Faculty, Staff and Students of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Employees of Welch Medical Library and its subsidiaries and affiliates, and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live) or persons living in the same households of such employees, whether or not related are not eligible.

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Each Entry consists of a single feedback comment. Entries must be received before 11:59:00 p.m. ET October 15, 2012. All entries received after 11:59:00 p.m. ET on October 15, 2012, will not be included in the drawing. A complete entry form requires your name and email address as well as feedback on the website. Feedback must pertain to the website; illegible, extraneous or inappropriate comments will render the entry invalid.  This determination will be made at the discretion of the Welch Medical Library.

Each entrant may submit unlimited entries.


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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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CommComm posted on March 29, 2012 21:15

Our very own Claire Twose, Associate Director & Public Health/Basic Sciences Informationist made her way into a lenghty case study article on "Embedded Librarianship" in Power To The Librarian. The article details Claire's work with Dr. Roberta Scherer with the Cochrane Collection.

Claire worked to develop searches for specific reviews in the field of eyes and vision---and if that wasn't enough---she assisted the Cochrane in researching how they currently conduct systematic reviews. But I can't give away anymore goodies, the article comments on the collaborative process, and Claire provides insight into the ever-evolving role of Informationists.

I'd be neglect in my duties if I didn't take a moment to mention that Claire is notorious for her KrazyKat hat collection. If there's a jazz quartet looking for a "front woman," I'd nominate Claire. It's to the point that when I sport a hat of my own, everyone assumes I'm mimicking one of her's. People, my sartorial street cred is on life-support.


Alonzo LaMont  

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CommComm posted on March 21, 2012 20:37

I frequently surf the net looking for that ideal bit of newsy-news that captures more than just the nuts and bolts of medicine and science. I look for that outside-the-box nugget that speaks to our lives through a broader lenses. Just like Lady Gaga proudly affirms, I'm born this way. So my offering today is something that you can certainly witness through the cool jaded---excuse me, I meant “shaded” lens of daily life, and most particularly here at Hopkins. 

Though the title says "Sound Cocoons," it's really a "Noise Cocoon". Unfortunately, I count myself as one of the victims. My two cents, which falls under the purview of a mental health reflection----after reading the article take a moment to mentally review.  We're all too aware of the draconian reliance we've placed on our gadget empire. They tell us where to go, how to get there, how to behave----AND, they  inform us on WHAT behaviors to have, do they not? The next generation may discover the very concept of quiet places will be something they'll have to Wiki'up.

Alonzo LaMont


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We drift a bit from the medical world and float into the social media spotlight that's currently shining on "homeless hotspots". After you read the article you can land anywhere you want on the issue. When I first heard about the idea I thought it was a little flaky and PR driven. Well, it's DEFINITELY driven by PR, it was created by a PR Firm. There's been alot of buzz surrounding the use (exploitation?) of the homeless, but as you and I both know, "a paycheck is a paycheck". Take a look. 

Yesterday, I was riding home when a fellow bike rider, Autumn, and I engaged in a rest stop. She works at Hopkins, (Dept. Pathology), and we just enjoyed the sun and chatted about the joys of commuting. Bike conversation always seems to bring out the best in folks. So, in the future, maybe I'll find another Hopkins commuter somewhere down the line. If you're coming/going on Old Falls Rd. I'll be the guy fooling with the camera.



Autumn from Pathology (Hopkins)


Alonzo LaMont

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Victoria Goode and Yours Truly (Alonzo) are back! If you're feeling devil-may-care, you can jump right in and have a go at our February Podcast.


Or, if you'd care to peruse the buffet table before you decide to stuff your plate, here's our a la carte timeline:


0 - 1:20 : Intros laced with the chitty-chat you can only get with a Welch Podcast. I'm sure somewhere there's breaking news about some new-found bacteria that went off the grid, but how does that compare to Victoria and Alonzo striking up a conversation. I've never heard bacteria strike up anything.

1:20 - 10:40 : A) Comentary & discussion about Victoria's about her soon-to-be-published article collaboration with fellow Welch Informationist, Peggy Gross. B) We speak a bit about the the Informationist Service Model on Hopkins campus C) When should you contact an Informationist (we give you a real-time estimate) D) Victoria gives patrons a heads-up on what may have caused your article to be rejected for publication. Not earth-shattering, but remember---we always trip up on the simple stuff.  

10:40 - 13:40 : We talk about the new Welch website. Specifically, comparisions to the old site in terms of changes.(We guarantee to touch on this more in our March Podcast) 

13:40 - 23:15 Surprise! Victoria springs one on me as she turns into a TMZ reporter and asks about----being Alonzo. She puts on her Detective hat and grills me under the flurescent bulb. I wilt like bad lettuce and tell all. 

This is all material that we've included in this special "Director's Cut," Podcast---so consider it gravy. Not vital information, by any means, but I ask you dear people, how could I resist an inquisition when it was all about me? She had so much background on me I was about to confess to crimes I didn't commit.


As mentioned, next month----more about navigating our Website. Till then....don't be a stranger. 


Alonzo LaMont 

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If by chance you’re one of those who does “serious” blogging on any number of higher educational themes, this question is a rather moot point. You know the answer with hesitation. The smirk is already on your face. However, if the reverse were applied and you were not a serious blogger and your scholarship is between you and your research, then perhaps you scoff at the very existence of the question. But enter the shift-shaper that is Daniel J. Cohen, Director of the Center For New Media. I actually listened to the entire (one hour plus!) youTube video, but in case you don’t have the time or the inclination here’s the condensed nuts and bolts. 


The work that Dr. Cohen performs didn’t occur recently, it’s been making the rounds for years. Only now, the definition and the willingness to explore blogging as a legitimate inquiry has gained steam----not because of the rising popularity behind the “I, You, Me, We---we’re all bloggers”mindset----but because of the acceptance by scholars,particularly in the digital humanities to break the fourth wall. Also, no small amount of credit should go to the Open Access Movement. Educators and Scholars seem to want the participatory elements this Movement offers, and no longer march to the tightly bound drum of traditional publishing. The result is a community that grass-rooted themselves into a new online dimension. Without so much as a starship command, the Enterprise went to warp 10 with no jazzy CGI.


In reviewing the attached links, one can surmise that the pursuit of the Holy Grail of Information Sharing that isOpen Source leads us to a very revelatory truth. We not only get to see the many Wizards of Oz come out from behind the research machinery curtain, we also witness scholarship coming out of the intellectual closet, and becoming shared intelligentsia for the community at-large. As Dr. Cohen states, while the Humanities have proven to be an attractive platform for digitizing, there has been no small amount of resistance and praise.  Many see his efforts to promote blogging scholarship as faddish, and the absolute wrong approach to teaching and communication. Others, heap praise on how the web promotes new ways of thinking, sharing and providing a re-invented online curriculum for research. However, You need only to take a glance at Zotero to see how ideas,  and people with plenty of them, can co-exist under one big top.


Alonzo LaMont 



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