CommComm posted on June 29, 2011 21:24
I love inspiration wherever I can find it....... Alonzo LaMont

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I guess "if it feels good do it" can now be mapped out neurologically. I loved this part:

"As we do with most powerful forces, however, we also want to regulate pleasure. In cultures around the world we find well-defined ideas and rules about pleasure that have persisted through­out history in any number of forms and variations:

Pleasure should be sought in moderation.

Pleasure must be earned.

Pleasure must be achieved naturally.

Pleasure is transitory.

The denial of pleasure can yield spiritual growth.

Our legal systems, our religions, our educational systems are all deeply concerned with controlling pleasure. We have created detailed rules and customs surrounding sex, drugs, food, alcohol, and even gambling. Jails are bursting with people who have vio­lated laws that proscribe certain forms of pleasure or who profit by encouraging others to do so."


Alonzo LaMont

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CommComm posted on June 22, 2011 23:24

EBSCO Publishing enables full-text searching of ScienceDirect

Copyright (c) 2011 EBSCO Publishing

Summary Full text from SciVerse ScienceDirect is being added to EBSCO Discovery Service thanks to a new agreement from Elsevier and EBSCO Publishing. ScienceDirect, part of the SciVerse suite of search and discovery products provided by Elsevier, is a leading full-text scientific database with journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,000 peer-reviewed journals and 20,000 books and major reference works. ScienceDirect currently includes more than 10.5 million articles and chapters with nearly 500,000 added every year.

IPSWICH, Mass. — June 21, 2011— Full text from SciVerse ScienceDirect is being added to EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) thanks to a new agreement from Elsevier and EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO). ScienceDirect, part of the SciVerse suite of search and discovery products provided by Elsevier, is a leading full-text scientific database with journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,000 peer-reviewed journals and 20,000 books and major reference works. ScienceDirect currently includes more than 10.5 million articles and chapters with nearly 500,000 added every year.

"We recognize that our users are accessing information in many different ways," says Yukun Harsono, Senior Vice President, Search & Discovery, Academic and Government Markets at Elsevier. "The addition of full-text articles and eBook chapters from SciVerse ScienceDirect to EBSCO Discovery Service stems from our continuous commitment to ensure that the content we provide is available and easily found through the discovery platforms our customers use."

President of EBSCO Publishing Tim Collins says the size and the scope of the content that ScienceDirect indexing provides combined with the ease of search that EBSCO Discovery Service offers end users should make a significant difference for researchers. "We have seen impressive usage statistics for content providers once they are searchable in EBSCO Discovery Service. Adding full text searching from Elsevier means EDS now has full text searching for the largest journal publishers in the world. EBSCO believes strongly that the best discovery experience is one that combines full text searching with searching of high quality subject indexing from controlled vocabularies. EDS is the only service with that approach."

Elsevier joins a growing list of publishers and other content partners that are taking part in EDS to bring more visibility to their content. Partners include the world's largest scholarly journal & book publishers including Elsevier, Wiley Blackwell, Springer Science & Business Media, Taylor & Francis Informa, Sage Publications, and thousands of others. Partners also include content providers, such as LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters (Web of Science), JSTOR, ARTstor, Credo Reference, Oxford University Press, World Book, ABC-CLIO, and many others.

EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customized index of an institution's information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content from a single search box—searching made even more powerful because of the quality of metadata and depth and breadth of coverage.

EBSCO Discovery Service is quickly becoming the discovery selection for many libraries (, and an obvious partner for content providers. Because the service builds on the foundation provided by the EBSCOhost platform, libraries gain a full user experience for discovering their collections/OPAC—which is not typical in the discovery space. Further still, in the many universities and other libraries where EBSCOhost is the most-used platform for premium research, users are not asked to change their pathways or habits for searching. There's simply more to discover on the familiar EBSCOhost platform, and the same can be said for library administrators who can leverage their previous work with EBSCOadmin.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet ( and Cell (, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier's online solutions include SciVerse ScienceDirect (, SciVerse Scopus (, Reaxys (, MD Consult ( and Nursing Consult (, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite ( and MEDai's Pinpoint Review (, which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier ( employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC (, a world-leading publisher and information provider, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

About EBSCO Publishing

EBSCO Publishing is the producer of EBSCOhost, the world's premier for-fee online research service, including full-text databases, subject indexes, point-of-care medical reference, historical digital archives, and e-books. The company provides more than 300 databases and nearly 300,000 e-books. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals and magazines from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). EBSCO is also the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS), which provides institutions with a fast, single search box for its entire collection, offering deeper indexing and more full-text searching of journals and magazines than any other discovery service ( For more information, visit the EBSCO Publishing Web site at:, or contact: EBSCO Publishing is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.

---Alonzo LaMont

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CommComm posted on June 22, 2011 20:00

Awhile back I posted an article about Henrietta in the library's latest news section. Lo and Behold, there's more to share. This is from the Hopkins Gazette:

"Lacks Award honors collaboration between Baltimore communities and JH

The Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute has established a $15,000 award to recognize and support Baltimore community organizations that are collaborating with The Johns Hopkins University to improve the health and well-being of the residents of the city of Baltimore.

The Henrietta Lacks Memorial Award, named in recognition of Henrietta Lacks, highlights the importance of collaboration between the community and the university and recognizes the accomplishments of these partnerships. The Urban Health Institute will be accepting nominations for the inaugural award until July 15. The winner will be announced on Oct. 1 at Johns Hopkins’ annual Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture, a series that was launched in 2010.

Collaborators may self-nominate or be nominated by others. Partnerships must include at least one community organization and at least one Johns Hopkins faculty member, staff member or group working together on a community program that has been sustained for a minimum of three years. There can be multiple organizations and/or universities engaged in the initiative. The award will be given to the community entity that is the central partner in the relationship.

Nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of leadership from community and city organizations and Johns Hopkins.

Henrietta Lacks was an East Baltimore resident and cervical cancer patient in the early 1950s at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, where cells taken from her tumor became the first “immortal” human cells grown in culture and have led to breakthroughs in cell research related to cancer, AIDS, the effects of radiation and more. Lacks’ family was unaware that her cells, now known worldwide as HeLa cells, were being used for research until more than 20 years after her death. The Henrietta Lacks Memorial Award honors Lacks and her family and is intended to be an enduring reminder of her contribution to medical science and to her community.

For more information about the award, including nomination submission information, go to the Urban Health Institute website at or email Amy Gawad at"

Alonzo LaMont

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CommComm posted on June 21, 2011 08:09

Ah yes, Summer has returned and with it come our new Interns from City College. I "stole" them away for a second to get a picture. So here they are on a mild day in June, looking calm and composed. But as Summer BURNS away in Baltimore, our Interns will bear the brunt of work/work/work. Here a task, there a task. They'll be in the stacks, they'll be schlepping books around, they'll be working keyboards inputting data----taking instructions left and right.


Our dynamic duo this year are Angel Smith (standing) and Deja Roundtree Gibbs. Angel worked in the MLK Early Head Start/JHH Summer program last year, and she likes poetry. Deja worked on the JHH campus last year, like Angel she too is a music lover.



Don't wait til their last week here to say hiya.


Alonzo LaMont


CommComm posted on June 19, 2011 19:28

Sue Woodson found this little nugget detailing the zots and sprockets of the publishing business from the Academic perspective. Let me briefly summarize: It's no walk in the park. But I'll let the article speak to that.


Alonzo LaMont

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CommComm posted on June 18, 2011 01:42

Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to Monique Burgess. We certainly miss her, and hope that she returns to good health. We miss Monique walking by the WSC desk sharing a smile. If it wasn't for Monique (and Gwen) I would never have learned how to use the fax machine the right way! 

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the MS Ride that Gary and I did last weekend. It was hazy, hot and humid (stankin hot as a matter of fact) but---as I mentioned to Gary along the way, suppose we couldn't do this. Suppose we didn't have the ability to get out and ride bicycles on a sunny day. We had enough reminders along the route from the many volunteers who were so devoted to making the ride a lovely time---how great this day was. In case you didn't find us before, here's a couple pics of Gary and Alonzo in our 3rd go-round (year) for MS.






Gary finished too, of course. He's taking my picture. I know, I know---we're both hams, what can I say.

Alonzo LaMont

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Last Friday Victoria Goode (Informationist) and I parked ourselves at a Welch Library Information table for the Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Biennial Alumni Reunion. We were there from 10:30 am till 4:00 pm. Victoria and I have done our fair share of Information table time together, however before we started we admitted to no small degree of trepidation. Our “rock-solid” reasoning for this was 1) the attendees were considerably older (but rest assured they did not lack for energy) and we imagined their impressions of the Welch Library they knew were bound to be quite different from the Welch Library that presently exists. And 2) chances are they might not view technology and social media as go-to resources for medicine. Apps and Tablets now being the Jack n’ Jill of contemporary scientific know-how. In fact, we thought we’d hear our share of attendees who “yearned for the good old days,” and would “boo-whoo” the changing times.



With our pre-conceived assumptions confidently in tow it was, of course, only a matter of time till we realized just how OFF our thinking was. Many attendees stopped by our table to say wonderful things about the Welch Library, to recall many trips they’d made in and out of the stacks and to mention all the assistance they’d received along the way. To be fair, I have to say we received a little assistance from an unexpected source. The folks at Medical Archives had arranged for a plasma screen slide show that showcased many building on the east Baltimore campus in a “then and now” display. They also had pictures of many illustrious Hopkins Doctors and Nurses, with a note or two about their contributions. This plasma screen was directly over our table. In essence, it created a “reflection area” for people to view and comment. And comment they did.



I have to relate a particular story from a gentlemen who told the story of how Dr. Victor McKusick wanted to study animal heart sounds, and decided that boa constrictors had very particular heart murmurs. He contacted the Baltimore Zoo and asked if he could bring a team there to do a study. The Zoo agreed and a team from Hopkins showed up ready to tackle the boa constrictors. The gentleman telling the story was part of that team, and he laughed long and hard at how scared everyone was. Though they did eventually drug the boas, no one wanted to go near them, everyone thought they’d be in the safe confines of a lab doing “normal” study. No one thought their work would take them to the Zoo! Soon after, Dr. McKusick, who was shifting from being a Cardiologist to a Geneticist, took the boas back to Hopkins for more intensive study. Apparently, the storage arrangement for boa constrictors was not made clear to Dr. Alfred Blalock who stumbled into the lab one day, quite shocked and quite curious about who brought the boas?!    



This is only one of the little tidbits the Alumni passed along. The combination of that plasma screen and seeing the name “Welch Library” seemed to trigger---seemed to unlock---some wonderful mental treasures they’d long-ago put away for safe keeping. When our time was over, we realized how absolutely good it felt to be completely wrong. Who knew a little time sitting at a table handing out a few pencils, pads and a USB bracelet or two would deliver an altogether unexpected experience. I’m willing to bet you’ve had those moments too, when suddenly---without warning---it’s just not an ordinary day anymore.


          As we left our table and walked back, I believe Victoria and I had begun to reciprocate the process. We’ve now taken a few stored away memories from our time at the Reunion and put them in a very treasured place. As they say, what goes around…….





Alonzo LaMont

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CommComm posted on June 8, 2011 01:01

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          A few months back some of you participated in an online Library Quality Survey to determine how the Welch Library was doing in terms of customer service, quality of resources and what you thought of your Welch Library experience. We received a mixture of positive and negative feedback. Internally, we looked at the graphs, we saw the charts, we read the comments and here are the results in a nutshell:

          The Welch Library is doing Ok, but the Welch Library can do better.

          Yes, we heard all your comments. Some of them we can't control (there were issues that patrons had about the Library building itself, the students at Eisenhower complained about their building, too), and also some of you wanted more hours. We like to think we’ve concentrated our hours and still offer great service, regardless of the time. However, a couple of the items you mentioned (loudly and clearly) are issues that we can control. Specifically, you want a better interaction with us. 

          During the daily hustle and bustle, it's easy to lose sight of the human element. We know that everyone wants their journal, their book, their citation----ASAP. We know that everyone wants whatever it is they want, right this minute. Sometimes, when there's such a deadline mentality things can get a little impersonal. Keeping the human touch propped up takes a little bit extra. Yet, we realize it's that little extra we have to strive for, especially since it's such an important ingredient.  

           We can't build a bigger building, and we don't have alot of creature comforts----what we do have is our people doing the best job we can. Your comments tell us to be more attentive, and more in tune with your needs. That's what we'll aim for. When you put aside the databases, the online journals, the remote access and all the other technological mechanics----what we absolutely know we can improve upon is how we relate to you. It's a goal we intend to reach. Though information and data can be cold and brittle, you don't need an attitude or an uncaring manner attached to them. 

            So we've put ourselves on notice to be more conscious, more receptive and more neighborly. In order that in whatever context you utilize the Welch Library, in whatever way you might need the Welch Library----maybe you’ll see that a little more human touch comes right along with it.   

Alonzo LaMont


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