CommComm posted on January 18, 2011 21:50

No doubt, a cause for concern....

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CommComm posted on January 17, 2011 19:45

This strategy deserves a movie deal, sez Alonzo. It's certainly heartwarming to the extreme. Maybe they don't save the library, maybe they do. But the unity.....oh my.


And for good measure I've included some pictures from the Welch Christmas party.






CommComm posted on January 14, 2011 23:26

Stop the presses! I think we have a live one here. I had to rub my eyes, once, twice....but seeing is believing.


Could our lil darlins around the country be headed off to this extravaganza?,0,3800471.story

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CommComm posted on January 14, 2011 22:29

Another nugget from BMJ. Is this a ripple in a pond, or.......


You get the picture.

Alonzo LaMont

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CommComm posted on January 14, 2011 22:21

I get a little cynical whenever I hear the words "free access". "Why Alonzo?" you may ask. Because it usually falls the way most "free" things fall. This article certainly doesn't change my perceptions any. But, it's the way of the world. And while I'm at it, how's about I throw in "life's just not fair" for good measure. It would appear that publishers pretty much have the world of medicine at their mercy.


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CommComm posted on January 11, 2011 23:16

Sue Woodson and I always start off talking on one subject and in a hot second we’re singing the praises of Robert Duvall movies (from Boo Radley in “To Kill a Mockingbird” to “Open Range”) Sue belongs to the Southeastern Atlantic region of the NN/LM (National Network of Libraries of Medicine), where she chairs the Print Reduction Task Force.

Along with Kathy Danko, I asked her also about the completion of the Lilienfeld project. Sue mentioned that at her last presentation she remarked that, regarding the future of Welch, “we’re no longer an institution of cultural memory”. She said she could hear a pin drop in the room. It is a blunt assessment, but it hits the bullseye. Librarians, as “defenders of the realm”, didn’t take too kindly to her honesty. Sue further proclaimed that this is the mission of humanities library, but a medical library--- a library that supports clinical work, research, and teaching in medicine and health simply isn’t funded to do that work. There are space considerations tied to financial considerations, and the 3,000 pound elephant in the room is the out-of-this-world accessibility of online journals. You can get them at your desk, in the operating room, or at your favorite little café in Paris. Couple these along with the fact that medical information is not a fixed endeavor, and you can see how remaining status quo vs. initiating a brand new action plan----suddenly finds itself as an agenda item.

When I asked Sue if other medical libraries were feeling the crunch, she cited Duke University’s Medical Library, where they’ve recently given up a floor of their stacks (gone, sayanara, bye-bye) for precisely these considerations. Now, if you’re like me, the thought of orphaned books provokes one sad image after another, but Sue said the light at the end of the tunnel is that libraries are actively seeking “trusted non-commercial repositories,” such as the National Library of Medicine. Keeping books as true treasures makes everyone smile.

 Much like the ending of my favorite childhood story “Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel,”( the thought of this new course of action paves the way toward a happier conclusion.  


CommComm posted on January 10, 2011 21:49

Stella Seal forwarded this along to me. I'll take a game over real work, anyday. Apparently students (surprise, surprise!) feel the same way. Where was this gamesmanship when I was a highschooler plugging along with math and science? Studying is too hard? As with everything these days: there's an app for that! Thanks Stella.

CommComm posted on January 7, 2011 20:10

I received some impromtu face time with Kathy Danko who relayed that the Lilienfeld Library project finished ahead of schedule. Specifically she thanked the coordinated efforts of Digital Library Services, Facilities and the Public Health Informationists. As you know, Lilienfeld is being converted into a School of Public Health (in the Hampton House) study space.  Kathy added that along with the physical relocation of a a substantial portion of the collection to Welch, the books were also evaluated for their necessity (what Welch decided to keep) and placement (recycling). After the evaluation was done, students (and anyone else) were allowed to "adopt" some of the homeless books.  Sue Woodson was pleased that the relocation was finished two weeks ahead of schedule, and credited Gary Faulkner, who found a recycler for the project.  We'll hear more from Sue in a minute because she commented on the larger implications behind the transformation, not just with Lilienfeld and Welch, but medical libraries in general. More on that conversation is forthcoming.......

CommComm posted on January 6, 2011 01:08

Who wants the elderly to have to shlep around in those little vans, driven by somebody going 55 MPH through residential neighborhoods. At least that's what I run across. Well, read and judge for yourself. Pros and cons either way, eh?


Alonzo LaMont

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CommComm posted on January 6, 2011 01:03

Just when you thought it was safe to brag about organic butter. Seriously, who knew good fat ever existed. And say what you will, this man was meant for a camera. AND, say what you will but I'm not giving up my soymilk, no matter what comes down the pike.

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