CommComm posted on August 10, 2010 20:45

The Welch Library had an all-staff meeting on July 29th, and Nancy Roderer, Claire Twose and Blair Anton presented a number of questions pertaining to the current and future status of the library. Included in their talk was a mention of the interviews and articles generated by Nancy, Blair and Claire along with the papers that have been presented at a variety of places (Peru! For one). Needless to say, the "long arm of the library" is now accumulating a very healthy measure of public relations attention, both local and national. For those unable to attend the meeting, or for those who are curious about what Nancy, Claire and Blair addressed, here are the list of questions.

 1.  Is Welch implementing a new model of librarianship

 2.  How do we know that this is what the library’s users want?

 3.  What’s an informationist?

 4.  What do informationists do differently with regard to providing services?" 

 5.  Give examples of services informationists have provided that are more in-depth.


 6.  What challenges do the informationists face with regard to users’ perceptions?


 7.  Where are we on reducing the paper collection and the number and size of physical library spaces?


 8.  Is the new model working? 


 9.  Will library services and jobs continue to change?




CommComm posted on August 4, 2010 21:15

My Ace Detective, Sue Woodson, who's always hot on the trail of new knowledge sent me this about BRAIN NAVIGATOR:

BrainNavigator is a new Elsevier product that merges images from brain atlases with 3D software from the Allen Institute for Brain Science. The result is a product that lets you make notes on both 2D and 3D images, upload your own images, and plan injection points. Important information:

  • Our trial ends September 24th.
  • You must create a user account to use the product.
  • You must be on campus to use the product during the trial.
  • Rodent information is available throughout the trial. Human and monkey information will be added on August 26th.



Thanks Sue!

Alonzo LaMont

CommComm posted on July 15, 2010 00:41

Just in case you happened to bury Dongming's e-mail about the current survey you're being asked to take, I'm giving you a 2nd chance for clarification, and this time you can't misplace it---Alonzo LaMont

"Dear all,


In order to assess users’ online needs and improve Welch’s online services, we will start MyWelch and WelchWeb user online survey tomorrow.  


For MyWelch survey, users will receive survey invitation from either email (based on their MyWelch accounts) or when they login MyWelch. They won’t encounter survey invitation again after they complete the survey form;


For WelchWeb survey, users will receive survey invitation when they either login “Remote Access” (EZProxy) or access to WelchWeb on which online survey will be arranged based on IP that being randomly selected. Also survey timeframes for WelchWeb will be randomly selected.


We will be running these survey for about two weeks until July 30.


I am including several MyWelch survey screen shots for your information. WelchWeb survey has similar contents.


Please let me know if you have suggestions and concerns.








Beginning July 23, 2010 My NCBI tool replaces eRA Commons for Bibliography Management

NIH is now providing PD/PI’s (program directors and program investigators for us laymen) with a more efficient, accurate and user-friendly way to manage their professional bibliographies, associate publications with grant awards, and ensure compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.

eRA Commons has partnered with the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) to link NCBI’s personal online tool, “My NCBI,” to Commons. My NCBI offers an online portal—“My Bibliography”—for users to maintain and manage a list of all of their authored works, such as journal articles, manuscripts accepted for publication, books, and book chapters.

The partnership between eRA Commons and My NCBI allows Commons users to benefit from My Bibliography’s ability to populate citation data from PubMed , PubMed Central , and the NIH Manuscript Submission system , and to readily maintain accurate, structured and up-to-date bibliographic information. The improved data quality resulting from this integration enhances the ability of the NIH to manage and monitor the results of its research portfolio.


1.     If not already established, PD/PIs must establish a My NCBI account to gain access to My Bibliography.

2.     My NCBI accounts must be linked to eRA Commons accounts.

3.     As of July 23, 2010, Commons will no longer support manual entry of citations. PD/PIs will no longer be able to type or copy and paste citation data into Commons and must enter new citations into their My NCBI accounts.

4.     As of October 22, Commons will no longer display citations that a PI has manually entered into Commons. All citations previously entered manually into Commons will be removed from the Commons system. Therefore, these citations must be added to My Bibliography so that they will continue to appear in Commons and can be associated with future annual progress reports.



CommComm posted on July 2, 2010 02:01

Jazmyn Lewis, who attends Baltimore City college. And those glasses add just the right touch, yes? I think so.



Justin Farabee, a Lake Clifton graduate. Justin plans to do some mortuary science. You know what means, right. Right, he's probably gonna show up on "CSI-Baltimore".



Tremara McKeemer, who goes to Baltimore Poly-Tech. That must be a cup of coffee because Tremara seems forever busy. I think Tremara's been adapted by Marie and Michael, that's why she only has time for a quick cup of coffee. I KID! All three seem pretty quick to pick up the WSC routine, and they bring a pleasant attitude everyday. How can you beat that, sez I? We've had several summer interns who continued working in libraries as they attended college. You never know when some on-the-fly librarianship will come in handy.

Alonzo LaMont

As of July 23, 2010, PD/PIs will be unable to enter citations manually into eRA Commons and must use My NCBI’s “My Bibliography” tool to manage their professional bibliographies.

In the interest of easing investigators’ bibliography management, improving data quality, and ensuring compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy (, eRA Commons has partnered with the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) ( to link NCBI’s personal online tool, “My NCBI,” to Commons. My NCBI offers an online portal—“My Bibliography”(—for users to maintain and manage a list of all types of their authored works, such as articles, presentations and books. [See entire press release at ]

• For more information on how investigators should handle the upcoming changes, see NOT-OD-10-103 (

• For a step-by-step guide on how to set up a “My NCBI” account and access “My Bibliography” see

• You can also see the National Library of Medicine tutorial “Using My Bibliography to Manage Compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy” for more details.

CommComm posted on June 10, 2010 23:54

The article from INSIDE HIGHERED is also featured in USATODAY.

Embedded librarians Johns Hopkins ahead of curve - USATODAY_com.mht (656.75 kb)

CommComm posted on June 10, 2010 19:53

I spoke with Dongming Zhang, Associate Director for Advanced Technology and Information systems at Welch, about the future Welch Online Integrated Information Service Portal (the integration of MyWelch and Welchweb). Specifically, I asked what were the reasons behind the move. Dongming said that “the user interface is really out of date. The technology that’s available---Web 2.0---provides so many different ways for access. Essentially, we wanted to provide 3 components to our users: 1) better interfaces, 2) better technology and 3) more integrated access for a better user experience”. Dongming and I chatted about the current generation of computer users being more tech-saavy than the previous generation of babyboomers. As we spoke, I mentioned Victoria Goode and her MLA presentation on this very subject.

Dongming stressed that “ATIS (Advanced Technology and Information systems) must have a better understanding of our user’s needs. Over the past few years the communication with our users has intensified. There has been a process of transformation. “ I found myself in complete agreement with Dongming’s assessment and I relayed to him how, previously, the process of having remote access was a tad difficult, even daunting. Working at the Circ desk patrons would call in and sometimes be at a complete loss with regards to configuring their home computer to access Welch journals and databases. Having given remote access a “test drive” last week I can safely say this is no longer a hurdle.

Dongming had a few more thoughts, “a strong electronic collection does not mean strong user access. You have to improve the access, and you have to promote it. Knowing our user’s behavior equals improved service. We intend to serve, not just our established community, but allowing---say, the person who just arrived on campus---the same opportunity to have their needs met. We intend to serve more user’s, support the Informationists and to recognize how vital is our online collection.”

I joked that he sounded alot like my chit chat with Nancy Roderer. Dongming joked back, “that’s because we’re both on the same page”. Dongming said that we could see the prototype of the integrated Information Service Portal by the end of August, and realistically he expects that near the end of the year the actual production will roll out.  


Alonzo LaMont


CommComm posted on May 29, 2010 20:21

Oh no! Not ANOTHER bicycle link! Can it be true? When's Alonzo gonna quit it? We've had enuf! Nonsense sez I. You will submit to the bike or else!  Besides, what better way to see the city. I always discover someplace that I didn't know existed in Baltimore. Honestly. A family can ride these tours. Or go with a friend, an acquaintance. A visiting cousin that you don't know what to do with. The city is an oyster. Don't just stay in your own neighborhood, get out and smell the sights why don'cha.

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CommComm posted on May 26, 2010 20:42

I sat down with Blair Anton, Associate Director for Clinical Informationist Services here at Welch, and she addressed several questions regarding the role of the Informationist.  Blair managed to reveal not only a very comprehensive list of duties, but she also opened a window into how Informationists develop, in many cases, highly intersecting relationships with a variety of medical personnel.

Q:  The perception of library “Informationists” is that this is just another name for a librarian who goes out to teach some classes. From your perspective, what is a more authentic definition?

A:  “An Informationist is someone who specializes in information, which includes searching, access, retrieval and storage as well as its organization, management and maintenance.   All this is done within the contexts of Nursing, Biomedical and Public Health Research, Education and Clinical Care.  Our practice is to reach our users in their environments---whether it’s a lab, an office or a care unit.  We try to work parallel to our patron’s work flow. In doing so, we get an idea of how they use information, how they access and retrieve it. The early stages are really an investigation into seeing how we can best appropriate information services to their needs. ”

Blair mentioned that Informationists are matched with departments.  They investigate and make contacts with key members, and attend and participate in activities within them.  They conduct information needs assessments (“tell us about yourself and your work”) with departments in the initial stage.  And essentially, rapport and relationships are built into the full equation of Informationist services.   Ultimately, informationists participate in what are often large-scale project and research collaborations.  “We are working with more faculty, post-docs and fellows who are involved in research.  We find that patrons want to know how to search thoroughly and competently, how to effectively store and manage information, and incorporate ways to stay current with the literature in their fields.”  While Blair stressed that Informationists do all the traditional librarian tasks, including teaching classes and lectures on library services, “we’re often working on a grant, a research project, a study---and frequently we’re working on complex, multiple database searches that can often take hours over several months.”


Q:  Given their scope of duties, what are the challenges most Informationists are faced with, particularly from the speed-of-light-pace that is the medical community?” 


A:  (Blair smiled at this one) “We need more people to do what we do. There are lots of project meetings to attend, and we’re not sitting in as an outside observer, but as a team member.  Informationists have to manage time well, prioritize and multi-task. Working with multi-disciplinary teams and collaborators can be time-consuming because you’re not there just to do a search. We’re there to find and facilitate the flow of information, to assist in organizing and managing it.  As public service providers, we’re on our patron’s time, and are incorporated into their schedules.”

 ---Alonzo LaMont


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