CommComm posted on February 2, 2011 23:01

From their home page, scroll down to "New from BioMed Central". 5 new journals are now being published through BioMed (the open access publisher) Central.

Alonzo LaMont

CommComm posted on February 2, 2011 22:17

When it rains, it pours. More availability comes our way:

"Wiley announces the launch of Wiley Open Access, a new publishing program of open access journals.  The first journals will launch shortly, publishing primary, peer-reviewed research in a range of broad-based subject disciplines in the life and biomedical sciences, including neuroscience, microbiology, ecology and evolution.


Wiley Open Access will provide authors wishing to publish their research outcomes in an open access journal with a range of new high quality publications which meet the requirements of funding organizations and institutions where these apply.


"The development of Wiley Open Access is an example of our commitment to offer authors the widest possible choice in publishing with Wiley", said Steve Miron, Senior Vice President, Wiley-Blackwell.  He added, "Wiley has a strong history of innovation in journal publishing and we see this as a natural extension of our service to our learned society partners, authors, and the scholarly community in its broadest sense".


For more info:


Alonzo LaMont


CommComm posted on February 2, 2011 21:22

Kathy Danko, here at Welch, forwarded this along. (Is there anything better than FREE training? I think not). "The Dynamed Team" is going the extra mile. With this e-mail, consider yourself a customer, and consider their offer an opportunity.

"Dear DynaMed Customer,

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EBSCO offers free online training regarding DynaMed.  All you need to sign up and attend is access to a computer.

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Alonzo LaMont

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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 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 December 8, 2010 21:01

Sue Woodson can't sneak this one by us. Sue presented at the Charleston Conference. Her presentation was mentioned in an article in the Chronicle:

 Actually, I picked this little nugget up as I was "snooping around" the Department Head minutes. just call me Sherlock LaMont. Sue sends me so many different items of note, but I guess modesty becomes her because not a word does she send about her own accomplishment down in Charleston. Congratulations Sue. And thanks to the Welch Department Heads for inviting me to post some newsworthy activities.

Alonzo LaMont

CommComm posted on November 12, 2010 18:39

I posted this in on Facebook, and I don't like to repeat---but this one deserves some PR double duty. Here's the link, and I've enclosed a paragraph on the App that caught our eye (it Victoria Goode's eye who forwarded it to my eye)


"EVERNOTE (FREE) The company advertises this as a personal digital assistant, and it’s an apt description. Evernote is a traveling notepad that synchronizes with desktop and browser software (also free). Use your iPhone to copy an image, take a photo, record a voice memo or jot down a note, and it appears on your computer (and vice versa). It also recognizes your written text, within limits. The free version stores a fair amount of information, but for $45 a year, you needn’t sweat the data limits."


Alonzo LaMont

CommComm posted on November 5, 2010 02:27

So there we are on the Friday before Halloween, when Barbara Watkins makes her little innocent e-mail announcement about how she brought us some goodies. Well, the rest of the day sounded like everyone was taking a pilgrimmage to Mecca because all I heard were footsteps in-and-out of the ILL office. I myself had to stop at TWO pieces of carrot cake, and then had to rationalize why I shouldn't have THREE. All I saw were folks loading up on lemon squares, carrot cake and Halloween candy! Talk about supersized joy! Below you'll see how the carrot cake was being devoured. She had the nerve, the sheer audacity to bring in not JUST an entire PLATTER of carrot cake, but LEMON SQUARES to boot! Holy Willy Wonka!


A mountain of innocent Lemon Squares......before the carnage set in.


Icebergs that break away from Antarctica aren't this big!


I'm begging you Barbara Watkins, don't make me increase my bike commute because of your devilish culinary feasts. Have you no mercy?! Kidding aside, it was all tooooooo delicious for words. Thanks again, Barbara. She refused to have her picture taken, but that's OK----I've got the evidence.


Now about Christmas............

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