CommComm posted on August 31, 2010 23:16

I stand corrected. The Wired magazine article (the Sept. issue) is titled "The Web is Dead. Long Live the Internet," by Chris Anderson. I may have the title wrong, but the essence of the previous post to the article itself is about the same. Let me share a couple of gems from the article that caught my eye:

"Two decades after it's inception, the World Wide Web has been eclipsed by Skype, Netflix, peer-to-peer, and a quarter-million other apps."

Along with this little nugget....

"Over the past few years, one of the most important shifts in the digital world has been the move from the wide-open Web to semi-closed platforms that use the internet for transport but not the browser for display. It's driven primarily by the rise of the iPhone model of mobile computing, and it's a world Google can't crawl, one where HTML doesn't rule. And it's the world that consumers are increasingly choosing, not because they're rejecting the idea of the Web but because these dedicated patterns often just work better or fit better into their lives (the screen comes to them, they don't have to go to the screen).


CommComm posted on August 18, 2010 20:14

I don't meet many people who aren't in some form of "transition" these days. We're either "transitioning to" or "transforming into". Sigh. It's a sign of the times. Claire Twose gave me some insights into the plans for the Lilienfeld Library (down the street from Welch in the 9th floor of the Hampton House.)

I asked Claire to describe the transformation Lilienfeld is undergoing. Specifically, I wanted to know what is it being transformed into?

 "It's being transformed into a Welch library space. That is to say we are returning the space in which Lilienfeld has been to the School of Public Health. They in turn are offering the kind of office space options that other Informationists use---shared space for office hours in locations within Hampton House. The final locations are yet to be determined."

So how will this affect the Lilienfeld users? 

"Users will continue to receive the many services and resources they are used to. Continued access to electronic journals, databases and e-books. Continued access to electronic course reserves. And of course, continued access to Donna Hesson in Hampton House during office hours and at other times by appointment. For example, this includes help in identifying and finding public health resources relavent to particular topics, formulating searches to support course work and research and help with bibliographic management tools such as Endnote and RefWorks. Donna will also continue to provide orientations and in-class presentations. Patrons will maintain continued access to Informationists by email or phone, including two Informationists assigned to Public Health: Lori Rosman and myself (Claire Twose). We see patrons having access to other library staff, specifically Ivy Garner who teaches and troubleshoots RefWorks."

Claire also stressed that "print-only journals that are currently at Lilienfeld will be moved to Welch, and everyone will still have access to interlibrary loan services. And, printmonographs either purchased or used within the last three years will be available from Welch." 

Finally, I inquired how all this will impact the School of Public Health Informationists?

"The place Donna will hang her hat will be at Welch, this way all the Informationists will be under one roof. Department assignments won't change. Donna's work life will change, of course. Their will be a shift from managing the space/print/journal materials to purely Informationist services---from orientations to teaching, to search support, and so forth. Faculty and staff should actually see an increase in Donna's visibility, in that office spaces and office hours will be closer to at least some of the departments."


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 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


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