I have gone through my Kubler-Ross stages of grief after hearing of the upcoming demise of Google Reader, and I have finally reached acceptance. This has been made much easier thanks to the many other devoted Google Reader fans who are going through the same process, and the fact that there are quite a few powerful alternatives out there.
My choice, and the choice of over 3 million new users since Google’s announcement, is Feedly. It is very easy to import your feeds- just log in using your Google Reader info, and voila, there they are! It also has apps for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. It offers many of the functions that Google Reader has including sharing, saving and tagging. They even have information for those of us new to Feedly. Very handy!
So, if you get your HealthLINE blog updates via Google Reader, remember to import the feed to a new service before Google pulls the plug on July 1st!
I’ve finally found the time to read this article “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us.” (Thanks Elaine Cox!) It’s definitely worth reading and to be shared with others.
I’ve been following the case of librarian Dale Askey being sued by Edwin Mellen Press for his comments. The outcome of this lawsuit has freedom of speech ramifications and the work of librarians. I value the comments of fellow librarians for collection development purposes. http://goo.gl/xLjXo
MLA and AAHSL has come out in support of Askey by asking Edwin Mellen Press to drop the lawsuit. http://goo.gl/ugDOv
[The comments posted are the sole opinion of Lisa Huang.]
Michelle Kraft of the Krafty Librarian blog will present at The Evolving Librarian Workshop in OU-Tulsa Schusterman Campus. The workshop will look at these changes and provide examples of how librarians can meet them head on. Librarians will be asked to analyze their library and library services and create a strategy plan to position it for the future. Check out
http://library.tulsa.ou.edu/evolving?sid=505 for more information. Registration is open but space is limited.
Date: January 17, 2013
HealthLINE Announces Librarian of the Year 2012
HealthLINE is excited to announce that Jon Crossno from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center has been named HealthLINE’s Librarian of the Year for 2012.
The LOTY Award is the highest honor HealthLINE can bestow on a member. The purpose of this award is to recognize the contributions of a member who has demonstrated significant accomplishments in medical librarianship. Special consideration is given to accomplishments either in the recipient’s home library or that directly benefit HealthLINE and its members.
Crossno, known throughout MLA’s South Central Chapter as its President for 2011-12, has just completed a 3-year rotation through HealthLINE’s executive offices. During that time he modernized and streamlined HealthLINE’s inner workings, developing computer programs to handle electronic voting and interlibrary loan statistical reporting, both of which had previously been done in print. He also coordinated a panel discussion on opportunities in medical librarianship that included graduate school professors and the President of MLA.
HealthLINE is the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, organization of health science librarians and libraries, with members representing medical and allied health schools, hospitals and health-related companies and associations throughout the DFW Metroplex.
Contact: Mary Peters, Past Chair
Happy New Year HealthLINE!
My 2013 resolution is to improve my librarian skills/knowledge and to keep up with emerging trends and technologies. Frankly, I have a greater shot at success with this resolution than anything related to exercise, weight loss or organization! Another great resolution- be realistic!
Here are a selection of webinars for this month and beyond:
- Dr. Jane Borzath, an eLearning coordinator for the state of North Carolina, teaches two webinars a month related to online learning. A list of classes through June can be found on her website.
- OCLC Webjunction has a very nice list of free webinars being held in January from variety of sources.
- The Infopeople website has a list of four webinars being held in January in February. One I’m very interested in taking is called, ‘Keeping Your Library Safe- Black Belt Librarians’.
- The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has a list of classes as well. Most are aimed at a school or public library, but I have signed up for their four-part leadership webinar.
I’ll be happy to add to this list- just let me know what classes you’re looking forward to taking in 2013.
In the these photos:
1. 2013 Officers
- Teresa Hansen, Treasurer
- Mary Peters, Past President
- Lisa Huang, President
- Shelley Burns, President-Elect
- Pat Reese, Secretary
2. 2012 President Mary Peters
3. Presenter Danelle Orange discussed the UNT Oral History Project
4. Presenter Dr. Joseph Warren on forensic investigations with introductions by Michele Whitehead.
At the recent SCC- MLA meeting in Lubbock, Texas, Dan Burgard, Director of the UNT Health Science Center Library, gave a short light hearted presentation on medical eponyms. If you missed it, or would like to view it again, you can find it here: http://digitalcommons.hsc.unt.edu/fac/14/