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The HealtLINE blog serves as a means to facilitate communication to HealthLINE members beyond the capabilities of the HealthLINE listserv and provides information about HealthLINE meetings, CE classes, news, website suggestions, and more. It was originally launched in March 2004.


Blog posts from March 2004 through October 27, 2010, may still be viewed at http://healthline.blogspot.com/. This site includes all posts since October 29, 2010.

  • 01/04/2012 4:20 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    Happy New Year HealthLINE!

    If your resolution is to have a positive outlook in 2012, there is a great webinar for you! This free webinar is titled The Hopeful Workplace and is offered via the Infopeople website.

    Here is their description:

    There’s a fair amount of doom and gloom out in library land, but futurist Joan Frye Williams and strategist George Needham are having none of it! These passionate library advocates believe that dealing with desperate economic times need not make us desperate.

    In this upbeat webinar, George and Joan will explore how we can get out of the rat race that says “do more with less” and shift our focus to hope-engendering ways to “do different with less.” They’ll offer practical techniques for improving your own job satisfaction and moving your organization in a more positive direction.

    It will be held on January 17 at 2:00pm. Registration is not required.
  • 12/15/2011 5:08 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    Clifford Lynch, Ph.D., Executive Director for the Coalition for Networked Information at the National Library of Medicine will be presenting a 90 minute seminar on the future of biomedical libraries.

    The live webinar will be held December 16, at 9:00 CST. Visit the NIH site to login.
  • 12/06/2011 9:42 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)

    "It might not be as cool to look through as the Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog, but I still love to browse through the yearly new and updated MeSH terms.


    A whopping 454 new descriptors have been added, 42 terms have been replaced with new terminology, and 15 have been deleted.


    Some terms I'm very happy to see added. These include:


    • Depressive Disorder, Treatment Resistant
    • Kangaroo-Mother Care Method
    • Numbers Needed to Treat
    • Physical Therapists
    • Social Networking
    • White Coat Hypertension


    Others I found interesting, though I'm not sure I'd ever use them:



    Happy browsing!"

  • 12/06/2011 5:42 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    The most recent NLM Technical Bulletin describes changes in the works for PubMed's advanced search page. It looks like they are trying to make search building a little more intuitive and easy to use.
  • 11/25/2011 10:12 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    Ellyssa from the iLibrarian blog has started a new series of posts on personal digital archiving. I know that this is something I struggle with both at home and work, so I'm looking forward to learning more! I'll add links to this post as each new entry is published.
  • 11/09/2011 5:07 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    The HealthNewsReview blog posted a link to PDF copy of a book titled, 'Testing Treatments'.

    The Testing Treatments website has this description of the book: "Aimed at both patients and professionals, Testing Treatments builds a lively and thought provoking argument for better, more reliable, more relevant research, with unbiased or ‘fair’ trials, and explains how patients can work with doctors to achieve this vital goal".
  • 11/08/2011 8:41 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    I just signed up for the MDConsult blog (just what I need, more blogs to go through!), and while looking through the older entries I see a post titled, Featured Medical Librarian. Awesome! Then I see that the librarian is one of our own, Rosanna Ratliff. Even better!

    Congrats to Rosanna for the cool press!
  • 11/02/2011 7:28 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    The HealthLINE election is currently underway- have you voted? The deadline for voting is noon on November 9th.

    Contact Jon Crossno if you did not receive an emailed ballot from Survey Monkey.
  • 10/18/2011 3:08 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    I have to be honest, I use Google Scholar ALL THE TIME. Sometimes Mesh searching in PubMed just won't pull up what I want, and Google Scholar will. I even teach our patrons to use it since it is at least a step up from using just Google.

    It looks like Microsoft is getting into the game with Microsoft Academic Search. I was sure Microsoft had a product like this before, but the site says it's in beta, so I could be wrong!

    I did a few test searches, and it actually does some things better than Google. There are options to limit by date, author, publication, conference and academic area. You can also directly export citations into RefWorks or EndNote. I really like the ability to limit by academic area since there is a lot in the social sciences/psychology areas that PubMed doesn't index. I also like that everything is linked- authors, journals, and citations. Link surfing at it's finest! There are also several graphic search tools that I haven't tried- academic map, citation graph, domain trends, etc.

    All those links and limit options and everything else can make the page a little busy which I don't like. But, I think Microsoft may actually have a contender here!
  • 10/14/2011 3:03 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    The iLibrarian blog had a great post on mastering the art of the elevator speech with links to videos, articles, and even elevator speech builders.

    I find myself using this tactic more and more- usually in response to, 'So, what do you librarians do now that everything is on the internet?' I find that a short promotional spiel about the continued value of librarians tends to go over better than hitting these questioners with, say, Goldman's Cecil Medicine (3000 pages ought to knock sense into anyone!).
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