on vacation…

cleverly I started this whole mooc thing and immediately went on vacation. I was really glad to find out the first assignment isn’t due yet. Hehe. This is me starting to get caught up…

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Leisure Reading in Medical Libraries

Some libraries have a large collection of leisure reading.  When I worked at Hahnemann, now Drexel, I used to borrow books!  I could get things from them right away that I was unable to get for the Free Library system.  (Not to imply that I don’t love my library!  And it is facing dreadful prospects now with our mayor’s budget cuts!)

For the first time the library where I work is starting a collection based on books staff has brought in.  It isn’t cataloged and it won’t be monitored.  It is a really unique collection. 

It will be interesting to see what happens.

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Farewell Mars Phoenix Lander!

This will sound odd but it was the Mars Phoenix Lander that got me to really use Twitter.  Sure I was on it but @MarsPhoenix moved me from an observer to someone who was getting Tweets on my cell.  Someone who wasn’t just lurking but was posting!  I moved from being a follower to a leader.  I read all about it, how it’s used in education, in medicine, in libraries, in business, in media.  And it was all because of a little lander.

The Mars Phoenix Lander stopped transmitting today. 

If you don’t know Twitter you need to start from the bottom and work up.

MarsPhoenix [Phoenix Ops: We promised Phoenix to continue to update here its discoveries and future news. Another goodbye from Mars: http://is.gd/6Xfp ]
MarsPhoenix [Phoenix mission ops: We bid our good friend a fond farewell. Phoenix did us proud: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/vid… ]
MarsPhoenix [From Phoenix mission ops: Phoenix is no longer communicating with Earth. We’ll continue to listen, but it’s likely its mission has ended.]
MarsPhoenix 01010100 01110010 01101001 01110101 01101101 01110000 01101000 ❤
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What did I learn this week?

I learned the economic situation has made a second set of cuts to the library’s budget likely.  There will be cuts in the state where I work and the state where I live.

 I relearned that I am not going to MLA in Hawaii this year because, as part of the cuts, the library administration has decided to stop paying for any conference that requires an overnight stay.  I could be wrong but I think Hawaii qualifies.

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Patient Safety Resources

Next week I’ll be attending the HSLANJ meeting with a training on Patient Safety.  I believe it is this one.  Since all of the material is online I was checking the bibliography and the notes.  Scary stuff!  

I also found myself at the Joint Commission site with the WHO collaboration and their own pages.  Next time at the doctor’s I’m gonna’ “Speak Up”

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Marketing, Branding, whatever-ing

There is a lot out there on branding and marketing.  I keep coming up against  it again and again.  Our library is getting ready to review and reorganize our web page.  My boss sent out Jefferson’s page.  She likes the clean look. 

That would be great except we are part of a library system with rules over which we have no control.   It is funny how different each library’s home page looks, what is emphasised and what is available. Personally I want to see more dynamic content, moving towards a blogging format.  I would like us to  get rid of a lot of the weight in the page. 

Hmmm, I’m going to start a delicious tag called good_design  just for this.  It will be interesting to see what I have down the road.

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