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Friday, July 30, 2004

Map of Medicine sample map

The Map of Medicine has made the COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) patient journey available online. Go to Explore sample map.
Many thanks

Richard Smith

Today Richard Smith leaves the BMJ and will join the board of the Public Library of Medicine (PLOS) read his last editorial. bmj.com Smith 329 (7460): 242

Read the Scotsman and Open Access Now

Thursday, July 29, 2004

10 Minute Training

Hello Fellow Bloggers,

Despite joing this a year ago, this is my first posting so here goes.

I was very interested in Caroline Papi's ten minute training session slot yesterday. I was particularly interested in the way she had customised her training and concentrated on different sites for different groups. What I was thinking of was using the POD and producing some single sided guides to resources for the different groups - really just URLs and one or two lines about the resources. Has anyone done anything similar that they are prepared to share?



North Bristol Trust

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Networking Online

For those DLnet reps that attended the DLnet residential & those that were interested in the presentations from the "Personal Networking" day, who wish to further their networking.  The latest issue of Computeractive W/E 04/08/04 has a 4 page article about online networking.  There's a paragraph about safety issues and a table comparing sites.  Unfortunately, the article isn't yet on its website:


This is the same issue with the robot librarians article & cartoon.  No I do not have shares in the magazine!

Thursday, July 22, 2004

More "free" journals

CILIP http://www.cilip.org.uk/news/2004/040630.html have an interesting offer on at the moment - members can have free online access to Journal of Information Science and Journal of Librarianship and Information Science until 1st Nov. Significantly discounted subscription rate too.

Robot librarians

...and to think we were all worried about Google taking over our jobs... ;-)

NPfIT website

Want to know more about the National Programme for IT?
NPfIT has a very informative website - www.npfit.nhs.uk
The Jargon buster is invaluable.

Blog makeover

You'll notice a bit of a change to the DLnet blog - it's had a makeover! Reason for this is that the previous template didn't display comments so there was no way of knowing if anyone had commented on a post without clicking the date link. This template indicates if there are any comments so makes it much much easier :-)

If you'd like to comment on a blog post, simply click on the "x comments" link at the bottom and it will prompt you to post a comment - it will ask you to login so you'll need your username and password handy.

Hope you like the new look blog!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Scientific Publications: Free for all?

Available at www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmsctech.htm

From the CILIP Daily News (well worth subscribing to if you're a member - just follow links on home page:

The commons science committee report on its long-running enquiry into scientific journal publishing is to be released today. It comes down in favour of the open access, or 'author pays' model, arguing that, although uncertainties remain, the government should make funds available for further experimentation with the model, and that ministers should act to promote it abroad. The traditional 'subscriber pays' system is criticised because the increasing range and price of journals is making it more difficult for university libraries to subscribe to the journals they require. FT, p4, 20 July

Friday, July 16, 2004


Test post via email from John loy

John Loy
Learning Resources Development Manager
Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

Training Department, Barrow Hospital, Bristol, BS48 3SG
E-mail - John.Loy@awp.nhs.uk Tel - 0789 998 8595

Gershon Review

Gershon Review, on public sector spending, now available

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Students' searching habits

Library Journal has article about new study from Columbia about students' searching habits - not good news for libraries!!

Monday, July 12, 2004

A call to arms

Many years ago as a member of CAMRA I was delighted to see the devastation dealt out to Watney's brewery as a result of their attempt to turn the synthetic gnat's pee they brewed under the banner the Red Revolution into the nation's favourite tipple. Thanks to CAMRA's well-judged adverse publicity Watney's had to withdraw its brand name, repaint all its pub signs, and recommence brewing proper beer. If a group of bearded drunkards can bring a brewing giant to its knees in this way I see no reason why a group of well-motivated health librarians can't deal a crippling blow to those elements of the publishing industry which so obviously deserve it.

I'm sick and tired of publishers' withdrawing their journals from Proquest out of fear that there'll be a huge drop in the number of their print subscriptions - and I'm sure I'm not alone in this.
Let's pick on a publisher - BMJ journals would be a good start - and all cancel our subscriptions to their stable of journals. Let's tell our library users that we won't be stocking these journals until the publisher changes its ways, and that anyone wishing to read one of the papers in a BMJ journal will have to apply to British Library, at the full, non-NHS subsidised rate, oh, and that their requests will go to the bottom of the pile because we're very busy for the next month or two.

I don't believe that patients treatment would result from this drastic action: I have sufficient respect for my fellow health librarians' judgement and discretion to know that they'd make exceptions in those cases where patient treatment was an immediate issue, and that clinicians would lose no time in telling us which cases thoses were. At worst, one or two consultants might have their noses put out of joint, and at best we'd strike a might blow for freedom of scientific information.

To the barricades...

Saturday, July 10, 2004

Display making

During the NLH Roadshows Fran has been leading workshops on creating displays. Follow the link www.flickr.com/photos/librarycomms/ to photos of the excellent results created in 5 mins by delegates!

Open Access

The Science and Technology Committee will publish its Tenth Report of Session 2003-04, Scientific Publications: Free for all? (HC 399), at 0001 hours on Tuesday 20 July 2004

Friday, July 09, 2004

Midwivesonline e-Newsletter Launch

For those who have not visited this site before midwivesonline is a very useful, informative and easy to navigate website for Midwives, Healthcare Professionals and New Parents. They have recently revamped the website, so those that haven't visited it recently may want to take another look.

They are also set to launch an exciting e-newsletter for midwives. Recognising how little time midwives have to surf the Internet for information relevant to their practice, they are offering midwives a free, monthly, informative, single-sheet e-newsletter.  The core purpose of the newsletter is to inform midwives about the latest free, web-based resources to help them 'stay ahead' in clinical practice.  It will also include relevant new sites that may be of help to the mothers/families midwives care for.

To receive this helpful newsletter for free go to:


and complete the short form. The date of birth field is not mandatory, for those who prefer not to provide this information


Friday, July 02, 2004

The Map of Medicine & NLH

The demonstration CD I mentioned at Easter is available (without the interactive module of the NHS version, I'll post to this blog when it is ready) at www.mapofmedicine.co.uk/intro.

The Map of Medicine and the National Library for Health are hoping to run a 'taster' event in mid/late September. We hope this event will introduce/ further inform you about the Map of Medicine and how you can become involved. In mid October we hope to run a training session per cluster, further information will be available in a few weeks via the DLnet pages. Membership to DLnet will be required so please encourage colleagues to join.

I'm presenting at all the Roadshows so if you have any questions please come and find me, I hope to see many of you there. Alternatively, email l.tucker@medsch.ucl.ac.uk with any questions.



Initial briefing information on National Library for Health now available at www.library.nhs.uk. We're at the very beginning of the development of the concept of a National Library for Health and you have a chance to help shape it. Come to a roadshow if you can - if not, we'll be putting up more information and ways to get involved over the summer.

Posters on Demand

We now have paper stock for printing your own leaflets, posters, newsletters, certificates. Visit www.nelh.nhs.uk/dlnet/pod for instructions.
NLH blue (Default )No. of items in stock: 10000 2004-IA-1794
NLH yellow No. of items in stock: 5000 2004-IA-1793
NLH dark green No. of items in stock: 5000 2004-IA-1792
NLH navy blue No. of items in stock: 5000 2004-IA-1791
NLH red No. of items in stock: 5000 2004-IA-1790
NLH light blue No. of items in stock: 5000 2004-IA-1789
NLH purple No. of items in stock: 5000 2004-IA-1788
NLH pink No. of items in stock: 5000 2004-IA-1787
NLH lilac No. of items in stock: 5000 2004-IA-1786
NLH light green No. of items in stock: 5000 2004-IA-1785
NLH black No. of items in stock: 5000 2004-IA-1773

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