Archive forFebruary, 2008

New Orbital Surgery Collection in NOVEL

The NOVEL project (Neuro-Ophthalmology Virtual Education Library) has just completed the addition of a new collection from John S. Kennerdell, MD, noted as a leader in the surgical treatment of orbital tumors. Dr. Kennerdell recently retired as professor of surgery (ophthalmology) at Medical College of Pennsylvania, chairman of the department of ophthalmology at Allegheny General Hospital, and adjunct professor of both neurology and ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Dr. Kennerdell has received numerous professional awards during his career, including the Senior Honor Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 1997. He has made more than 20 presentations throughout the world and his published contributions to medical literature have resulted in more than 130 peer-reviewed papers, 28 book chapters, and two books. NOVEL is very fortunate to have this major contribution to its collections.

Dr. Kennerdell’s collection consists of descriptions of 67 cases involving orbital surgery. The causes range from trauma to benign and malignant tumors. Each case is described through a set of slides, incorporated into a PowerPoint presentation. The cases were described by Dr. Kennerdell and indexed with the professional skills of Ken Rockwell, the professional Map and Science Cataloger at the Marriott Library. Specialized vocabulary was selected from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), as well as from the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS), both from the National Library of Medicine. The collection can also be browsed using structured menus. See this unique contribution to the medical science knowledge base at:

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Don’t miss the Web2.0 presentation at NANOS 2008 in Orlando

Web 2.0 is all the buzz among the “technorati.” What is Web 2.0 and how can some of these new “Social Networking” and communication tools be useful to NANOS members? This presentation will introduce some Web 2.0 concepts and highlight tools that could be of value to members now.

At the conclusion of the symposium, the attendee should: 1) Be able to participate in the new NANOS Web Forums; 2) Understand the value and use of Audience Response Systems; 3) Be able to locate NOVEL on the Web and use the collections of educational resources; 4) Understand the value of Skype as an online communication tool; 5) Understand the value of RSS feeds (Podcasts) as a current awareness tool; 6) Know the difference between a Blog and a Wiki; 7) Be able to participate in a Blog discussion, or establish their own; 8) Be able to contribute to a Wiki, or establish their own.

* RSS and Podcasts – RSS, or Real Simple Syndication, provides the ability to create a “feed” where information is delivered to the user who is “subscribed.” Many commercial programs are available via RSS feeds, from NPR to many health related information programs. Podcasting is a form of RSS feed, originally associated with the iPod, but in reality available in many formats.

* Wikis and Blogs – These two Web based communication tools are being heavily used. Blogs are chronological logs, or diary like Web sites where single users, or groups can exchange discussion. Wikis are collaborate Web sites that allow multiple users to contribute content to a single site. Both are interesting in that anyone can establish and manage their own Blog or Wiki.

* Skype – Communication via instant messaging, voice, and even video is possible using Skype. Skype users can chat with up to 100 people at a time, can conference call (voice) with up to ten people, and can video call with one person, all for free. For additional fees, Skype users can call from a computer to a land line, land lines can call you on a SkypeIn number, and users can receive voice mail messages.

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