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Monthly Archives: April 2011

The Dark Side of Open Access Publishing

A few weeks ago I received an invitation to create a book chapter proposal for a company called “InTech – Open Access Publisher.” Upon further investigation, I found that this company appeared to be based in Croatia, and in order to get my chapter published I would have to pay a fee of 475 Euros. […]

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Libraries, Social Media & the Law

Today the Utah State Library offered a two-hour presentation on “Social Media and the Law” by Randy Dryer, a social media attorney, which I attended. At the beginning of his talk, he asked how many libraries had a social media policy. Only a handful, including myself, raised their hands. Dryer then went on to briefly […]

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Parking access notice for HSEB

Access to the HSEB parking garage will be closed Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to allow construction crews to trench and install chilled water lines leading to the pharmacy research building.

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Snapshot 2011: one day in the life of UT libraries

Eccles Library participated in “Snapshot 2011: One Day in the Life of Utah Libraries” on April 14, 2011. This is a day to advocate for, and highlight the value of, all kinds of libraries in the lives of people in Utah and across the country. The American Library Association website sums it up best: We […]

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Using mobile app in simulations

As noted in the iMedicalApps blog, researchers in the UK wanted to test whether a mobile app designed to educate health care providers on advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) protocols would improve performance in simulated emergencies. Low, Clark, Soar, et al (2011) performed a randomized control trial using the iResus app, and recently published their […]

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Another great Mayden Lecture

On Monday, April 18, 2011, Amanda Etches-Johnson gave the 2011 Priscilla M. Mayden Lecture on the topic “From Usability to User Experience.” Designing websites, she explains, should focus not on what the software does, but on what the user does with it. Important design questions to ask include: How easy is this site to learn? […]

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Finding great eBooks sites

Do you enjoy reading eBooks? Are you looking for good sources of eBooks? The Designers Terminal Design Blog has posted a list of 15 Best Websites To Find And Download eBooks. Do you have an eBook site to recommend? Tell us about it!

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Tools for creating a library mobile website

Link to article on free apps for developing a mobile library website, and a request for feedback on what mobile-friendly features you want to see on our site!

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Advice on Handing Email Overload

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of email accumulating in your Inbox every day, Dawn Foster at Gigaom offers “11 Tips for Dealing With Email Overload.” The first five recommendations include: Unsubscribe Turn off or filter the bacn (“bacn” refers to emails from retailers and social networking sites) Use RSS Aggressively archive […]

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University of Minnesota medical students using iPads

Per the iMedicalApps blog: The medical students at the University of Minnesota’s Duluth campus have all been given iPads to help with medical education — adding to the growing list of medical schools implementing “iPad medical curriculums”. Why the iPad? The University of Minnesota’s Duluth medical school had received a $2.3 million Health Resources and […]

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