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Where Technology Meets Medical Librarianship

The Pixar Story

I’m not sure how many of you out there have seen “The Pixar Story” but, it occurred to me that in the middle of this mass of new technology the one thing we are lacking (that happened to be Pixar’s anchor point) is a group vision. There is no one vision that the library/technology community shares. We are trying to adapt technology created for various purposes to librarianship. Perhaps if we came up with a communal vision we could more clearly let the world of technology know what we need then we could achieve our dream. Either way you should watch “The Pixar Story” if you have a chance. There page is up but, it’s still being built. http://www.thepixarstory.com/


Filed under: technology

The 100 Best Products of 2008

This year’s tech gems–as picked by PC World editors and readers–will leave you more productive, connected, and entertained.

Part 1 of a special five-part series.

Edited by Mark Sullivan, PC World

Monday, May 26, 2008 10:00 PM PDT

The 100 Best Products, in Ranked Order

  1. Hulu Review
  2. Apple iPhone Review | Check prices
  3. Facebook Site
  4. Microsoft Windows XP Review | Check prices
  5. Lenovo ThinkPad X300 Review | Check prices
  6. Flock Review | Download
  7. Eye-Fi Review | Check prices
  8. Casio Exilim Pro EX-F1 Video review
  9. Harmonix Rock Band Video review | Check prices
  10. Wikipedia Site
  11. Netflix Site
  12. Microsoft Xbox Live Site
  13. Apple iPod Touch Review | Check prices
  14. Craigslist Site
  15. Scrabulous Site
  16. Nintendo Wii Review | Check prices
  17. Apple Mac OS 10.5 Leopard Review | Check prices
  18. Apple HD Cinema Display Site
  19. Twitter Site
  20. Pioneer Kuro PDP-5010FD Review | Check prices
  21. Mozilla Firefox 3 Review
  22. Apple Safari Review | Download
  23. NPR.org Site
  24. Adobe Photoshop CS3 Review | Check prices
  25. Google Maps–Street View Site
  26. Apple MacBook Pro (Penryn) Review | Check prices
  27. Google Docs & Spreadsheets Site
  28. Apple Final Cut Studio 2 Site
  29. Linksys WRT600N Review | Check prices
  30. Flickr (Yahoo) Site
  31. Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR4 Review | Check prices
  32. Intel Penryn News and reviews links
  33. Apple iChat Review
  34. Creative Zen Review | Check prices
  35. Verizon FiOS Site
  36. Pandora Review
  37. Canon EOS 40D Review | Check prices
  38. LG Electronics L196WTY-BF Review | Check prices
  39. TiVo HD Review | Check prices
  40. Data Robotics Drobo DRO4DU10 4 Bay Hard Drive Array Review | Check prices
  41. Google Gmail Site
  42. Electronic Arts Rock Band controllers Video review | Check prices
  43. Mozilla Thunderbird Review | Download
  44. Dell XPS 420 Review | Check prices
  45. Washington Post Site
  46. Yelp.com Site
  47. Nikon D60 Review | Check prices
  48. The Consumerist Site
  49. AdventNet Zoho Review
  50. OpenDNS PhishTank Site
  51. Western Digital VelociRaptor Review | Check prices
  52. NYTimes.com Site
  53. Motorola MotoRokr T505 Car Speakerphone Review | Check prices
  54. SanDisk Cruzer Titanium Plus Site | Check prices
  55. Dash Express Review | Check prices
  56. Panasonic TH-42PZ700U Review | Check prices
  57. Netgear ReadyNAS Duo Review | Check prices
  58. Symantec Norton IS 2008 Review | Check prices
  59. RIM Blackberry Curve 8300 Series 8300 Review | 8320 Review | Check prices (8300) | Check prices (8320)
  60. Vimeo Review
  61. SideStep.com Site
  62. Alienware Area-51 m15x Site
  63. Microsoft TellMe Review
  64. Amazon MP3 Site
  65. Samsung SyncMaster 305T Review | Check prices
  66. Apple Logic Studio Site | Check prices
  67. Gateway XHD3000 Review | Check prices
  68. HP Photosmart C5280 Review | Check prices
  69. USB Safely Remove 3.3 Download
  70. Samsung LN-T4061 Review | Check prices
  71. nVidia GeForce 8800GT Site | Check prices
  72. Cerulean Studios Trillian Download
  73. Creative Aurvana X-Fi Review | Check prices
  74. Olympus SP-570 UZ Site | Check prices
  75. Apple iMac Review | Check prices
  76. Samsung 2263DX Review
  77. Canon Vixia HF10 Site | Check prices
  78. Mint Review
  79. VMWare Fusion Site | Check prices
  80. Apple TV Take 2 Review | Check prices
  81. YouTube (Google) Review
  82. Chestnut Hill Sound George Site
  83. Microsoft Office 2007 Review | Check prices
  84. Intel SkullTrail Review | Check prices
  85. Canon Pixma MX700 Review | Check prices
  86. AT&T Tilt Review
  87. Canon Powershot SD1100 IS Review | Check prices
  88. Vizio Gallevia GV42LF Review | Check prices
  89. Apple MacBook Air Review | Check prices
  90. Ubuntu Linux Review | Download
  91. The Orange Box (Valve Corp.) Site | Check prices
  92. Digg Site
  93. Asus U2E Review | Check prices
  94. Meebo Review
  95. HP Blackbird 002 LCi Review | Check prices
  96. Partition Logic Download
  97. Palm Centro Review | Check prices
  98. Audacity Download
  99. Lifehacker Site
  100. Jing Project Site

Filed under: technology

Tech Talk recap from MLA

In a brief summary this is some of the things that caught my attention at MLA. Some new some old but, until I can do a more substantial post here’s what was going on and where to find out more.

Library labs http://www.deakin.edu.au/library/news/labs.php

Evernote http://evernote.com/

Android http://code.google.com/android/

Bright Kite http://brightkite.com/

Microsoft Surface http://www.microsoft.com/surface/index.html

Site meter http://www.sitemeter.com/

Doodle http://www.doodle.ch/main.html

Moodle http://moodle.org/

Netvibes http://www.netvibes.com/#General

IGoogle http://www.google.com/ig

Web Junction http://www.webjunction.org/do/Home

Jing http://www.jingproject.com/

Freebase http://www.freebase.com/

Aviary http://a.viary.com/

Osalt http://www.osalt.com/

Pipes http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/

RSS FWD http://www.rssfwd.com/

Second Life http://secondlife.com/

Filed under: MLA, social networking, web 2.0

MLA update soon to come!

I have so much to update but, I need to get my notes in order before I start so stay tuned for TONS of tech information.

Filed under: MLA, web 2.0

My Favorite Mashup

I looked at the “award winners” but in my book this HealthMap.Org is my favorite mashup. I use it in an epidemics and plagues class I work with. They love it! While it was interesting to bang round the internet looking at different types of mashups they all seemed gimmicky. I was expecting to see more practical applications as “award winners” and I was hoping to get to create my own mashup with this class not just look at them. I’m a little disappointed. Also, to be honest I really don’t see the point to Rollyo. It’s more of a toy than a tool.

Filed under: MLA, web 2.0

You Tube

Great video by DePauw

I think that you tube is a great way to market your library or your library services. The DePauw library is a great example of creative ways to use multimedia and you tube to reach your users. I think it would be a fun way to break up an instructional session also. Video isn’t something users expect to see in an instructional session so it would be a great way to liven things up! BTW do a search on you tube for DePauw they have several great videos.

Filed under: instruction, MLA

Flickr and the Wide World of Photos

This week the MLA course focused on online photo sharing. I have to admit it was fun and if you are interested there are some great pictures of my hometown now on this blog (look up and to the left) but, I don’t see how this is a professional tool. Perhaps I could see my faculty using this to share pathology slides but, isn’t that what institutional repositories are for? While I’m happy to try out Flickr I don’t see it as a professional tool; It’s just a fun toy and I’m left wondering why it ended up in the MLA course?

Filed under: MLA, web 2.0

Web Office Tools – Cool Toy

This blog post is not being created in wordpress but, is being written in Google Doc. I’m considering this an experiment to see how sending a post to your blog will work. So far I am loving web based office tools. I must say that I prefer Google Docs over Microsoft Office Workspaces. Office is more complicated to use but, I haven’t giving up on it yet. I think there is potential there but, I need to explore it more on my own. I can think of several different reason why web bases office tools are useful. For students, you have the option to work on projects when you have time no matter where you are. For professionals, it’s a great way to collaborate and I must say for my own personal use I’ve just uploaded a power point presentation that I need to present in the next few week. This way if the flash drive dies I don’t have to rely on e-mail alone to save my presentation; I have it in Google Docs. This is a technology I have not used before but, I am confident I will be using it consistently in the future. Kudos to this class for exposing me to this great new toy!

Filed under: blogs, MLA, web 2.0

Social Bookmarking

So this week we worked with del.icio.us which I really enjoyed. I started off last year using Connotea and I think for bookmarking PubMed it’s wonderful but, it wasn’t as intuitive as I found del.icio.us. Over all I think social bookmarking is an extremely useful technology. Just think of how many researchers work in the field and internationally. To be able to have your “go to resources” wherever you are in the world is wonderful. I also think it’s useful if you teach outside of the library or if you present at a lot of conferences. I think uses for this technology is only limited by your imagination.

Filed under: instruction, MLA, web 2.0

Week 3 – Michael Chiarello style rant

Ok, so this week we are exploring the wide world of social networking software. For this experience that means Facebook and Linked In. Honestly, I’m not enthusiastic about this. A “profession” should not have to resort to gimmicks in order to reach its users. I loathe Facebook and Myspace and pretty much anything that is along the same vein. So now I’ve had to create two accounts to experiment with something I know I’ll be deleting later. I suppose I can say it is all in the name of research and nothing ventured nothing gained but, the only thing I’ve gained is a number of accounts I will be deleting in 6 weeks and more junk in my inbox. I am hoping that comments from my colleagues will open my eyes and I will find a kinder and gentler attitude towards professional uses of social networking sites. Thus far I am not impressed.

Filed under: MLA, social networking