The Google Connection

 Well, I’m geeked. 

I read in the December CCL Outlook  that Proquest and Ebsco have entered a relationship with Google Scholar that allows libraries to set up links from Google Scholar results page to the fulltext found in their databases.  The enduser uses the “Scholar preferences” link in the upper right corner of the Scholar search screen , searches for his or her library name(s) in the “Library Links” section in the middle of the page, and selects the resources available.  Save preferences, and it’s good to go. 

Looks like I have some behind-the-scenes work to do, to get this set up for my patrons; I found my Proquest but not my Ebsco databases.  I also found one of the statewide Gale subscriptions, which seems to work perfectly well.

I work in a tiny hospital library.  High-end link resolvers and meta-search engines aren’t in my budget; so any time I can link fulltext to search results on the cheap, I’m a happy camper. 

CCL Outlook also reports on a couple of free tutorials:

  • 20 things I learned about the web , an interactive ebook explaining concepts such as “what is a browser?”, Javascript, TCP/IP, and cloud computing. Requires a browser that can handle HTML5; that rules out my hospital PC!
  • Google Search Manual at the Google Tutor blog, providing “tutorials, tips and advice for Google users.

Followup for MLA ebook webcast

Earlier this week, MLA presented the webcast ABCs of E-books: Strategies for the Medical Library. The program is available “on-demand” through December 10, 2010.

In response to a followup question posted on #mlaebooks Twitter feed, Michelle Kraft has posted some practical tips for small libraries just getting started with ebooks.  Check it out: Ebooks and Small Libraries 

eReaders explained

For a clear explanation of why your Kindle won’t read an Overdrive eBook, check out  Jason Griffey’s Pattern Recognition post eBooks, filetype and DRM . Something to consider as we build our eBook collections.


Marketing ideas from Gale

Gale’s blog, The Sizzle, offers 10 ways to help you drive usage, a Powerpoint presentation (in PDF format) of marketing suggestions.  Many of the “rules” have application beyond promoting Gale databases.

For example, “Rule #1: Unleash your databases with widgets.”   A few widgets to consider adding to your library webpage:

Michigan libraries, including hospital libraries, can access Gale databases such as the Gale Virtual Reference Library, Health Reference Center Academic, and Health and Wellness Resource Center through Michigan eLibrary. Contact  Michigan Library Consortium for assistance in setting up your library’s access.

New edition of Jablonski’s Dictionary of Medical Acronyms

Teton Data announces that the 6th edition of Jablonski’s Dictionary of Medical Acronyms & Abbreviations is now available in STAT!Ref. Formerly titled  Dictionary of Medical Acronyms, this reference now provides an expanded symbols section, which makes it easier to identify seldom-used symbols.

Many MHSLA members participate in a group purchase of STAT!Ref, coordinated by MHSLA’s Group Purchasing committee and Michigan Library Consortium.  For information about the group purchase, contact Michigan Library Consortium. This group purchase is restricted to Michigan libraries.

Blackwell ejournals move to Wiley Interscience

Wiley has announced that the content and access rights of Blackwell Synergy journals will move to Wiley Interscience on July 1, 2008.  The Synergy site will be discontinued, and links to Synergy URLs will be redirected.  

Read the press release and FAQ sheet: Blackwell Synergy Journals Moving to Wiley InterScience

STAT!Ref Blog

Teton Data is now offering a new way to keep up with updates, new editions, and new titles — the STAT!Ref blog.  Read the posts, and find the RSS feeds, at