2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,400 times in 2010. That’s about 15 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 22 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 201 posts.

The busiest day of the year was January 5th with 53 views. The most popular post that day was Medical & Science Cartoons.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were mhsla.org, en.search.wordpress.com, mycrazyreader.info, bigextracash.com, and twitter.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for science cartoons, library humor, humorous pictures, science cartoon, and mrsa cartoon.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Medical & Science Cartoons December 2007


Friday fun February 2008


SWOT analysis for Web 2.0 tools May 2008


Slide Sharing sites December 2007


University of Michigan’s digital repository now available through PubMed December 2007
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Older readers embrace e-readers

It’s always interesting to watch the state-of-the-art, bleeding edge technology become a standard.  One way to tell when a technology is approaching that state: we start to observe it in the hands of older people who haven’t been “early adopters.”

A couple of retired physicians now call on me to email them articles from the latest journals.  The technology has been around a while, but it seems that  high-capacity personal email boxes and high-quality personal printers are now more readily available and easy to use.

And my mom is learning advanced Google techniques at her public library; high-speed access, sophisticated searching, and reliance on the Internet for daily information needs are also getting to be standard in many homes.

An article in the Omaha World-Herald suggests that another technology is becoming widely accepted: the tablet-type e-reader.  Older Readers Kindle Fondness for E-Readers reports that larger type size, easy-on-the-eyes backgrounds, convenient downloads and ease of use are making e-readers popular among seniors.

It will be interesting to see how this technology affects library services.



New AMA policy: Professionalism in the Use of Social Media

The American Medical Association just posted “Professionalism in the Use of Social Media” , a policy statement issued by the House of Delegates at its 2010 Interim Meeting.  The policy stresses maintaining professionalism,  privacy, and patient-physician boundaries.

Reaction to the policy amongst medical/industry bloggers is mixed.

Dr. Bertalan Meskó (ScienceRoll) and John Mack (Pharma Marketing Blog) suggest that the policy is too little, too late. “The cow has left the barn,” as John Mack puts it;  doctors are using social media and find it useful.

Dr. Meskó points us to Medicine and Web 2.0, an online course giving practical information for the physician using social media.

Stephen Welch (executive editor for Chest), in It Ain’t Rocket Surgery , applauds AMA for “pushing this out in front of docs and generating discussion about the use of social media by physicians” but notes that the policy is “too general and seems more like a warning in some areas than a policy.”

Want to read more? Keep up on this topic with Google or Google Blog searches.

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 

MHSLA Conference – Tech Tools presentation

A conference highlight for me was the “Tech Tools” presentation by Christine Tobias.  This collection of free Web 2.0 tools was mind-boggling – so many options for upgrading and enhancing reference services, from screen capture to sound recording, surveys, web polls, and more.

As promised, the presentation slides are now available in SlideShare: http://www.slideshare.net/tobiasc/tech-toolsmhsla

MHSLA Conference Photos, October 2010

MCLS has posted photos from the recent conference on Flickr.  To see the most recent photos, try this link: http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=mhsla&s=rec

The most recent photos can also be seen by clicking the “More photos” link on this page, under the Flickr photos in the right-hand toolbar.

Attendees are encouraged to share their photos; watch this space!

Doctor Rating — Real Patients or Paid Promotions?

The SF Weekly News story Doctoring the Web exposes some doctors’ and their marketing agencies’ use of phony “patient comments” on doctor rating sites to drive business to their practice.  Moderators of the rating sites, such as RateMD, are aware of the practice (called “medical astroturfing”) and remove such comments when they can identify fraudulent postings; for example, when they can trace multiple postings back to IP addresses owned by the physician’s practice.  However, sheer volume of traffic (1.1 million visits per month at RateMD) and technology that promotes anonymity (such as free throw-away email addresses at GMail, Yahoo, etc.) make it difficult to determine where postings originate.  Would-be patients are advised to check reputable sources such as the state medical board.

I hadn’t heard of the SF Weekly News, so I checked it out — using Google, of course. It’s an alternative weekly newspaper located in San Francisco, distributed free on Wednesdays.  I found articles about SF Weekly News in Wikipedia and Mondo Times.

via ScienceRoll