NYU Health Sciences Library implements Twitter

Laika’s Blog summarizes an article from Medical Reference Services Quarterly detailing New York University Health Sciences Library’s implementation of Twitter, Facebook, and a library blog “to give users as many options as possible to keep current with library news, resources, and services.” The article includes a flowchart illustrating how information created in one of these sources flows to the others without duplicating effort.  A free companion program, CoTwitter, is also described; CoTwitter allows the workload of creating “tweets” to be shared among the staff.

Cuddy, Colleen , Graham, Jamie and Morton-Owens, Emily G. (2010) Implementing Twitter in a Health Sciences Library. Medical Reference Services Quarterly 29(4): 320 — 330
URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02763869.2010.518915

UpToDate, and Twitter

Laika’s MedLibLog posts an article summarizing a blog-and-twitter discussion of  UpToDate in How Evidence Based Is UpToDate really?

The post presents a variety of opinions, as well as taking a brief look, from an evidence-based point of view, at a study cited on UpToDate’s webpage relating improved patient outcomes to hospitals’ use or non-use of UpToDate. (Laika gives it a grade C: retrospective, observation based, half of the authors are from UpToDate.)

I found the use of Twitter almost as interesting as the topic of the post;  a resource that seems to be more “main-stream” every day. In my town, one can follow the weather and news reporters’ tweets as another stream of information.

via The Krafty Librarian

Microblogging in the medical library world

The Krafty Librarian posts an article on microblogging [“a form of blogging that allows users to write brief text updates (usually less than 200 characters) and publish them, either to be viewed by anyone or by a restricted group which can be chosen by the user”]. While she hadn’t seen any useful application of Twitter — a microblogging tool — in a medical library context, she read a post at Library Clips that suggests some possibilities, particularly for Pownce, a microblogging tool “centered around sharing messages, files, events, and links with already established friends.” Read the Library Clips article.