This is a listing of articles put forth by FRVALC Members and relevant to health science libraries, librarians, and our users. Discussions happen at our live FRVALC meetings, and on our FRVALC-L Listserv.
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Posted August 25, 2015
The Covert World of People Trying to Edit Wikipedia—for Pay
Posted June 11, 2015
Colbert J. Pelletier S. Xavier-Depina F, Shields H. A pilot study of team learning on in-patient rounds. Clin Teach 2015 Jun 7. Early release.
Posted May 4, 2015
Posted December 10, 2014
The Internet School of Medicine: Use of Electronic
Resources by Medical Trainees and the Reliability of those Resources
Posted November 4, 2014
Lessick, S. (2014). Snapshots of innovation. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 102(4), 232-237. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4188049/pdf/mlab-102-04-232.pdf
“With this column, Virtual Projects begins its second year of describing real-world implementations of exciting new technologies or applications in health sciences libraries that expand the range, reach, and depth of services across the user landscape. The six virtual projects featured in the column have been selected by an expert panel and serve as “snapshots of innovation” to illustrate how health sciences libraries are recognizing and embracing new, potentially transformative opportunities. Each report provides a brief narrative description of the project, technical background information, and a contact person for readers who would like to follow up for more information.”
Posted March 26, 2014
Shenker BS. The accuracy of Internet search engines to predict diagnoses
from symptoms can be assessed with a validated scoring system. Int J Med
Inform. 2014 Feb;83(2):131-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2013.11.002. Epub 2013 Nov
19. PMID: 24315497 Link to PubMed abstract
This article is very interesting. While it is about validating the
instrument for analyzing the webpages, they found that only 14% of the website
gave a correct diagnosis. Seventy percent came up with the diagnosis as part of
a differential. It sort of scares me that many medical students and other
healthcare students might use search engines to find differentials. One
implication is that patients who bring in webpages may actually hold the
appropriate differential in their internet printout. Physicians might consider
that information. The article is NOT an open access journal. The abstract
does not discuss the findings of accuracy since they were testing the scoring
Posted November 1, 2013
Posted August 25, 2011
Study: College students rarely use librarians' expertise - USATODAY.comhttp://tiny.cc/n3h5j
A very interesting article that I think has implicactions for our health care environments. College kids and tech school students graduate and get jobs in healthcare and still don't know where to find answers. --MM
Some choice quotes :
"Today's college students might have grown up with the language of the information age, but they do not necessarily know the grammar. "I think it really exploded this myth of the 'digital native,' " Asher said. "Just because you've grown up searching things in Google doesn't mean you know how to use Google as a good research tool."
These results can be taken in a positive light: as the library building has receded as a campus mecca, librarians have often had to combat the notion that online tools are making them irrelevant. The evidence from ERIAL lends weight to their counterargument: librarians are more relevant than they have ever been, since students need guides to shepherd them through the wilderness of the Web. Indeed, students who had attended library orientations or tutorials showed more proficiency than those who had not.
There was just one problem, Duke and Asher noted: "Students showed an almost complete lack of interest in seeking assistance from librarians during the search process." Of all the students they observed -- many of whom struggled to find good sources, to the point of despair -- not one asked a librarian for help.
Let's discuss ...
Posted June 15, 2011
Dispatches from the Future
Since some of our past discussions at FRVALC have been about resource sharing
and the future of ILL, I thought this was a sobering article.
Incompetent Research Skills Curb Users' Problem Solving
Jakob Nielson's Alertbox - April 11, 2011
Discussion begun May 6, 2011, at Spring FRVALC Meeting.
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