Tuesday, June 29, 2021

WHSLA My Favorite Tech: Your recommended apps & tech

WHSLA's 2021 Virtual Meeting included a My Favorite Tech session where participants and attendees shared their favorite work or personal tech. 

Don't see your favorite tech below? Add a comment and let us know what it is.  

Work related
  • LibWizard (create online tutorials & quizzes)
  • NewlyWords (collaborate on memory books)
  • Padlet (upload, organize, and share content to virtual bulletin boards)
  • Scite (explore citation relationships in scholarly literature) 
  • Tweetorials (tutorials + Tweet = tweetorial)
  • YouDoodlepro (art and photo editing)
  • Design Principles (see best font pairings below)

Monday, June 28, 2021

Strange Creatures

Bodies Of Strange Creatures Were Found In The Basement Of An Old House In London

In the vein of pickled heads and curiosity cabinets, I find this exhibit absolutely fascinating ...  even more so because he made everything look like actual dried and preserved specimens.  Yes, I am assuming an artist created all these creatures, and the story to go along with it, or we'd have seen other such specimens in other collections.  The stuff of nightmares.  Other realms. 

And still-- there's a part of me that wants to believe, and a part that is terrified--when you see all those teeth, or a fetus skeleton with antlers on its skull. 

A little like the nightmares out of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children or Alice Hoffman's Museum of Extraordinary Things.

Read the comments at the end.  They are fascinating too ...  Makes me think about world-building and imagination, and ecosystems of information and mis-information, too.  

Maybe this would have been better for Halloween, but it was too good to hold onto until then!

Friday, June 25, 2021

Library Juice Press Annual Paper Contest

 Have you been doing research on library and information studies?  Want to share your knowledge and receive public recognition?  Then you have until August 1, 2021 to submit your entry to the Library Juice Press Annual Paper Contest.  Check out the contest site for full details.

Friday, June 18, 2021

Dr. Jen Gunter on TED Radio Hour: Body Talk

Jen Gunter was the keynote speaker at 2020's Joint Conference of Midwest and Midcontinental's MLA chapters. She recently made an appearance on NPR's TED Radio Hour. 

Jen Gunter: Body Talk

What does it mean to be healthy and to care for our bodies? Physician and writer Jen Gunter empowers us to cut through false medical claims and make informed decisions about our health.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Lucy Webb to Retire July 2

Ms. Lucy Webb, Librarian Lead at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, is retiring July 2, 2021.  She has been a valued librarian at St. Luke’s for 16 years providing service to staff, learners, and patients.  Although I have only been working directly with Lucy for about a year, I’ve known her personally for about 15 years and appreciate her warm, pleasant, and professional nature.

Lucy recently made the move to Elizabethtown, Kentucky where she has continued to work remotely during the work from home mandate.  She is happy to be able to be in the same state as her grandchildren now.  Although we will miss her, we wish her all the best in her retirement and thank her for delaying her retirement during this difficult time. 

Thank you for your years of hard work and dedication to our profession, and congratulations on your retirement! Best of luck to you, Lucy!

Karen L. Hanus, MLIS, AHIP

Advocate Aurora Library Director

Dr. Aida Shanti debunks COVID-19 vaccine myths

 Dr. Aida Shanti, fertility specialist at Aurora West Allis Medical Center, has been speaking to the media and reassuring patients that the COVID-19 vaccines do not impact fertility.  The virus itself is a much bigger threat to pregnancies.

To learn more from a reliable source, Dr. Shanti suggests visiting the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Ovid Medline vs New PubMed

Ovid recently hosted a webinar comparing and contrasting Ovid Medline with New PubMed.     Even if you are very comfortable with Ovid Medline, you may learn a few new things -- I did, and thought it worthwhile enough to share with WHSLA members.  

Here are some additional relevant links to support materials:
Slides from April 15, 2021 webinar