October 28, 2010

Ethnomed: Resource for Cross-Cultural Care

I just wanted to let you know about Ethnomed, a helpful resource for patient care related to different cultural groups. EthnoMed contains information about cultural beliefs, medical issues and other related issues pertinent to the health care of recent immigrants to the US. It also has links to patient education materials in a wide variety of languages. EthnoMed is a joint program of the University of Washington Health Sciences Libraries and Harborview Medical Center's Interpreter Services Department/Community House Calls Program (ISD/CHC).

Ethnomed has been around for a long time, but it's been hidden in CourseLib pages. I changed the settings in LibData so that it should eventually show up in our A-Z list, but it's a freely available resource so you can access it directly at

Check it out - the cultural profiles have really useful sections of interest to clinicians, like death practices, decision-making, greetings of respect, etc. The other sections are really useful as well. This is a great resource to recommend to people who have to write a paper on cultural beliefs in a certain area - much more efficient than trying to do a lit search.

Let me know if you have any questions!


April 28, 2010

AHC Faculty Expertise

At today's All-Staff meeting, Del brought up the point that sometimes on the desk we'll receive questions about which faculty at the U are specialists/experts in a specific disease etc.

I don't know about the Med School (and maybe Jim can add to this later) but I know the School of Public Health has a website that lists their faculty and it can be searched by expertise categories:

Maybe other liaisons could add to this thread if they know of resources in their respective schools/colleges/centers.


December 7, 2009

Patent Searching Tutorial

Hi everyone - via the AP list: SciEng has created a new online tutorial on searching patents:

Hi APers,

Our wonderful library intern, Julia Demasi has created another patent tutorial to go along with the link I sent out a few months ago: (

This new tutorial is on Patent Searching. You can find it at

If you have thoughts, comments, or feedback we'd love to hear it!

Thanks much,

Jon Jeffryes
Biomedical, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, and Standards Librarian
Physical Sciences and Engineering Library
University of Minnesota Libraries
108 Walter Library
117 Pleasant Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-625-3814
IM: umjonlib
Office: 335 Walter Library

November 20, 2009

Wiki Page for Conference Notes

I created a page on the wiki to share conference stuff, so that we can put up exciting things from the awesome conferences we go to (but i will also encourage bringing back some regional delicacy to share...). I've got some things from the Midwest Chapter conference and now AMIA up, along with some directions and a template for new postings. If you have any suggestions, feel free to contact me, or just make the changes!


Google for Researchers in Moodle

Hi all - this is a repost from the AP list, which I thought might be helpful for Reference staff.


Hi AP,

We've just put our Google for Researchers workshop online in Moodle.

Here's the link:

I thought this might be a time saver for some reference interactions...I know I've written out the instructions on how to connect Google Scholar to FindIt more times than I'd like to remember.

Now you can just send out this link:

If you have any questions about the content that's covered here or any feedback on the tutorial feel free to drop me an email.


P.S. I'll also put a link in the Info Lit Toolkit in case you lose the url!

October 14, 2009

A Couple of new Technologies Resources

Houston Neal/ created a guide to the "Best Medical iPhone Apps for Doctors and Med Students." They took 55 exceptionally good apps and featured them in 18 categories, and also included a link to the Google Docs spreadsheet of all 733 relevant to med education/professional at the end!

Next, at the HSLM program on Tuesday, Melissa Rethlefsen did a great presentation on various cool Web 2.0 tools. There are 115 slides in her presentation; the set of slides in the beginning are more about general categories (blogs, wikis, social netoworking sites, and then twitter, since it's its own category), while the ending set are more specific cool things from Dimdim (a free online web conferencing site) and Screenr (a free screen capture site that can post directly to twitter and also gives you an embed link) to design tools like kuler (create instant color palettes!) and Aviary (image/audio editor and more).

August 17, 2009

Citation Managers Comparison Chart

I found this email from a few weeks ago from Jon Jeffryes, linking to a useful chart Meghan Lafferty put together comparing citation managers. Enjoy!

Do you get questions asking you the pros and cons of various citation managers...Meghan Lafferty put together this chart as part of "Intro to Citation Managers" workshop.

Here's the url:

Feel free to distribute...if you have any thoughts, additions, comments...let Meghan or I know and we'll be happy to discuss.