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Inside the Comics Collection of the World’s Largest Medical Library

Hyperallergic – “In 2016, the National Library of Medicine started collecting “graphic medicine” — materials that use comics to teach the public about illness and health. Millions of books, journals, manuscripts, and images fill the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library, on the grounds of the National Institutes of Health. The documents cover the long history of medical research, the oldest dating all the way back to 11th century Persia. In 2016, the ever-growing collection started gathering one of the most recent forms of scientific literature: graphic medicine, which encompasses materials (mostly books) that use comics as a means of educating people about illness and health. In an effort to publicize its collection, and the overall importance of this emerging field, NLM has launched an exhibition. Graphic Medicine: Ill-conceived and Well Drawn! is a three-part project comprising a year-long display at the library, a traveling exhibition of explanatory banners, and a website with images from the collection and lesson plans for educators. The show was guest curated by cartoonist Ellen Forney, author of what’s probably the most well-known book in graphic medicine, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me…At a panel discussion about graphic medicine held at the NLM earlier this month — live-streamed and archived on the library’s website — Dr. Michael Green, a physician, bioethicist, and professor at Penn State University, said Forney’s DSM chart has proven helpful in teaching his students. (Green created the lesson plans for the library’s Graphic Medicine website.) MK Czerwiec, a nurse who began making comics while working in an AIDS unit in the 1990s, compared graphic medicine to airline safety cards, transcending the barriers of language. The separate speech and thought bubbles are particularly useful, she noted, in describing the delicate situations in which healthcare workers often find themselves. Toward the end of the conversation, Green said researchers are also trying to figure out whether these kinds of books can have an impact on health literacy, and perhaps even health outcomes…”

Circulating Ideas: The Library Interview Podcast

Circulating Ideas: The Library Interview Podcast – “Circulating Ideas facilitates conversations about the innovative people & ideas allowing libraries to thrive in the 21st century. Brought to you with support from listeners like you.” These free podcasts engage librarians who work in all sectors of our profession, and share their knowledge and perspectives on a wide… Continue Reading

Preaching to the choir – Why Reading Books Should be Your Priority, According to Science

Inc., Christina DesMarais: “More than a quarter–26 percent–of American adults admit to not having read even part of a book within the last year. That’s according to statistics coming out of the Pew Research Center. If you’re part of this group, know that science supports the idea that reading is good for you on several… Continue Reading

Research – Published Versions Of Papers In Costly Academic Titles Add Almost Nothing The Freely-Available Preprints They Are Based On

Tech Dirt: “The open access movement believes that academic publications should be freely available to all, not least because most of the research is paid for by the public purse. Open access supporters see the high cost of many academic journals, whose subscriptions often run into thousands of dollars per year, as unsustainable for cash-strapped… Continue Reading

No One Ever Told Me My Job Would Include… Dealing with a Korean Missile Alert!

ALA Library Worklife, March 2018, Michelle A. Moore – “The Hawaii State Library System has mandatory employee training on workplace violence and safety because, let’s face it, things happen. The premise is to make us more aware and prepared to effectively manage a crisis. Hawaii libraries have been closed for hurricanes, tsunami’s, and even volcano… Continue Reading

ALA – Resources on Sexual Harassment Available – National Women’s History Month

ALA Library Worklife, March 2018: “As the #MeToo movement continues to expand, libraries have been asking for resources to help address concerns of their staff.  In response to these requests, a website with a variety of resources on sexual harassment has been posted on the ALA website. Included on the site are tips on What… Continue Reading

The Quest for a Universal Translator for Old, Obsolete Computer Files

Atlas Obscura – To save bygone software, files, and more, researchers are working to emulate decades-old technology in the cloud. “…The digital world continues to expand and mutate in all sorts of ways that will orphan and otherwise impair file formats and programs—from ones long forgotten to ones that work just fine today but carry… Continue Reading

Opinion: YouTube may be one of the most radicalizing instruments of the 21st century

Via NYT – Benton Foundation – [Commentary] “It seems as if you are never “hard core” enough for YouTube’s recommendation algorithm. It promotes, recommends and disseminates videos in a manner that appears to constantly up the stakes. Given its billion or so users, YouTube may be one of the most powerful radicalizing instruments of the… Continue Reading

Laws on Erasure of Online Information

In November 207 the Law Library published a report on Laws on Erasure of Online Information: “This report describes the laws of twelve jurisdictions that have some form of remedy available enabling the removal of online data based on harm to individuals’ privacy or reputational interests, including but not limited to defamation.  Six of the… Continue Reading

Secret Service and White House Win Rosemary Award for Worst in Open Government in 2017

National Security Archive: “The Secret Service and the White House have emerged as the dubious winners from the hard-fought competition for the National Security Archive’s infamous Rosemary Award for worst open government performance of 2017. The award, which the Archive began bestowing in 2005, is named after President Nixon’s secretary, Rose Mary Woods, who testified… Continue Reading

Harry Potter: A History of Magic Explore the wonders of the British Library exhibition

Harry Potter: A History of Magic – Explore the wonders of the British Library exhibition: Online exhibits; Artwork and artifacts; Articles; Videos. The Enduring Magic of The “Harry Potter Effect” 20 Years Later – Bloomsbury Children’s Books publishing director, Rebecca McNally talks about the power the series still has Continue Reading

My Simpleshow

“My Simpleshow is a tool for building short “explainer” videos. It includes a number of template storylines that users can select as a starting point. For example, their educational templates include “explain a mathematical formula,” “interpret literature,” “introduce a biological process,” and others. There are also professional storylines (like “introduce your startup”) and personal storylines… Continue Reading