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Seeing the Picture : Revisited

Since the launching of the Seeing the Picture blog in July, 2008, postings have been added at the rate of about one per week. As the announcement of the blog stated, the general theme is the unique aspects of pictures on the Web, using the background of work with pictures in Hardin MD.

Themes discussed include Google Book Search, digitization efforts in libraries, Google Flu Trends, eBooks, iPhone, thumbnails, and zooming/panning interfaces. The blog has served as a vehicle for discussion of pictures, especially color pictures, in eBooks, including the copyright status of pictures in Google Book Search.


Seeing the Picture (Hardin MD blog)

A new blog — Seeing the Picture — has just been launched, for discussion of issues relating to work on Hardin MD. As the title suggests, much of the discussion will center on the unique aspects of pictures on the Web, and how pictures are being handled in digitization efforts by libraries and other groups, including Google Books.


The first posting, Think Different : Pictures, gives a good overview of the subject. Other postings have been on digitization at NY Public Library, use of the word “pictures” instead of “images,” and Hardin MD Gallery Collections.


Hardin, MLA, & Google combat Salmonella


With the recent outbreak of Salmonella infection, the Hardin MD Salmonella Symptoms page has gotten heavy traffic from Google searches. Much of this traffic has come from people clicking the symptom label assigned by a group of Medical Library Association (MLA) librarians, who are a part of the Google Health Coop project. This is a cooperative effort by Google and medical websites, such as WebMD, AMA, Mayo Clinic, as well as MLA, to make health information more accessible.


Hardin MD serves Iowa & the World

See Flickr pictures of 21 pages linking to Hardin MD in Iowa

… and 50+ countries around the worldCanada, UK, China, Spain, Turkey …

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Hardin does Good

We recently found these kind words about Hardin Library and Hardin MD in Google Book search, in the book Health information on the Internet, by Rowena Cullen (Univ of Wellington, New Zealand).

Medical Libraries with a Public Good Focus — There are a number of medical school libraries that consciously fill a public good role. The Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa has a very extensive site, Hardin MD (http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/md/index.html). The site is well maintained, and it links to some key resources in Spanish, medical illustrations, and hundreds of other medical library sites throughout the world.”

Here’s a Flickr picture of the citation and the page in Google Book search.

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Pictures from classic medical books in Hardin MD

Many of the pictures in Hardin MD are public-domain, meaning that they are not copyrighted. One useful source for pictures that are not copyrighted is classic medical books that are old enough that their copyright has run out. Hardin MD has pictures from three of these books, described below.

Dermochromes, by Jerome Kingsbury, pictures by Eduard Jacobi, 1914.
This book is in the Hardin Library collection, and images were specially scanned for use on Hardin MD pages. Pictures in Hardin MD are on Leprosy, Ringworm, and Lupus (the picture to the left). These realistic pictures were made in Germany using an unusual wax modeling technique.

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Thomas Addison’s book containing the first description of Addison’s Disease, 1855
This book is in the Hardin Library John Martin Rare Book Room, and images were scanned for placement in the University of Iowa Digital Library. They are also on Hardin MD pages.

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Atlas of diseases of the skin, Franz Mracek, 1899
Pictures in Hardin MD are of Psoriasis. These pictures are from the Google Books version, which was scanned at Harvard University

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It has been especially gratifying to make these pages available for Internet users because the pictures from these books are often highly ranked in Google Image search, and get heavy use from this. See for example, Google Image searches on lupus and addison’s disease.

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Hardin MD now has pictures


Over the last three years, close to 800 pictures on about 100 diseases/conditions have been added to the Hardin MD Medical Picture Gallery. The new Hardin MD home page makes these easy to find — Try it out!


NIH seeks comments on Public Access Policy implementation

NIH is seeking comments regarding the implementation of the NIH Public Access Policy. NIH would like comments from researchers and those who are facilitating implementation of the policy. The deadline for submitting comments is 5pm EST on Monday, March 17, 2008.


Koffel appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor

Jonathan Koffel, Education and Outreach Librarian, has been appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy Division of the College of Pharmacy. This is a 3 year appointment.

Jonathan will teach sessions on drug information skills and concepts within College courses (notably the Pharmacy Practice Lab sequence), serve on the College Curriculum Committee, and collaborate with other faculty to ensure that faculty, staff, and students have the information resources and skills necessary to provide the highest level of care.

“Jonathan has quickly become a valuable member of the Pharmacy Practice Lab team as well as the entire College of Pharmacy,” says Jeff Reist, Clinical Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Pharmacy Practice Lab. “He is a valuable resource and provides excellent instruction to both students and faculty in the area of health informatics and related topics. His intellect and wit make him a respected and popular instructor and is a pleasure to work with on curriculum development and delivery.”


Hardin Scholarly Communication News – January 2007 | Issue 1.07

A Newsletter for the Health Sciences Campus at the University of Iowa

January 2007 | Issue 1.07

Hardin Scholarly Communication News brings together a variety of topics that affect the current system of scholarly communication, with emphasis on new developments, open access and alternative publishing models in the health sciences. This newsletter aims to reflect the interests of its readers so please forward comments, suggestions and entries to include to karen-fischer@uiowa.edu. Subscribers will also receive Hardin News announcements.

Table of Contents:

Author Addenda (for Retention of Copyright): An Examination of Five Alternatives
Survey on Academic Publishing
Scholarpedia Launches
Open Access Could Lead to Cancelled Subscriptions
Summary of Biomedical Funders’ Policies on Open Access
The Promise of Value-based Journal Prices and Negotiation
Publishers Criticize Professors for Copyright Violations
What is Open Data?
Creative Commons Add-in for Microsoft Office
Genetic Database That Matches Drugs to Illnesses May Speed New Therapies
Nature Ends Open Peer Review Experiment
Google’s Offer to Digitize Journal Back Runs for OA
UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) Now Live
Shaping the Future of Scientific Scholarly Communication: PLoS One