April 2009

caduceusIn an effort to combat problems with health literacy, and lower hospital re-admission rates, Timothy Bickmore, PhD, is testing a “virtual patient advocate…to increase patient understanding of post-discharge self-care regimens.   … The research for the virtual patient advocate is sponsored by a grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.” 

While not a substitute for in-person nursing or medical counseling, the virtual advocate helps inform and remind Boston Medical Center trial patients of what they need to do to stick to their health regimen after leaving the hospital, and the virtual aide prompts the patient to write down any clarificatory questions of their nurse or Primary Care Physician.

More on the story here: http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/content/232224/topic/WS_HLM2_TEC/Virtual-Patient-Advocate-Could-Enhance-Health-Literacy.html


PBwiki has officially changed its name to PBworks. The name was changed to reflect the improved capabilities of the software, functionality and additional user-features–including a legal edition.

All of the wikis you have created through PBwiki.com have already been switched over to PBworks.com — when you visit your site you will notice the new URL.  But fear not! Although that familiar peanut-butter and jelly sandwich seems to have disappeared, your usernames, passwords, and all your content are all still there. The URL to your workspace will automatically redirect to the new pbworks address.

For more information, read the TechCrunch article, or read the official announcement from the PBworks.com blog.

PBworks went live as of April 27, 2009, 9:27 PM EDT.


with the Libraries’ FREERICE.COM  CONTEST:

April 23 through May 5  


freericelogo2Work on your vocabulary, geography, biology, etc, on the FREERICE.COM website and for each answer you get right, FreeRice will donate 10 grains of rice through the UN World Food Program to help end hunger.  B&N gift card prizes for Cumulative and Common Hour winners



CUMULATIVE POINT CONTEST:  Between 4/23 and 5/5, play the online version on your computer.  To be sure you get credit for accumulated points, be sure to set the options on your machine:


1) Go to http://www.FreeRice.com

2) Click on OPTIONS

3) Select “remember my personal rice donation…”

4) Click “Set Options”.  And PLAY!


To qualify for the prize: On May 5th, email the organizers with your point total and include a “screenshot” of your  computer screen — with the date and score showing.   Highest cumulative score will win a B&N gift card.



Compete live during a common hour contest on MAY 5th in the Queens Library, room 307.   Register with contest organizers* by May 4th to make sure we have enough computers/room available to play.  Let us know if you are playing alone or as part of a team.   Highest scores will win a B&N gift card.


Register with contest organizers by email  Caroline Fuchs at fuchsc@stjohns.edu   or Kathryn G. Shaughnessy at shaughnk@stjohns.edu  or through the Libraries’ FB Event page   


 “Cumulative” and “Common Hour” Winners announced 5/6 on the Library Blog.



599px-courtgavelLast week 4th Curcuit appellate judges upheld iParadigm & Turnitin’s arguments that archiving versions of  student papers fell under “fair use” rather than “copyright infringement.”  The Court’s opinion can be obtained here

 Richard Komen’s ZDNet article goes into step-by-step legal analysis of the four criteria of fair use as applied in this case.  Nate Anderson’s ArsTechnica article covers a bit more regarding how Turnitin benefitted from Google’s “thumbnail” precedent.

On the heels of success with the American Memory project and agreements with the National Library of Egypt, James H. Billington, U.S. Librarian of Congress, initially proposed the idea for a World Digital Library in June 2005, during an address at the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO. Now, thanks to the co-operation of several national libraries and various cultural institutions, the first version of WDL launched April 21, 2009.  Search the interface in seven languages, and browse by 
  • Place
  • Time 
  • Topic 
  • Type of Item 
  • Institution
  •   Expect lots of traffic on the first few days, but this video offers a sneak peek.

    The World Digital Library will make available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from cultures around the world, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, architectural drawings, and other significant cultural materials.

    (An earlier version of this entry appeared in the GDSJBlog; entry updated 4/21/09)

    JOIN US!

    April 23rd and May 5th

    during Common Hour

    in the Library, St. Augustine Hall, Room 307



    Play a round of FreeRice.com online







    FreeRice.com categories now include:

    Art, Chemistry, English Grammar, English Vocabulary, Geography, Language Learning (French, Italian, German, Spanish), & Math


    Prizes will be available to those who have added the most rice in their “bowls!”


    Impress us with your knowledge and help feed the world’s poor!*


    Register early to reserve a seat.



    *For each answer you get right, FreeRice will donate 10 grains of rice through the UN World Food Program to help end hunger




    To register or for further information, contact Caroline Fuchs at fuchsc@stjohns.edu or Kathryn G. Shaughnessy at shaughnk@stjohns.edu





    “The people fancy they hate poetry, and they are all poets and mystics.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

    April is national poetry month — and in honor of poets past and present, we are calling upon all St. John’s University students to enter our first annual library-sponsored poetry challenge.

    Assuming Emerson is correct and we are all indeed poets, April’s poetry challenge is to write a poem about an item in today’s news — depending upon when you read this — the challenge changes every day.

    You might use a front page story, human interest, the weather section, “cute babies,” comics, obituaries, arts & leisure — whatever strikes your interest — international, national or local. Based on your chosen “news” item, the challenge is to create a poem inspired by what you read/heard/saw.

    Don’t limit yourself to traditional print news sources — poets and mystics never do!! — so consider blogs, videos, tweets, Flickr photos, google images, etc.

    Poems, like people, come in many shapes and sizes — so write your poetry in whatever format best suits you and your subject.

    And don’t forget — at the end of your poem, provide a citation (or link) to the original, inspirational article or feature.

    We’ve created the st. john’s university libraries student poety blog with the hopes that it become an interactive forum for StJ student poets as well as a platform for all StJ community members to share ideas, thoughts, and resources about poetry.

    To submit your poem — or poems — to the blog, follow the instructions on the st. john’s university libraries student poetry “Contribute” page.

    Please join us to read your poetry — and listen to one another’s — on April 28th during common hour in the library, St. Augustine Hall, Room 307.

    For further information, visit the poetry blog or contact Caroline Fuchs at fuchsc@stjohns.edu or Kathryn Shaughessy at shaughnk@stjohns.edu

    Let us know you’re coming — we’ll save you a seat!

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