Category Archives: Tutorials


Presented by Michael Sauers
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Click here to listen and watch the archived tutorial 

I’m on Google+ but I haven’t used it much yet. I’m not often on Facebook either these days. This seminar clearly demonstrated and explained the functionality of Google+ and I discovered some things I didn’t know about it. You can now create ‘pages’ so if your organisation has a presence on Facebook, you could also have a presenence on Google+. The Google+ page seems to be more interactive which I like. There is also the Hangout where you can have online real-time video meetings and there are various privacy levels you can set them to. How would a medical library use these tools? Maybe project work? Journal clubs? Online reference?? I like the Circles and how they function – and it is very easy to set privacy on sharing information, easy to delete information too. Facebook has gotten way to complicated in this area. Google+ seems here to stay as the company is working to integrate it with all the other services that it offers. 1+ signs are already appearing in Google search results. Are you on Google+? What do you think about it and how do you use it? I’m interested!


Today I attended a MicroMedex 2.0 overview tutorial that was run here at the hospital by US representatives from MicroMedex Thomson Reuters. I suggested to the volunteer on work experience that she attend too as I thought it would be good experience being in the audience with clinicians and pharmacists – not just librarians. Listening to questions from a mixed audience can be really useful. On first glance without having played with the product myself, there are a few things I like about it and there are a few that I don’t. MicroMedex is a US product and so has all the FDA data included, which isn’t appropriate here. It would be a fantastic product if it was customisable to include information from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). As it stands, you will have to use two or more products to get the necessary information. I can see people prefering to use MIMS over this product. On the other hand, if you wanted to do contraindications search with a range of pharmaceuticals, MicroMedex makes it easy to select your drug of interest and then select any amount of other drugs to find adverse effects. MicroMedex is also able to be searched in a variety of ways and it is easy to print a section of a detailed report rather than have to print the whole thing (which many people get frustrated with). The presenter referred to Google quite a few times, mostly in relation to how the search function is like Google. Well yes, but shouldn’t you try to encourage people to get smart about searching rather than remain lazy? I also noticed that the layout is rather like UpToDate (which must be a significant compeditor in this market).  In the end though, my impressions are favourable and I’m looking forward to experimenting with it next time I have a drugs query.

Mendeley WebEx session

I’ve just attended the Medeley WebEx session called Mendeley for Librarians. Despite the host not speaking entirely clearly (this was hosted from the US so that could have had something to do with it), I got something out of the session.

A few of my colleagues in HTA and Cochrane use this tool so I was keen to sit through this free session to find out more. Mendeley has two components –  web access to ‘the cloud’ and a desktop tool. IT here have blocked me downloading the desktop tool on my work PC so I can’t use the most useful part!  Mendeley has 3 functions: reference library, research collaboration and social networking. I’m not too keen about the social networking part because I’m on so many of these already and not sure how another would benefit me.  However, what really caught my eye was that within the reference library, you have the ability to search using MeSH terms! Also of interest, you can find out how many people within Mendeley are reading your papers via a tool called ReaderMeter.

If you use Mendeley, I’d love to hear about your experiences.