The Sunday Post #13

I would like to start this post with my first time lapse video. I made it last weekend. I went to the shore when it was about to dawn and I took some pictures. This is the result:

And now we can talk about the blog in the last 2 weeks:

  • Simulador de Electrocardiogramas (ECG Simulator): we talked about this useful resource for students. They can study various arrhythmias and then they may try to guess how many arrhythmias recognized in less than a minute.
  • Anatomía… diferente (Different… anatomy): this was the most popular post ever in this blog (more than 800 visits that day!!). Jason Freeny is the artist, the author, of the artworks and illustrations presented in this post. You can see the «anatomy» of Hello Kitty, Mr. Potato or a Gummy Bear.
  • SIDA: quiérete, hazte la prueba, utiliza preservativo (AIDS: love yourself, get tested, use condoms): last 1st Dec. was the International Day against this disease. I wanted to offer some links to useful resources and information about the HIV. The title of the post is the campaign of the spanish goverment for this day.
  • Bioestadística (Biostatistics): usually people don’t like the biostatistics. You can find information, examples and tutorials to learn and practice this subject (most of them in spanish)
  • UpToDate versión 18.3 ya disponible (UpToDate version 18.3 now available): post to communicate that is already available the new version (18.3) of UpToDate.
  • Cambios en Medline. Resumen (Changes in Medline. Summary):  each year the NLM Technical Bulletin traditionally includes information about changes made to MEDLINE during annual National Library of Medicine. This is a summary of this article.
  • Difusión Selectiva de la Información (Selective Dissemination of Information): I talk about this service in the library and how it can be used to build loyalty among users.
  • Actualizando la página de sumarios (Updating the summary page): I did a netvibes page with the summary of more than 300 journals, so users can go to that page and browse the last summary or table of contents of the journals of their interest. I’m updating this page, adding more titles.
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The Sunday Post #12

librarianWelcome back to the Sunday Post, the only one I try to write in English. As you know, this is my particular way to improve my English.

Since my last «Sunday Post» I’ve got a new record in this blog: The 15th of November we reached 546 visits with 2 posts: «MindMap de Bibliovirtual» (a mindmap showing the presence of Bibliovirtual in the web 2.0) and «Las Referencias Bibliográficas en la Nutrición» (with the link to this e-book with examples to make bibliographical references in Vancouver style).

There were more interesting post, like the ones talking about changes in PubMed (project ID in PubMed, changes in the Limits -new subsets and types of publications- and changes in the NLM catalog). But the post I like the most is the one about my friend Miguel Ángel Mañez. We (some healthcare related bloggers*) wanted to show him and everybody how important he is for the change in the health field in Spain. More than 10 blogs published the same post and I was there.

And, finally, if you were wondering how I look like, you can see me at the picture of this post. The book is Watchmen and I was pointing to a shelf.

Enjoy the sunday and leave me a comment if I need to correct something (with my English, of course).

* -> Thanks to Aitor (see comments)

The Sunday Post #11

redes - bibliovirtual

Bibliovirtual is growing up. You can find me in this blog (Biblioteca Médica Virtual), in Facebook (do you want to join us? we are 275 people  already!), in Twitter (I love Twitter, i think it’s the best invention to share information). You can ask me anything from Onioning and Formspring (or read the questions already answered) or you can check the new Netvibes page with the last summary of more than 300 journals. The very last adquisition it has been an account in Youtube. I wanted to be more helpful when explaining how to use some tools or web pages. So, now, I make videos to show how things works.

If you want to know what we were talking about in this blog the last two weeks, you should know that the most visited post was the one with information about HalthMap and the cholera epidemic in Haití (follow this link).

Remember that I appreciate your comments and suggestions, feel free to contact me to give me your opinion about bibliovirtual.

The Sunday Post #10

The Sunday Post has been missing for a long time. I guess I spent last sundays away from my computer or, as the last one, I posted something in Spanish instead «The Sunday Post». I apologize.

This time I’m not going to do a list with all the posts I’ve posted, though.

September  was the busiest month in the history of this blog:

estadísticasThe blog reached 9313 hits. You can see in the chart how the visits have increased over the months. The first month, in June 2008, it had only 647 hits. If we want to compare the «september» we have:

  • September 2008: 1248 hits.
  • September 2009: 4534 hits.
  • September 2010: 9319 hits.

The busiest day was on Thursday, September 16 with the post «You eat what you touch» with 483 viewers. This post talked about a four print advertisement for a Unilever’s product, and they wanted to remain the public how important is to wash your hands before cooking or eating. I guess you know we have a fan page in Facebook ( and sometimes I ask some questions about this blog. I usually use twitter to ask questions about the blog or the posts too. Ok, this is because that day I asked which of the poster did you like the most and the answered was the «bread-doggy»:

Personally, I love the hamster-muffing

The top posts of all the time are «Visible Body: atlas 3D de anatomía humana» and «EVES – Cursos de formación continua«. So I guess most of my users (visitors) are students or people interested in further education. By the way, Thanks for coming!

And one last question: Who are my referrers? According to statistics from WordPress, Twitter has been who has generated more traffic to my blog (you can follow me on twitter! you only need to set an account.)

I can only say: thank you for being there and come to visit again! Feel free to drop a comment, I really love them!

The Sunday Post #7 (on Monday) (2th-15th August)

vacaciones by Cristinfunchi

Summer is a rough time for bloggers. Such a good weather to be outside it’s a bad thing to write posts. Ok, today is monday and I’m making this post possible because I feel I need to improve my english since I’m about going to Washington for 1 week on september.

This is the summary of 2 weeks:

  • Si te gusta el blog, ¿votas por él? This is an «off topic» post. It’s about a contest where people can vote for the best blog in each category.
  • UpToDate versión 18.2 ya disponible: New version of UpToDate (18.2)  is available for subscribers. The next one, 18.3,  will be online on november.
  • NEJM cambia de imagen: The New England Journal of Medicine has changed his design to be closer to the users, with 2.0 features as comments in the articles allowing users to be more interactive.
  • Who named it?: This is the introduction of the biographical dictionary of medical eponyms called «Who named it». Really interesenting.
  • Premios MEDES 2010: Lilly Foundation announces the MEDES 2010 awards.
  • Enfermería Basada en la Evidencia: I’ve found a new blog on the internet. It’s about Evidence Based Nursing and it started in july. I think this blog will be very useful for nurses.
  • 9 nuevos estándares de calidad asistencial: NICE announced nine new quality standards, which are markers of excellent care. Don’t miss this information, is written in english so you won’t have problems to understand it.
  • Innovando con lo de siempre: Andy McKee plays the guittar in a different way. I like this idea to show that we can innovate in the library just changing the way we use our resources.

Thanks to Cristinfunchi for the picture.

The Sunday Post #5 (19th – 25th July)

I know, you were waiting for this post all sunday long. Sorry, I couldn’t publish it yesterday.

This was an awesome week, let me talk about it:

  • Reflexiones sobre el 100.000 y otros números de interés: Last monday the blog reached the 100.000 hits. I’m very happy because this blog is my hobby (well, one of them) and I think it’s quite useful for users. So, thank you for visiting the blog.
  • Información para pacientes: This post talks about the health information on the web and where the patients look for it. We introduce 4 websites (2 americans and 2 spanish) where patients and people looking for health information can find trusted answers to their questions. Check them out: «MedLine Plus«, «UpToDate for patients«, «Salupedia» and «Guia Práctica de la Salud«.
  • Nuevas URL para algunos sitios de PubMed: Short post to let you know that some URLs for some PubMed web pages have been streamlined. The old URLs will be redirected to the new URLs so existing links should work. They recommend that you update your documentation and Web pages with the new URLs to avoid problems in the future.
  • MedTerms Dictionary: Introducing MedTerms Dictionary, the medical reference for You can find medical definitions (in english) through an alphabetical listing or using the search box provided. Try it, it’s really useful!
  • Metaweb: This is the video explaining «metaweb», (bought by Google). This is the web 3.0 or semantic web. The most interesting thing about this post is not the post or the video but the comments. They’re in spanish, but remember that you can always write a comment in english as well, so let me know your opinion about the «new web».
  • Smell of Books: oh, the saturday post. I know you love it!. This time we introduce this aerosol to use with e-books readers to simulate the smell of new books. They have more scents (like bacon) just in case you want to try new experiences.

Enjoy this week!!

The Sunday Post #4 (12th-18th july)

View of Gibraltar from Algeciras

View of Gibraltar from Algeciras

This was a very important week for the blog: we reached the amazing figure of 99.000 visits. I’m writing this post on friday because this weekend I’m out of town (I’m in Algeciras, you can see a view of Gibraltar in the picture above) and I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to write the post on sunday. Indeed, the blog stats shows 99.462 visits right now, so I guess we will be closer to the 100.000 hits by the time you’re reading this post. I can only say «Thank you» because if I’m continue with this blog is through your visits and support.

Let me start with the summary:

  • Centro de Recursos IEC: This is the introduction of a Resources Center for the Immigrants in Spain. They can find information about health: information and education issues. This project is a «Escuela Andaluza de Salud Pública» initiative. The information of this site is provided in 9 different languages.
  • Nuevo diseño de MedLine Plus en español: The NLM announced that MedLine Plus has a new look and invite us to visit the redesigned site and let them know what we think by using the form provided.
  • PortalSalud del Hospital de Torrevieja: The hospital where I work at has a new site for patients: PortalSalud. They can use it to manage their appointments. This is a 2.0 initiative to approach patients and facilitate the use of hospital services.
  • An Iconography of Contagion: If you want to know how was the health promotion in the past century you have to visit this virtual exhibition called «An Iconography of Contagion: an exhibition of 20th-century Health Posters from the collection of the National Library of Medicine».
  • Biblioburro: Luis Soriano is a colombian teacher who wants to bring books to children living in remote areas. He uses donkeys to cross the countryside and reach the small places where the children live.

See you next week!!

The Sunday Post (5th – 11th july)

lego-futbolToday is the Day: the FIFA 2010 World Cup final between Spain and The Netherlands. I know who is going to win today: Spain, of course. Despite I’m not a big fan of football (or soccer), this is a special occasion to share with friends, so I hope you enjoy the evening and sing «A por ellos, oe!»

Updated (12th july): I told you!! Spain won the WorldCup :)

But first, don’t forget to read the English brief of the week, I bet you will find some interesting things:

  • De la interrupción voluntaria del embarazo: Last week the spanish law about sexual and reproductive health and abortion was published. There are a lot of discussion in this issue, but I don’t want to say anything, just give you the text with the law, so you can read it and make your own decisions.
  • Bacteriemia Zero – video: The project «Bacteriemia Zero» is carried out in collaboration with the WHO and Spain is the demonstration country. It’s a pilot project in the NHS for the prevention of the catheter related infections in the Intensive Care Units (ICU). This post shows a training video to be sent to the participanting ICU’s.
  • Informe eEspaña 2010 (via USALbiomedica): This is a «reblog» of a post published by USALbiomedica. It was quite interesting and I wanted to try the new feature of wordpress: the «reblogging» button. This post is the result of this experiment.
  • o aprender qué es exactamente el alcohol: This post introduce, a web from the British NHS aimed at young people who like to get wasted. This site intend to teach youth what alcohol really is, with videos, question & answers, help & advice, fact & fictions about alcohol, a «take a test» link to know your risk with alcohol (for you interest I’m a low risk drinker according to this test)
  • The Librarians – the TV Show: This is the saturday funny post. Today we can learn about a tv show called «The Librarians». Don’t miss this introduction!

The Sunday Post (28th june – 4th july)

Welcome back to my blog!

I guess this kind of post is getting popular among my bloggers friends. This is the first week in english for 2 of them: @goroji with his blog  «SobreviviRRHHé» and @gerineldo with his blog «Mi cutre blog«.  Congrats to both of you!

Let’s start:

  • Actualizando conocimientos: cómo citar blogs, twitter, e-mail (How to cite twitter, blogs or e-mail): twitter, blogs and web pages are getting popular as one of the tool to communicate and sharing information, researchers need to know how to cite this sources in their papers. In this post you will find some links to useful information about this issue.
  • Sonidos (Sounds): a really short post with a video in which you can see the reaction of a deaf baby’s CI activation at age of 8 months.
  • Clinical Queries: rediseño de la página (Clinical Queries Page Redesign): the PubMed Clinical Queries page was redesigned to filter one search by three clinical research areas. The Clinical Queries page has been reconfigured with columns to preview the first five citations of the results for the three research areas.
  • JANE (Journal Author/Name Estimator): in this post I want to introduce you JANE, a tool to find the best journal to submit your paper to get published. Try it, it’s very interesting.
  • Librarian trainer: I like to post something silly on saturdays, just for fun. This is a game to play the role of a «librarian» who has to store the books on the shelf. Tell me what is your score!

[I’m trying to improve my english, so forgive my mistakes and feel free to correct them in a comment to this post]

The Sunday Post (21th-27th june)

Welcome to my new section: The Sunday Post.

This is my particular way to practice english. I want to post once a week (guess what day?) with the summary of the information posted on my blog during the 6 days before.

This first week (21th-27th june) was a little bit poor in contents, with only 3 posts:

  • Web 2.0 in the library: new tools for the new library. This is the title of my poster for the EAHIL 2010 Congress celebrated from 14th-18th june in Estoril (Portugal). This was my very first post in english because I wanted to thank my collegues from other countries the oportunity of learning new things with them in this event.
  • El lugar que ocupa una revista en su categoría. This post shows how to find the ranking of a spanish journal. Most of the spanish journals or spanish-written journals are not indexed in the JCR database, so it’s quite difficult to know their classification into a category. This post shows how to use the SJR (Scientific Journal Rankings) from Scopus.
  • Impresiones sobre EAHIL2010. I guess this is the longest post ever in this blog. It’s a summary of my trip to Lisbon and Estoril to attend the conference EAHIL 2010.