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.

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 (http://www.facebook.com/bibliovirtual) 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 #9 (30th August – 12th September)


la foto - nawfel koundi

Welcome back to my Sunday Post. First of all, I have to tell that this picture was taken by Nawfel Koundi, one of my best friends. Thanks, Naw, for sending me these green and blue colours. I love them!

This is going to be the last Sunday Post in the next weeks. The reason: I’m having two weeks of vacation starting next saturday.

  • SciVerse: ScienceDirect and Scopus have a new home page: SciVerse. Users can use the new Hub of SciVerse to search in ScienceDirect, Scopus and the web content of Scirus at the same time.
  • Resúmenes estructurados en PubMed (structured abstracts in PubMed): A structured abstract is an abstract with distinct, labeled sections (e.g., Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion) for rapid comprehension. You will see the structured abstract in the “abstract” option from “Display” in PubMed.
  • Purple Search: The Library of the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) has a new tool that makes possible to search the most important databases of academic literature simultaneously. It is an interface that simplifies and eases so-called federative searching because you no longer need to select the databases to be searched in advance. Only for students and staff of the University of Groningen.
  • Acceso al contenido de SAGE: SAGE offers free online access must-have content from 1999-current until October 15, 2010. You only need a registration and start to enjoy the free full text access until october 15.
  • Sedisa S. XXI: This is a journal published by the “Sociedad Española de Directivos en Salud”. This is the first number with free access for everybody. A really interesting journal in spanish.
  • PubMed Toolbar: I show where to get the PubMed toolbar and how to install and run to start using it in your web browser.
  • Alzheimer: sintiendo el vacío: Next week will be the date for the short conference about Alzheimer in Torrevieja (Alicante – Spain).
  • PubMed y los 20 millones de citas: PubMed recently attained a major milestone when the 20 millionth citation was added to the database.
  • ¿Y él sufre?:  “Amanece que no es poco” is one of my favourite films. I guess you need to speak spanish to understand this kind of humor. I think is brilliant. This video is from a scene of the movie: “Is he suffering?” one man ask to the doctor “Yes, for sure, don’t you see he is dying?”

The post with the most viewers was “PubMed toolbar” and “SEDISA siglo XXI”.

The Sunday Post #8 (16th – 29th August)


Hello there!

Once again I’m here, trying to improve my English with the Sunday Post. Two weeks without writing anything in English, I hope I have not too many mistakes. If so, please feel free to tell me, I want to learn!

Let’s start with the blog:

  • Introducing “Mariaterol”: this is a fun post about a hypothetical TV commercial. You can make your own TV spot just selecting one name for “your medication” and then the scenes to perform the ad. Try to make one and share it with us!
  • Prototipo de un MedLine semántico: “Semantic MedLine prototype” is the name of a web application that summarizes MedLine citations returned by a PubMed search. It’s just a prototype by now. You can try it to understand how it works.
  • Drogas: gráficos e infografía: I found a blog post and I wanted to share it with you: “Drugs: charts and infographics” It’s a compilation of charts about different kinds of drugs. Very interesting, highly recommended.
  • De vacaciones a la Biblioteca: “going on vacation to The Library”. The Library is a hotel in Thailand. The main building of this spectacular hotel is a library. This library has a predominant colour: white, while the pool is red (an optical effect due to the color red inside the pool).
  • Bibliovirtual en Facebook: few days ago we started a new page on Facebook. We want to share the information with people not only in blogs or Twitter but in other places like Facebook. 137 people and counting!
  • ¿Conflicto de interés? Fíltralo: “Conflict of interest? Make a filter!” There is a blog where information professionals share the search strategies to make custom filters for PubMed. In this post I want to introduce the one about “conflicts of interest”. You may find this blog very useful.
  • Añadir filtros personalizados en PubMed: once you know where to find some filters you will want to add them to PubMed. If you don’t know how to do it, don’t worry. I made a mini-tutorial with screenshots, about how to set the custom filters to PubMed. You will only need to have a MyNCBI account.
  • PhoneBook: everybody is wondering about the future of the book: print or electronic. There is a solution integrating iPhone and print books. Watch the video!

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 MedicineNet.com. 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!!