Monday, September 25, 2006

A Good Blog

To be good at something, one should always look to the best. And recently, one medical librarian's blog that has caught my attention is the Krafty Librarian. Just when I thought I had stumbled onto sliced bread, it turns out that someone has already gone on to desserts. Such is life... The Krafty Librarian focuses mainly on cutting edge issues about technology - and recently she has turned her focus of attention towards mashups. She has scoured the internet looking for mashup applications, particularly those with a health sciences library-related focus.

I'm anxiously anticipating her upcoming blog entry, as she has promised to write about mashups and their potential applications impact in the health sciences. The Krafty Librarian's most recent entry introduces us to Library Elf - a personal library reminder service that lets create their own username and password then they select their library and then they give Library Elf their library card number and pin number. If the patron's library is not listed they can recommend it to Library Elf to have it listed. Thus, the users then can receive emails, text messages, and RSS feeds for renewal reminders, overdues, and hold items at one click of the mouse (or a few). What do you think? Is it viable?

It's this sort of "mashing" up of different programs and applications through API that makes the future of online technology that much more intriguing.


Dean Giustini said...


Or, should I say Meister Mash? (MeSH?)

Krafty librarian is, in my view, the best medical library blogger. Indispensible reading for health librarians.

A Canadian can now step up - you?

Anonymous said...

Hi Allan, interesting postings. I have you in my bloglines now.

Allan said...


I can only dream. There's already someone who's mythical in status in Canadian medical librarianship. Some guy who's known as the Google Scholar. He's pretty good I heard... ;)