Thursday, March 7, 2013



Hey everyone,
Another big thank you from SMRT to everyone that made it out to our lunch meeting on December 8th.  We know that there were several conflicting meetings, so we wanted to send out a short email summary so that everyone can see what we went over.  You can view the slides we used here.  Below you can find the cliff notes of each segment of the presentation.

See yall soon,
SMRT

Josh presented GoodReader.  
  • GoodReader is software used to view and annotate .pdf files.  It has the ability to highlight, underline, draw, and leave notes.  It can also sync with different online servers such as Dropbox, iDisc, GoogleDocs, and even your email account.  It is also possible to download .pdf files online and open them in GoodReader for viewing and annotation.  It is possible to view edits made using GoodReader in Preview for Mac.  It is available via the iTunes App Store.  It is $1.99.  HSLIC has three Apple iPads available for student checkout.  All three iPads have GoodReader installed.


Matt presented Zotero:
  • Zotero is a research organizer that works with Firefox.  It allows you to easily comiple and cite academic references, which makes it a great tool for research or tutorials.  It’s free, and works on Mac and PC through Firefox.


Nate presented on GroceryIQ, TripIt, and Mint.com.
  • GroceryIQ is a website (also has an iPhone / iPod Touch / iPad / Android app) that helps make grocery shopping easier.  On the surface, it functions like a regular grocery list that you can add items to and check them off when you purchase them, but it also has great features such as grocery list syncing with other users.  I use it with my roommate so we only have to make half as many trips to the grocery store.  Free!
  • TripIt is a website (also has an app for iPhone / iPod Touch / Android / BlackBerry) that makes traveling easier.  If you have a Gmail account, you can set it to automatically turn your flight confirmation emails into a highly organized and readable format that helps make traveling easier.  If you don’t use gmail, you only have to add one step, which is to email your flight confirmation to TripIt and it works just the same.  Free!
  • Mint.com is a website (also has an iPhone / iPod Touch / Android app) that helps keep track of your money.  It integrates with your current accounts for banking, checking, credit card, and more, and lets you check it all in one place.  Additionally it can email, text or otherwise notify you of excessive spending, unusual activity, or fees that your bank has charged you.  Free!


David presented on imedicalapps.com and GoogleDocs
  • Imedicalapps.com is a website that posts news updates on mobile technology in medicine as well as reviews for mobile apps on both the ios and android platforms.  The home page has news and interesting articles, and the reviews page has well written reveiws with concise summaries created by medical students.
  • GoogleDocs is a google application that allows for the most seamless and complete collaborative tool on the web.  You can use it as your sole word processor, presentation creator, spreadsheet editor, and more.  What makes this so powerful, is that you can share your documents, presentations, and spreadsheets with anyone else with a google account so that any of you can edit, save, and print these creations.  You can even work on one document at the same time, and chat about it as you go.  You must be signed up for a google account to use it.  You can use an external email (like your @salud address) to sign up for the account so that it isn’t “just another email address”.  There are so many good apps that are available to google account holders, that this is just the beginning of the reasons to create an account.  To sign up for a google account, go to docs.google.com and click “create account now." Enjoy!


Levi presented on Papers.
  • Papers (http://mekentosj.com/papers/) is a program for Mac OSX that allows you to find, store, label and organize .pdf files on your computer. I like to think of it like iTunes for research articles. It has features that makes finding, downloading, organizing and eventually citing papers much easier than saving the papers to files, only to be forgotten and thrown away later. I use it at least once a week, and each time I find something new. I think it will come in very handy for PBL and any research projects. Thanks!


HSLIC: Took many suggestions from those present on how to better serve us.  Some of the suggestions:
  • Open up Domenici for medical student usage (past 6:00PM)
  • Add a row of Macintosh computers to the library
  • Keep the library open later during weeks during which medical students have tests
  • Create a private study area for medical students, pharm students, and nursing students so that there is always somewhere to study.
  • Adjust the introductory library tours, perhaps placing them at a time when students are less overwhelmed, and making sure to cover helpful tools such as the ILLiad requests.


As a bit of followup, Brian Bunnett was very responsive in investigating the reasons that Domenici is unavailable for student use after-hours.  He emailed us within a few days of our presentation, explaining that he had spoken with a UNM Police Chief about the ordeal.  He was told that Domenici doesn’t have sufficient surveillance camera security for after-hours student use, and that its layout could make it a potential hazard for student security.  We hope to continue the dialog to determine how we can come to a mutually agreeable option regarding Domenici access; thinking about how to approach this discussion is responsible for part of the delay in distributing the info to the class.  Again, Brian and HSLIC did a great job being responsive, and SMRT takes full responsibility for taking so long to relay the message.  We apologize and promise to do better in the future.  If anyone has further questions, comments, or suggestions regarding the matter, please don’t hesitate to contact us!


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