Posted by: erinserb | January 30, 2019

On vaccines!

I cannot at this time, think of any analogies to present my point regarding parents not get their children vaccinated.  I believe this is going to be a hot button issue, particularly as more states grant waivers to those whose personal beliefs are not in sync with vaccination required for school, activities, participation in social programs, etc.

Someone’s faith or personal beliefs are acknowledged and sacred, and there isn’t anyone who more firmly believes that these rights are foremost protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution than myself.  However, there are those who by opting for their children to not get vaccinated, are directly presenting a danger to the public at large.

Some of the anti-vaccine advocates point to the damage done to their children, who they believe have suffered life-changing disabilities, particularly developmental disabilities such as autism or Asperger’s Syndrome because of ingredients in the vaccine.   These people point to pseudo-scientific studies which have been long been debunked.

Going back in history, particularly the 1950’s when some of the most famous vaccines were developed, “what if” there was a large anti-vaccine campaign?  Can anyone estimate the harm this would have caused, particularly in the case of polio with its two delivery methods (injection and oral)?  Polio is perhaps the key illness that spurred on the vaccine movement, largely because of the fear and effects of the disease, but also the widespread media that pushed for vaccination.  If there were a group of say, 500 anti-vaccine advocates decrying the polio vaccine, one can only imagine the harm this would have caused, due to a ripple effect.

There is no vaccine which is perfectly 100% safe!  There will always be the minuscule exceptions which will promote fear or the inherent fear, anxiety, and disbelief of the few children who suffer, sometimes with grave results.

There really can be no balance between the anti-vacciner’s and those of the majority who want their children to be vaccinized; the analogy that escaped at the beginning is now clear to me (of course after I’ve had a night to sleep on it 🙂 ).  Would you want your children to grow up in a world without say, the police when someone commits a crime against you?  Something to think about it!

 

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Posted by: erinserb | January 2, 2019

The Lutheran School of Nursing

This is my first post within a long time, perhaps years.  I know I did tests but that was to assure that I would still have an account, but then I realized that these words never go away in cyberspace – forever are they contained on some tiny, minuscule, tiny bubble in a far distant server.

The purpose of this post is to welcome the New Year 2019, and I do wish all of you have a Happy and prosperous New Year.

The second reason for posting is that I am hanging out my shingle as a regular contributor to my new job as Medical Librarian of Lutheran School of Nursing in St. Louis, MO.    My last digs were at Vatterott College in Saint Louis, MO, but they are no more since they lost their accreditation and the school closed down permanently.  I don’t really have words for what happened there, but I departed just merely two weeks prior to their demise.

The worst thing about the closure is all the goodwill, hard effort, and friendships that are totally lost.  Vatterott was a for-profit career college, which had been in business since 1969.  The closure happened in nearly a heartbeat, as the employees (my friends and workmates for 9 years) had been told at 1500 to pack up their personal items, and leave by 1600.  1 hour is barely enough time to process what is happening to you.  Thus, Vatterott closed its doors permanently at 1600 on Monday, 17 December 2018.   This dashed the hopes and the dreams of students who were working hard at gaining an education to make a mark on the world.  They were left with a skeleton website,  and not much else – here’s your hat, what’s your hurry!

Fast forward to my new position, an area of Library Science which I have always aspired to since my days at library school at The University of Alabama SLIS – 2006 to 2008.

Lutheran School of Nursing is a quality, diploma based RN program which has been in continuous operation since 1898.  The library (formally) is the Louise Krauss Ament Memorial library.  I take on a big responsibility to provide the best in LIS services for the fine and dedicated students who want to make a difference and have a higher calling in their lives – I’ve determined that Nursing is “awesome” and for 15 consecutive years,  has been the most trusted profession by the general public.

This blog will be a professional website, which will (hopefully) grow into a full-service repository of the current and best practices within health science librarianship, and the practice of Nursing education.  I have much to learn, but every journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, and I hope that (at times), you will enjoy these chronicles of my journey with the Faculty, Staff, and foremost, the Students here.

Posted by: erinserb | May 2, 2018

A test of WordPress

This is a test!

Posted by: erinserb | August 28, 2017

This is a test of WordPress.com to FB!

Posted by: erinserb | August 28, 2017

Hello World! This is a test

Posted by: erinserb | August 1, 2017

This only a test!

This is only a test; hopefully a forerunner of more blog posts in the future.

Posted by: erinserb | May 19, 2017

a test

test of blog to FB

Posted by: erinserb | April 28, 2016

This is only a test

This is a test of my WordPress.com website.   This is only a test!

Posted by: erinserb | September 19, 2014

Print vs. On-line? That is the 21st Century Question!

I have been recently interested when someone says they do not subscribe to anything in print, periodicals, trade journals, professional reviews, etc.

There is an on-going debate about the medium in which we get our news, commentary, video materials, etc.  Some on-line services have put many firms out of business – e.g. Blockbuster  – is now (for all intents and purposes) a Brontosaurus of its formal self.

When going to the Blockbuster site, it is very sad to see that a business, based on 15-20 year old technology, can be reduced to ashes by another technology – digital delivery.  Could this be the way of the future?

I believe, as a librarian who loves ALL forms of media and information, there could be a balancing of (particularly) print vs. digital.  There have been recent studies regarding students, from secondary school all the way through college, that suggest the taking of physical notes is actually proving to be superior to, say, an iPad or some other form of portable digital device.

Perhaps the impetus of this posting, and some subsequent posting in the future, is about responding to  comments received  “that every form of digital information is superior to print.”   I don’t agree with this.  Human beings, by our very nature, love to hold things in their hands, and in so doing, to search and explore what they holding; the key is how well we absorb the information we are holding.  Does an iPad or Smartphone make it easier to read full length articles?

For former generations, particularly “Boomers”, there is still a need to physically hold information, whether it be a book, newspaper, magazine, etc.  No matter how well a web/digital site is designed, it cannot supplant the need for us to read a physical medium vs. a virtual medium.   However, some sites are very well designed and (I find) are actually easy to read – particularly the Wall Street Journal site.

Other than a select few sites, like WSJ, there is much to be desired about reading and “retaining” content from poorly constructed links, which have (often) dubious legibility or direction.

Maybe I can feel relived that one publication – Newsweek – is actually coming back into print! I haven’t done much research on why this once great periodical has revived their print edition; perhaps it is that even good habits are hard to break – particularly from reading anything that doesn’t require electricity!

 

Posted by: erinserb | June 25, 2014

Our Crazy World of Elements…Actinium to Zinc

Parsons, Paul, and Gail Dixon.  The Periodic Table – A Visual Guide to the Elements. 

New York:  Random House,  2014. Print.

If someone were ever curious about the vast world of chemistry, physics and the cosmos, they would be very well served with this outstanding work.

To realize how user-friendly this work is, I was finished with well over 200 pages of the known 118 elements – not all created equal by the way-  in approximately 3 days…any other book I have read regarding the elements took at least twice as long and completely lost me after the first, say, 10 elements.  The subject is pretty straightforward – the examination of each element, with the necessary scientific information of Atomic Numbers, Atomic Weights, half-lives, and all of the usual suspects listed in a Chemistry book.

This book  goes one further, mainly because it is entertaining and high visual.  An explanation of the Periodic Table is introduced with easy to follow explanations of the rows and periods which beautifully follow a pattern.  The lesser known elements, e.g.  Tantalum, Radon, Technetium, etc. are also explained well by not using arcane scientific jargon.  The reader gets a sense of how such a table was constructed, and how the elements fit into certain spaces by measuring their Atomic numbers.  The photography of the elements is also exceptional, with each element depicted in a way that both an experienced scientist or a novice could appreciate.

Because of the unique readability of this book, it only increases the interest of those who are truly interested in science and how these elements basically hold the universe together.

Now, if only I can understand Basic Math through Quantum Mechanics – only then will I feel a complete sense of my “oneness” with the universe 🙂

Verdict – recommended reading for those interested in science and the curious souls at heart.

 

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