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Saturday
Jan252014

Rzewski - Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues

The section that comes in at just before 3 min in both vids is something else.  

Edit: Here's a description of that section:

The initial two-note motive that Rzewski expands with hand and forearm clusters gradually morphs into a boogie-woogie bass, but without the swing so as to still effect the static drive of the cotton mill. Over this bass line he introduces the Winnsboro melody but in an extended, rhythmically disjointed manner so as only to give a hint of the flow of the melodic line. The right hand then picks up the bass line but a minor ninth above the bass to continue the drive towards alternating ninth chords in both hands that climax in alternating black and white key clusters at the extremes of the keyboard. Even throughout the darker cluster sections and the final climax, Rzewski maintains motivic unity by referencing the descending third sequence from the beginning of the Winnsboro melody. 

 

Tuesday
Dec312013

Thursday
Dec122013

Grey Literature and Reporting Biases

A really nice report from the AHRQ on searching for grey literature (and some other tangentially related things), with corresponding empirical evidence to justify the effort.  

(via officemates)

Saturday
Nov232013

Good Intro to SR Searching

Wednesday
Nov062013

The Evolving Role and Value of Librarians in Health Care

From JAMA:

Recent research has shown the value of information in patient care and highlights the role of the library and librarian in supporting this information revolution. The Value Study, conducted by Marshall et al4 at 56 library sites serving 118 hospitals, surveyed physicians, residents, and nurses who were involved in patient care or clinical research and could recall an event in the last 6 months when they had used an information resource. Of the 16 122 survey respondents (including 5379 physicians, 2123 residents, and 6788 nurses), three-fourths reported that they had definitely or probably handled some aspect of patient care differently as a result of the information obtained from the library and information resources. Among the changes reported were advice given to the patient (48%), diagnosis (25%), and choice of drugs (33%). Most respondents (95%) reported that the information resulted in more informed clinical decisions. Respondents also reported that the information allowed them to avoid or reduce the possibility of the following adverse events: patient misunderstanding of the disease (23%); additional tests (19%); misdiagnosis (13%); adverse drug reactions (13%); medical errors (12%); and patient mortality (6%).

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Sollenberger JF, Holloway RG Jr. (2013). The evolving role and value of libraries and librarians in health care. JAMA, 310(12), 1231-2. PMID 24065006