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Archive for August, 2009

A Morning of Children in the Medical Library

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
By Fran Kovach
Reference & Education Services Librarian
Medical Library
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Springfield, IL
By Rhona Kelley
Head, Reference & Education Services
Medical Library
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Springfield, IL

About fifty children of Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine employees visited the SIU School of Medicine Medical Library on Take Your Child to Work day, Friday, July 17, 2009. The Medical Library was one of the stops during a day of activities throughout the School.

ToxMystery and Understanding Medical Words, two National Library of Medicine tutorials, were introduced to several groups in our computer training room and public computer area. ToxMystery lets you find hazards around your home (http://toxmystery.nlm.nih.gov), and through MedlinePlus, a consumer health information site, the tutorial Understanding Medical Words teaches the meaning of medical words by interacting with patients and doctors (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/medicalwords/). The children earned certificates of participation and were given ToxMystery activity books which included the web addresses of the sites.