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Green-Field Virtual Library Launched

by Mary Ann Urbashich
Associate Director
Green-Field Library and Resource Center
Chicago, IL

The Alzheimer’s Association Green-Field Library is pleased to announce a new Virtual Library at http://www.alz.org/library.  The new web page has been made possible by an Outreach Express Award from NN/LM Greater Midwest Region.   Green-Field Library serves diverse populations and an expansive geographic area through the national headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, and a network of 74 chapter organizations nationwide.  Since 1991 the library has grown to house a collection of 6,000 books and videos and 150 journals.  In 2009 we responded to 4500 questions and distributed a thousand articles through interlibrary loan.

Green-Field consulted best practices when constructing the site.  The new page is intuitive and self-serve.  It incorporates open source, online resources, in-house electronic tools, and special features as main elements in the top navigation bar.  Prominent is a rotation banner on the home page which summaries our services.  Each sub-page displays right-hand navigation so visitors can always Ask a Librarian, search the online catalog, and find out how to borrow or send us feedbackFor Librarians describes our interlibrary loan policies.  We’re especially grateful for the award which will allow us to broaden use, improve usability and ease access to library information for visitors.

Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death with 5.3 million Americans currently living with the disease, expected to reach 16 million by mid-century.  For information on Alzheimer’s disease and care –  use our services – we welcome your library patrons at http://www.alz.org/library.

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