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Where can I find reliable health information available in Chinese?
What steps can I take to control diabetes?
How can I keep healthy?
Do you have these questions and want to find the answers in Chinese? From our work at outreach events, such as the Annual Asian American Health Fair, we know that many people do. The place to go is MedlinePlus, a website created by the National Library of Medicine. It contains reliable, up-to-date health information that’s easy to understand, for patients and health professionals alike. The Taubman Health Sciences Library has created a new video to show you how to find health information that is available in Chinese.
Chinese translation of this post available on our blog: http://healthoutreach.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/medlineplus-resources-in-chinese/
Link to video: http://youtu.be/i-UJAV6MqDw
Embed video code:
<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/i-UJAV6MqDw?rel=0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>
We have also created a cartoon to help advertise the video!
The Chicago Area Medical Archivists, an organization of librarians, archivists, and others interested in the history of medicine, nursing, and pharmacy, will hold the organization’s tenth medical history symposium on Friday, October 26, 2012. The event will take place at the Lurie Children’s Hospital (225 East Chicago Avenue, 16th Floor Conference Room).
A day-long program of presentations will include a history of the University of Chicago Hospitals by Mindy Schwartz, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.
Coffee will be available at 9:00 a.m. The presentations will begin at 10:00 a.m.
The National Library of Medicine recently released a mobile app that is intended to serve as the authoritative guide to NLM mobile resources. The app was created as an HTML 5 mobile Web site in support of the Library’s ongoing efforts to make our information broadly available. Learn more about this new resource via the NLM Technical Bulletin article or explore the app on your mobile device at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mobile-app/.
The Library welcomes your feedback about this new app via its Contact Us link.
Fran E. Kovach, MLIS, AHIP
Reference & Education Librarian
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
The ILLINOIS RURAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION 23RD ANNUAL CONFERENCE, “Building a Sustainable Future”, was held April 24-26, 2012, at the Keller Convention Center in Effingham, Illinois. In rural Illinois, many different mobile devices including iPhones, Androids, BlackBerries, and iPads are the new stethoscopes. Exhibitor immersion in the conference sessions led to discussions of the use of the National Library of Medicine mobile apps and mobile sites in rural communities. TOXNET, Medline Plus Farm Health and Safety, and Wiser NIH all received high praises from the HazMat teams.
Through a NN/LM GMR exhibit award, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Library displayed the new NLM exhibit banner, provided NLM pamphlets, gave out the afghan of “The Curious Herbal” as a booth prize, and offered demonstrations on the iPad of the various NLM mobile sites and apps, including Wiser. After seeing the Wiser demo, a family physician immediately downloaded it onto his iPad. Exhibiting and participating in the annual Illinois Rural Health Association meeting continues to be a worthwhile and rewarding experience.
Healthy People 2020 provides tools for working in the community. MAP-IT, which stands for Mobilize, Assess, Plan, Implement, Track, is a five-stage framework that can be used to plan and evaluate public health interventions to achieve Healthy People 2020 objectives. MAP-IT pages include Planning and Funding resources to help get you on your way. MAP-IT badges may also be inserted in a blog or web page as a link to these resources. Just copy the provided code and insert in your site: http://healthypeople.gov/2020/connect/webBadge.aspx
Healthy People is based on a simple but powerful model:
- Establish national health objectives.
- Provide data and tools to enable States, cities, communities, and individuals across the country to combine their efforts to achieve them.
- Create and implement a plan to reach Healthy People 2020 objectives.
- Track your community’s progress.
The IOM Roundtable on Health Literacy has made available a paper describing the ten attributes of a health literate organization, that is, “an organization that makes it easier for people to navigate, understand, and use information and services to take care of their health”: http://iom.edu/Global/Perspectives/2012/Attributes.aspx
The slide set is available for viewing and download: Attributes of a Health Literate Organization.ppt
Is it my imagination, or is March actually the busiest month of the year? What other month offers budget requests, mid-term exams, spring break, theater and ballet subscription renewals, preparation of income taxes, and even “March Madness” in addition to all other routine tasks and strategic priorities that we work at?
It is tempting, with all these to-dos on an ever-growing list, to just go with the flow and take care of tasks as they pass by. Unfortunately, that approach, while practical, expeditious, and less stressful, also reduces the return on investment of our leadership role, administrative decisions, and work productivity.
Instead of working on the surface level of moment-by-moment news, daily listerv postings, weekly meeting agendas, monthly report-outs, or annual data gathering, we must put our strategic priorities first. Those other duties provide us with useful content, yield foundational decisions, and assure that our units are responsible organizational citizens, all good outcomes to achieve. But they don’t always help us to collaborate, integrate, and innovate, each of which is essential to the future viability of our organizations.
The 2012 HigherEd edition of the Horizon Report has been released. It can be found here: http://www.nmc.org/publications/horizon-report-2012-higher-ed-edition.
Here is a summary compiled by my colleague at UIC, Ed Garay.
Some key trends:
1) People expect to be able to work, learn, and study whenever and wherever they want to
2) The technologies we use are increasingly cloud-based, and our notions of IT support are decentralized
3) The world of work is increasingly collaborative, driving changes in the way student projects are structured
4) The abundance of resources and relationships made easily accessible via the Internet is increasingly challenging us to revisit our roles as educators
5) Education paradigms are shifting to include online learning, hybrid learning and collaborative models
6) There is a new emphasis in the classroom on more challenge-based and active learning
Some significant challenges:
1) Economic pressures and new models of education are bringing unprecedented competition to the traditional models of higher education
2) Appropriate metrics of evaluation lag the emergence of new scholarly forms of authoring, publishing, and researching
3) Digital media literacy continues its rise in importance as a key skill in every discipline and profession
4) Institutional barriers present formidable challenges to moving forward in a constructive way with emerging technologies
5) New modes of scholarship are presenting significant challenges for libraries and university collections, how scholarship is documented, and the business models to support these activities
Technologies to watch:
* Short-term (12 months):
a) Mobile Computing
b) Tablet Computing
* Mid-term (two to three years):
c) Game-based Learning
d) Learning Analytics
* Long-term (four to five years):
e) Gesture-based Computing
f) Internet of Things (small objects connectedness)
Here we go again! Time to look at potential tech trends for the next year. While it has barely even snowed yet in Chicago nor really gotten that cold, it is definitely December.
This first set of tech trends comes from Jason Hiner at Tech Republic. He reported on the Gartner Group’s annual symposium where they revealed their list of the 10 most strategic tech trends of 2012. Drum roll, please:
- Media tablets and beyond – the era of Microsoft and PC domination coming to a close
- Mobile-centric applications and interfaces – building user interfaces for multiple screen sizes
- Contextual and social user experience – using information about an end user to improve the quality of the interaction with the device
- Internet of Things – objects acting as user of other systems
- App stores and marketplaces – a new term emerges: apptepreneurs
- Next-gen analytics – mobile devices being able to self-analyze for full optimization
- Big data – new and exotic technologies are required to manage the extreme volume of data created today
- In-memory computing – faster response time in analytical operations
- Extreme low-energy servers – new entrants to the server business proposing a radical way for future servers to work
- Cloud computing – cloud computing was very recently number one and now is number ten. This is significant that it is viewed as not living up to its hype.
Pete Cashmore, the editor of Mashable, shares his list of the Top 10 Technology Trends for 2012.
As he points out, “Predicting what will happen in 2012, therefore, is a shot in the dark: A year is virtually a lifetime in the digital era.”
- Touch Computing – we’ll be using our mice less often and increasingly using desktop computers in similar ways to how we use tablets and smartphones.
- Social Gestures – ‘frictionless sharing’ – where with the click of a button you can share what you are doing from services like Spotify, to social networks (once you authorize it of course)
- NFC and Mobile Payments – with the success of the Square Payment dongle for iPhone, and NFC (Near Field Communication) in 2011, awareness of this technology will likely make it more popular in 2012…it’s not without a lot of security concerns…
- Beyond the iPad – the iPad costs $499′ the Kindle Fire is $199. There has been speculation that while the iPad is king today, it may lose the crown in 2012.
- TV everywhere – with the rise of the tablet, it’s easier to have ‘TV in your hand’ but the cable companies have ways to keep you tethered to subscriptions.
- Voice Control – thanks to the popularity of Siri and the iPhone 4S, voice recognition and voice search will show up on more devices.
- Spatial Gestures – personally, I was fascinated with the technology in the movie Minority Report and hope I see it in my lifetime. Microsoft Kinect is an example of using spatial gestures in current technology.
- Second-Screen Experiences – Cashmore says, “It refers to apps (mainly on the iPad) that listen to the audio output of your TV and display content related to the show or movie you’re watching.” An example from the music industry is Gracenote.
- Flexible Screens – Can you imagine a phone that rolls up in your pocket, or one that you can slip into your wallet like a dollar bill? Bendable interfaces will be seen more in 2012, though it’s likely to not be fully implemented for a number of years.
- HTML5 – this fifth version of HTML, could take the place of Flash on many mobile devices.
What are your predictions for 2012?
By the way, this blog post was written on an iPad using touch technology!