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Archive for July, 2010

NER Technology Instructor

Friday, July 9th, 2010

NER has enlisted the services of Rita Gavelis as a Technology Instructor for New England NNLM members. Full Members are eligible to arrange for Rita to come to their location and hold small group sessions on a variety of topics and tools such as:

* Information Management: RSS, LibraryThing, open source tools;

* Collaboration: wikis, Skype and group conferencing tools;

* Tools development and tutorials for teaching: Delicious, LibGuides, screencasting;

* Social Networking and advanced Internet searching.

Rita has been the Technology Trainer / Consultant for the Metrowest Massachusetts Regional Library System for the last five years, and has taught technology-based topics for both the Connecticut and Rhode Island State Libraries as well as the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science. She has over 20 years of teaching and library experience, and enjoys the challenges of introducing emerging technologies into multi-type libraries.

To arrange a class with Rita, contact her at rita.gavelis@umassmed.edu or call her directly at 978/662-2219 or 617/605.0104. Let Rita know you are an NN/LM member.

Members requesting a session should consider pairing up with one or more members for small group learning. Members should arrange to provide Internet access for the location. The Technology Instructor is also available for group sessions like your state health sciences library associations.

Feel free to contact Javier (javier.crespo@umassmed.edu) directly if you have any questions.

MedlinePlus Redesign

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

New Header for MedlinePlus

On Wednesday, July 14, MedlinePlus will unveil a completely redesigned site with a freshened look and feel, a new logo, and distinctive color schemes for English and Spanish pages.

The content on the current site will still be available in the new design, with some exciting new features and enhancements.

The new design emphasizes search, makes navigation more intuitive, and highlights frequently used content.

We invite you to preview the new design and read more about the changes.

Once the new look is live next week, please visit MedlinePlus, and send NLM your feedback and comments about the new design via the Contact Us link that appears on every page.

Community Health Data Initiative

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

HHS and the Institute of Medicine have launched a national initiative to help consumers and communities get more value out of the Nation’s wealth of health data.

Under the Community Health Data Initiative:

• HHS will release greater amounts of health data in more usable formats.
• Software developers will use the data to create new applications that will make health information increasingly useful for individuals and communities.
• With improved data and creative new applications, communities and consumers will initiate effective new efforts in disease prevention, health promotion and measurement of health care quality and performance.

For more information:
About HHS Open Government and CHDI http://www.hhs.gov/open/datasets/communityhealthdata.html

Community Health Data Initiative Interim Work Pagehttp://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data_access/chdi.htm

More government data and information is available at http://www.data.gov/.

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