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Archive for February, 2005

From Wired News: Telemedicine on the Cheap

Monday, February 28th, 2005

An article about an inexpensive telemedicine application. Doctors provide consultations via low cost iBooks and iSight cameras.

http://www.wired.com/news/medtech/0,1286,66728,00.html

Innovation in the South Central Region

Monday, February 28th, 2005

Harris County Public Library, the public library system serving suburban Houston, has introduced a search toolbar for patrons. The free downloadable toolbar allows patrons to search items of interest in the library catalog and renew books.

Read the press release:
http://www.hcpl.net/ebranch/news/archives/000257.html

National Public Health Week 2005: Toolkit Now Available

Friday, February 25th, 2005

National Public Health Week (NPHW) 2005 will be dedicated to empowering Americans to live stronger, longer. The American Public Health Association (APHA) has released a toolkit which gives tools for planning official NPHW 2005 events, planning guide, logos, tip sheets for media advocacy, sample news releases, PSAs, and legislative advocacy information.

NPHW 2005 Toolkit

January/February Network News is Now Available

Thursday, February 24th, 2005

The January/February 2005 issue of Network News is now available.

Contents:

* Appointment of NLM Deputy Director
* Mobile Health Education Projects Awarded
* Scientists to Speed Public Release of Research Publications
* Libraries Selected for Changing the Face of Medicine Exhibit
* DOCLINE Update
* Inside Funding: Common Mistakes in Proposal Writing
* NN/LM SCR Blog
* Connections: Reach Out and Read
* Spotlight On: Consumer Health Information Center
* Technology Notes: Wikis
* What’s New with NLM’s Databases?
* The National Institutes of Health: NIDCD

Cites & Insights 5:4 available

Thursday, February 24th, 2005

The March 2004 issue of Walt Crawford’s Cites & Insights newsletter is now available.

In this issue:

  • Did NIH back down to Big STM–or was this a reasonable compromise?
    Library Access to Scholarship
  • Who gets first-name treatment in C&I?
    Bibs & Blather
  • You call this a community?
    Perspective: The Dangling Conversation
  • Does anyone care about multichannel sound or ethics?
    Following Up
  • Chills, thrills, public-domain flicks
    Offtopic Perspective: Family Classics 50 Movie Pack, Part 1
  • Is a short story a book–and would you read Moby Dick on a cell phone?
    Ebooks, Etext and PoD

A Google Help Cheatsheet

Thursday, February 24th, 2005

Here’s a great cheatsheet with the major Google commands for advanced searches. Worth a bookmark!

http://www.google.com/help/cheatsheet.html

National Healthcare Disparities Report Released

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005

February 22, 2005: Health and Human Service’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released its second annual report on the quality of and disparities in health care in America.

The 2004 Disparities Report identifies three key themes:

Disparities are pervasive.
Improvement is possible.
Gaps in information exist, especially for specific conditions and populations.

For Press Release: http://www.ahrq.gov/news/press/pr2005/nhqdr04pr.htm

For Report: http://www.qualitytools.ahrq.gov/disparitiesreport/browse/browse.aspx

New Toolkit Helps Librarians Navigate EPA Site

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Web Ambassador Program is offering a new toolkit and training sessions to help educate librarians about use of its extensive Web site. Comprising more than 300 areas and over one million pages of HTML text and PDF files, the EPA Web site contains a vast amount of information of value to many different audiences, from schoolchildren to doctoral-level environmental researchers.

The new toolkit includes a booklet that explains aspects of the EPA Web domain that are particularly relevant to librarians and a color poster of the EPA home page that highlights some of the site’s key navigational and content features. The material complements information presented to librarians through the program’s hands-on train-the-trainer sessions.

Environmental Protection Agency

PDA News: Sony Clie to Be Discontinued

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005

From the current PCWorld.com:

Sony’s Clie Hits the End of the Road: Company will no longer sell new PDAs, but will support existing customers.

Link to Article

A New Yahoo Search Offering

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005

Just discovered from Yahoo, a new contextual search engine.

Y!Q Search
http://yq.search.yahoo.com/

According to the site: “Y!Q is the first-of-its-kind contextual search technology that analyzes the contents of the Web page you’re viewing and then gives you a list of search results directly related to what you’re reading.”

More information on how it works: http://help.yahoo.com/help/us/ysearch/yq/index.html