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Archive for August, 2005

Hurricane Katrina Updates

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

For those of you impacted by Hurricane Katrina:

Please post information about yourself, other staff or your library so that everyone in the South Central Region can keep up-to-date on our colleagues in Louisiana.

To post, click on the Comments link.

Cites & Insights 5:10 available

Friday, August 26th, 2005

The September 2005 Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large is now available in PDF.

Topics include:

  • Investigating the Biblioblogosphere
  • Orphan Works — background from the Copyright Office inquiry into this important topic

Library of Congress launches web site on Independent Copyright Committee

Friday, August 19th, 2005

The Library of Congress yesterday issued a press release:
“Library Launches Web Site on Independent Copyright Committee.”

By 2006, this committee will recommend changes to copyright law that recognize the need for exceptions to the law for libraries and archives in the digital age.

The site, at http://www.loc.gov/section108, offers the group’s mission statement, its schedule of meetings and links to relevant sections of the Copyright Act. The site also offers links to background papers pertinent to libraries and archives and the rights issues they encounter when working with digital materials.

For the complete press release, go to: http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2005/05-179.html

Patients face an overabundance of health information

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

A New York Times article describes the difficulty that modern patients have in wading through the overabundance of available health information and making their own health decisions.

“A generation ago, patients argued for more information, more choice and more say about treatment. To a great extent, that is exactly what they have received: a superabundance of information, often several treatment options and the right to choose among them. As this new responsibility dawns on patients, some embrace it with a sense of pride and furious determination. But many find the job of being a modern patient, with its slog through medical uncertainty, to be lonely, frightening and overwhelming.”

Jan Hoffman. “Awash in Information, Patients Face a Lonely, Uncertain Road” New York Times

Consumer Health Reference by E-mail Offered by M.D. Anderson

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

The U.T. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Learning Center has announced their new email reference service.

Please feel free to forward consumer health questions to asktlcstaff@mdanderson.org. This service is provided to patients, family members, staff and the general public.

The Learning Center’s website: http://www.mdanderson.org/departments/tlc .

Florida Officials Encourage People To Store Emergency Contacts in Cell Phones

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

The sheriff’s office of Broward County, Fla., on Friday will launch a program to encourage residents to store emergency contact information in their cell phones, the Miami Herald reports (need free registration to read article).

A Web Development Primer – WebReference.com

Monday, August 1st, 2005

If you’re familiar with HTML but want to know what other possibilities are available concerning web development technologies, this article serves as a great primer on the subject.

A Web Development Primer – WebReference.com

Public Health in the News: “Big Brother Wants to Be Diet Cop”

Monday, August 1st, 2005

From Wired:

Wired News: Big Brother Wants to Be Diet Cop

From the introduction:

“At least half a million New Yorkers have diabetes, many of them at risk for blindness, kidney failure, amputations and heart problems because they are doing a poor job of controlling their illness. The question is, how much privacy are they willing to give up for a chance at better health?

A century after New York became the first American city to track people with infectious diseases as a way to halt epidemics, officials here propose a similar system to monitor people with diabetes, a noncontagious foe.”