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Archive for August, 2009

PHPartners Webinar for MLA Continuing Education Credit

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

On Wednesday, August 26, 2009, a Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education class featuring PHPartners.org will be offered as a webinar. PHPartners (http://phpartners.org/) is the product of a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations and health sciences libraries. The August 26 webinar class will provide an overview of the website and include information on current topics such as Bioterrorism, ongoing projects such as Healthy People 2010, and public health resources (such as promotions and statistics).

This online training will be presented on Wednesday, August 26, at 2:00 p.m. CT by Marty Magee of the NN/LM MidContinental Region. The training is FREE, and requires no prior registration. A computer with Internet access and a phone are all that is needed. Access can be gained by going to: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/mcr. After signing in as a guest, you will be prompted to enter your phone number and the system will call you to log in. After the event, the webinar will be archived on the MidContinental website: http://nnlm.gov/mcr/.

Bing, the New Search Engine from Microsoft

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Formerly known as Live Search, Bing (http://www.bing.com) is Microsoft’s new search engine that went fully online on June 3, 2009. Within the first few weeks from its launch, Bing has already enjoyed steady growth in search activities.

Bing provides features that are both similar to and different from other Web search engines such as Google and Yahoo. Some notable features include:

  • Grouping of search results:
    Search results are grouped based on content and keywords. For example, when searching for “swine flu” (see below for a screenshot), you will get a quick overview from Mayo and MedlinePlus, then links from Wikipedia and other sources. Beneath that are links grouped by “Swine Flu Symptoms”, “Swine Flu in Children”, “Causes of Swine Flu”, “Swine Flu Prevention”, etc. Different categories can also be accessed from the left side navigation pane. Related searches and search history also appear on the left side.
    Search results for Swine Flu on Bing
  • Daily changing background image for Bing home:
    Each background image is tagged for different elements that you can access by hovering over the image. By clicking on the “Image” link from the left side navigation pane, it will take you directly to images and links related to the background image.
    Background image for Bing home
  • Video starts playing automatically if you hovering your mouse over a video thumbnail – a nice feature for previewing video search results.
  • Save your favorite searches to either your computer, or to the free online Windows Live SkyDrive. You can organize your searches, add notes, and share them with your friends via Windows Live, Facebook, or email.
  • Easy access to Advanced Search feature without losing your search results
  • Travel section with easy access to search for airfare, hotel reservations, etc.
  • Bird’s-eye view and 3D features from Bing Maps. Search result also comes with popular business categories near that location.

Student Interests in Emerging Library Technologies

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

What are current student perceptions on emerging technologies and what innovative services do they expect from your library? Why do some of the Web 2.0 services succeed while others do not work so well for your patrons? Here is one institution’s experience that may help many academic libraries to better understand their customers’ needs.

Published by the Association of College & Research Libraries, “Informing Innovation: Tracking Student Interest in Emerging Library Technologies at Ohio University” (PDF, 3.76MB)  is based on data from the 2008 Ohio University Libraries Student Technology Survey. The research report provides insight into how academic libraries should plan and implement technologies based on actual user needs, instead of following trends and assumptions without any investigation and research.

The report is presented in two parts: Part I includes a literature review of generational aspects of technology and student perspectives on libraries, and how Ohio University designed, implemented and analyzed its user assessment research project. Part II provides findings of the project, including participant demographics, students’ technology cultures and library use, and trends in technology receptivity.

August Issue of NIH News in Health

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Check out the August issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest National Institutes of Health research.

In this edition:

Concerned About Coffee? It May Actually Be Good for You
Because it tastes so good, you may assume coffee is bad for you. But researchers are finding that coffee poses little to no health risk for most people. It may even have some health benefits.

You’ve Got Rhythm: Your Internal Clock Affects Your Health
While you struggle to stay on time for your daily activities, your body has its own internal clock. Every day, this clock helps you feel alert at work, hungry at mealtime and drowsy at night. When you fight against your biological clock, your health can suffer.

Health Capsules:
•    Questions Raised About “Depression Gene”
•    Tasty Recipes for People with Diabetes
•    Featured Web Site: NIH Education and Awareness Campaigns

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Opportunity for Librarians to Attend Conference on Community Outreach

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) Libraries will be hosting the 2009 Promotores de Salud Conference Friday, October 2, 2009 at the Isla Grand Beach Resort, South Padre Island, Texas.

Library staff and other community agencies are planning this conference with the following objectives:

  1. Increase promotores’ (community health workers) awareness of health information resources, especially those appropriate for the diverse Rio Grande Valley community;
  2. Empower promotores personally and professionally as advocates for health information, health careers, and health literacy;
  3. Identify and present opportunities for collaboration among agencies, promotores and librarians on efforts to disseminate locally relevant health information to the broader community.

As part of the conference, the UTHSCSA Libraries are also offering “The Librarians’ Experience,” a unique opportunity for librarians, with a demonstrated interest in community outreach and health literacy. Librarians interested in participating in The Librarians’ Experience should submit the following:

  • A current CV
  • A brief (500 words) statement describing reasons for pursuing this opportunity, including past outreach experience in health information and current/future outreach projects.

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