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Archive for 2010

New Look for Resource Guide for Public Health Preparedness Website

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

The Resource Guide for Public Health Preparedness has a new look and new web address, It is now a featured resource on the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) web site,

The Resource Guide was first developed by the New York Academy of Medicine Library in 2002 with funding from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR). The Guide is now jointly funded by NICHSR and DIMRC. The Guide continues to provide access to no-cost web materials on public health preparedness topics for the public health workforce.

Recently, this database and web site moved to NLM and the content continues to be maintained by the New York Academy of Medicine Library. Previous web addresses will automatically take the user to the new web address. Comments and questions about the Resource Guide may be sent to

Infant Mortality Knowledge Path

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

The Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University released a new edition of the knowledge path, Infant Mortality and Pregnancy Loss.  The knowledge path directs readers to resources that analyze data, report on research aimed at identifying causes and promising intervention strategies, and describe risk-reduction efforts as well as bereavement-support programs. Separate sections present resources about factors that contribute to infant mortality and pregnancy loss: birth defects, injuries, low birthweight and prematurity, preconception and pregnancy, and safe sleep environments. The knowledge path was created for health professionals, policymakers, researchers, and families. View the path online at A resource brief for families accompanies the knowledge path and is available at

Three New Webinars

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Last month, I was happy to have presented my first Webinar for the NER. It was great to have almost 40 members participate. Due to that success, we are adding more webinars to the schedule. All three webinars start at 10:00 am and run to 11:00am with an additional half hour before and after for questions.

Tues Nov 23
Google Health Basics

“Better health comes from better information.”
Google Health is designed to help you organize, track, monitor, and act on your health information. You can manage all your health information online. You can also set personal health goals such as losing weight, lowering blood pressure, and even tracking your sleep patterns.

To register:

Mon Nov 29

Twitter in Hospitals

IM? That is SO 2004!” Are you stuck in the past? Stay ahead of the curve with Twitter! Twitter is a free social networking tool, allowing you to stay connected with people in “real time”. Unlike IM, Twitter allows you to post quick notes and read other users’ updates without the intrusive feel of an IM.

In this workshop, we will learn more about Twitter and how hospitals are using it to disseminate information.

To register:

Thurs Dec 9

Cloud Computing in a Nutshell

You may have heard of having your head in the clouds, but what about your computer? Cloud Computing is a trend that’s taking the world by storm, so to speak. You have probably already done some cloud computing without even knowing it. Do you have a Hotmail or Yahoo! mail account? Do you use Google Docs or Google Calendars? In this webinar, we will learn what Cloud Computing is and have an overview of some of the tools and services available.

To register:

If there are any specific areas of the above topics you have questions about, send me an email before the Webinar and I’ll be sure to work it into the session.

If you have any suggestions for future webinars, let me know. I’ll be happy to work it into the schedule.

My contact information is below if you have any questions or would like to schedule at workshop at your library.

– Rita

Rita Gavelis
Technology Trainer
rita.gavelis (at) umassmed (dot) edu

Fall 2010 PubMed Update

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

PubMed continues to add features that allow you to link to information and resources contained in other NCBI databases. (more…)

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