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Archive for January, 2011

New US Dietary Guidelines

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Check out the latest Dietary Guidelines from the US Dept of Agriculture, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. The new guidelines include a stronger emphasis on reducing calorie consumtion and increasing physical activity. The guidelines encourage consuming more vegetable, fruits, whole grains, fat free and low fat dairy, seafood and consuming less sodium, saturated and trans fats, added sugars and refined grains. The guidelines include concrete action steps to live healthier, more active, longer lives.

The new guidelines recommend:

  • Enjoy your food, but eat less
  • Avoid oversized portions
  • Make half your plate fruits or vegetables
  • Switch to fat free or low fat milk
  • Compare sodium in foods and choose the foods with the lower numbers
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks

Learn more at:

See the Press Release at:

Healthy Living Innovations Awards

Friday, January 28th, 2011

The Healthy Living Innovation Awards is a new HHS initiative designed to identify and acknowledge innovative health promotion projects within the last 3 years that have demonstrated a significant impact on the health status of a community. Organizations must have achievement in the area of nutrition, healthy weight or physical activity. You can learn more about this opportunity at:

NLM 175th Anniversary YouTube Contest

Friday, January 28th, 2011

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is planning a contest to recognize original short videos, which promote awareness of NLM’s information resources. This contest supports the mission of NLM by publicizing the availability of its products and services. Whether information from the NLM helped in research, new discoveries, clinical treatment, family health, patient care, or a school project, we will want to hear about it! NLM plans to launch the contest with a posting on its website of entry instructions, contest rules, and other information. Stay tuned, the contest will be announced soon! Questions should be directed to:

The National Library of Medicine marks its 175th anniversary this year. NLM started in 1836 as a few books in the Office of the Surgeon General of the Army. Today part of NIH, NLM is the world’s largest medical library and the developer of electronic information services, delivering trillions of bytes of data daily to millions of people around the world.

Winter Webinar Update

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

This Winter we will have a rather aggressive workshop schedule, averaging one webinar a week. They cover a wide range of topics, from LibGuides, a MAHSLIN sponsored event, to Podcasting, as well as repeating previous webinars such as Cloud Computing and Twitter.

We also have a change in date for the “Discover the World of Free Software” webinar. Originally it was scheduled for Thursday, February 10 from 10:00am – 12:00pm. Due to a conflict, this has been moved to the next day. It will now be held on Friday, February 11 at the same time (10:00am – 12:00pm). If you have already registered for the workshop, you will need to re-register for the new date. I am sorry for the inconvenience.

If you don’t see a particular topic in our list, please contact me.  I am open to all workshop suggestions and will do my best to develop a class to suit your needs.  I also am available to come to your library and present in person.  My email is rita.gavelis (at)

Here is the list of upcoming technical webinars:

Tuesday, Jan 25
2:00 – 3:00pm

Twitter in Hospitals (1 hr) (Repeat of November’s Workshop)

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:

Thursday, Jan 27
10:0am – 12:00pm

Basic PC Maintenance: (2 hrs)

Is your PC running slower? Have you ever defragged a drive? In this webinar, you will learn how a computer functions, from the moment you turn it on to the time you shut it down. We will also explore Microsoft tools for keeping your computer running smoothly, as well as visit online sites for troubleshooting tips and problem solving tools.

To Register:

Wednesday, Feb 2 (1 hr)
10:00am – 11:00am ( with a half hour after for Q & A)

LibGuides Demonstration with Sally Gore
Sponsored by MAHSLIN

Libguides is a web2.0 application designed to help you create research and course guides for your patrons, as well as create full library websites.

Join Sally Gore as she takes you through a quick tour of LibGuides, showing examples from hospitals, academic libraries, groups, and special interests.  This webinar is sponsored by MAHSLIN

To Register:

Friday, Feb 4
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Cloud Computing in a Nutshell (Repeat of December’s workshop)

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:

Friday, February 11 *NEW DATE*
10:00am – 12:00pm

Discover the World of Free Software: Open Source Solutions for your Library: 2 hrs

Open Source is a movement for creating and disseminating free software to the worldwide community. This software is copyright-free and available to use, improve, customize, and share. We will travel the world wide web and sample some of the freeware available and how you can use it to enhance your library’s services and budget. We will focus on office software for creating documents, spreadsheets, and slideshows, as well as view different web sites where open source software can be found and updated.

To Register:

Tuesday, Feb 15
10:00am – 12:00pm

Battle of the Browsers (2 hrs)

Are you an Internet Explorer user but don’t know why? Do you surf with Firefox and cannot imagine why others don’t? Do you think chrome is is just for your car? In this workshop, we will discuss how browsers work and explore the features of three of them: Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Google Chrome. We will put these browsers to the test and discuss the pros and cons of each.

To Register:

Thursday, Feb 24
10:00am – 12:00pm

Gone Phishing! Spam, Scams and Email Hoaxes (2 hrs.)

Have you ever received an email from Paypal or eBay asking you to verify your account because it was compromised or hacked? If you responded, you may have been hooked in a phishing expedition! In this workshop you will explore some of the internet methods criminals use to steal your identity. We will learn how to identify some of the more popular email scams and explore tools & tricks to help protect yourself from them.

To Register:

Monday, Feb 28
10:00am – 12:00pm

Podcast Primer 2hrs

Everyone seems to have a podcast, now it’s your turn. A podcast is an audio file that is distributed via the internet for the world’s listening pleasure. In this webinar, we will explore how hospitals and libraries are using podcasts for disseminating news and information. We will discuss the tools and software necessary for creating your own podcast as well as podcast hosting services.

to register:

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