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Archive for May, 2012

Seven iPad Keyboard Tricks

Dan Miller, editor of, recently posted a video illustrating seven keyboard tricks that are helpful for every iPad user. A complete transcript and video link are featured in this article. The seven tips are summarized below. Tips 1 and 3-6 also work on the iPhone.

  1. Tap-and-hold for special characters. Tapping and holding on any vowel key and several consonants results in a pop-up to select variations on those characters, including accents and circumflexes. This is particularly useful for typing in languages other than English. Similarly, tapping and holding on several keys on the numeric keyboard accesses other special characters. For example, tap-and-hold on the dollar sign to see a variety of currency symbols.
  2. Swipe up on some keys to insert special characters. For example, swipe up on the dollar sign to get the cents symbol.
  3. Double-tap on the space bar at the end of a sentence to automatically insert a period and a space. Then begin the next sentence.
  4. In Safari, to get to a site that has a top-level domain other than .com, tap-and-hold on the .COM key to see a pop-up to select .ORG, .EDU, and other domains.
  5. Similarly, in Mail, to add a top-level domain at the end of an email address, tap-and-hold on the period; then select the top-level domain desired.
  6. To insert a number or punctuation mark after typing a string of letters, open the numeric keyboard and slide your finger to the number desired. Then release the finger to return to the alpha keyboard.
  7. Lastly, there’s the feature to split the keyboard and undock it. Tap-and-hold on the keyboard button in the lower right, and select “Undock.” Then slide the keyboard up and down to different positions on the screen. By tapping and holding the keyboard button and selecting “Split,” the keyboard will split in two. This is very handy when holding the iPad with two hands and typing with the thumbs.

Disaster Information Specialist classes at MLA in Seattle

MLA has posted information about the two Disaster Information Specialist classes that are being offered after the MLA conference on Thursday May 24th.

Here is the link to the information:

Course title: U.S. Response to Disaster and Public Health Emergencies
Instructors: Mary Moore and Kimberly Loper
Date: Thursday, May 24, 2012, 8:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Location: University of Washington, Seattle
Registration: To register, contact Kathleen Combs

Course title: Information Roles in Disaster Management
Instructor: Robin Featherstone
Date: Thursday, May 24, 2012, 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Location: University of Washington, Seattle
Registration: To register, contact Kathleen Combs

There is no charge for these classes. If you are attending MLA and are interested in extending your stay in order to take these courses, the RML may be able to assist. Please contact Kay Deeney for more information.

Some other Disaster Information Specialization courses will be offered in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Texas this summer.

Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics is available for 1.5 MLA CE contact hours. Indivduals can now register to view the program “On-demand.”

CMS Innovation Center Announces Health Care Innovation Awards

Last November, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Innovation Center issued a $1 billion challenge to the country, asking innovators to submit the most compelling new ideas that deliver better care and better health at lower costs, to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), particularly those with the highest health care needs. Through this initiative, now called the Health Care Innovation Awards, the CMS Innovation Center received many applications, representing over ten thousand organizations spanning every State and U.S. Territory.

Today, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the first batch of organizations to receive Health Care Innovation awards. The awards, made possible by the Affordable Care Act, support 26 innovative projects nationwide that will save money, deliver high quality medical care, and enhance the health care workforce. The CMS Innovation Center anticipates making its next announcement of awards in early June. To learn more about the 26 projects, read the Health Care Innovation Awards project profiles. One of the awardees is the Regents of the University of California, who are receiving funding for the UCLA Health System to expand a new program to provide coordinated, comprehensive, patient and family-centered, and efficient care for approximately 1000 Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

Lori Tagawa Appointed to APFSA Board of Directors

In April 2012, Lori Tagawa, Community Outreach Coordinator for the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region, accepted an invitation to serve on the Board of Directors for the Asian Pacific Faculty and Staff Association (APFSA) at UCLA. In addition to providing resources, support, and a forum for networking for Asian Pacific (AP) faculty and staff at UCLA, the APFSA partners with AP community-based organizations in Southern California, AP higher educational organizations and support groups in the UC system, and AP national organizations. In this role, she will work with UCLA faculty and staff on diversity issues and policies and will collaborate with AP community-based and national organizations.