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Archive for February, 2005

The Pandia Search Engine Awards

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005

Pandia Search Central is a great site for keeping up with search engine news and reviews.

The latest posting includes the Pandia Search Engine Awards with awards for best search engine, metasearch engine, publications on search engines, etc.

Library Technology in Texas: US CERT Security Tips

Thursday, February 17th, 2005

First, here’s a link to a very timely article on technology security issues. If you aren’t familiar with US CERT and the useful information that comes from this agency, it’s worth taking a look.

Also worth looking at is the blog that references this article, “Library Technology in Texas,” published by Christine Peterson of Amigos Library Services. She posts lots of great tech items, many of interest to those outside of Texas as well!

Library Technology in Texas: US CERT Security Tips

Online Health Information Impacts Health Benefits

Thursday, February 17th, 2005

Behavior Change Seen as Health Care’s New Frontier

Many employers say they’ve had it with cost shifting to employees and tinkering with health benefit plan design. Instead, they’re trying to save money by driving behavior change. American Airlines, for example, began offering WebMD Health’s online information and decision support tools to its 101,000 employees last year. Fifty-five percent of employees registered for the services, which Virginia Nisbet, the airline’s director of health strategy, calls a “huge success.” [Benefit News, 2-10-05]

Benefit News

[ACHI Community Health News, 2-16-05]

National Public Health Week 2005

Wednesday, February 16th, 2005

National Public Health Week 2005 (April 4-10) will focus on empowering Americans to live stronger, longer. Libraries can develop programming addressing this topic and submit the information to the American Public Health Association Web site to have the event posted on the national list. Some possible programming ideas:

  • Provide a demo of NIH Senior Health
  • Conduct a MedlinePlus Training session at a senior center or nursing home
  • For more information about National Public Health Week and to order press kits:
    National Public Health Week

    Seven Common Usability Testing Mistakes

    Wednesday, February 16th, 2005

    From User Interface Engineering:

    Seven Common Usability Testing Mistakes

    Why Google Uncle Sam?

    Tuesday, February 15th, 2005

    From Peggy Garvin reviews the Google Uncle Sam search interface for U.S. government information.

    Read the review.

    Teaching Students to Swim in the Online Sea

    Tuesday, February 15th, 2005

    From the New York Times (registration required to read)…this article discusses information literacy and the role of librarians. “Wiring schools is of little use unless students know how to find useful information in the oceans of sludge on the Web.”

    State-by-State Look at How Federal Public Health Dollars are Spent

    Tuesday, February 15th, 2005

    This state-by-state review from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides a status report on how federal dollars are spent on public health programs. Louisiana and Oklahoma rank #1 and #2 in the total amount of money spent per capita.

    In other rankings:
    Oklahoma and Louisiana rank #1 & #2 in most per capita spent on cancer prevention programs.
    Oklahoma ranks #1 for amount spent per capita on chronic diseases.
    Louisiana receives the most funding for diabetes control and environmental health.

    To read the entire report: Shortchanging America’s Health

    My Kingdom for an OPAC

    Monday, February 14th, 2005

    Andrew K. Pace, technology columnist for American Libraries, writes about emerging OPAC technologies.

    ALA | February 2005: My Kingdom for an OPAC

    NLM Technical Bulletin: A Few Updates

    Monday, February 14th, 2005

    PubMed Subject Subset Strategies Updated

    Journals Database Links Menu Enhanced

    Saving Searches with History Search Numbers in My NCBI: Problem Resolved