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Archive for March, 2005

Technology Watch List for Small Libraries

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

An interesting list of items for small libraries to consider. While it is not a comprehensive list or one that everyone will agree with, the article brings up the point that technology planning is the most important technology item to consider.

WebJunction: Technology Watch List for Small Libraries

NOAH has a new bilingual interface

Wednesday, March 30th, 2005

The bilingual consumer health information website for “New York Online Access to Health” (NOAH) has been relaunched at with a new streamlined design and easier navigation functions, making it simpler than ever for librarians and consumers to find important information about health topics that concern them.

New York Online Access to Health

New Jersey Requires Cultural Competency Training for Physicians

Monday, March 28th, 2005

March 23, 2005: Acting Governor Richard J. Codey signed legislation that will improve medical care for minorities by requiring cultural competency training for New Jersey physicians.

Codey Signs Bill to Improve Medical Care for Minorities

Saving Lives Shouldn’t Be This Hard

Monday, March 28th, 2005

“I almost didn’t live to write this story, thanks to the maddeningly hidden information I needed to make correct medical decisions.” Timothy Mullaney, BusinessWeek Online

Saving Lives Shouldn’t Be This Hard

NLM Grant Expands Health Communications Training for Health Educators and Medical Librarians

Friday, March 25th, 2005

The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) announces a two-year award from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to improve the public’s health by jointly training 30 medical librarians and health educators in health communications planning. The project will utilize CDCynergy, a CD-ROM based multi-media tool developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as a framework for creating, implementing and evaluating public health communications campaigns.

In this train-the-trainer project, each participant will be expected to deliver CDCynergy workshops at the state and local levels, especially rural and underserved areas of the country. Some 120 new CDCynergy workshops are expected to be held in the next 24 months.

SOPHE’s National Network of CDCynergy Trainers have been delivering CDCynergy workshops throughout the United States since 2001. With NLM funding, the project will expand the number of certified trainers to more than 50, including 16 medical librarians. Throughout the project, SOPHE will provide materials, technical assistance and support to the trainers as they hold the multi-media workshops at the state and local levels. The project is part of NLM’s ongoing initiative: Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce, a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations and health science libraries (

Survey: Physicians Use Handhelds Mostly for Administrative Tasks

Thursday, March 24th, 2005

At least 80% of physicians who use personal digital assistants and handheld devices use them for administrative tasks, such as managing address books and appointments, rather than clinical tasks, according to a survey by Forrester Research and the American Medical Association. Read more here: ALERTs

Thursday, March 24th, 2005

A new feature from

Keep track of various science topics of interest with ALERTs

Move Over Blogs: Here Come Podcasts

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005

More on the latest buzzword: podcasting. If you’ve heard the term but aren’t quite sure what it is, here’s a great introductory article.

Move Over Blogs: Here Come Podcasts

Librarians’ Rx

Monday, March 21st, 2005

Just discovered: a Canadian health science library blog from the University of Alberta:

Librarians’ Rx


Wednesday, March 16th, 2005

The National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) just published a new report, which lists areas in which they plan to focus in the near future. For example “libraries as distribution centers for emergency preparedness and public warning information” and “Health communication and the role of libraries in the distribution of consumer health information and in promoting healthy lifestyles for all Americans.”

The report:

Also, here is the link to the news release about it: