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Archive for 2005

Spanish Language Outreach

Friday, October 28th, 2005

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be funding a 3 year $2 million dollar grant to WebJunction for a Spanish Language Outreach Program. The program will provide public library staff with skills and other resources to reach out to Spanish speakers and increase the number of Spanish speakers who use public access computers in public libraries.

Hello from SCC/MLA 2005

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

Hello from little Rock

A New Health Search Tool

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

Just out – a new search tool for health information: Healthline.

According to the About Us page: “Five years in development, and created in collaboration with 1,100 physician specialists, the company’s patented HealthMap search platform is powered by an unparalleled medical taxonomy that encompasses nearly one million medical terms and synonyms. Using state-of-the art medical informatics, these terms are matched and compared to the diverse ways in which they are used within the context of human medical conditions to provide much more relevant and precise results than broad, horizontal search engines.”

Reviews from two library blogs:
The Krafty Librarian

A New Library Wiki: Library Instruction

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

A new library wiki has arrived. According to the site: “the Library Instruction Wiki, a collaboratively developed resource for librarians involved with or interested in instruction. All librarians and others interested in library instruction are welcome and encouraged to contribute.”

Library Instruction Wiki

Medicare Web Site Offers Drug Plan Comparison Tools

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

According to the Miami Herald, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services unveiled new tools on the Medicare Web Site called the “Medicare Prescription Drug Finder Plan” and the “Landscape of Local Plans.” While not completely ready for customer use, in the coming weeks the website will allow users to compare Medicare drug prescription plans. The website will be fully functional well before enrollment begins on November 15, 2005.

Miami Herald article, “Drug plan website stymies users”

New Medicare tools:

Free Medical Journal Articles on Impact of Katrina

Friday, October 14th, 2005

From Be Spacific:

The latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine contains multiple articles regarding healthcare and Hurricane Katrina. All are available at no-cost to non-subscribers.

New England Journal of Medicine


  • Hurricane Katrina: Volunteer Work — Logistics First
  • Hurricane Katrina: Finding Supplies
  • Hurricane Katrina: Public Health Response — Assessing Needs
  • Hurricane Katrina: Aftershocks
  • Hurricane Katrina: Evacuated Populations — Lessons from Foreign Refugee Crises
  • Hurricane Katrina: Lethal Levels
  • Hurricane Katrina: Unexpected Necessities — Inside Charity Hospital
  • Hurricane Katrina: Triaging Tragedy

Blackboard and WebCT Announce Plans to Merge

Thursday, October 13th, 2005

Two distance education application leaders merge.

Press Release

Coming Soon: the Google Librarian Center

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

This is just getting started but you can subscribe to a newsletter, share experiences, etc. with Google.

Localize PubMed More Easily Using a Shared My NCBI Account

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

From Latitudes, the Newsletter for the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region:

Localize PubMed More Easily Using a Shared My NCBI Account

Rx for Survival outreach tool kit

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

A six-part PBS television series entitled “Rx for Survival” will air November 1-3, 2005. The series is the cornerstone of a pioneering multimedia project designed to create an understanding of the importance of global health issues in our lives and inspire Americans to get involved in addressing serious health issues.
To help libraries and other groups, the website offers a variety of activities under the feature heading “Give Time.” There are several hands-on activities that librarians can use to engage groups ranging from young children through adults. All of these require no materials or just a few readily available resources. One activity, for example, is a called “Unfair Race.” This is a simple but eye-opening activity that helps participants understand how much of an impact where you live has on your health. Players assume the roles of different countries and examine the extent to which one’s country can help or hinder your health.

There’s a special online outreach toolkit librarians can register to use that has even more activity ideas, step-by-step guides, signage, logos, and more. It’s at