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Archive for March, 2010

Mobile Site iPhone Emulators

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Mobile Site iPhone Emulators

Passing your iPhone around a group isn’t necessarily the only way to let your audience get a feel for a mobile site. Why not show off a mobile site by using an emulator? Emulators are designed to imitate the view you would see if you were to view a mobile site on a handheld device or a smartphone but often in a larger format.  With many emulators you can interact with a mobile site, such as MedlinePlus mobile, and even perform searches. Some of the most popular emulators allow you to use a PC or Mac to demonstrate how a site looks on the iPhone (see image). iphone emulator

Keep in mind that a mobile site is different from a mobile application or mobile app. A mobile site has a unique URL, you will not need to download anything to visit the site or to interact with it.

To use an emulator such as the ones listed below, you will need to type in the URL for the site you want to visit. Many mobile sites have a distinct URL which feature an additional m, for example, or the word mobile, as is seen in University of Texas Southwestern Library’s mobile site Most emulators do not allow you to demonstrate mobile applications such as those that an individual must download from the iTunes store. Other options, however, do exist. I have provided some of my favorites below.

Free website. Allows you to type in any URL to view the page as it would appear on an iPhone.

Firefox add-on. After installation you will be able to view websites in iPhone mode by going to File then Open Location (iPhone Mode).

MobiOne is an iPhone and PlamPre emulator. Requires download but provides ability to see how a site will look on either device as well as how the site looks when the screen is rotated.

Healthy Aging Workshop to be held at Broken Arrow, OK May 6

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

The NN/LM SCR will be offering Healthy Aging at Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information at the Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow Campus near Tulsa, OK on May 6, 2010.

Class Description
Are you interested in expanding your services to older adults?  This “train the trainer” class is designed to help librarians assist their older adult patrons find health information. Discover techniques for teaching older adults to use computers and to find health information on the Internet, learn what makes a website senior-friendly; plan programs on senior health topics; and learn about some recommended health websites for older adults.  For more information about the class:

May 6, 2010
9:00 am to 2:30 pm
Instructor: Karen Vargas
Northeastern State University
Broken Arrow Campus Library, Building E  (

9:00am – 11:30pm Part 1
11:30am – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 2:30pm Part 2

This will be followed by a 2-hour workshop called “Online Information for Older Oklahomans” taught by Steve Beleu and Robbie Sittel.

To register for this class, email Susan Woitte:

Grants and Proposal Writing Class to be held in Tulsa, OK May 7

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

The NN/LM SCR will be offering Grants and Proposal Writing at the Tulsa City-County Library, Tulsa, OK on May 7, 2010.

Class Description
Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this class presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal. Each component of the grant writing process will be addressed, including: documenting the need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; developing a work plan, an evaluation plan and dissemination plan.  For more information about the class:

May 7, 2010
11:30 am to 3:30 pm
Instructor: Karen Vargas
Tulsa City-County Library
Central Library, Aaronson Auditorium  (

To register for this class:

ABCs of DNA Class in Dallas, TX March 30

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

The NN/LM SCR will be offering ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers hosted by the University of Texas Southwestern Library in Dallas, TX, March 30, 2010.

March 30, 2010
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Instructor: Karen Vargas
Library Classroom, E2.310A.
Directions to the UT Southwestern Library:

Class Description
Do you ever wonder what the odds are that you’ll get the conditions your grandparents had? This class explores basic concepts such as genes and chromosomes and offers an overview of genetic disorders, genetic testing, genetic counseling, and the Human Genome Project. Ethical and legal issues associated with genetic disorders will be covered with regard to privacy, discrimination, and potential legislative impact on medicine and society. A variety of reliable health information resources will be demonstrated. Upon successful completion of this class, each participant will receive 4 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association (MLA).  This is an approved course for the MLA’s Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) program.

Please register at  Although UT Southwestern’s normal classes are closed to all unaffiliated individuals, this ABCs of DNA class is open.

NCCAM’s February Newsletter Online

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) brings you a new issue of the newsletter “Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Focus on Research and Care,” at Among the stories featured:

  • How do you study a CAM therapy – acupuncture – that is based on ancient concepts that seem impossible to measure?
  • A special insert for consumers addressing the question “Colds and Flu: Can CAM Help?”
  • A member of NCCAM’s National Advisory Council offering his perspective on acupuncture.
  • NCCAM’s 10th Anniversary Research Symposium brought together a fascinating group of speakers. What did they say about how people cope with stress; “a few trillion fascinating friends” that live in our bodies and may affect our health; and responses in the brain to acupuncture and meditation?

In addition to this newsletter, you can subscribe to the monthly “NCCAM Update” eBulletin, now published twice per month. To learn more, visit

Free Online Health/Medical Information for Haiti Earthquake Responders

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Below is an updated list of online health/medical information resources which are available to earthquake responders in Haiti. All are currently available at no cost, although usually available only by paid subscription.

Emergency Access Initiative. This online collection provides access to 200+ popular medical journals and also includes over 60 e-books.  Emergency Access Initiative is a collaborative effort between the U.S. National Library of Medicine and participating publishers. The access period has been extended through March 19, 2010.