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Monthly Archives: April 2010

Oil spills and human health

As reported on the Krafty Librarian blog: NLM has a page listing links to information on crude oil spills and human health at  It specifically is focused on the United States and the state agencies response to oil spills. For the latest updates about the recent spill and the controlled burning clean up go to […]

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New addition to PubMed Central International

In January, PubMed Central Canada was added to PMC International. As explained in the original bulletin: PMC Canada is the result of a three-way collaborative effort by the National Library of Medicine®, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the National Research Council’s Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI). Similar to United […]

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Fair use: economic boon or bane?

Two studies released this week highlight the ongoing debate over copyright protections and “fair use” of such materials.The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s study claims that certain “intellectual-property” sensitive industries such as aerospace engineering and computer manufacturing thrive more in states that aggressively enforce copyright and other intellectual property (IP) laws. Shortly thereafter, the Computer and […]

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ALA’s 2010 State of America’s Libraries report published

The American Library Association has published its annual “State of America’s Libraries” report which shows increased library usage without an increase in funding. Key points in the report include: Internet use continues to expand at public libraries, which have seen double-digit growth since 2007 in the on-line services they make available to their patrons. Ninety-six […]

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April’s Topic du Jour

Each month the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library offers informal, brown bag presentations for staff and other interested people on topics related to our work. These generally take place every 4th Tuesday, and this month’s topic is “Information Architecture and Why It’s Important.” It will be held Tuesday, April 7th, in HSEB 3515-A, from […]

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PubMed look to be revised

According to an NLM Bulletin posted yesterday, PubMed will have its home page modified. The graphic showing a welcome message in front of pages in a book will be reduced in size, freeing-up valuable screen real estate. Also, the database description will be edited to mention that PubMed includes citations for online books. Using the […]

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Transition from hospital to nursing home video

For many people the transition from hospital to nursing home life is associated with anxiety, threat to quality of life, and loss of independence. Transition from Hospital to Nursing Home is a video that provides examples of, and guidance on, common situations faced by patients and their families during this challenging time. The goal of […]

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Free online class on health literacy for health professionals

From The Krafty Librarian: The CDC has created a free “Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals Online Training” program to help educate public health professionals about issues with health literacy (patients and the public lack of health literacy) and their role in addressing it. The CDC is offering a free online course which can be […]

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LIFT Forum on adaptive technology

The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library presented its Library Information Technology Forum today. Its purpose is to inform the University of Utah community about electronic information resources, and current trends in the use of computers and online technologies for accessing these resources. The Forum is generally held the second Wednesday of each month between […]

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Implementing technology projects

In a recent posting from the Computers in Libraries 2010 Conference, the Librarian in Black summarizes points made at a workshop titled, “Black Ops Ninja-Style Technology Projects.” The session was intended to offer examples to library technology professionals on how to go about building quick and effective support for new projects. Though it was the […]

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