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April 30, 2009

Update on Swine Flu Information iGoogle Tab

Monday after the influenza health emergency was announced we started working quickly to make information available to our communities, just as did many other medical libraries across the country. While one group in the library worked to add links and update our Influenza guide with new information, Patricia Anderson (Emerging Technologies Librarian) took an idea from fellow librarian Whitney Townsend and quickly gathered some RSS feeds and Google gadgets into an iGoogle tab to share.

The idea was to get helpful information out as fast as possible. When Whitney pioneered this idea some months ago, it got some nice attention, but not as many folks noticed as might have. This week, connecting this personal information management tool with social media in an emergency situation, it got a lot more attention as a potential information rapid prototyping tool. To start with, here is the original post.

Swine Flu Information via iGoogle Tab: http://mblog.lib.umich.edu/hsl/archives/2009/04/swine_flu_infor.html

Shortly after sending this out to the email list Disaster Information Outreach by Librarians, emails started to roll in, many from people at NIH. Among them were requests about how the tab was made and suggestions to share the tool with other email lists. In response to their queries, it was time for a second blogpost explaining a bit more about how the iGoogle tab was made and shared.

ETechLib: iGoogle for Tracking Swine Flu: http://etechlib.wordpress.com/2009/04/27/igoogle-for-tracking-swine-flu/

This was picked up by other libraries and information services.

UCSD: Biomedical Library Blog: Swine Flu current awareness tool via iGoogle: http://blog.ucsd.edu/bml/2009/04/27/swine-flu-current-awareness-tool-via-igoogle/

The Swine Flu Outbreak Daily Update: How People are Tracking the Swine Flu Emergency: http://swineoutbreak.com/flublog/?p=138

Then there was a request from NIH to use the information on their website.

NIH Library Mentions the iGoogle Tab :)
NIH Library: Swine Flu Resources: http://nihlibrary.nih.gov/Announcements/swineflu.htm

We are delighted to have brought this wonderful tool to the attention of so many other people. We hope that you are finding it useful. Remember, if you are interested in learning more about how to use iGoogle for productivity and outreach, you can contact the library for either personal assistance or to request a workshop for your team.

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Images from the History of Medicine

Wonderful resource from the National Library of Medicine:

"Images from the History of Medicine (IHM) provides access to nearly 70,000 images in the collections of the History of Medicine Division (HMD) of the U.S National Library of Medicine (NLM).

The collection includes portraits, photographs, caricatures, genre scenes, posters, and graphic art illustrating the social and historical aspects of medicine dated from the 15th to 21st century.

The records from the Images from the History of Medicine database are also searchable in LocatorPlus."


The database is searchable and there are pre-defined collections based around authors, topics, media type, or geographic location. As an example, here's a map showing the routes of transmission for the 1832 cholera epidemic:

Images form the History of Medicine - Cholera Map

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April 27, 2009

CDC Posts Video on Swine FLu (Close Captioned)

Update from the CDC.

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CDC's Recommended Hand Washing Video

The Center for Disease Control is recommending this video on handwashing as the single best preventative of catching the flu.

Put Your Hands Together. Flash Player 9 is required.

Direct link:

Put Your Hands Together: http://www.cdc.gov/CDCTV/handstogether/?s_cid=tw_epr_56

Posted by pfa at 12:38 PM | Comments (0)

Swine Flu Information via iGoogle Tab

With the National Health Alert about swine flu in the United States, the Health Sciences Libraries are working on a guide to information and resources of help to our clinicians and our public. While we are working quickly on making that available, please feel free to use this in the meantime.

iGoogle Tab: Swine Flu

Swine Flu Information iGoogle Tab: http://tinyurl.com/dg7s38

To use this, please follow the instructions below.

1. Create or login to your Google account (also known as GMail or iGoogle account).

2. From the Google homepage, click on the iGoogle link in the upper right hand corner.

3. Click on the link above or here for the Swine Flu Information iGoogle Tab.

4. Answer yes to add this to your iGoogle settings.

Last week we had a class on using iGoogle tabs to manage personal and professional information (Slides here). You can find more information there on using iGoogle.

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April 10, 2009

NIH Public Access Policy

This presentation by Merle Rosenzweig has been getting some attention in Slideshare. It includes important content for researchers about changes in the NIH Public Access policy.

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