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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.

Posted by pfa at April 30, 2009 12:14 PM


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