Thursday, January 29, 2004

If there is a governing or advisory board in your life, the Free Toolkit for Boards would be a useful resource. [ ]

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

A study conducted by HP Laboratories on how and why people give up their private information is linked here: [ ]

Thursday, January 22, 2004

Free Management Library for non-profits and for-profits: [ ] . This resource is for personal, professional, and organizational development.
National Library Week is coming up, April 18 - 24, 2004. Browse on the following link to Microsoft Office resources to locate templates that can help with your library's public relations: [ ]

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

You may find this site useful if you design web pages: Colorcombo - visualize color combinations for web-design [ ] . There is a link on the page to allow free downloading of the site for off-line use. They also sell the charts on a cd for a nominal fee.

Monday, January 19, 2004

AskERIC has changed into The Educator's Reference Desk [ ] . Resource guides, lesson plans, question archives, and Search ERIC Database are all linked from the site. There is a section on Librarianship that includes librarian education (although the information listed there isn't comprehensive).
The Information Commons Productions Services in
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at The University of Iowa has released a beta edition of iLecture, the simple online lecture delivery system. The system allows users to record voice-overs on PowerPoint slides. They are seeking beta users for this tool. Find out more about the system and request consideration as a beta user at this site: [ ]

Thursday, January 15, 2004

If your organization is considering e-learning tools for purchase, please check out this site created by the US Department of Labor: Advanced Learning Technology Resource Center's Test Drive [ ] There are many other valuable resources on the ALTRC site for learners and developers of e-learning.
The LOEX Clearinghouse for Library Instruction has links to assignments, syllabi, electronic classrooms, tutorials, and many other topics. This is a great site to check out for teaching resources. [ ]
There is a new set of quick, simple guides to using the Internet (tutorials plus assessment feedback) developed by the 21st Century Information Fluency Project: [ ]. The tutorials are suitable for 6th grade through adult learners. Topics covered include: copyright, search tips and tools, evaluating web resources, etc. A teacher's guide is also available [ ]
Findings from the first international study of Internet users are in the recently released World Internet Project Report [ ] at the UCLA Center for Communication Policy.
Online, full-text, and free - just what most patrons are asking for these days. As librarians, we are also looking for quality control. The Directory of Open Access Journals, in cooperation with SPARC [ ] , based at Lund University, Lund, Sweden, is a database of nearly 700 journal worldwide journal titles. They also have information on how to include the journals in a library's collection [ ]. The database records can be harvested from the Open Archives Initiative [ ] .

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

To hide the toolbars and buttons on Internet Explorer in order to have more screen space for web site demonstrations, hit the F11 key. When the demonstration is over, or you need the regular buttons and toolbars back, hit the F11 key again.
There is a great blog that covers library career information and professional development information: Beyond the Job [ ]
Is your library considering purchasing/collecting resources to support Evidence-Based Health Care education? There is a list of resources on the Denison Library's page for their workshop on How to Practice Evidence-Based Health Care that may help your library's plans: [ ]
Educating health professionals? Check out this free to read online book from the National Academies Press - Health Professions Education: A Bridge to Quality (2003) [ ]

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Articles in the journal Lancet of interest to librarians:

Publishers face backlash over rising subscription costs: High prices have led some US institutions to cancel subscriptions to, or even boycott, scientific journals, The Lancet, Volume 363, Issue 9402, 3 January 2004, Pages 44-45

Where now for problem based learning?, The Lancet, Volume 363, Issue 9403, 10 January 2004, Page 174

Monday, January 12, 2004

IBM has developed Web Fountain, an analysis engine for web information that may prove useful to anyone mining data (especially librarians). [ ] One of the first resellers is Factiva, with the cost of their service estimated at $150,000 to $300,000 per year.

Friday, January 09, 2004

The UTHSCA Library publishes the Hispanic Americans and Health Bibliography Series annually. MEDLINE, CINAHL, and PsycInfo databases are searched, but the bibliography only lists citations from journals that are owned by the Briscoe Library at UTHSCA. [ ]
BMJ has an editorial of interest to librarians:
Preserving today's scientific record for tomorrow
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"Distance Education in Public Health" is a new title in the Current Bibliographies in Medicine at the National Library of Medicine. It lists 471 citations from January 1998 through October 2003. [ ]