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June 15, 2010

My Health Minnesota -- Go Local Ending on 7/1/10

Early this spring, the National Library of Medicine announced that it will discontinue the MedlinePlus Go Local initiative beginning in spring and continuing throughout 2010. More details about this decision are available in an NLM Technical Bulletin article from April 2010.

My Health Minnesota → Go Local will come to an end on July 1, 2010 when the site is decommissioned. The University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries and other Go Local partners will continue to provide quality consumer health resources and outreach even after Go Local ends. Minnesota's Go Local page will be redirected to the Health Sciences Libraries' Resources for Personal Health" (http://www.biomed.lib.umn.edu/guides/personal-health) page for reliable health resources and tools to locate health services in Minnesota. Users may also find MedlinePlus and its directories page useful alternatives to Go Local.

For more information or assistance with health information needs, please contact the Health Sciences Libraries at medref@umn.edu or 612-626-3260 or use the instant messaging reference service.

February 18, 2010

From the GMR: NLM to Discontinue Go Local Sites

Dear GMR Members,

Today the NLM announced that they are going to close down the Go Local sites possibly within 6-12 months. The NLM staff will be working with each of Go Local site, whether to cease the project, move data to a new platform, or continue other health services information partnerships they have found effective. NLM will continue to support the Go Local input system and web sites for the time necessary for this transition.

Here's the official announcement from NLM

Since 2001, the National Library of Medicine has supported Go Local web sites across the United States. The goal of Go Local was to connect users to health services in their local communities. This seemed like a natural extension to MedlinePlus, which provides health information. In 2001, Go Local was a unique service.

Over the past nine years, the Internet has evolved. Search engines that people use daily, such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing, bring health services listings to users. These sites include provider-level directory information and can collect user reviews that Go Local cannot. Health insurance sites give insured users local practice details, such as hours, fees, parking, and quality ratings based on provider or facility performance measures. To include this granularity in Go Local would not be feasible.

The changed Internet environment, coupled with declining use, has led to a decision by NLM to phase down and end its support for the MedlinePlus Go Local program. Resources are tight throughout our profession and as the internet has moved forward, it no longer makes sense to use scarce resources to compete with machine-based indexing used by the search engines.

NLM is grateful to the hundreds of people whose time, labor, ideas and patience went into creating Go Local. For many years we could proudly point to Go Local as a unique and valuable service to so many people in this country. We will be working with our partners around the country as they make decisions about what to do in their local areas.

Thanks and please let us know if you have any questions.

Regards,

Samanthi

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Samanthi Hewakapuge, MA, MLS
Consumer Health Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region
Library of the Health Sciences - UIC
1750 W. Polk St. (M/C 763)
Chicago, IL 60612-4330
(312) 996-7791
(312) 996-2226 Fax
samanthi@uic.edu

GMRLIST is an email list for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine-Greater Midwest Region (NN/LM-GMR) members.

August 26, 2008

Happy 1st Birthday to My Health Minnesota -> Go Local

http://medlineplus.gov/minnesota

My Health Minnesota -> Go Local (http://medlineplus.gov), a free
database of health services throughout Minnesota, recently celebrated its
first birthday! The project is sponsored by the University of Minnesota
Health Sciences Libraries, the Mayo Clinic Libraries, and the MINITEX
Library and Information Network, in collaboration with the National Library
of Medicine. This project joined others across the country to link the
trusted health information from MedlinePlus (http://medlineplus.gov) with
information about local health services. People can use Go Local to find
hospitals, nursing homes, physicians, support groups, pharmacists,
libraries, rehabilitation programs, and other health services in the Land
of 10,000 Lakes, plus reliable health information about a multitude of
diseases and conditions. My Health Minnesota -> Go Local continues to
grow daily as we add resources throughout the state.

In its first year, My Health Minnesota -> Go Local has been used by
people all over Minnesota, plus across the United States and in other parts
of the world. You’re invited to check out this resource for yourself
(http://medlineplus.gov), and to submit feedback or suggest resources to be
included. The database is searchable by location, diseases/health issues,
and providers/facilities/health services. Give it a try and let us know
what you think!

Please direct questions and comments to golocal@umn.edu.