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June 23, 2010

End of My Health Minnesota -> Go Local

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 (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ma10/ma10_go_local_discontinue.html) from April 2010.

My Health Minnesota → Go Local (http://medlineplus.gov/minnesota) 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, including Minitex, 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" page (http://www.biomed.lib.umn.edu/guides/personal-health) for reliable health resources and tools to locate health services in Minnesota. Users may also find MedlinePlus (http://medlineplus.gov) and its directories page (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/directories.html) useful alternatives to Go Local. In addition, Minnesota residents have a number of electronic health resources available to them on the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM) (http://elm4you.org).

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 at http://www.biomed.lib.umn.edu/services/reference/im.

June 11, 2010

May Reference Notes

The May 2010 issue of Reference Notes is now available.

By spending 10 minutes of your day with us, you'll learn more about summer read programs, developing your library's DIY collection, helping job seekers, spotting technology trends and applying them to the library world, and lots more. Or you could watch that Lady Gaga library spoof video for the 14th and 15th time. (If this is the first you've heard of that video, 1. You don't spend enough time on the Internet, and 2. Check out the "This 'n That from the Web" section in this issue for the link.)

Here's the full TOC:

What Every Job Seeker (and Librarian) Should Know

Top Ten Emerging Technologies for 2010

Internet Archive to Digitize One Million Books for Visually Impaired

This 'n That from the Web

ELM Radio Spots

ELM Spotlight: Britannica Online Reference Center

DIY: Collection Development Tips

Summer Read Programs: Make a Splash @ Your Library

Give Your Library a Technology Make Over - It's Easy!

LOEX: I Only Know the 'X' Stands for Excellent


June 7, 2010

ELM on the Airwaves

From mid-May through the end of July and from all corners of Minnesota, you'll hear radio spots on ELM, the Electronic Library for Minnesota. The goal of these spots is to increase awareness of ELM and the perceived value of libraries in the minds of Minnesota residents.

Please help us promote ELM and Minnesota libraries by linking to the spot from your library's website. Link: http://mediamill.cla.umn.edu/mediamill/embed/73583.

EBSCO Publishing created and sponsored this awareness campaign on behalf of Minitex.