Library Staff take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

ice-bucket-challenge-fb-user-profile-1What’s better than hanging out with co-workers on a hot Friday afternoon in sunny Orlando in late August? Though “hanging out in the air-conditioning instead” is always an acceptable guess, having the opportunity to cool off and give to charity at the same time is the winning answer this time around. Last Friday, various faculty, students and staff at the COM participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge campaign that was been sweeping social media over the past few weeks. The goal of the campaign is to bring awareness of the disease and raise money to further research of it. According to the ALS Association website, as of this past Monday the 25th, donations had reached a staggering $79.7 MILLION since the campaign started a few weeks ago. Considering that during the same time period a year ago donations totaled around $2.5 million, it looks like the campaign has made a huge splash.

It works like this: If you’re challenged to take the ice bath, you have 24 hours to do so or you have to make a donation to fight ALS. Lots of people do both! It’s fun to challenge your friends and watch the videos they have posted on social media to prove they did in fact take the challenge. At the COM, the Dean of the college was challenged (along with everyone else in the building) by our new Internal Medicine residents. What resulted was a wave of a hundred or so buckets of ice water over the heads of our faculty, staff and students. Check out the video below!

Amongst participants were our library Director, Nadine Dexter, and one of our Senior Library Technical Assistants, Melodie Gardner. Great job, guys!Splashafter

 

 

Afterwards, Nadine decided to issues challenges to the library directors at FIU’s medical library, and UCF’s John C. Hitt Library. We’re looking forward to seeing those videos!

Good thing it’s summer, right? What a refreshing way to make a difference. If you’d like to learn more about ALS and how you can help, visit the ALS Association website.

What you should know about Ebola

By now you’ve probably heard about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The U.S. has been treating two cases at the Emory University Hospital in two American doctors who were working to combat the virus in Liberia. They were both released from the hospital yesterday, and pose no public health threat. Still, it’s good to know some additional information about the disease, so here are some interesting graphics courtesy of the CDC.

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Further, some guidelines on handling potential threats.

 

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For more information about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date news.

 

 

New E-Books with Extra Goodies

The library has purchased access to a couple new resources: Geriatrics Care Online and LWW Health Library.

Geriatrics Care Online contains books, teaching slides, clinical guidelines, and journals published by the American Geriatrics Society. Some of these resources include Geriatrics At Your Fingertips 2014 and the Geriatrics Review Syllabus, 8e.

If users create a free account, they can create bookmarks of webpages, take notes within the content, email specific material links to a colleague, and save search results.

The LWW Health Library contains popular textbooks and multimedia published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Some of these resources include:

Users can download images into PowerPoint presentations, link directly to a section of a chapter, and email links of chapters to colleagues that will be login free for 72 hours.

Enjoy!

 

Implementing a new iPad leasing program

New M1 students receiving leased iPads during the 2014 orientation fair

New M1 students receiving leased iPads during the 2014 orientation fair

This Tuesday 120 new medical students were deployed an iPad by the health sciences library during the annual COM orientation fair. This year, however, the library team worked with the COM, main campus, and Apple to implement a new leasing program. Student equipment fees are being collected to lease iPad minis for each student, which will then be turned in after the first two years of medical school. At that time, the students will be given a new device, depending on which Apple tablet is on the market at that time. At the end of their four-year medical school career, students will be given the option to return their tablet, or to purchase it outright for a nominal fee. The library team hopes the leasing program will allow the library to refresh students’ technology after two years, the average amount of time during which new tablets are released.

Do you know “The Scoop?”

If you have visited the 2nd floor bathrooms near the health sciences library lately, you may have noticed something different. The health sciences library’s newsletter, The Scoop, is posted on the wall in each bathroom stall! Find out about current happenings in the library, learn about new library resources and services, or read a funny (library-related) comic. Check back each month for a new edition. Not on the second floor at COM? You can read the latest and back issues of The Scoop on our website.

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