Spotlight on Health: A Happy and Healthy Holiday to You All!

HSL-FestiveWow, 2014 flew by! We really enjoyed putting together all of the blog posts this year. Coming up in January, we’ll be introducing the new name for our blog; we hope you’ll look forward to it!

As we break for the holidays, we wanted to leave you with this informative (and fun) carol courtesy of the CDC. Consider this festive song our reminder to keep healthy and safe while you’re enjoying the best of the holiday season. We hope you like it so much you want to sing along!

 

See you in the new year!

The Library Technology Lab is Officially Open for Business!

3 weeks ago we held the official opening event for our new Library Technology Lab! It was a lot of fun, and we had a chance to show off a lot of the technology we have available to our College of Medicine patrons for checkout. Check out the time lapse video below and see if you can spot yourself amongst the crowd of eager visitors.

Of huge interest was the pair of Google Glass that we have. It was unfortunately experiencing some technical difficulties at the time, but we’re working with Google to try and get those resolved. We’ll be sure to keep you updated about when it will be available to play with again.

It can tell time AND do math! Wow!

It can tell time AND do math! Wow!

We also held a raffle. The entire event was “Back to the Future” themed, so naturally we had to raffle something that was a little retro, yet cool. Congratulations to our winner, we really hope you enjoy your brand new Calculator Watch!

In case you missed the event, you can check out the entire list of items we have available for checkout on the new Technology Equipment page on our website. Also, please feel free to stop by the Library Technology Lab if you ever want to get some experience with a device before you buy it, have any questions about your device, or want to check if we have anything new. Raney Collins, the library staff member running the lab, will be happy to chat with you. If you’d like to make an appointment to see her, you can contact the lab at medlibrarytech@ucf.edu or fill out this form.

Need a reason to look forward to Tuesdays? We’ve got one!

If you haven’t had yet noticed the brand new (huge!) TV we have mounted in the library, we hope you’ll take the chance to notice it now that we’ve come up with a fun new way to use it. Watching the news all day every day can get monotonous, so we’ve decided to devote one day every week to innovation, fresh ideas, and inspirational concepts. Introducing TEDTalk Tuesdays!

TEDTalkTuesdays

TED Talks are a great way to learn about how peoples from different communities and walks of life all around the world are shaping their worlds, changing attitudes, and using the power of ideas to engage and discuss new ways to look at a variety of concepts. Each talk is somewhere between maybe 1 and 18 minutes long, and can cover a myriad of topics.  Earlier this year in September, we hosted a live stream viewing of the TEDMED 2014 event held in Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA, which was full of great talks around the 2014 theme, Unlocking Imagination.

While we can’t have the volume up on the monitor (we are a library after all), each talk is subtitled for your reading pleasure! Please feel free to stop by and catch a Talk – we usually pick a playlist of interest and proceed to enjoy whichever presentations are shown. If you’re on Twitter, use the hashtag #TEDTalkTuesdays to let us know what you think of the day’s videos. If you can’t join us weekly, we invite you to visit the official TED site and check out all of the interesting videos they have to offer.