Scholarly sources and reliable news sources about the Ebola outbreak

This post was originally published on the Scientific American Blog, Information Culture, on September 29, 2014.

While there has been some high quality news reporting about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, it is also easy to find vague, misleading or erroneous information about the disease and the outbreak. News related to the outbreak may also prompt more folks to explore the scholarly scientific literature on the subject.  The list below contains some reliable information sources on the topic.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center released an excellent guide to Ebola information resources. Many of the links in this post are also available from the NLM guide.

General information about the disease

News stories and collections

Scholarly materials

The National Library of Medicine has initiated an Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) for scholarly papers related to Ebola. The EAI is a partnership between the National Library of Medicine (the folks behind the PubMed biomedical research database) and the companies and organizations that publish scholarly articles. The EAI allows healthcare professionals, policy makes, librarians, and others involved in a health disaster event to temporarily access scholarly articles on the topic that would generally only be available to subscribers. Affected folks hoping to access the information need to login at the EAI site, then continue on to PubMed.  Once you get to PubMed, you can limit your search to articles available for free through the program. The current EAI allows access until October 17, 2014.

Many publishers have put together collections of ebola related articles available for free on their websites, including:

Of particular interest is an interactive map and timeline of the outbreak, discussed in detail by Larry Greenemeier on the Scientific American website.

 

The HealthMap of the Ebola outbreak

Governmental websites

This list is only a small portion of the high quality information sources available. Feel free to share your go-to high-quality information resources in the comments.

Leading the Way for Better Library Instruction

Three instructors, five team leaders, 37 participants, 5 regional locations in New York, and 963 miles travelled; this, the winning equation for a summertime road trip of the third Library Instruction Leadership Academy (LILAC).

NYSDr. Brian Morgan of the Ella Shear Cline School of Education joined librarians Michelle Costello and Kim Davies Hoffman, along with many other co-Principal Investigators on the IITG planning team, to design a LILAC like none before. After offering two local instances of the academy (2010 & 2013), meant to train librarians new to instructional roles in foundational pedagogical methods, LILAC 3 aims to widen the audience throughout New York State. The first stage included five full-day workshops (over a two-week period) in various regions of the state, in an attempt to reach as many participants as possible – Potsdam, Saratoga Springs, Highland, Rochester, and Ithaca. Dr. Morgan provided a thorough grounding in pedagogical theory and Michelle and Kim followed with demonstrations of that theory into the practice of library instruction. Students were immersed in the theory as they contemplated their professional content through hands-on and collaborative activities

Giving LILAC participants a three-week break to resume their typical fall semester routine, online modules for the academy picked up on Monday, September 15, beginning with a focus on librarian interactions with students and collaborations with faculty and community members. Three more two-week modules will be spread out until mid-November and participants will culminate their learning with multiple final projects (a progressively developed lesson plan, a usable digital asset that can be used to supplement a class lesson or used to promote library services, and an action plan for a project personalized to each participant’s library).

LILAC 3 is not only meant to educate its participants, but its developers too. Module presenters are experimenting with new technologies to translate the typical LILAC content into asynchronous learning. The regional leaders have been immersed in the LILAC experience since the time of IITG proposal writing, so that they might sustain in future years such professional development opportunities in their local regions.

Imagine This! Creative Space for SOE Students

The Imaginarium is a place of creativity. It is an open area that contains materials, ideas, and tools that can be used to enhance learning. School of Education students can use the space to meet for projects, use the material to create bulletin boards, complete assessment pieces, and use a variety of resources, models, and manipulates available in TERC to enhance lessons.

imaginarium-collageTeachers can send students to the Imaginarium as a resource of ideas for lesson plans, projects, and unit plans.

The area is also open to the community. We would love to encourage members to explore the fiction and nonfiction novels available for variety of grade levels. In addition, there are many games and resources available for students to practice skills.

Office hours are available on Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6-8pm. Please stop by and meet with the Imaginarium curator for help with your projects.

George Bernard Shaw once said, “Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last you create what you will.” So visit the Imaginarium and allow your imagination to flow.

Milne’s HUGE collection of DVDs now easier to browse and find

SpinnersForget Redbox and Netflix. Milne Library has an AMAZING selection of entertaining DVDs – more than 1,500 feature films and television series — chosen with you, the college student, in mind . What’s more, you don’t have to spend a cent and you’ll get four weeks to watch them. They’re a cinch to browse, too, now that they’re arranged alphabetically by title on new spinning display units on Milne’s Lower Level. No more call numbers to write down or try to remember, no more craning your next and straining your eyes to find that call number stuck on the narrow spine of the DVD case – just simple, straightforward, and more enjoyable DVD pickin’!

 

If you’re one of those who prefer to browse for movies and such in GLOCAT Classic first, the handy “DVDs & Videos” tab allows you to see not only what Milne has but what’s not currently checked out. Here a title search, or a keyword search on a particular actor, director, topic, etc., will bring up just DVDs and videos that match what you’re looking for. To find just the most recent releases, search by date range (e.g., “2014-2014”) and a list of that year’s releases will come up, arranged alphabetically by title.

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Users should know that, in addition to the feature films and television series they’ll find on the spinning units, Milne owns many other titles in DVD format (think PBS documentaries). These are still arranged by call number and housed on shelves opposite the “spinners.”

Liz Argentieri, Special Collections

The Internet is SO S – L – O – W…?!

CIT.iOSdownload2Our friends in CIT have issued the following notice:

iOS 8, the next update for Apple iPhones and iPads, is over 2GB in size. It’s huge. It will be released tomorrow, Wednesday, September 17. We have hundreds of these Apple devices on campus. If any significant number of them all attempt to download their update at the same time, we are going to suffer a genuine case of network over-utilization.

We are looking at deploying a caching server to minimize some of this pain, but, realistically, the network, the Internet, wireless, it’s all going to be slow and painful for the next few days. Please don’t be surprised when things don’t behave as usual and perform below their usual standard.

Thanks!

 

 

Fall Story Time Celebration

Fall.StorytimeMilne Library will host a Fall Story Time Celebration for children and their caregivers! This event open to the entire community and is sponsored by the Young Children’s Council and students from the School of Education. All ages are welcome, though these stories are geared toward the under-10 age group (appropriate for preschoolers).

Friday, September 19th
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Teacher Education Resource Center
(located on the lower-level of Milne Library)

Story Time is performed by members of the Young Children’s Council and refreshments, songs and crafts will be provided.

Milne Library’s address is 1 College Circle, Geneseo, NY 14454.  Parking is available on Main Street; park by Ward Place, walk down the hill, and you will arrive at Milne Library! Look for signage to direct you into the library entrance.

For more information or to RSVP (walk-ins are welcome!) send an email to Marissa Zinone – [email protected] or Michelle Costello – [email protected]

Textbooks and Reserves

Milne library has a growing collection of required course texts for many of the courses taught on campus. Most are available for 4 hour loan at the Service Desk.

For an in-depth explanation of all that is available, check out our Find Textbooks and Course Reserves Guide.  With many options of how to access required materials for students’ different courses, the process may be confusing. This guide will help students find material for their coursework.

If Milne doesn’t have the text or course reading that you need on reserve at the Service Desk, you may be able to find it in the general collection.  Here are a few ways to find out:

  1. Search for the title in GLOCAT+ to see if we have it in the library’s general collection.
  2. Search for the title of your textbook on our How Do I Find My Course Texts library guide to see if we have it on 4 hour reserve at the Service Desk.
  3. Search for it in IDS Search to see if we can borrow it for you from another library.

And don’t forget about our new Kindle Textbooks on Reserve!

We are piloting a new way of providing affordable access to textbooks. Starting this semester, we will be circulating selected textbooks on Kindle Fire HD tablets. The Kindles can be checked out for 4 hours and include the following textbooks:

Molecular Biology of the Cell (Alberts, 5th ed.)

Molecular Biology of the Cell (Alberts, 5th ed.)

Multivariable Calculus (Stewart, 7th ed.)

Multivariable Calculus (Stewart, 7th ed.)

Organic Chemistry (Solomons, 11th ed.)

Organic Chemistry (Solomons, 11th ed.)

Organic Chemistry (McMurry, 8th ed.)

Organic Chemistry (McMurry, 8th ed.)

Center for Academic Excellence – Fall 2014 Updates

CAEBlogOn behalf of everyone working with the Center for Academic Excellence, welcome back to campus everyone! And for those of you who are new, we look forward to meeting and serving you over the course of the next several years!

The C.A.E. is slated to  resume services on September 8th. As in years past, we will be hosting the Writing Learning Center, AOP tutoring, International Student & Scholar Services tutoring, and other educational services.

In addition to these services, the C.A.E. will also be sponsoring an expanded number of workshops this year, including:

  • Library instruction for transfer students
  • Library instruction for international students
  • Time management
  • Resource evaluation
  • Annotated bibliographies…

…and many more. You’ll be hearing more about our workshop offerings, including dates and times, very shortly.

Also, save the date! The C.A.E. Open House will be returning to the main floor of the Milne Library on September 24th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. We’ll be sharing information about various tutoring and learning centers, and recognizing all the hard work done by your peer tutors across campus.

Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks!

Mark Your Calendar Now…

PlagiarismStudents plagiarize for many reasons. While some are simply trying to get through a course as easily as possible, others procrastinate and panic, taking a few short cuts to get the assignment done. Some students think that text on a “group-developed” web page like Wikipedia does not have to be cited because it is “common knowledge” (not true!).  Others genuinely do not understand how to paraphrase, quote, and cite properly.

In this workshop taught by librarians, students will:

  1. discuss how copyright laws and plagiarism rules apply to using material from the web
  2. learn how citing correctly can help avoid unintentional plagiarism
  3. learn how to write a paragraph that successfully and clearly distinguishes paraphrases and quotes from original ideas and language

FALL 2014 WORKSHOPS

Wednesday, September 10, 4:30-5:20   Room: Milne 121
Tuesday, September 16,   3:30-4:20   Room: Milne 104
Thursday, September 18,   6:00-6:50   Room: Milne 121
Wednesday, September 24,   7:00-7:50 Room: Milne 104
Friday, September 26, 2:30-3:20   Room: Milne 104
Monday, September 29, 4:00-4:50   Room: Milne 104
Wednesday, October 1, 6:00-6:50   Room: Milne 104
Tuesday, October 7, 3:30-4:20   Room: Milne 105
Thursday, October 9, 5:00-5:50   Room: Milne 104
Wednesday, October 15 5:00-5:50   Room: Milne 104
Monday, October 20   4:00-4:50   Room: Milne 104
Thursday, October 23   7:00-7:50   Room: Milne 104

There is no pre-registration. Students can just come to the listed classroom at the times above.

We’re OPEN for the Holiday

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windy labor day Photo credit: Flickr User Robert Couse-Baker

That’s right! We’re open our regular hours for the Labor Day holiday.

Be safe and enjoy your day!