Monday, February 14, 2011

Using and writing reviews to inform your practice

Using and writing reviews to inform your practice:


Reviews are seen as a way of exploiting existing data or research findings more fully and can offer a summarised insight into the current understanding of the evidence. Library and information science (LIS) workers can use reviews to inform their decision-making and service planning. Although the LIS evidence base continues to grow there will frequently be times when no published reviews are available. In these instances, you may consider undertaking your own review. Different types of review require different approaches and, by deciding from the outset what kind of review yours will be, will inform your methodology. Guidelines on writing reviews for the Health Information and Libraries Journal are presented.

Quoted from Health Information & Libraries, author Anthea Sutton.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

it’s tax time again…

A valuable tip from from it’s tax time again…: "

And here is some advice I’ve pulled off of the VTLIBRARIES mailing list about tax assistance for people with disabilities. Here is an obligatory link to an article outlining the effect on some public libraries (in Maine in this case) who are dealing with the fact that people are not getting mailed paper tax forms unless they request them. Currently about 70% of Americans file their taxes electronically.

“Hundreds of the most popular federal tax forms and publications are available for download from for sight impaired individuals. These products range from talking tax forms to Braille formats, and are accessible using screen reading software, refreshable Braille displays and voice recognition software. Click on the links below to download these forms and publications:

Download Accessible Tax Forms (Braille and Text Formats)

Download Accessible Tax Publications (Braille and Text Formats)

Download Accessible Talking Tax Forms

Download Tax Instructions (Large Print Format)

Download Tax Publications (Large Print Format)

The IRS also offers customer service assistance for persons who are deaf or who have hearing disabilities. People with TTY equipment may call 800-829-4059, which is a toll-free number, for assistance.

People who are unable to complete their tax return because of a physical disability may get assistance from an IRS office, or through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) sponsored by the IRS. Taxpayers can find a nearby location by calling 1-800-906-9887 or checking the partial list on the IRS’s website.

Publication 907, Tax Highlights for Persons with Disabilities, explains the tax implications of certain disability benefits and other issues, and is available at

Visit and click on the word “accessibility” for help and information.


Friday, February 4, 2011

Learning To Make Better Decisions In Life With The Aid Of Onlne Computer Games

Learning To Make Better Decisions In Life With The Aid Of Onlne Computer Games: "

by Medical News Today

A prototype computer game has been developed to help improve decision making skills in all aspects of our lives. Supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), a team at Queen’s University Belfast has developed a prototype that could be built on by commercial games manufacturers and turned into an e-learning or training tool for professionals in all walks of life – and for the general public too.

Try out the game here:

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Minority Health Webcast

Minority Health Webcast: "

32nd Annual Minority Health Conference and broadcast of the 13th Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture

“The Promise of Health Equity: Advancing the Discussion to Eliminate Disparities in the 21st Century”

Friday, February 25, 2011, 2:00-3:30pm EST).

Dr. Bonnie M. Duran, associate professor at the University of Washington and Director of the Center for Indigenous Health Research, will give the 13th Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture at the 32nd Annual Minority Health Conference presented by the Minority Student Caucus, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Duran’s lecture will be broadcast as a free, interactive webcast.

Quoted in full from Bringing Healthcare to the Community