Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Everday Mysteries from the Library of Congress: Sweet potatoes vs. Yams

I recently stumbled across a page called Everyday Mysteries from the Library of Congress. These "fun science facts" from LOC are crowd-sourced and answered by librarians at LOC's Science Reference Services

An especially appropriate post is now out: it answers the time-honored Thanksgiving question... what is the difference between sweet potatoes and yams?

https://www.ars.usda.gov/oc/images/photos/nov00/k9231-1/




Winner winner chicken dinner! WHSLA Bingo winners

A big thank you to Dora Davis, WHSLA Professional Development Coordinator and Bingo Caller for running the WHSLA Bingo game at last week's Annual Business Meeting. I think we can safely say this was the most fun Business Meeting ever! 

Congratulations to the WHSLA Bingo winners: Trisha Adamus, Brenda Fay, and Ashley Zeidler. 

https://pixabay.com/vectors/bingo-gambling-games-148903/
https://pixabay.com/vectors/bingo-gambling-games-148903/


Friday, November 12, 2021

NNLM Webinar: Ransomware Attacks - What Medical Librarians Need to Know


Considering recent events and the fact that our IT Departments are locking down networks (I know they need to be cautious) to the point where I've been unable to receive a few Docline articles as pdfs, this looks like a timely and important session!   

Register for the NNLM's webinar on Ransomware Attacks: What Medical Librarians Need to Know

December 9, 2021
11PT/12MT/1CT/2ET
60 Minutes
1 MLA CE
Qualifies for DIS Level 1*

On January 11, 2018, Hancock Health in Greenfield, Indiana experienced a ransomware attack on the hospital's information systems. The hackers used compromised account credentials to target a server located in the emergency IT backup facility. This caused havoc with critical information systems. The University of Vermont Health Network in Burlington, Vermont was attacked on October 8, 2020, with malware infecting hospital information systems.

In this webinar, Steve Long, CEO of Hancock Health, will talk about his experiences with mobilizing disaster response procedures. Alice Stokes, Research and Education Librarian at the University of Vermont, will address ways that library services are impacted by ransomware attacks.
Steve Long, CEO of Hancock Health, will talk about his experiences with mobilizing disaster response procedures.

*This webinar is part of the NNLM Information Access Webinar Series and qualifies for the Disaster Information Specialization, Level 1.

Thanks,
Rebecca Brown MLS, AHIP, CPACC
Training Development Manager
NNLM Training Office

Get those bingo cards ready! WHSLA Bingo is one week from today

We’re bringing the Bingo hall to your computer at this year’s annual WHSLA business meeting! Instead of numbers on your cards you will see fun facts about our current WHSLA members.  Three gift cards will be awarded as prizes, so click on the link below to enter your fun facts and then come to the business meeting to play and win! The form will be open until Monday 11/15 at noon, so act quickly! We’ve had great turnout so far but we can’t wait to learn more about YOU!

 Here’s the fine print:

WHSLA Bingo is open to all current WHSLA members who attend the annual business meeting.  Winners must have submitted fun facts and must be present to win.  Three winners will be awarded an Amazon gift card.  Not a current WHSLA member? No problem, for just $20 you can join now and enjoy all of the benefits of being a member. 

Monday, November 1, 2021

Memes help us cope

 If you spend any time online, especially looking at social media, you're familiar with memes.  These humorous/cute images make reference to popular culture, and they seem to be everywhere.  Unlike many things we encounter online, recent research published in Psychology of Popular Media suggests that memes may help support efforts to cope with stressful events (in this case, the ongoing pandemic).

Thanks to WHSLA member Kathy Koch for sharing this NPR article that discusses the study in terms non-researchers can more easily understand.






Friday, October 29, 2021

Just in time for Halloween....

 Looking for a spooky read this Halloween weekend?  Check out The Great Amhurst Mystery: A true narrative of the supernatural by Walter Hubbel.  The entire book is available online in NLM's digital collection.  Hubbel observed a series of bizarre, unexplained events in Amherst, Nova Scotia that went on to become one of the best documented cases of poltergeist activity.  Hubbard went as far as to swear an affidavit that his accounts of the events were true.

Thanks to WHSLA member Mini Prasad for sharing Nicole Baker's Circulating Now blog post with us.  If you don't have time to read the entire book, Baker gives an interesting summary of it.

Also from NLM's digital collection!
 http://resource.nlm.nih.gov/101444428