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Archive for May, 2007

WSU Helps Launch Health Information Portal at Royal Oak Public Library

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

In partnership with Beaumont Hospital and Wayne State University the Royal Oak Public Library announced the launch of the Royal Oak Health Information Portal, a comprehensive program designed to provide direct access to the highest quality health information resources, in print and online, locally and on the internet, all at no charge, to the general public.

Beginning this Fall, the Library will host a series of free health lectures by guest speakers from Beaumont Hospital; a “curriculum” of focused workshops that will teach best practices for finding information on specified health conditions; book talks for smaller groups to discuss best resources on health topics; and self help groups that will be facilitated by health professionals. In addition, a highlighted portal from the Royal Oak Public Library Web pages will provide a launch-pad for users to directly find the high quality online health information.

The Wayne State Library and Information Science Program will assist with the quality evaluation component of the project and Royal Oak Public Library will join with WSU Shiffman Medical Library to provide regional input to the NN/LM MedlinePlus GoLocal database of local health agencies and services, so necessary to individuals and their families faced with newly diagnosed chronic conditions or illnesses.

Information specific to the Royal Oak Health Information Portal should begin appearing this summer. To follow development of this program log on to the Royal Oak Public Library at ROPL.ORG.

Improvements to Take Place at Purdy Kresge Library During Summer 2007

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

In an effort to provide for a more pleasant research and study environment for library users, the Purdy/Kresge Library will undergo a series of improvements during the summer of 2007.

These renovations and updates include: replacing the first floor carpeting, improving the heating and cooling in some parts of the building, rearranging and updating select furniture, and redesigning the reference desk and computer area. With these improvements and renovations will come some temporary inconveniences related to the project such as: construction noise, periodically closed exits, stairways and hallways, and some dust. We appreciate your patience and cooperation during this renovation phase and look forward to welcoming you to a new and improved Purdy/Kresge Library in the fall 2007 semester. Updates regarding this project can be found at the PK renovation blog:

PK 1st floor improvements

Monday, May 7th, 2007

During the summer, new carpeting will be installed on the 1st floor of the Purdy/Kresge Library. We’ve created a blog to track the progress of this project. Please check back often for updates.