Redesigned page resulting in cleaner look Smaller A-Z navigation bar Graphical icons for body systems Removed buttons that look like ads – created new buttons and introduced some new colors Now we’ll look at the new Health Topics design! Just a few months ago, MedlinePlus introduced a new look and reorganization of the Health Topics Homepage with the addition of Body Map navigation features. The redesign of the page came about from user feedback and usability studies. Users indicated that too much page space was taken up by the old alphabetical navigation table. This required more scrolling to see the actual categories for health topics. Another important finding was that the special content areas on the right side of the screen were being ignored by users. The boxes with the graphics appeared to be “ads”, and users focused on other parts of the screen. The buttons that looked like ads were replaced with new buttons and moved to a new spot. So here you can see: The new A-Z list has been reduced to a single line. The graphical icons for body systems add visual interest and function. When clicked, these fourteen sections now have an entirely new look, which you’ll see in a minute. Boxes for special content now clearly indicate the content as clickable text boxes, as a deliberate attempt to differentiate the content from ads. As you know, MedlinePlus does not accept any advertising, but the old content boxes were very similar in placement, shape and size to ads on many commercial sites. The redesign and the placement in the lower right of the screen will help users notice the content, instead of ignoring the boxes perceived as advertising.
At first glance, the Drugs section looks just like it always has. But if we look closer, you’ll notice something new. We are very pleased and excited about the recent addition of the Herbs and Supplements database from the Natural Standard. The Natural Standard provides high quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies. Choose the letter “G” from the A-Z list with the green background; we’ll look at gingko biloba as our example.
The monograph has a similar style to Drug pages, but the information is specific to herbs and supplements. More importantly, the content in the database is evidence-based. Scrolling down will take you to the sections, or you can jump by using the links in the table of contents. Let’s look at the “evidence” section. The grading system is summarized at the bottom of the table, where “A” grades are assigned when there is “Strong scientific evidence for this use”, and a grade of “C” is assigned for “Unclear scientific evidence for this use.” Also, more detail is available in the “grading rationale”.
Different parts of the image are clickable, and show green highlighting when the user moves their mouse over the area When a portion of the body map is clicked, related topic links will appear in the box to the right. For all of the topics related to the body map, the user can scroll down to find the topic of interest. Since this is a new way to navigate the health topics, a tutorial is available by clicking the link in the upper right of the screen titled “How to use this page”. This launches a tutorial with images, text and a voice narration that goes over the details of navigating the health topics pages.
MedlinePlus now offers news from HealthDay in addition Reuters. HealthDay articles are available for 90 days in the archive, which makes the News pages even more useful for users. You can look at all news by date as shown here, or you can narrow it down by clicking the link “Health News by Topic”.
The magazine is a quarterly guide for patients and their families. It will be a benefit to network members, and is also available as a .pdf file. (if your library is not a member, take this opportunity after the presentation to learn more about all the benefits of membership!) You can sign up for a free subscription at the website.
The Go Local service continues to grow. For those of you not familiar with Go Local, a search in MedlinePlus can provide links to local health care services related to that search. Last year Go Local services were available in five locations. We now have 15 sites, including Arizona – which just went live within the past month! Explore Go Local when you have a chance; it will continue to expand to other areas.
This page has excellent training materials for librarians. Added within the last year is the Evaluating Internet Health Information: A tutorial from NLM. This tutorial is twelve minutes long, and a good place to point your patrons! Now let’s go back one page and click on the Go Local section for the Public.
Online Resources for Teachers Marty Magee National Network/Libraries of Medicine Nebraska Outreach and Education Liaison McGoogan Library of Medicine University of Nebraska Medical Center
Agenda <ul><li>National Library of Medicine resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MedlinePlus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Government Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Other Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Local Resources </li></ul>
Community Health http://nnlm.gov/mcr/resources/community/minority.html
Community Health Blog http://library.med.utah.edu/blogs/BHIC/ Siobhan Champ-Blackwell National Network/Libraries of Medicine Creighton University Phone: (402) 280-4156 Fax: (402) 280-5134 Email: siobhan @creighton.edu
Streaming Videos http:// www.mlanet.org/career/index.html Following the Clues: A Visit to the Doctor and the Library Available in English, Spanish and Sudanese-Nuer http://www.unmc.edu/library/clues/
Reasons to keep an open mind… <ul><li>“ Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>-Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>-Ken Olsen, president, chariman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp. 1977 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>“ 640 K ought to be enough for anybody” </li></ul><ul><li>-Bill Gates </li></ul>
What You Can Do NOW………. <ul><li>Recommend www. MedlinePlus.gov to your students </li></ul><ul><li>Teach students about evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Link MedlinePlus to your web site </li></ul>Marty Magee National Network Libraries of Medicine University of Nebraska Medical Center 986706 Nebraska Medical Center Omaha NE 68198-6706 402-559-7076 [email_address]
Questions? <ul><li>Marty Magee </li></ul><ul><li>McGoogan Library of Medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Univ. of Nebraska Medical Center </li></ul><ul><li>986706 Nebraska Medical Center </li></ul><ul><li>Omaha NE 68198-6706 </li></ul><ul><li>402-559-7076 </li></ul><ul><li>1-800-338-7657 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>