Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Generic Drug Price Lists From 4 Major Pharmacies

To help with the decision making process of which insurance plan to go with, here are the printable price lists for the four major pharmacies in our area. There may be price variations by state so take the list to your pharmacy to be sure. If your pharmacy isn't listed, ask me and I will try to find a list.

Walmart Generic Price List
30-day supply - $4.
90-day supply - $10
Membership required? NO

30-day supply - $4.
90-day supply - $10
Membership required? NO

30-day supply - $4.
90-day supply - $10
Membership required? NO

30-day supply - $9.99.
90-day supply - $12.99
Membership required? YES ($20/year individual, $35/year family)

The original list is from the blog Wise Bread.

Judy Bastin
Reference Librarian

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


This in from Rebecca Brown:

As of July 14th, MedlinePlus has a new look! The entire site has been redesigned with a new layout and color scheme. Some highlights of the new design are:

A Videos & Cool Tools page that makes multimedia content easier to find and searchable.
A Share button on all health topic pages and interactive tutorials that allows you to share links to MedlinePlus through your favorite social networks. See the Diabetic Diet topic page as an example.
A medical dictionary search box on the English homepage for quick look-up of medical terms.
A search cloud widget on the homepage, and a widgets page where you can find options for embedding MedlinePlus content in your own blogs, personalized homepages, and other sites.
The National Library of Medicine invites you to visit MedlinePlus to see the changes and new features for yourself. Let them know what you think of the new design by clicking the Contact Us link that appears on every page.

As always, you can stay up-to-date with the latest changes to MedlinePlus by following it on Twitter @medlineplus4you, visiting the What’s New page, and signing up for email updates. Also, don’t forget about the mobile version of MedlinePlus for reliable health information when you’re on-the-go.

Rebecca is the Kansas Outreach & Technology Liaison for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region. You may contact her:

Rebecca Brown, MLS
University of Kansas Medical Center
A.R. Dykes Library of Health Sciences
2100 W. 39th Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66160

Monday, July 19, 2010

Who You Gonna Call?

These guys improv anywhere!


For our latest mission, we brought the movie Ghostbusters to life in the reading room of The New York Public Library at 42 Street. The 1984 movie begins with a scene in the very same room, so we figured it was time for the Ghostbusters to make an encore appearance. Enjoy the video first and then go behind-the-scenes with the photos and report below.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Library Jobs Considered

Regina Beard, Kansas State Business Librarian, writes:

"Is this job what I expected? Yes and no. My work with students is gratifying, especially when they recognize that my role is more that of a guide or teacher than a personal researcher. No, because I never expected to have to work so hard to convince faculty and students that my responsibilities extend far beyond shelving and shushing. Too bad library schools do not require sales and marketing classes. Who knew I would make cold calls and sell library services; try to convince users that library resources trump Internet findings; and insist that library instruction cannot be limited to thirty-minute sessions and remain an effective learning experience? Our charge as librarians is to demonstrate that as students and faculty change the way they pursue information, so have libraries and librarians changed the ways in which they deliver resources and information."

The article is Mid-Life Career Change-On Choosing Librarianship, July 2010 issue of ALA-APA's Library Worklife.

I enjoyed her perspectives on career assessment, librarian competition (it's a great job, so openings continue to be tight), and the above on the nature of an academic library job. I met Regina last week at the KLA-CULS executive board meeting, as she's our newly elected ACRL representative.

Micaela Ayers
Past President, CULS

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Research Assignments - how useful?

And the point on plagiarism that gets made below is an interesting component of the NY Times article on same today..."Cutting and Pasting: A Senior Thesis by (Insert Name)"
Published: July 12, 2010

Date: Monday, July 12, 2010 10:12 am
Subject: Preview: PIL's upcoming research report

> Hello, hope you are well. We write with some research news.
> We have attached a link to a short video preview (2:22) about Project Information Literacy's upcoming research report: A content analysis of 191 course-related research assignment handouts professors distributed to undergraduates on 28 U.S. campuses. The report, "Assigning Inquiry: How Handouts for Research Assignments Guide Today's College Students," will be released in the next few days. We will send you a link to the full-text report once it is released.
> Thanks for your your support of our research and stay tuned...
> - Alison and Mike
> --
> Alison J. Head, Ph.D. and Michael B. Eisenberg, Ph.D.
> ______________________________
> Co-Directors and Co-Principal Investigators
> Project Information Literacy
> The Information School | University of Washington
> Seattle, Washington
> (707) 939-6941

See also another NY Times article from earlier this month:

To Stop Cheats, Colleges Learn Their Trickery

Published: July 5, 2010

Shower in the Library

My daughter is getting married July 30. I am of course, very excited for her and her fiance, Chris.

Thing is, when her good friend Heather called from Kansas City to arrange the shower and asked where a great place to hold it might be, someplace warm and inviting, with a bookstore or coffeehouse vibe, the library here at the El Dorado campus popped into mind immediately. It's not an open, cavernous hall with no decor, hard metal seats, awkward layout. The full bookshelves, comfortable chairs, and lovely view, as well as the coffee bar within it gives a wonderful atmosphere for a shower or event.

So if you need a place for a baby or bridal shower, a wedding anniversary, or a small party (no alcohol), consider calling the library at 322-7606 for private party rates (very reasonable!). Or remember us for a small campus meeting or farewell to an employee moving away. You'll enjoy the location as much as we did last Sunday!



Thursday, July 08, 2010


This week's Kansas Government Information (KGI) blog provides links to information on Kansas wheat.

Kansas Government Information is provided as a service from the State Library of Kansas.

Bill Sowers