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Oct 21

Government Information on Ebola

Posted to From the Reference Desk... by Candace Leduc


The recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has been one of the significant stories of late 2014. Federal and state government efforts have focused on preventing Ebola from entering the United States, quarantining confirmed and potential Ebola patients, and educating the general public on the disease.

Ebola is an often-deadly virus that infects its victims with severe flu-like symptoms such as fevers, aches, vomiting, and diarrhea. The pathogen is spread via direct contact with body fluids of someone who is currently infected and already showing symptoms. These usually appear 8-10 days after exposure, but may not appear for up to 21 days. Therefore, a person who has avoided exposure to Ebola for more than three weeks, and who is not showing symptoms, is Ebola-free.

Currently no cure or vaccine for Ebola exists. Treatment of Ebola patients consists of replenishing lost fluids and providing blood transfusions.

The U.S. federal government and the state government of Kansas have published educational materials and interactive tools to keep the public up-to-date regarding Ebola. Links to these resources are provided below.

U.S. government

CDC Website displaying current Ebola information

CDC Travel Advisory updates

Kansas state government

Kansas Department of Health and Environment website displaying current Ebola information

Frequently Asked Questions

Oct 01

Letting Go of Legacy Services: Library Case Studies (2014)

Posted to State Library's LIS Collection by Brian Herder

Letting Go of Legacy Services

Letting Go of Legacy Services: Library Case Studies (2014)

Mary Evangeliste and Katherine Furlong

Item Number: 978-0-8389-1220-1

ALA Editions

The last few years have proven beyond any doubt that libraries cannot afford to coast along with the status quo. Just as important as proposing and adding new services is the sometimes unpleasant process of critically examining existing realities and letting go of obsolete or less useful programs. But instead of panicking about budgetary and staffing challenges, libraries can choose a measured, proactive response. The contributors in this practical guidebook take readers step-by-step through approaches they've used at their own institutions, offering models that can be adapted to a wide variety of settings. After reading this book library directors and administrators will have insights into

  • How planned abandonment strategies grounded in assessment-based decision making can allow libraries to focus on what they do best
  • Common sense solutions to "pressure points" common across many different libraries, such as difficulties in dealing with data, communicating to internal and external populations, and the ordinary day-to-day pressures of running a library
  • The first steps towards formulating a plan of action, and ways to make evaluation of services a regular part of organizational culture
  • Analysis of each case study, and suggestions for further exploration

Through examination of these case studies, librarians can develop a framework that helps lead to more structured thinking about what is vitally important for their own library's future.