Friday, August 29, 2008

Natural Standard Trial for Members

Califa is offering member libraries a trial to Natural Standard.

The Natural Standard database is a clinical decision support tool that is designed to help clinicians and consumers on the safety and efficacy of herbs, supplements, vitamins, diets, nutrition, exercise, and complementary practices (e.g., yoga and chiropractic). Natural Standard consists of over 500 internationally world-renowned clinicians and researchers. More than 45 translators translate all foreign language articles for accurate literature capture. The content is first person authored and undergoes blinded multidisciplinary peer review by academics and scientists across the world. Natural Standard does the clinical and patient information for The National Institutes of Health, Harvard Medical School, Yale, MD Anderson, Susan G Komen, and Mayo clinic among many other prestigious clients.

This resource comes at a great time as many of you may have seen that the Pew Internet & American Life Project just released a report estimating “between 75% and 80% of internet users have looked online for health information.” This estimate is “in line with Harris Interactive’s latest data on health information seekers 81% of internet users; 66% of all adults.”

To access your trial, please email for login information. The trial will expire Sept 30, 2008.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Books & Authors Webinar

A Webinar on Gale's Books & Authors is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 26.

To sign up for this session, please send your name, library, and email
address to

Books & Authors is specially designed to complement the browsing habits of today's Web user, integrating easy-to-follow menus that allow users to broaden and narrow their searches according to author, title, series, awards and other criteria. An "if you like" search connects readers to themes and genres that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Discounts and Webinar on CraftySpace's

Recently we announced that, in partnership with the Metropolitan Cooperative Library System (MCLS), we were offering discounts on website creation from Details of that discount, and pricing information is available at this page they put together for us. Additionally, we have scheduled a webinar with them for August 19 at 10am for our members to be able to find out more about the company, the other sites they've already created for libraries, and the package that they are offering our members. To RSVP for the webinar, please send the following information to

Your Name:
Your Library:
Your Email Address:

In the meantime, if you have any questions about the company or their website services, please let us know!

Discounts on products from HW Wilson

Califa Members now have an opportunity to save on content from HW Wilson. Contact if you would like a quote, or more information on these products.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Internet Librarian Discounts Available

Califa members may now register for Internet Librarian at a discount through Califa's registration form. This year's program, held from October 20 - 22, is now online.

This year's conference theme, Beyond 2.0: User-Focused Tools & Practices, highlights how Web 2.0 tools and practices, web services, social media, and new platforms of social computing are enabling libraries and information professionals to interact with their clients and communities in new and exciting ways. New tools and processes have ignited creative integrated content mashups, specialized and personalized services for community segments, and exciting new techniques for dealing with voluminous information flows, including user-generated content.

Internet Librarian 2008 provides attendees with many chances to meet and hear from leading edge information professionals in all types of environments—leaders in the information industry who are integrating content and delighting their clients, organizing and managing digital content in creative ways, setting the context for excellence in information utilization in their organizations, revolutionizing the roles of info pros, building strong collaborative communities among their customers and colleagues, and using new technologies in creative and exciting ways.

Payments are due on Sept. 16, 2008.
Make checks payable to Information Today and mail or fax to Califa
at 32 W. 25th Avenue, Suite 201, San Mateo CA 94403 or 650.572.2746.