Author Archives: Diane Osborne

The Importance of Independence Day by the Numbers

Many Americans celebrate Independence Day by enjoying several activities such as: lighting or watching fireworks, having barbeques or picnics, going to baseball games, and gathering with family and friends to enjoy the day.  Some may think it is all about the fireworks and food while others take time to have a parade and may even dress in clothing from the 1700’s to remember and celebrate one of the most important events in American history, our political separation from the government of England.  Continue reading

Easter by the Numbers

Easter can mean a lot of different things to people.   It occurs on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox and celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  As a result of this formula, the date fluctuates, and Easter is observed anywhere between March 22 and April 25th.  The first recorded observance of Easter was during the second century, but the timing of the holy day was set by the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325.  This year, Easter falls on April 19th.

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Disaster Information Database

How many disasters were there in 2019?  According to FEMA, Federal Emergency Management Agency, there were 101 natural disaster declarations in the United States alone. That is about one in every three days.  You may not think that it significant unless it happens in your area.  The fact that a declaration is made, means that financial assistance is needed from the government.

There is good news to help prepare you for disasters if you know one is headed your way.  The Disaster Information Management Research Center database has a surplus of information to assist you.  The best part is that their home page has current information about disasters or health emergencies happening now such as the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

There are several categories to assist you with the information in your search.

Disaster Literature contains Pub Med, Pub Med Central, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings), Disaster Health Information Search Guide, Emergency Access Initiative (EAI), and NIH Disaster Research Response (DR2).

CBRNE/Hazmat covers WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders), CHEMM (Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management), REMM (Radiological Emergency Medical Management), Chemical Emergencies, Radiological Emergencies, Biological Agents, Training/Education on CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, high yield Explosives) Resources, and CBRNE/Hazmat Apps.

Disaster Information Specialist includes Training/Education, Webinars, Librarian Competencies, and Connecting with Others.

Natural and Man-Made Disasters involves Hurricanes, Floods, Tornadoes, Fires, Droughts, Extreme Heat, Earthquakes and Oil Spills.

Infectious Diseases comprises Ebola Outbreak 2018, Zika Virus, Pandemic Influenza, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Past Pandemics, and Virus Variation Resource.

Lastly, one of the most valuable sections that encompasses it all is Special Topics.  It consists of Disaster Apps, Coping with Disasters, Children and Pregnant Women in Disasters, Handling Animals, Mass Gatherings, Disaster Recovery, Ethics in Disaster Medicine, and Government Sources.

With spring right around the corner and the many possible natural disasters it can bring, the Disaster Information Management Research Center database is a great resource for everyone.  It can be accessed directly from the Databases page under Find on the library homepage.

Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than BooksV. 23 No. 2, Spring 2020.

Caffeine Awareness Month

Caffeine is the most popular drug in the world and 90% of people in the US consume it in some form every day.  That is a lot of people!  So, what is the most popular caffeinated beverage in the world with more than 400 billion cups consumed each year and more than 450 million in the US every day?  If you guessed coffee, you are correct.

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Conversation Hearts

When we think of February we think of President’s Day, Groundhog’s Day, Heart Disease Awareness month and Valentine’s Day, to name a few events.  I think all of us agree though, that we remember Valentine’s Day the most.  Maybe it was a card you received or you just loved all the candy you got.  One of the most famous or most “talked” about candy is the Conversation Hearts which came from the Necco company which was bought from Spangler in 2018.  (Spangler is known for Dum-Dum’s, Starburst, and Candy Canes).  Continue reading

ACSM’s Health and Fitness Journal Review

Attention fitness instructors, personal trainers, exercise leaders, program managers, and other front-line health and fitness professionals, ACSM’s Health and Fitness Journal is written just for you to help you in your career.  ACSM stands for the American College of Sports Medicine.  Their objective is to encourage and deliver truthful, unbiased, and dependable information on health and fitness.  The Journal strives to help health and fitness practitioners improve their knowledge and experience through reports and recommendations from experts, CEC (Continuing Education Credit) offerings, opportunities to question the experts, listings of job openings, and more.

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Beat the Winter Blues

Here it is January and some of us live where we have experienced the true season of winter for at least a couple of months now.  By that I mean it is cold, windy, it has snowed, and we don’t have a lot of day light hours to enjoy.  We can sit around and complain about it being winter or we can find ways to make the most of this season.

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Strange And Wonderful Christmas Holiday Traditions



Heat up some hot cocoa and light the fireplace ‘cause the holiday season is here. If you’re looking to spice up your Christmas traditions, then look no further than this blog post. I trekked across the globe and found some pretty unique traditions you may want to try… or not!

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