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The latest word(s) on healthcare insurance

There are six more weeks for Californians to enroll in the healthcare insurance marketplace during this initial open enrollment period. Now seems a good checkup time for public libraries to evaluate how well we have provided information and technology access to this Affordable Care Act program.

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3D printing: replication or innovation @ your library?

Yesterday I sat down with a colleague who works at a public library where there is a Central Library construction project well underway. In her role as the Emerging Technologies Manager she's attending both to current community needs and library resources and the steep planning toward features of the new facilities and services on the horizon. She's been amassing and working with staff around 3D printing equipment, of course.

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Reach out to community-based experts

Earlier this week I had an opportunity to learn from an organization that has a lot to teach California public library staff about their comunities. While HealthyCity primarily focuses on public health related matters concerning communities who are frequently untapped as information resources (and underserved by bureaucracies), both their tools and methodologies have much to offer us as information facilitators.

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Remembering to question what you know

Over the course of 2013, I read about a gross of books (probably equally distributed among the platforms of published paper, yet-to-be-published paper galley, ebook [both Kindle and iBook], and with my ears). It was a relatively light reading year for me and I even had several opportunities to make selections based on purely personal grounds (It's the "purely" in there that is unusual for me).

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(Almost) everybody's doin' it

With the initial (but only initial, folks!) deadline for Covered California health insurance marketplace registration upon us next week, there has been much ado about information gathering, the Affordble Care Act, and public libraries. Thanks to the 82 who responded to Infopeople's own survey of California public library activities related to the Affordable Care Act, we can see ourselves in the national context.

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How your library may be missing a great advocacy opportunity

Earlier this week, I met with representatives of WebJunction and ZeroDivide to discuss how public libraries both in California and around the nation are responding to the element of the Affordable Care Act that legislates the initial enrollment period in health insurance marketplaces. Among the details we learned from each other is that the California library pattern, to date, mirrors the national one: there has been a clear tendency to leave the heavy lifting of informing communities about registration to non-library agencies.

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Important news releases from California's health insurance exchange

Three announcements today from the state's Affordable Care Act-mandated health insurance exchange, Covered California (coveredca.com) require the attention of all library staff providing accurate and authoritative information to their communities: 1. When the website for the exchange comes back online Monday morning, November 25 (It was previously announced and noted here that the site will be down for an upgrade from Friday night, November 22, until early Monday morning), the agency will also have a new phone hotline to help with complicated consumer questions.

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