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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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(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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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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What's Covered California doing that you need to know

In the past four or five days, a couple of pieces of information have developed around Covered California projects. The first is relatively easy to reference and encapsulate and certainly has the most immediate impact on public lbraries (as well as on anyone else seeking to access Covered California's website):

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To 3D or Not 3D: That's just one question

One of the most popular place in the #clanoise exhibits was the California Library Association's own makerspace area, which came fully loaded with soldering stations and three-dimensional printers for conference attendees to explore through use. Libraries and makerspaces have been a trending topic at both library conferences and in local and regional initiatives.

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From #noise to #change

The California Library Association's 115th annual conference is now history--and, as with any event in history, it offers information and insights we can use now in the present and take into the future. This year, the programs werre particularly impressive for their diversity, professionalism, and, most importantly, their subsuntative content.

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