Covered California consumers can now use a quality rating system when choosing a health care plan is the latest big news about the state’s Affordable Care Act insurance market site. Reading the full story shows there is some real substance behnd the headline:
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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. WhileHealthyCity 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.
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).
Infopeople is happy to introduce a new podcast series that we will be posting on this blog and to our iTunes channel: In the library with a comic book. This new series actually comes out of the brains of Eureka! Fellows Jack Baur and Amanda Jacobs Foust. A bit about them and the podcast:
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.
In this podcast, Infopeople’s book maven Michael Cart offers a tribute to the late Elmore Leonard, mystery writer nonpareil. He also celebrates Canadian short story author Alice Munro’s receipt of the Nobel Prize.
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.
Library community members recognize Joan Frye Williams as a deep and fluent source of observations and analyses of where and how library services are going, from nascent development through their stages of emerging best practices.