Friday, October 30, 2015

Enter Library Box!

In a global denomination with 2 million members, the Internet is an invaluable resource for connecting people around the world.

Despite all its usefulness, the Internet does have its limitations, and that's just if you can access it. As much as 60 percent of the world's population can't access the Internet.

“There are many places we cannot distribute resources via the Internet — either because of lack of access or security,” said Tammy Condon, administrative director for the Church of the Nazarene’s Global Education and Clergy Development Office.

Enter Library Box: a small, portable router that enables users to download files without an Internet connection or wires of any kind.

“It’s super easy technology, which, when we think about some of the places it needs to go, that’s exactly what we need,” Condon said.

Users within a few feet can connect to the iPhone-sized device just like you would connect to a WiFi router. The device will then redirect the user from any Web page to a Library Box page where files can be viewed and downloaded.

The GECD staff is currently focused on educational applications, such as allowing students to download reading material or homework, but the potential uses don’t end there. Read more.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Celebrating Awareness, Education, and Empowerment

The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) organization is a partnership of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to screening services.

In 2015, NBCAM celebrates its 32nd anniversary. Since its inception more than a quarter century ago, NBCAM has been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast cancer issues and has evolved along with the national dialogue on breast cancer.

The Breast Cancer Site provides a feel-good way to help promote awareness of breast cancer and provide free mammograms for women in need every day — click here to give a free mammogram...
The Susan G. Komen Foundation provides up-to-the-minute information about breast cancer research, local outreach programs and volunteer opportunities, public policy initiatives, events, including Race for the Cure® and Komen programs and partners. Learn about ways to interact and connect with others through our Message Boards, connect with us through our Helpline, get information en EspaƱol and find out how Komen is fighting to end breast cancer through Our Global Reach. Even the NFL is involved with their own campaign- Crucial Catch: Annual Screening Saves Lives-

Native American Heritage is also celebrated in October the theme is "Celebrating Tribal Nations: America's Great Partners."  The Library of Congress provides stunning photographs and other images related to Native American history.  It’s also a great place to listen to Native American authors talk about their books like Heidi Erdrich and Laura Tohe discussing the book Sister Nations.