Media ownership in the 21st century is a trickier concept than ever before. In light of the growing percentage of our books, music, movies, and software that is purely digital, that is to say, downloaded directly from the Internet, how is ownership defined? When music came on CDs and other physical formats, it was pretty easy to say, “This is my CD. I bought it. I do with it as I please.” Of course, the recording industry would disagree, to the extent that while you might have purchased the medium, you only licensed the media. Now that the medium is largely ephemeral, so too is ownership. Add onto that digital rights management (DRM) that locks down and controls what you do with your “licensed” goods and ownership becomes a ghost of its former self. But do we really care?
A public-service tech announcement to online CRRL patrons: both Microsoft and Mozilla have released updates to their web browsers, which I recommend you install if possible. These can be downloaded from the links below.
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/internet-explorer/downloads/ie)
- Mozilla Firefox 4 (http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/fx/)
I’m a fan of the Moosewood Collective and own a lot of their cookbooks. Last year, I was given another entry to their line, Cooking for Health. I was pleased to see their fresh and easy philosophy of the 1970s had been updated for modern tastes. Never heard of Moosewood? Not everyone has, yet they were named one of 13 most influential restaurants of the 20th century by Bon Appétit magazine, and our own Sammy T’s seems to have drawn on them for vegetarian inspiration.
An observation worth noting: I have recently been approached by a growing number of people wanting to build a web site for their business. This would have been a much more daunting process even a few years ago. However the Web has evolved to meet these needs more easily. There now exist many online storefronts through which small businesses can be run. Though I am unable to recommend one service over another, either through direct experience or secondary knowledge, here are a few of the more popular selections that can help anyone get started.
1. Google Scholar
Google Scholar is a great place to start your legal research. You can search all legal opinions and journal articles or limit your search to either specific federal opinions or specific state opinions.
Lexisone is a free legal database but you must register to use it. Once you have registered, the database is very accessible. You can search case law, statutes and more.
3. Cornell Law School
Manage your investments with information from our newest online database, Value Line - Expanded Library Edition. All you need is a CRRL library card and access to the internet from anywhere in the world!
Value Line includes a weekly online presentation of their Investment Survey, full-page reports with analyst commentaries, Timeliness™, Safety™ , and Technical™ ranks on over 3,500 large, small, and mid cap size companies, information and rankings on an additional 4,500 companies and three-to-five year projections of key financial measures, and concise, objective commentary on current operations and future prospects.
Need more info? Try the Morningstar Investment Research Center, another online database of stock and mutual fund research, data, and analysis. You can even track your own portfolio!
MediCorp Health System
MediCorp Health System, located in Fredericksburg, includes Mary Washington Hospital, the Stafford hospital, a mobile health program, mental health facilities at Snowden, home health care services, hospice and outpatient surgery.
Rappahannock Health District
Clinic locations, services and hours for Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties and the City of Fredericksburg. Also includes the location of Rappahannock Area Health District headquarters office and Child Development Clinic. Services may include maternity care, well child care, women, infant and children (WIC) program, family planning, dental services for ages 3 - 21 at school sites and environmental health services. Part of the Virginia Department of Health.
Rappahannock United Way: Health
Our United Way connects people in need with agencies that may be able to help them: food bank, free clinic, disability resources, counseling, HIV/AIDS, .mental health, substance abuse, and pharmaceutical assistance.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Topics include healthy living, travelers’ health, vaccines and immunizations, workplace safety and health, environmental health, first aid, emergency preparedness and response, infectious diseases, and chronic diseases.
A Guide to Citizen Preparedness
"…provides a step-by-step outline on how to prepare a disaster supply kit, emergency planning for people with disabilities, how to locate and evacuate to a shelter, and even contingency planning for family pets. Man-made threats from hazardous materials and terrorism are also treated in detail." Created by: Federal Emergency Management Agency
Fact sheets on health and safety topics related to the workplace such as hazardous materials fact sheets and advice for particular industries.
Lab Tests Online
Search the site by test description, or by disease or condition. Additional information includes screening guides, news, and in-depth articles. Created by: American Association for Clinical Chemistry
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
From the National Institutes of Health, find fact sheets, current research and clinical trial opportunities, a guide to finding a qualified complementary and alternative medical healthcare practioner, a toll-free number for information by telephone, and more.
Search for special programs that assist people who can't afford to buy the drugs or health equipment they need. Find contact information for each program, with its special requirements and procedures.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration Consumer Drug Information
Detailed information sheets on newly approved prescription drugs, some of which may not be commercially available as yet. Includes links to other pages from the Center for Drug Evaluation, such as Public Health Alerts, Clinical Trials, and Drug Preparedness and Bioterrism Response, and a page on questions to ask your health care provider before taking a new medication.
Virginia State Bureau of Insurance
Includes consumer information from the agency that "licenses, regulates, investigates and examines insurance companies, agencies and agents on behalf of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia."
ABMS Certified Doctor
Allows the public to verify free of charge the board certification status, location by city and state, and specialty of any physician certified by one of the member boards of ABMS. You can also use the locator service to find a doctor near you. Doctors are in this second database by subscription so use the aforementioned certified doctor verification service database to find an ABMS certified doctor by name. Created by: American Board of Medical Specialties
License Lookup: Virginia Department of Health Professions
Check the status of licensed health professionals in Virginia. Seach by occupation (includes physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, and more), name, professional license number, state, zip code, social security number, or license status.
Virginia Board of Practitioner Information
Provides information on Doctors of Medicine, Osteopathy, and Podiatry, as required by law to be made public, as well as practioner profile self-reported information. Search the database of approximately 31,000 practioners by name, locale, area of specialty, or Virginia hospital affiliation. Find general practice information, certification, education, honors, academic appointments, Virginia Board Notices and Orders, claims paid, and more. Created by: Virginia Board of Medicine