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Librarians Get Update on Internet Medical Information

Jan. 10, 2004 –– Public libraries across the territory will close on various mornings this week so librarians can tune up their skills in helping patrons use the Internet to find medical information.
All public libraries on St. Thomas will close Tuesday, on St. Croix, Wednesday, and on St. John Thursday. All closed times are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The librarians will learn how to use Medline Plus, DIRLINE, ClinicalTrials.gov. as well as get information on how to search for drug-interaction databases and herbal remedies. A representative from the National Library of Medicine will provide the training.
Acting Territorial Librarian Wallace Williams said that all of the territory's libraries provide free Internet access for people who hold a library card.
"If not, it's $2 an hour," he said.
He said libraries usually have a line to use the computers.
Williams said that libraries don't track what Web sites people visit, but noted that most people, including tourists, use them to check their e-mail.
On St. Thomas, the Enid Baa Library is located on Main Street in Charlotte Amalie. The phone number is 774-0630.
St. Croix has two libraries. In Christiansted, the Florence Williams Library is located on King Street. The number is 773-5715. In Frederiksted, the Athalie Petersen Library is on Strand Street. Call 772-0315.
St. John's Elaine I. Sprauve Library is located off Route 104 just outside Cruz Bay. Call 776-6359.
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