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Having trouble keeping the PHDL resource list up to date?

Posted by on September 21st, 2018 Posted in: How To, PHDL Resources

Having trouble keeping up with the PHDL updates? Tired of trying to figure out which E-books are new and need to be updated? Want updates to populate your website while you are at lunch?

Switch to the remote update version of the PHDL!


Thanks to the IT specialists at the West Virginia Public Health Department, the PHDL’s website can be updated automatically by linking to a shared database.   Switching over to this version of the web pages should take less than ½ an hour. Once you make the switch, changes to the resource list will be updated seamlessly. For more information on accessing the shared database, please see the following documents:

PHDL Turnkey Guide is a one-page guide to installing the site and accessing the remote database.

Digital Library Integrator’s Guide is a more extensive resource that can be used by public health departments that want to customize the site to reflect your public health department’s look and feel.

PHDL website directory is a zip file that contains the web pages and structure of the PHDL.

Discussions are underway to change the look and feel of the Public Health Department’s Digital Library page so that it is easier to locate the information that you need.   Current plans include:

  • Enhancing the search tools so that they are easier to use
  • Adding more entry points to the different resource types so that they are easier to link to (no more scrolling!)
  • Adding subject terms to improve search functionality.

Need more information? We are happy to set up a training or answer any questions you or your IT department may have about the page,  just send an email to phdl

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Kathy Downing is the Public Health Digital Library Coordinator for the NNLM Public Health Coordination Office.

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