Originally published in MOREnetworking Vol. 2 No. 6, May 2006
On April 20, 2006, the Daniel Boone Regional Library, along with University of Missouri Extension, sponsored “How to Have a Healthy Home.” Cass County and Rolling Hills libraries joined the free, public session by videoconference. These libraries’ participation gave the event a significantly wider reach, as Missouri residents in the central part of the state received the same information as residents in eastern and northeastern areas.
The session, presented by Professor Michael Goldschmidt, taught attendees how to improve the air quality in their homes. Topics included indoor air hazards such as household products and furnishings, moisture, mold and mildew, radon, remodeling and construction projects, asbestos, lead and secondhand smoke.
With locations around the state, it was important for each site to have access to hands-on materials during the presentation. Kits containing a home radon test, a mold test, a lead paint test and a dust test were shipped to each location. Session participants could examine the tests as Professor Goldschmidt progressed through his presentation.
Marilyn McLeod, Manager of Reference Services at Daniel Boone Regional Library, noted, “This is an ideal opportunity for us. We have lots of information in the library, but having an expert who can interact with the audience is a real plus.”
The videoconference was facilitated using MOREnet’s multipoint conference units (MCUs) in Columbia. These units bridge three or more sites together and make these types of multi-site events possible.
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