Archive for January, 2012

Portal Focus: Wetlands Conference

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Spotlight image for the 2012 Delaware Wetlands ConferenceA new spotlight on the portal focuses on the 2012 Delaware Wetlands Conference, scheduled for Wednesday, February 29, at the Dover Downs Hotel and Conference Center.

The conference will include plenary and breakout sessions presenting the latest science and management information about Delaware’s wetland resources.

The conference goal is to “join scientists, decision makers, and natural resource managers to share current research on the value of Delaware’s wetland services and the impact their management has on the community, tidal and non-tidal wetlands, and sea level rise.”

Another New Delaware App!

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Logo for the Delaware Library Catalog AppThe collection of Delaware-specific smartphone apps available from has grown again. The Delaware Division of Libraries has added a Delaware Library Catalog app that offers, essentially, a state librarian in your pocket.

The app includes:

  • Library locations, hours and offerings
  • A portal to the statewide library catalog
  • The ability to place holds or renew items
  • The latest reading lists
  • Access to the state libraries blog and tweets

The new Delaware Library Catalog app can be found on the Delaware apps page on the state portal and in the Apple and Android app stores.

Are You Ready for Snow?

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Get news, notifications and alerts from Delaware state governmentWe know, it’s just under 50 degrees in Dover right now under sunny skies. But let’s be honest: we all were thinking “Aaghh! Snow!!” last night when there was snow falling, weren’t we? And we know the school kids went to bed last night with just a little hope for school closings or delays.

This seems like a good time to remind you about the new Delaware Notification Service (DNS) and other subscription-based information services. The DNS service offers school closings and delays (including early dismissals) and statewide school-related announcements among other notification services. And MyDelDOT offers traffic condition updates along with news releases.

A side note: If you were subscribed for updates under the old Delaware Information Subscription Service (DISS), you should have received conversion emails to lead you through activating your accounts on the new DNS. If not, or if you put them aside for future consideration, you can resubscribe using the new Delaware Notification Service.

Portal Focus: Blood Drive

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Image promoting a statewide blood driveThe latest spotlight on promotes Delaware’s first statewide hero blood drive, set for January 9 through 16.

The blood drive is organized by a group that includes AmeriCorps Delaware, and the Blood Bank of Delmarva to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday is celebrated on January 16 this year.

The spotlight graphic is derived from the poster created for the blood drive by a partner at Sussex Habitat for Humanity.

Portal Focus: Gun Buy Back Vouchers

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Image of Gun Buyback Voucher Redemption SpotlightWe’ve added a new spotlight to the portal to help point people who may have received a voucher in the recent successful gun buy back event to an opportunity to redeem those vouchers (PDF) on January 7.