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Archive for the month “November, 2010”

New Online Resource: Gale LegalForms!

In October a trial of two legal from resources was open to all staff.  The Reference Services Committee made a decision to purchase a subscription to Gale LegalForms based on customer needs, trial participant feedback, a survey of our reference contacts, and their own experience with the trial products.  We are happy to add LegalForms to the products available to our customers via remote access online:

LegalForms will be promoted as the eResource of the Month in January 2011.


Proctoring Log Template Available on Intranet

If your branch library does not currently have a method of tracking proctoring requests & tests that come in, you may want to consider using a log to do so.  Based on the logs in use at the Marysville & Mill Creek Libraries, we have posted a template on the Intranet for your use:

Any questions about proctoring?  Please contact your regional RSC Representative or Terry Beck (x7016).

ProQuest New Platform & Free Webinars

Our training webinars have been filling up fast! So we encourage you to sign up for a session now—and hit the ground running with the all-new ProQuest platform.

Here are just a few of the sessions we’ve added:

These webinars are a great way for you, your staff, and your users to become familiar with the all-new ProQuest platform—and to see just how easy it is to search, find, use, and share information—within and across resources from ProQuest. Once you attend these sessions, we think you’ll agree that the ProQuest platform is simply the best search and discovery experience in the industry!

Take advantage of all the new platform has to offer. Sign up for a webinar today—and hit the ground running once you begin your preview in the weeks ahead.

More information is on the way regarding your preview. If you haven’t done so already, check out our new demo too.

What does the perfect reference desk computer look like?

IT posed this question last week and I’ve been contemplating ever since.  Some things are just givens–access to the internet, ILS, plug-ins and viewers for our databases.  But I’m sure that everyone has their favorites.  Please use the “leave a reply” box and tell us what would make the reference desk computer perfect!

Free Gale Webinars

Biography in Context
Formerly Biography Resource Center, Gale Biography in Context represents a fundamental shift in Gale’s approach to product development. Discover everything that’s different and better-than-ever and learn how to navigate this engaging new resource for historical and current biographical research.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Discover how Gale Virtual Reference Library can help drive eBook usage by enabling your library to create its own eBook collection — providing access to reference materials that had previously been available only in the library. You’ll learn how to conduct basic and advanced searches, how to use the document toolbox and how this easy-to-use tool can help users get the most out of eBooks.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
The result of Gale’s new approach to product development, Opposing Viewpoints in Context replaces and improves upon its predecessor: Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center. Discover what’s different and better-than-ever and learn how to navigate this engaging new resource that gives you the facts on the latest current event topics, as well as the proponent’s and detractor’s arguments.
No CE App required by Reference Services, please check with your supervisor if they would like a CE App to track your online professional development.

New Research Subject Headings

As we strive to best meet our customers’ needs with the resources that we have, the RSC has decided to change the way we manage our recommended web sites.  Instead of trying to maintain a lengthly collection of sites in categories and sub-categories, our Reference Services Committee will hand-pick the best 3-10 resources (Databases & Web sites) in each of the following subjects:

  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Automotive
  • Biographies
  • Books & Literature
  • Business & Investing
  • Citizenship & Immigration
  • Consumer Information
  • Countries
  • Do-It-Yourself
  • Encyclopedias
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fast Facts
  • Genealogy
  • Green Living
  • Health
  • History
  • Island County Info
  • Job & Skills Development
  • Language Learning
  • Law & Government
  • Learning Online
  • Magazines & Newspapers
  • Maps
  • Religion & Philosophy
  • Science
  • Snohomish County Info
  • Social Issues
  • Technology

If you have any favorite sites that you currently access through our recommended web sites, please take a few moments to bookmark them in your own profile before the end of December as we cannot guarantee they will be included in the new sets of resources.

We are excited about a more stream-lined, user-friendly online collection!

New EBSCO Package Subscriptions

EBSCO offered us a new package this year and the RSC chose an option today that includes eight products.  Some of these will be new products for us and we will provide more information as they come online:

  • Biography Reference Center
  • Business Source Premier
  • Consumer Health Complete
  • Core Collection (periodicals)
  • Literary Reference Center
  • History Reference Center
  • NoveList Plus & NoveList K-8
  • Points of View Reference Center

Gale Database Package Renewal

The RSC has decided to renew our Gale Database Package for 2010-2011.  The database titles included in our package are:

  • Associations Unlimited
  • Biographies In Context
  • Books and Authors (*New)
  • Literature In Context
  • Opposing Viewpoints In Context
  • U.S. & World History In Context

Syracuse University’s Social Media 101

At the Internet Librarian conference in October, I met a representative from Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies who was sharing information about a interesting event coming up in Seattle on December 9th.  I thought some of you might be interested in attending in your “free” time!

The event begins at 6pm with a short reception, presentation begins at 6:30pm, with networking to follow.  Syracuse asks that anyone planning to attend please RSVP to or call 315-443-2911.

Here is brief description of the event from the presenter:  “My talk explores how social media is changing the business world. We look at how tools like Facebook, Twitter, etc. can be used to meet organizational goals — including how to use them and how not to use them. We also look at some of the exciting things Syracuse University and the iSchool are doing in this area. Social media is changing the world. Come strategize with leaders from the SU iSchool on how to use social media in advancing your personal and professional life.”

Additional Language Courses from Mango


Mango Complete 2.0  courses teach in-depth and comprehensive language and grammar skills.  They’ll be adding more 2.0 courses throughout the year.

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