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Archive for the month “December, 2010”

2011 Database Changes

This is a reminder that the following subscriptions end 12/31/10 and are not renewed for 2011:

  • Alt HealthWatch (EBSCO package change)
  • Computer Source (EBSCO package change)
  • ERIC (EBSCO package change)
  • GrantStation (Washington State Library funding agreement expired)
  • Health Source: Nursing & Academic Edition (EBSCO package change)
  • Legal Collection (EBSCO package change)
  • MEDLINE (EBSCO package change)
  • Regional Business News (EBSCO package change)

The following new subscriptions will be available sometime on Monday, 1/3/11:

  • Biography Reference Center (EBSCO package change)
  • Books & Authors (Gale)
  • History Reference Center (EBSCO package change)
  • Legal Information Reference Center (EBSCO package change)
  • Literary Reference Center (EBSCO package change)
  • Points of View Reference Center (EBSCO package change)
  • NoveList K-8 (EBSCO package change)

Please contact your Reference Services Committee Representative or Christa Werle (x7160) with any questions.

Online Magazine Search

will soon show up on our “Magazines” page (http://www.sno-isle.org/?ID=3258).

Usability studies show that this is where the majority of our users navigate to when looking for what online subscriptions Sno-Isle Libraries carries.  Web Services will embed our A to Z subscription search tool on this page right next to the print magazine search.  This added functionality helps us reach our strategic goal of providing users easy access to online resources.

Please note that this might be a temporary fix as Polaris cataloging of magazines varies from our current system and the print search system may need to change shortly.  Comments or more ideas?  Please contact me at x7160!  Thank you!

New EBSCOhost Features

EBSCO has released several updates to EBSCOhost, described below:

EBSCOhost Enhancements:

Additional Authorities Available in Related Information, for example, Related Business Videos and Company Information.

MP3 Downloads are available for content that supports the Text-to-Speech function, from the Detailed Record view.

The Date Slider reflects the Result List date range unless manually adjusted by the user.  Changes made to the Date Slider are sticky–its usage is reflected in the breadbox as a limiter, and in Search History.

Branding is available for the bottom of a Detail Record, when enabled in EBSCOadmin from the Add Branding or the Modify Branding screen.

Citations 2010 features the addition of the Harvard and new APA (6th edition) formats.

Minimum Browser Requirements have changed, and Internet Explorer 6.0 support will cease as of January 2011.  See the updated minimum browser requirements in this FAQ.

This information is available from the EBSCO Support Site:  http://support.ebscohost.com/support_news/detail.php?id=645&t=h

PLA Webinar on Financial Literacy Programming!

  Right on the Money:
Financial Literacy @ your library

January 19, 2011
11:00 am PST

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“41% of U.S. adults gave themselves a grade of C, D, or F on their knowledge of personal finance.”*

 

Help your community get educated about money by attending “Right on the Money: Financial Literacy @ your library,” an hour-long, live webinar presented as part of PLA’s “Public Libraries at Work” monthly webinar series.

You’ll learn how to offer a financial literacy program at your library, including how to train volunteer tutors and draw patrons in for financial management coaching.

The webinar will be led by Fernando Cordova, Holly Fulghum-Nutters, and Pat Jarvis, all staff of Project Read, a South San Francisco initiative promoting lifelong learning. These presenters will share their experience of creating the Financial Well-Being Project for their community and will offer program development tips to attendees.

This is not a free webinar.  For more program and fee information, please visit the web site:

http://www.pla.org/ala/mgrps/divs/pla/elearningatpla/plawebinars/rightmoney.cfm#register

 

Deadline to register for this event is 4:30 p.m. (CST), Monday, January 17.

*The National Foundation for Credit Counseling and Harris Interactive Inc., Public Relations Research, The 2009 Consumer Financial Literacy Survey, March, 2009.

New Content within ReferenceUSA: New Business Database

From InfoGroup (ReferenceUSA):

A Quick Overview:

infoUSA’s New Business Database includes new businesses that have formed within the last two years from across the United States.  The database is collected from Secretaries of State, County Courthouses, Utility Providers, Departments of Revenue, Departments of Taxation, local business and legal journals and other sources that record new business transactions. The information is gathered electronically through e-mail, bulletin boards and magnetic media, manually through the compilation of printed sources and directly by regular visits to local courthouses. Phone numbers are available on approximately 50% of the database; those with phone numbers are also processed through telephone verification.

A Little More Detail:

The infoUSA New Business Database is a rolling 24 month file containing data from over 300 hardcopy and electronic sources.  Our freshest and most frequent feeds are coming to us through a utility data provider who reports to us connections and disconnections daily.  These records possess an unprecedented speed-to-market rate, which is typically 2 days from the discovery date.  Keep in mind that utilities are usually set up prior to hiring, purchasing, and all other transactions needed for their first day of business.  Every record coming from our utility source has a phone number.

Our data also consists of state, county, and municipal filings driven by applications for licenses, tax permits, incorporations, DBAs, etc.  This information comes to us monthly, weekly, and daily through various channels including electronic sources, printed reports, and in some cases, through regular personal courthouse visits.  Other sources include business journals, newspapers, and press releases.  These businesses typically reach the New Business Database within 2-4 weeks of data receipt.  About 13% have phone numbers.

All sources are brought together and made available as “hot leads” to our customers.  The raw data is then passed through address standardization, company name standardization, de-duplication, and matched against our file of existing businesses.  Those with phone numbers are called to verify their status as a new business as well as confirm firmographic information previously gathered.  This process takes an additional 2-3 weeks and produces a highly qualified new business lead.

Approximately 200,000 new business are added to the database each month; 2.6 million annually.  Available elements include Company Name, Contact Name, Address, Phone, SIC code, Employee Size, Email Addresses, and Tag Number.

Discovering a new business before anyone else does is key to many successful business plans.  Most new businesses are building overhead, inventory, and personnel for the first time and are looking for immediate and long lasting vendor relationships.  High priority needs may include office equipment, signing, telephone systems, burglar systems, software, accounting/payroll, graphic art & design, credit cards, insurance, and temporary personnel.

Tips & Tricks from Job & Career Accelerator

Job searching involves many steps and details. It’s tough to remember and keep track of what you have done when you’re applying for multiple jobs. Following up is an important and often overlooked part of the process.

Job & Career Accelerator has the tools to help with every aspect of your job search – from resume preparation to what to do after an interview. You will need a Gmail account associated with your Job & Career Accelerator account to activate the reminder feature.

With the ‘My Reminders’ function you can track dates and details of every job application including:

  • When you sent your resume
  • Who was contacted
  • Interviews
  • Thank-you letters
  • Any other tasks you deem appropriate

When you set up the task, you also create an email to send yourself – it’s a great way to test drive the display and content of the email you plan to use, such as when you introduce yourself to the hiring manager.

Further, Job & Career Accelerator will display your reminders that are due whenever you log in to your account.

Expressing genuine enthusiasm and perseverance by following up is critical to landing a job in today’s economy. Job & Career Accelerator makes it easy to stay on track!

Here are some of the more common questions and answers covered in last month’s webinar:

Q: In today’s electronic world do we really need cover letters? Isn’t a resume enough?

A: No. We’ve surveyed HR Directors and asked this very question. The results are consistently the same. 1/3 of people never read the cover letters. 1/3 of people will read the cover letter if the resume interests them. Finally, another third of the people will read the cover letter first (which is what our intention is). You never know what percentage you’re writing to, so every resume needs a cover letter! The reality is you may write a resume and use it to apply for many jobs. The cover letter allows you to tailor the content for the particular opportunity, and write things that are most important to that prospective employer.

Q: Should the cover letter be in the same word file as the resume, or should they be in two separate files that you would email as attachments?

A: There is no hard and fast rule. Generally I like to keep them both in one file so that the employer only has to click once. This way, they’ll see your cover letter and resume together.

Q: I’ve heard that hiding keywords within your cover letter and resume may increase your chances of getting your documents opened. Would you recommend this?

A: I wouldn’t recommend doing this. The keywords should be the content of your resume and cover letter. You shouldn’t need to add and hide additional words. Focus on using applicable keywords in your resume and cover letter and you should be fine.

 

Free Webinar from Job & Career Accelerator: One-Click Access to Managing a Job Search

Follow-through, Follow-through, Follow-through: One-Click Access to Managing a Search!

We invite you to sign up for the next webinar in the Job & Career Accelerator expert webinar series with noted career search expert, Alison Green.

Once a job candidate sends off a job application, the next step isn’t just sitting back and waiting – there’s plenty they can do to increase their chances of getting an interview. Following up and following through in the right manner is crucial, because done poorly, follow-up can be an application killer.

Attend this informative webinar and learn the critical do’s and don’ts of post-application strategy.

Alison Green is the former chief of staff of a successful nonprofit organization, where she oversaw day-to-day staff management, hiring, firing, and employee development. She’s also the author of a book for managers (Managing to Change the World: The Nonprofit Leader’s Guide to Getting Results), an e-book for job-seekers (How to Get a Job: Secrets of a Hiring Manager), and she writes the popular Ask a Manager blog, where she dispenses advice on career, job search, and management issues.

Both job seekers and career professionals in libraries and colleges will find this information useful. Following Alison will be a special presentation on how Job & Career Accelerator™ can help job seekers succeed in their search.

Invite your colleagues and friends to attend.  Space is limited, reserve seats now.

https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/686321832

Existing Job & Career Accelerator customers who require support training may register at http://learningexpressllc.com/support/webinars/home.cfm

Please send your questions, comments, and feedback on the webinar series to: webinar@learningexpressllc.com.

The Job & Career Accelerator™ team at LearningExpress, LLC

Title: Follow-through, Follow-through, Follow-through: One-Click Access to Managing a Search!

Date: Thursday, December 16, 2010

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/686321832

The Fast Track to Getting Hired!

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Enhancements to LearningExpress Library

LearningExpress announced the following changes to the LearningExpress Library platform:

  • eBooks are now accessible within Learning Centers
  • Delete functionality now available from My Center

An active alert is on the home page of LearningExpress Library announcing these new features.

Find eBooks within Learning Centers

eBooks are now more accessible and easier to find, listed under the appropriate Learning Center. Users can easily locate the desired eBooks by browsing the content within a Learning Center or by using the search box located in the upper left hand corner of the LearningExpress Library.  Users can add eBooks to their “My Center” and download them at their convenience.

Delete Functionality in My Center

Users can now delete tests, courses and eBooks from their “My Center” page. Please note: the deleted course or test and its status cannot be recovered. Before deletion, a confirmation prompts users to verify that they do indeed want to delete.  If a test, course or eBook is erroneously deleted, a new version can be added to the “My Center” at any time.

Direct any questions, about these new enhancements to LearningExpress Library, to Christa Werle, Electronic Services Coordinator, x7160.

Top Ten GVRL Titles in November

Arts and Humanities Through the Eras, vol. 4: Renaissance Europe 1300-1600

Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans : A Guide to Education-Related Financial Aid Programs for Students and Professionals, 27th ed., 2v, 2010

The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine , 3rd ed., 4v, 2009

Questionniare Design: How to Plan, Structure and Write Survey Material for Effective Market Research, 2nd ed., 2008

Encyclopedia of School Psychology , 2005

Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies , 2v, 2010

Working Americans, 1880-1999, Volume 1: The Working Class , 2000

Online Social Networks , 2010 Novels for Students, vol. 2

Value of a Dollar: Prices and Incomes in the United States, 1860-2004 , 3rd ed., 2004

Washington Driver’s Guides

I’ve been doing a lot of reference collection review in the last few weeks and you will probably see the impact of this as you see things on the Item Level Router.  The Washington State Driver’s Guide is from 2006, which is out of date and we will be calling in all editions.  The state has not been able to give us 21 print copies for several years, so we will not be reordering these for our reference collections.  The Department of Licensing has a great website with pdf versions of the current guide, practice tests, and information on EDL (enhanced driver’s license).  The most current edition is always on their website and an individual may obtain a print copy at any Driver’s Licensing Office.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact me.

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