What’s a QR Code and How Might Libraries Use Them?

This month’s Computers In Libraries Tech Tips for Every Librarian article is must read for those interested on getting a handle on the latest tech & mobile devices:


And here is an amazing example of how a library is implementing this technology.  Even partnering with their local community transit organization to allow overdrive downloads on the bus just by taking a picture with your phone:



Click the Easy Button for Reference Referral

Do you want to track reference questions without keeping a print log?  want to put your customers directly in touch with the Sno-Isle Librarian that can best answer their question?  want to simplify the process to refer customer questions?

Join our smaller Island County libraries in a pilot project to use our online email question form instead of the Information Request Form!

When questions are submitted using this form they can easily be assigned to the appropriate library or contact for answering.   There is no follow up required by the local library and a history of the question and the answer can be kept in a searchable database.  Most importantly, this is one tool we can use to communicate efficiently and effectively with our local customers while tapping into the wealth of skills and knowledge within Sno-Isle Libraries staff.

Is your library interested in joining the pilot?  Please contact Terry Beck (x7016) or your Reference Services Committee Representative.

Online Subscription & eBook Access Locations

We’ve had questions from you about where to now find our “AtoZ Periodicals” list.

In the original redesign we left in on the Magazines page (http://www.sno-isle.org/?ID=3258) and the Databases & Research: Magazines & Newspapers pages (http://www.sno-isle.org/?ID=1246&cid=9).

To facilitate your access, it is now also on the main Databases & Research page (http://www.sno-isle.org/?ID=1246) linked from the text, “search our online subscriptions and research eBooks”.  If you would like to bookmark the A to Z tool, the direct link is http://www.sno-isle.org/?ID=5351.

Please note that this tool is an index of all our online subscriptions, not just periodicals, but also the eBook content from within our databases.  Currently just the EBSCO eBooks are indexed.  We are working on uploading the Gale Virtual Reference Library collection and making sure other Gale and ProQuest content can be found there too.

Questions?  Comments?  Please feel free to share, we want to make our site the best that we can for ALL of our customers.  Thank you!

ProQuest Celebrates National Library Week

This is a great opportunity to take a look at some of the resources ProQuest has included in their proposal to the Washington State Library for the 2011-2013 Statewide Database License Agreement.

From April 10-16, 2011, ProQuest is offering free, open access to some of our most popular online resources, plus new tools for marketing your library’s online research databases. Go to proquest.com/go/celebrate.

Also, join us on Facebook to enter the “My library rocks because…?” Sweepstakes. From April 11-15, 2011, we will ask you a fun question about your library on ProQuest’s Facebook page. Share your answer to the daily question for a chance to win great prizes (including an iPad 2). Official rules are available at

Try these ProQuest databases during National Library Week:

  • CultureGrams™ lets users explore the world’s cultures with local experts that document the history, customs, government, and daily life in multimedia reports on over 200 countries. [Try it out!
  • eLibrary® is an easy-to-use resource that brings together content about in-demand subjects from millions of multimedia-rich, global resources. [Try it out!]
  • SIRS® Issues Researcher delivers the pros and cons on over 300 of today’s most studied social issues with relevant, credible information presented to foster critical thinking skills. [Try it out!]
  • ebrary® Schools Collection provides unlimited, multi-user access to over 7,400 e-books in pre-test, study guides, reference, and other subjects for young adults, as well as subjects for professional development. [Try it out!]
  • And more!

Visit proquest.com/go/celebrate to access these resources, new library marketing materials, and the “My library rocks because…?” Sweepstakes. No username or password required!

April Free Webinars – Learning Express

Title: Cover Letters for Recent College Graduates
Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Register Here: http://bit.ly/gtRXNn

Join us for the next webinar in our expert series; “Cover Letters for Recent College Graduates,” with noted career search expert, Alison Green. A good cover letter is essential to landing interviews. This presentation will provide useful tips and tricks, and discuss best cover letter practices. Alison Green writes the popular askamanager blog.

Title: Keywords, Resumes and Job Applications
Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Register Here: http://bit.ly/eq0hqY

Sign up for April’s special ‘Lunch & Learn’ webinar!  Attendees will learn how to properly transfer resume material, deal with tough issues such as gaps in unemployment, and fill out in-person and online applications. Presenter, Louise Kursmark, is a founding board member of the Career Masters Institute, and was the first person worldwide to earn a prestigious “Master Resume Writer” credential.

Free ReferenceUSA Search Essentials Webinar

You are invited to attend a Free! ReferenceUSA webcast scheduled for Friday, April 8th at 9 AM.  This hour long presentation will cover the essential elements you will need to be successful using ReferenceUSA.

You can expect to learn how to start with a simple search and then quickly advance to more detailed queries. You will also see how to manage results by printing or downloading information.  Two of ReferenceGroup’s top presenters will share some insider’s secrets that are guaranteed to have you saying WOW!

All you need is an internet connection and a dedicated phone line to log on to the meeting site and dial into the toll-free audio portion.

To register, follow this link – we’ll send back the meeting coordinates and then see you Friday morning!  Seating is limited, so don’t hesitate!


Top GVRL Titles in March

Not surprisingly, the students were running the show this month:

  1. A Student Guide to Climate and Weather
  2. Istanbul, 1st American ed. , 2007
  3. Biotechnology: Changing Life Through Science:
  4. Medicine Censorship , 2009
  5. Manufacturing & Distribution USA: Industry Analyses, Statistics and Leading Companies, 5th ed., 3v, 2009
  6. Biotechnology: Changing Life Through Science
  7. Cancer Information for Teens, 2nd edition , 2nd ed., 2010
  8. Daily Life in Victorian England , 2nd ed., 2009
  9. Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy
  10. The Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders, 2nd ed.

U.S. Government Manual

Remember when this was a book?  Well, it has been online for several years and it is still a valuable resource:

Handbook of the Federal Government

“The United States Government Manual is the official handbook of the Federal Government. This currently updated edition of the Government Manual provides comprehensive and authoritative information on the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies, international organizations with U.S. membership, and Federal boards, commissions, and committees. Agency descriptions typically include:

  • A list of officials heading major operating units. A summary of the agency’s mission and role in the Federal Government.
  • A brief history of the agency, including its legislative or executive authority.
  • A description of agency programs and activities.
  • A set of websites, street addresses, and phone numbers for services, benefits, contracts and grants, employment, publications, and other public information.

This website offers three ways to find information about Government agencies and organizations: Enter a term in the keyword search box at the top left of the home page; Browse by category using the pull-down menu in the middle of the home page; Use “The Government of the United States” site map at the top right of the home page for an overview of the Government.”