New GVRL!

It’s full of book covers and easy searching – looks a lot like your bookshelf on an eReader.  Please take some time to login & look and then encourage our customers to use it!  You can even download the content to your eReader.

Here are some short videos that should help you:

 Basics:

http://www.gale.cengage.com/media/training/GVRL/basics2.htm

 Browse & Search:

http://www.gale.cengage.com/media/training/GVRL/browse2.htm

 Download PDF to Your eReader:

http://www.gale.cengage.com/media/training/GVRL/download2.htm

 They take a little time to load, but are worth the exercise in patience!  Any questions?  Please contact Christa Werle, x7160.

Enjoy!

The Top 10 Newspapers for Obituaries

Our usage of America’s Obituaries & Death Notices just skyrocketed last month and I was curious to see what’s being searched.  Fortunately, Newsbank offers us the annual report for this product that lists usage by newspaper.  Here are the top 10 for 2011:

  1. Chicago Tribune Historical Archive
  2. Seattle PI
  3. Lincoln Journal Star (NE)
  4.  News & Record (Greensboro, NC)
  5. Daily Herald (Everett, WA)
  6. Roanoke Times (VA)
  7. Seattle Times
  8. Kansas City Star (MO)
  9. Rockford Register Star (IL)
  10. Wichita Eagle (KS)

Interesting, isn’t it?

eResource Evaluation in 2012

In addition to our annual review of our subscription packages with Gale and EBSCO, the Reference Services Committee has decided to focus on the following subject areas in 2012:

  • Auto Repair (February/March)
  • Small Business (May/June)
  • Genealogy (August/September)

Please comment here or send an email to Christa Werle with the titles (&  info links, if available) of any products you would like the RSC to consider, review, trial, compare.  Thank you for your input!

Alert: Please Watch for Morningstar Issues

At the end of last week, we had our first report of a remote customer being turned away from Morningstar because our 4 licenses were already in use.   So far our usage has been high, with very few access issues.  Please keep your eyes and ears open for this issue and submit a Tech Report or contact Christa Werle if it comes up.  Also remember to sign out and close your browser tabs after you have started a Morningstar session to keep the licenses open for other users.  Thank you!

Must Read: Clive Thompson on Why Kids Can’t Search

Thanks to Penni Vogel & Rob Branigin for suggesting this article from Wired Magazine as a must read in understanding information literacy in undergraduate aged students:

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/11/st_thompson_searchresults/

What can we do in and out of our libraries to ensure that digital natives also know how to assess the quality of what they find online?  How can we support the schools in our service areas to help with “learning how to learn”?

Gale Package 2012

In 2012 we were able to add some flexibility to our Gale subscription package.  Sno-Isle Libraries package now includes:

  • Biography In Context
  • Grzimek’s Animal Life (folded into package this year)
  • History in Context (U.S. & World)
  • Literature Resource Center
  • Opposing Viewpoints In Context
  • PriceIt! (new!)
  • Rosen Teen Health and Wellness (new!)

We will no longer be subscribing to Associations Unlimited and Books & Authors from Gale.  We have separate contracts for Biography & Genealogy Master Index, Virtual Reference Library, and LegalForms.

Entering Personal Information for Customers

It’s that time of year again–our customers are starting their holiday shopping and, for some of them, this might be their first time shopping in an online environment. The Reference Services Committee reminds us all to have the customer enter any personal information (credit card information, PIN, etc.). Library staff should help with website functionality and consumer information, but please, let’s not enter that personal data.