Information Services @ Sno-Isle

The spot where information about information lives

Archive for the month “November, 2011”

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!

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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.

Must Read: The Public Library, Completely Reimagined

Thank you to Kara for sharing this article about Fayetteville Free Library’s developing Fab Lab:

http://mindshift.kqed.org/2011/11/the-public-library-completely-reimagined/

 

Job & Career Accelerator News – November

Featured Webinar:  Resume Do’s & Dont’s: The Ultimate Guide

https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/782215808

Job seekers need resumes that get employers’ attention and open door. A successful resume is the first step to landing jobs. This webinar will provide expert advice, tangible tips, and proven tricks for building a successful resume.

Louise Kursmark is a seasoned resume writing expert. As a founding board member of the Career Masters Institute, Louise was the first person worldwide to earn the prestigious “Master Resume Writer” credential.

Helping students and patrons take steps to meet their career goals is challenging and rewarding. College career centers, librarians and others will benefit from this insightful presentation.

Reference Do’s and Don’ts Blog Article

http://blog.jobandcareeraccelerator.com/?p=204

Job seekers preparing for the interview process often fail to look to the next stage of the job search process: references. It’s not a good idea to ignore this crucial step until the last minute, as you must rely on people you may not see regularly, and whose schedules you don’t know, to help seal a job offer. Prepare appropriate professional references in advance and save yourself a lot of aggravation when an employer requests them on short notice.

Subscription to ReferenceUSA Ends

We are replacing our business directory resource with AtoZdatabases (http://www.sno-isle.org/?ID=5902).  Our subscription to ReferenceUSA will expire on 12/15/11.

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