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Archive for the month “April, 2012”

New Subscription: Oxford English Dictionary Online

After many requests from our public customers to purchase this product, the Reference Services Committee was able to review the Oxford English Dictionary Online during March and they decided to add a subscription.  Ours begins today, May 1!

http://www.sno-isle.org/?ID=6147

As a historical dictionary, the OED is very different from those of current English, in which the focus is on present-day meanings. You’ll still find these in the OED, but you’ll also find the history of individual words, and of the language—traced through 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to films scripts and cookery books.

The OED started life more than 150 years ago. Today, the dictionary is in the process of its first major revision. Updates revise and extend the OED at regular intervals, each time subtly adjusting our image of the English language.

 

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Must Read Article: At West Coast Meeting, Digital Public Library of America Begins to Take Shape

Thank you to Penni Vogel for sharing!

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/content-and-e-books/article/51747-at-west-coast-meeting-digital-public-library-of-america-begins-to-take-shape.html

Never heard of the DPLA?  It’s not too early.  What is it?  How is it being defined?  Who is involved?  Nice brief article with a good overview of a buzz topic that we should all be aware of, at least conversationally!

Gale Free May Training Webinars

Biography in Context

Learn to navigate this engaging new resource for historical and current biographical research through extensive search results from a variety of print outlets. Comprehensive, current, and easy to use, Gale Biography contains more than 657,000 biographies on more than 385,000 people from around the world and throughout history.

May 10, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Discover how the Gale Virtual Reference Library can help drive eBook usage by enabling your library to create its own eBook collection — provide access to reference materials previously available only in the library. 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.

May 4, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

May 16, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Learn to navigate this engaging resource that provides the facts on current event topics, as well as proponents’ and detractors’ arguments. Discover how you can easily integrate 21st-Century skills into your instruction with this proven approach to learning through position papers, reference, and general periodical content on a variety of controversial issues, downloads, quizzes for use in the classroom, and more.

May 2, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m

May 21, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

The Decline and Fall of the Library Empire

http://www.infotoday.com/searcher/apr12/Coffman–The-Decline-and-Fall-of-the-Library-Empire.shtml

The premise of this article is that the library’s role in web directories, library 2.0, virtual reference, intermediated searching, public access computing, ebooks, and the electric library has come and gone.  What do you think?

Keep in mind that the author is the Vice President of a company that sells outsourced library services:  http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/mar/14/cities-give-high-marks-to-private-firm-hired-to/

Resources About Endangered Species

Oftentimes young students will be required to research an endangered species. In the past, we’ve had print encyclopedias to turn to when we encounter these types of requests, but over time we’ve had to weed out many of these titles due to poor condition or outdated content. As the list of endangered species is constantly evolving publishers are reluctant to create print versions of the list as they will surely be soon outdated.

We would like to be able to add a digital copy of an endangered species encyclopedia to our GVRL collection, but unfortunately the most recent version they currently offer is from 2004 and that is just too dated for our purposes. We are continuing to look out for newer digital versions and when one becomes available we will purchase it.

Until then, here are some websites we would recommend you use:

http://www.iucnredlist.org/

http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/

http://www.defenders.org/species-at-risk

http://animal.discovery.com/guides/endangered/endangered.html

Help our Customers Achieve Career Success: Complimentary April Webinar!

 Join us for a free webinar!

April 25, 2012, 11:00 A.M.

  “The New Resume Rules: Debunking Common Myths”
with Resume and Career Expert Louis Kursmark

One of the first steps of job-seeking is creating or updating a resume. Many find this process challenging as they have no idea what to include or even where to start.  Conflicting tips from family, friends, books, and websites can leave people confused on how to position their resume. But, this process doesn’t have to be so painful when the modern rules of resume writing are made clear.

Join veteran resume expert Louis Kursmark as she breaks down common resume misconceptions, and learn how to help your students and patrons write effective resumes.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to avoid common resume mistakes
  • Which resume rules are outdated and untrue
  • How to make optimum use of space and de-clutter a resume
  • What key information employers are looking for in a resume
  • And much more!

Librarians and Career Counselors: Don’t miss this chance to help your patrons and students create standout resumes to propel them toward their career goals.
Feel free to invite your colleagues, library patrons, and students!

Register here today:

https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/408406537

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.

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

*After registering you will receive a confirmation email from gotowebinar@citrixonline.com containing information about joining the webinar.

Space is limited!
Reserve your webinar seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/408406537

Slight Change in Morningstar Newsletter Subscriptions Coming January 2013

A customer asked if we would subscribe to DividendInvestor and I just learned this from our Sales Manager:

“We will be adding DividendInvestor to the Newsletter Module in January.  Morningstar Mutual Funds will be discontinued at the end of the year so we will replace it with DividendInvestor in the module.”

Good to know!

BusinessDecision Not Renewed

After two years of close review of content and usage by the RSC, the decision has been made not to renew our subscription to BusinessDecision.  Our access to this product will end on 5/31/12.  Roxanna Garrison, Reference Lead at our business subject reference center Lynnwood Library, has located an alternate free web resource:

Washington Prospector, Washington State Department of Commerce: This is an interactive Internet mapping program that provides enhanced economic development and site selection services to the business community, and can be used to create site-specific demographic, business competition and synergy reports.

Thank you, Roxie!!

The Top Ten GVRL Titles in March

  1. Datapedia of the United States:  American History in Numbers
  2. Space Exploration and Humanity
  3. AIDS Sourcebook
  4. Photography
  5. Hallucinogens
  6. The Cook’s Herb Garden
  7. Understanding Islam and Muslim Traditions
  8. How to Market Your Business
  9. Novels for Students
  10. The Gale Encyclopedia of Science

1940 Census is Live, Sorta

The genealogy buffs nearly brought the National Archives to its knees yesterday, with an estimated 37 million hits during the first 8 hours the 1940 Census was available.  Things are a bit better today–pages are loading, though very slowly.  I’m finding that Chrome is by far the fastest for loading.  Printing is sporadic–sometimes it works, sometimes it just hangs there.

And although indexing projects have begun, it will be months before name indexes are available for all states.

If you’d like to stay current with all the drama, be sure to check out the Ancestry Insider for all the scoop!

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