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Archive for the month “June, 2012”

Free July Webinars from Gale

Resources are like brains.  People rarely use them to full capacity.


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.

July 5, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

July 9, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.


Business Insights: Essential

We’re transforming Business & Company Resource Center! This critically lauded resource has been our cornerstone business resource for more than a decade. Learn how this resource provides business students and researchers instant access to reliable, comprehensive data, and the tools to analyze and interpret the information. Discover this re-envisioned resource that includes all the same content and detailed information that users have come to rely on with enhanced functionality and features that enable researchers to delve much more deeply into business data.

July 9, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

July 18, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 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.

July 3, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

July 11, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

July 27, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.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.

July 16, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Drafts and Reviews of Government Documents

For years we’ve received paper copies of various government documents that were sent to us so that the public would have access to something that was out for comment.  We still get those in print and you’ve all been great about remembering to return or recycle them at the end of the comment period.  We don’t catalog review or draft documents.

But the 21st Century has arrived and many government offices and agencies are sending us electronic notification (links or the actual document) instead of paper. And that’s great!  But how do we handle that?  The Reference Services Committee has discussed this via email and we’ve come to the conclusion that the answer is pretty easy–we don’t do anything.

Any document made freely available on the Internet has been made as “available to the public” as putting a print copy in a public location, like a public library.  For those that don’t have access to the Internet, it is the computers in the public library that provide “public access” to the content, not any listed link to the documentation.  If a customer asks, we will find the information and we will print it, if requested.

HeritageQuestion Online Learning Center

A collaboration between ProQuest and FamilySearch, the Learning Center provides access to more than 65 videos created by authoritative and respected genealogical research organizations, historians, genealogists, and libraries.  Each video has been designated by skill level and is listed along with a description.  The list is presented alphabetically, but may be resorted by skill level and may also be searched.  Some videos have additional materials linked on the video viewer page!

Simply click the title of the video you would like to view and enjoy!  The ProQuest LibGuide shows where to find the link the new Learning Center within HeritageQuest and also includes links to the videos w/o needing to authenticate into our subscription:

Any questions?  Rob (STA), x5331 or Nate (SNO), x4033

Must Read Article: Community Reference: Making Libraries Indispensible in a New Way

May/June issue of American Libraries included this article about embedded librarians.  Our Book A Librarian service is a great success and also showcases our skills and resources.  How can we take it a step further in our own unique community partnerships?    Read on & comment here about how this reinforces your work or changes your perspective on work that you’re currently doing!

Galston C, Huber E, Johnson K, Long A. Community Reference: Making Libraries Indispensable in a New Way. American Libraries [serial online]. May 2012;43(5/6):46-50. Available from: Academic Search Premier, Ipswich, MA. Accessed June 13, 2012.

Do you know about My EBSCO?

Once a personalized folder account (My EBSCOhost) has been created, users can save individual search results, search histories, persistent links to searches, Search Alerts, Journal Alerts and web pages created using Page Composer, across multiple sessions, for use in future sessions:

  • Provide a secure place to store and manage EBSCOhost search results, persistent links to searches, Journal Alerts, Search Alerts, Images, Videos and Saved Searches, beyond the current EBSCOhost session
  • Include access to EBSCO’s free Page Composer program, for creating web pages with links to EBSCOhost articles, a search box and a wide assortment of graphics for posting to a library’s web site, for example, or to use as an online homework assignment
  • Feature multiple, customizable folders, allowing users to efficiently sort and manage all types of saved items

This means that you can access any saved research from any and all of our EBSCOhost subscriptions (just click on “Sign In” in the upper right corner):

How would you use this feature?  Post a comment here to share your idea or past experience!  Need more info?  Visit EBSCO Support:  Any Questions?  Christa @ x7160.

Mango Adds Languages!

Now included in our subscription to Mango Languages:

  • Castilian Spanish
  • Icelandic
  • Tagalog
  • Swedish
  • Koine Greek
  • Ancient Greek
  • Latin
  • Biblical Hebrew

And apps for iPhone & Android are now available:

World Conflicts Today Update

Just a reminder that World Conflicts Today will not be a standalone product after 6/30/12.  World Conflicts Today content is now available in History Study Center:

History Study Center
Historical reference material that spans ancient times through to today’s current events. Over 40,000 documents that showcase historical events and provide quick and valuable facts for a variety of users from high school students to history scholars.

This information will be posted in the World Conflicts Today description through 7/31/12.

Questions?  Christa @ x7160

GVRL in May

More surprises in our top ten uses in GVRL.  The Dutch Oven Cooking book has been a real favorite during camping season!

How to Value & Sell Your Business 2008
Biofuels 2009
Dutch Oven Cooking 2008
Cold War Reference Library, vol. 1: Almanac, vol. 1
Complete Horse Care Manual, Rev. American ed. 2011
Mammals of the Northern Hemisphere 2011
American Museum of Natural History Birds of North America 2011
VideoHound’s Golden Movie Retriever e2012 2011
Harrison’s Manual of Medicine, 16th ed.
Mythology, 1st American ed. 2007
Drug Abuse Sourcebook e3 2010
Rome, 1st American ed. 2011

Free June Webinar: Returning to Work: Transitioning Smoothly Back Into the Workforce

June 27, 2012, 11:00am

Returning to work can be exciting—and a little bit daunting. No matter the reasons for the hiatus, candidates may sometimes feel nervous and unprepared, as if they are missing the skills needed to compete with others who are in the running for the same positions. However, being prepared, knowing one’s strengths, and working out a solid strategy will help create a promising comeback into the workforce.

Join Lisa Chenofsky Singer, Career Management Expert, as she discusses tips for efficiently transitioning back to work. She’ll also cover how to help your students and patrons achieve lasting job success

Attendees will learn:

  • How to take advantage of classes and training programs to boost workforce skills
  • Best ways to explain gaps in employment
  • Strategies for considering all work options and fields of interest
  • Ways to overcome barriers and reach career goals
  • And Much More!


Librarians and Career Counselors: Don’t miss this chance to help your patrons and students work towards their career goals. Feel free to invite your colleagues, library patrons and students!

Register here today:

Small Business eResource Trials – June 2012

For our 2nd quarter 2012, the Reference Services Committee (RSC) decided to take a look at the resources that we have available for our small  business customers.  We have some new products to trial and some products that we currently subscribe to worth evaluating against their competitors or upgrades.

RSC and Lynnwood Library staff (business subject specialists) will take a first look at the resources.  Any trial products that might fit our collection will then be opened up to library staff on Friday, June 15th.  A survey will be sent to gather product feedback on Monday, June 25th.

We currently subscribe to:

  • ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry (ProQuest)
  • AtoZdatabases
  • Business Source Premier (EBSCO)

We will be trialing:

  • DemographicsNow: Business & People (Gale)
  • Business Source Complete (EBSCO upgrade)
  • SimplyMaps
  • Small Business Reference Center (EBSCO)
  • Small Business Resource Center (Gale)

We will also have a preview of the new in 2013 interface for Gale’s business products through Business Insights: Global.

Any questions?  Please contact Roxanna Garrison, x3021 or Christa Werle, x7160.

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