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Archive for the month “July, 2012”

Adoption of codes in Washington State

Washington State did not adopt new codes last year, due to the state budget crisis.  Therefore, although some libraries may have a 2011 National Electrical Code, that code was not adopted.  The 2008 NEC is still the current code for our state.  Please don’t weed that one!

And it’s a big mystery as to what they’ll do when the 2014 NEC comes out late next year.


Announcing Small Business Resource Center

Based on the survey results of our March trials of electronic resources for the small business customer, there was no clear indication that we needed to drop a current subscription in favor a new small business product or to request a budget increase to include a new product in 2013.

For the remainder of 2012, however, we have the best of both worlds!  With the credit we had on file with Gale for Grzimek’s Animals Online (ended in June), we are able to provide Small Business Resource Center through the rest of our annual contract with Gale.  This will give us the opportunity to use a small business resource with our customers and determine if it is needed in our contract package choices for 2013.

Vendor Summary:

Gale’s Small Business Resource Center was built based upon librarian feedback. By leveraging your extensive knowledge of patrons’ needs and online searching experience, Small Business Resource Center makes finding the best entrepreneurial information available quick and easy.

This comprehensive database covers all major areas of starting, operating and maintaining a business from financing, management, marketing, accounting, taxes and more. (

Vendor Support & Training Info: enjoy access to this resource through the end of the year and contact me (x7160) with any questions or feedback.

August Free Gale 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.

August 28, 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.

August 2, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

August 14, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

August 24, 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.

August 22, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

August 27, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

New shelf location for Reference

From today’s Tech News:

In Library Use Only Shelf Location for Reference Materials

Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2012

In the catalog, you will notice a new shelf location for reference materials called ‘In Library Use Only’. This will now be indicated for all reference materials with the exception of those that already have a more specific reference location such as ‘Atlas Reference’, ‘Local History Reference’, etc.

Staff will not need to do anything as a result of the change except if you decide you no longer want to use the more specific shelf location for particular items, then you can change it, for example, from ‘Local History Reference’ to ‘In Library Use Only’.


Many thanks to the Technical Services Managers for expediting this!

Must Read Article: Learn from a Google Guru

Thank you to Penni Vogel for this rundown of Google search tricks and a stumper of a question whether you are an investigative reporter or a librarian!

Tedesco, John. “How to Solve Impossible Problems: Daniel Russell’s Awesome Google Search Techniques.” San Antonio Express-News. Internet. July 17, 2012.

Change in ProQuest Content

The Statewide Database Licensing (SDL) project announced content changes in the ProQuest package. As of January 1, 2012, ProQuest lost the rights to its McClatchy newspaper titles, which included the Tacoma News-Tribune, and the Tri-Cities Herald. Content from the online is no longer available as well.

In compensation, ProQuest has upgraded the Washington Newsstand to its “Western Newsstand” product, which includes approximately 130 titles from the entire western half of the United States, with newspapers from a number of states, such as Alaska, California, Arizona, and even Oklahoma.

This product is now available from Sno-Isle Libraries:  Western Newsstand (

Questions?  Please contact Christa, x7160.

The Lexi-PALS Drug Guide (eRef Book) will be replaced by AHFS Consumer Medication Information.  This resource is found in Consumer Health Complete and Health Source: Consumer Edition (both EBSCO subscriptions).

We do not yet have MARC records for all the content within our databases, so you will not find this in our Polaris Catalog.  You will find it in our AtoZ of subscriptions resource.

Questions?  Christa Werle, x7160.

GVRL in June


The top ten GVRL retrievals in June:

Dutch Oven Cooking 2008  with 230 retrievals!
Strategic Alliances & Marketing Partnerships 2009
The Rough Guide to The Grand Canyon e3 2011
Southwest USA & Las Vegas 2010
Robots 2010
Alzheimer Disease Sourcebook e5 2011
World War II Reference Library, vol. 1: World War II Almanac
Garden Design 2009
Cape Town & The Winelands 2010
USA 2010

From Information Repository to Knowledge Platform

Information “Lost and Found” – new models for library reference service, a fascinating paper from IFLA  discusses the tranformation of reference services at the Helsinki Public Library.   Don’t be daunted–it’s a quick, 6 page read!

Don’t Miss Opportunity: Live Webinar on AtoZdatabases!

We replaced ReferenceUSA with AtoZdatabases on December 1, 2012.  While there are many similarities within the two resources, we have learned that AtoZdatabases has some unique search methods that are important to know about to get the results that we expect.  If you have NOT found what you need in AtoZdatabases, could always use the practice, or work with customers who need this resource regularly, please join us on Thursday, July 19th for a live webinar with Christine Smailys from AtoZdatabases.  She will be teaching tips & tricks and answering questions from you.  These two webinar times are for Sno-Isle Libraries staff only, so please take advantage of this special opportunity!

Thursday, July 19th, 8:00am PST:

  1. Go to
  2. If requested, enter your name and email address.
  3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: Atoz2011
  4. Click “Join”.

Thursday, July 19th, 2:00pm PST:

1. Go to
2. If requested, enter your name and email address.
3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: Atoz2011
4. Click “Join”.

Please register in advance so that Christine knows how many to expect.  Any questions?  Christa Werle, x7160.

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