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Archive for the month “December, 2012”

2012 Ref blog in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.


Free Gale January Webinars

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Library Journal’s “Best Overall Database” for 2012! See what made Gale Virtual Reference Library the readers’ choice: more than 8,000 authoritative reference titles, improved navigation, a colorful new interface, cross-searching ease, and much more.
January 2, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
January 10, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
January 18, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
January 21, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
January 29, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Biography in Context
Biography in Context delivers outstanding school and academic research support with up-to-date biographical entries spanning centuries and continents. Discover how this resource can enhance assignments (and improve outcomes) through multidisciplinary content on notable figures and the societal forces that shaped their lives.
January 4, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
January 23, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

History in Context
History in Context delivers comprehensive, contextual, media-rich search results. Learn about this extensive online collection of scholarly analysis, award-winning full-text periodicals, reference works, and primary-source documents.
January 10, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
January 30, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

January ’13 Electronic Resource Subscription Changes

At the end of November Terry Beck sent an email about changes coming in 2013 to our subscription resources, especially our EBSCO package, as a result of our 2013 allocation for electronic resources.  Here is a recap of the changes that we will see on January 1st:

New additions we will find:

  • Demographics Now (Gale)
  • Student Resources In Context (Gale)
  • Science Reference Center (EBSCO)
  • Small Business Reference Center (EBSCO)

We will no longer see:

  • Rosen Teen Health (Gale)
  • Small Business Resource Center (Gale)
  • Biography Reference Center (EBSCO)
  • Health Source: Consumer (EBSCO)
  • History Reference Center (EBSCO)
  • Literary Reference Center (EBSCO)
  • MAS Ultra (EBSCO)
  • Middle Search Plus (EBSCO)
  • Newspaper Source (EBSCO)
  • Points of View Reference Center (EBSCO)
  • Primary Search (EBSCO)
  • Professional Development Collection (EBSCO)
  • Psychology & Behavior Sciences Collection (EBSCO)
  • Sociological Collection (EBSCO)
  • TOPICSearch (EBSCO)
  • Vocational & Career Collection (EBSCO)

I will be adding “subscription ending 12/31/12” notes to our website this week.  Please share with staff and be sure to send any questions or comments to the your Reference Services Committee representative, Christa Werle, or Terry Beck.  Thank you!

A Message From Stephen Colbert

A Message From Stephen Colbert

Shakespeare Text Available from Folger Digital Texts

Read a play here:


Top Ten GVRL Titles in November

Interesting top ten this time.

Stress-Related Disorders Sourcebook e3 2011
Strategic Management, 1st American ed. 2009
Aztec, Rev. ed. 2011
Reincarnation 2009
Building a Team 2011
Early Civilizations in the Americas Reference Library, vol. 1: Almanac, vol.1
VideoHound’s Golden Movie Retriever e2013 2013
Business Plans Handbook, vol. 25
Religions, 1st American ed 2008
Science and Its Times, vol. 3: 1450-1699

LibraryExpress Content Changes

These changes will take place beginning tomorrow to keep content current & relevant:

The following tests will be removed:

  • AP Biology Practice Exams (Updated versions will be available 2Q 2013)
  • Electrician’s Licensing Exam Practices (Updated versions will be available 4Q 2013)
  • Plumber’s Licensing Exam Practices (Updated versions will be available 4Q 2013)
  • Praxis II: PLT Practice Tests (Updated versions will be available 2Q 2013)

The following eBooks will be removed:

  • Electrician’s Licensing Exam
  • Plumber’s Licensing Exam
  • Praxis, 4th Edition (An updated edition will be available 4Q 2013)

The following is a summary of products that will be added in 2013:

  • ACCUPLACER® Practice Tests
  • ASSET® Practice Tests
  • Calculus Skills Improvement Practice
  • Civil Service Practice Exam
  • CLEP Practice Tests
  • COMPASS Practice Tests
  • GED®Test Skill Builders
  • NCLEX-RN Practice Tests
  • PANCE Practice Tests
  • Police Officer Practice Exams
  • Praxis® I & II Practice Tests
  • TExES PPR EC-12 Practice Tests
  • WorkKeys®Practice Tests
  • eBooks in a range of subject areas

Morningstar Mutual Funds Discontinued

As the year comes to a close, we want to remind you that Morningstar Mutual Funds will be discontinued at the end of December 2012.  This newsletter will be replaced with the Dividend Investor newsletter in January 2013.

What are we doing on our cell phones?

Our friends at the Pew Internet and American Life Project have just released a new study about cell phone use in the U.S.  It’s a fascinating look at how that little device has transformed life!


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