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Archive for the month “February, 2013”

The Future for Librarians?

You’ll either be intrigued or outraged, but this thought-provoking article is worth the time to read:


LearningExpress Library Usage

LearningExpress Library is one of our favorite resource because it provides the customer to study for tests, take a practice test, and then lets them repeat the process if necessary.  Can you guess what the top 3 tests are?

  1. GED Practice
  2. College Placement
  3. Math Skills Improvement

But in the ebooks section of LearningExpress Library, things look a little different:

  1. Math and Reasoning Skills Improvement
  2. Writing Skills Improvement
  3. Civil Service

Finally, in the online course section, the GED, Math, and Writing courses are up on top, but Microsoft Excel is right up there, too!  These are the statistics from 2012, so it will be interesting to see what 2013 brings.

Top Ten Mango Languages Studied in 2012

Some surprises here:

  1. Spanish (Latin) basic and complete 2.0
  2. French basic and complete 2.0
  3. Japanese basic and complete 2.0
  4. German basic and complete 2.0
  5. Chinese (Mandarin) basic and complete 2.0
  6. Italian basic and complete 2.0
  7. Spanish complete 1.0
  8. Korean basic and complete 2.0
  9. Pirate basic
  10. Russian basic and complete 2.0

Others in the top 20 were Norwegian, Portuguese, Arabic, Thai, and Irish.

Free Gale March Training Webinars

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Library Journal’s “Best Overall Database” for 2012! See what made Gale Virtual Reference Library the readers’ choice: 8,000+ authoritative eBooks, improved navigation, a colorful new interface, cross-searching ease, and much more.

March 6, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

March 12, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

March 18, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Gale LegalForms

Law students, professionals, and general users will find officially approved, professionally written documents, downloadable in multiple formats. Take the guesswork out of legal research with this one-of-a-kind resource that delivers the same forms used in actual legal practice.

March 7, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

March 18, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

March 29, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

From climate change to immigration, find thousands of thought-provoking pro/con arguments in Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Balanced overviews and fact-based opinions from curriculum-focused references combine with multimedia to deliver an engaging way for students to develop critical-thinking skills. Join this webinar to see how you can integrate Opposing Viewpoints in Context into your library or lesson plan.

March 4, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

March 21, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Book A Librarian Took Off in 2012

We recorded 880 one on one Book A Librarian sessions last year.  That’s 2.4 one-to-one high level information services to our customers every day of the year.  Kudos to the whole range of library staff who offer this knock-your-socks-off service!

2013 is off to a rockin’ start with 217 sessions to date, averaging 5.5 sessions each day!

GVRL Top Ten in January

Wow, what an assortment!  From Iceland to Istanbul via Mexico!

The Rough Guide to Iceland e4 2010
Ultimate Aptitude Tests 2008
American Indians of the Northeast and Southeast 2012
The Rough Guide to Mexico e8 2010
The Digestive System 2011
Foods of Germany 2007
Art, 1st American ed. 2005
Istanbul 2011
Novels for Students, vol. 1
The Rough Guide to First-Time Africa e2 2011

February EBSCO Training Opportunities

2013 begins with some unique online training opportunities for librarians!  These free one-hour WebEx sessions will include an introduction to the database, searching tips, special features, and will include time for questions and answers.  All you need is a computer with internet access and a telephone or computer speakers/VOIP headset for the audio.  These will be recorded for viewing at your convenience if you are not able to join the live session(s) and will be available on our training site (  To register, please click the link below the date.  If the class is full, please register for a future session on our training site. 

After you register, you will receive an immediate confirmation from  If you register for a class and do not receive an email, please check your spam filters.  If you still cannot locate your confirmation email, please contact us at

Auto Repair Reference Center (ARRC)
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 @ 10:00 am
To Register:  Click Here

Auto Repair Reference Center (ARRC) contains information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles, with repair information for most vintage makes starting as far back as 1954.  In this session, we will discuss the new interface and how easy it is to access drawings, step-by-step photographs, technical service bulletins and wiring diagrams for specific vehicles. We will also explore AutoIQ, a complete interactive guide to vehicle ownership and maintenance.

Legal Information Reference Center
Thursday, February 7, 2013 @ 12:00 pm  
To Register:  Click Here

Legal Information Reference Center contains more than 310 full-text publications and thousands of legal forms.  We will discuss the interface designed specifically for this database and browse many top consumer-interest areas of law, including: business law, financial planning, family law, real estate, immigration and travel, patents, wills and estate planning.

Small Business Reference Center
Friday, February 8, 2013 @ 8:00 am 
To Register:  Click Here

Small Business Reference Center provides up to date information on topics such as starting a company, operations management, and sales.  We will discuss the interface designed specifically for this database and browse top business categories and a wide variety of information on small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, common business types, a help and advice section and creating business plans that lead to successful funding. We will also look at the business videos that provide critical information for business owners: interviews, ‘lessons learned’ features, lectures and ‘how to’ videos.

Unasema Kiswahili? You can now!!!

Mango has added four new languages:

  • Swahili
  • Romanian
  • Egyptian
  • Modern Standard Arabic

More Mango to Love…

More EBSCO resources available mobile w/new interface!

The following products are shifting from their unique interface to the standard EBSCOhost platform:
• Home Improvement Reference Center
• Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
• Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Take a look, I think you’ll find that the content is still easily accessible and the new interface better highlights special content features.
Here are some other things that the new platform provides:
• The PDF Viewer easily navigates to other records within the same publication
• Image Quick View authority to view images in an article right from the Result List
• Upgraded MP4 videos and new inline video player
• Book carousel in Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
• Text-to-Speech functionality for HTML records
• All standard EBSCOhost tools, e.g., Citation Tool and Bookmark
• Interface translation
Mobile device compatibility is included!!!!

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