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Archive for the month “October, 2013”

New Mango Content

From Mango Languages:

A bheil Gàidhlig agaibh? Good news – we’ve got a course for that. Mango is excited to announce the addition of 14 new language courses to our complete subscription: Armenian, Azerbaijani, Hungarian, Kazakh, Serbian, Yiddish, Bengali, Malay, Malayalam, Punjabi, Telugu, Scottish Gaelic, ESL Arabic MSA and ESL Armenian.

And we’re excited to announce that Mango Premiere™, the first and only language-learning resource to teach through film, will be launching on Nov. 12th.

Don’t judge a post by the picture

Salary.com has an interesting article called

12 Jobs on the Brink: Will They Evolve or Go Extinct? Find Out If Your Job is on the Endangered Occupations List

And the verdict for librarians is very positive

Librarian: Shelved or renewed?

Glamour girl Google and her friends Bing, Yahoo and Cha Cha dethroned the trusty silencer of the stacks, our public librarian.

Now, the local library is online, shoes and shirts are no longer required and we can use our “outdoor voice” indoors if we are so inspired. Will the decibel diva’s future be shelved?

Verdict: Evolved. Although virtual media and the Internet search deleted the Dewey decimal system, people still enjoy reading books the old-fashioned way and appreciate research help. The new librarian is a digital archivist, savvy with searches, keywords and helpful websites.

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What did our ancestors do?

This was a fascinating article about the resources available for genealogists who want to take the next step and learn more about the day-to-day life for their ancestors.   http://genealogy.about.com/b/2013/10/01/settler-and-emigrant-guides.htm

Internet Privacy and Digital Literacy Article

This was interesting–it certainly makes me think that we should teach a class on privacy when using the internet.

Top GVRL Titles in September

Always interesting–this month there were no travel books in the top ten!

Clothing through American History 2011
Business Plans Handbook, vol. 21
The Britannica Guide to Analysis and Calculus 2011
Gale Encyclopedia of American Law, 3rd ed., vol. 1
The Illustrated Bible 2012
The Britannica Guide to Geometry 2011
The Britannica Guide to Heat, Force, and Motion 2011
Novels for Students, vol. 2
BabyCenter Pregnancy 2010
Art, 1st American ed. 2005

ERIC access during shutdown

“EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is making the government database ERIC available during the government shutdown. ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, is typically available through the government website (http://eric.ed.gov/) as well as via EBSCO’s EBSCOhost® research platform. Because of the shutdown the government website is unavailable so EBSCO has decided to temporarily open its version of ERIC and make it available at:  http://www.ebsco.com/freeERIC.” (via EBSCO)

Find a Grave is Acquired by Ancestry

Ancestry.com Acquires Find A Grave

“We are pleased to announce that Ancestry.com LLC has acquired Find A Grave, Inc., the leading online cemetery database. With over 100 million memorials and 75 million photos, Find A Grave has amassed an unparalleled collection of burial information. Over the past 18 years, it has grown to become an invaluable resource for genealogists, history buffs and cemetery preservationists. Find A Grave will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Ancestry.com, and will continue to be managed by its founder, Jim Tipton.” (via Ancestry.com)

Federal Government Shutdown–status of agencies

CNN has a great chart that provides the status of federal agencies and departments.    Please note–some of them will have limited web service during the shutdown.

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