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Archive for the month “July, 2014”

Sears Catalogs

And no, not the subject headings!  AncestryLibrary has a wonderful collection of Sears catalogs 1896-1993.  You can browse or search by keyword.  In 1944 there was an entire page devoted to aprons:
apronsAnd Sears sold everything!  Even cowboy songbooks!


Take a look at what your ancestors wore, cooked with, and played with.



From Washington State Library

With the wildfires burning in this part of the state, many voters may not have received their ballots. Voters who don’t have internet access or power, can show up at their local library and print a replacement ballot using the computers, printers, and internet access available at the library. Please share.

Learning Express Changes

From the vendor:   LearningExpress Library, version 3.0 has new resources and a brand new School Center with content aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Highlights of the new resources include:

New School Center
On August 4, 2014, you’ll see a new School Center. It is organized and aligned to the Common Core State Standards and includes many new resources and features. Resources will continue to be added in the coming months. If your library has a direct link to the School Center, you will need to remove the existing link and replace it with the new link that will take effect on August 4th. Instructions for direct linking can be found on page 3 of the Logos & Images tab on the Administrator link, located in the grey footer of any page on your LearningExpress Library website.

New Practice Tests and Tutorials
There are new practice tests and tutorials in the High School Equivalency Center for the HiSET® and TASC test, plus new practice tests and an introductory tutorial for the Spanish-language version of the 2014 GED® test.

New eBooks & Flash Reviews
Our library of downloadable eBooks continues to grow, with new titles in almost every center and Flash Reviews for Nursing Assistant/Nurse Aide, Pharmacy Technician, and TOEFL iBT®.

New Computer Tutorials
We’ve added PowerPoint 2013 courses for basic, intermediate, and advanced levels, and a PowerPoint 2013: What’s New tutorial. This extends the collection of Microsoft Office 2013 products (Word, Access, Project, and Excel) for libraries that have Computer Skills and Popular Software Tutorials. We are also removing older versions of Microsoft Office products.

August 5 Election

Thanks to Communications for helping us resurrect and tidy up the Elections Page on our website!  Things are pretty minimal for the primary, but it will be much more robust once those results are decided.  Look for the November elections page in mid-October.

Computers and Books in Libraries

Interesting new Pew Report:

Public libraries and technology: From “houses of knowledge” to “houses of access” —


Some 77% of Americans now think it is “very important” for public libraries to provide free access to computers and the internet to the community, and 95% think it is important overall. (For comparison, 80% of Americans say that it is “very important” for libraries to provide books to the community for borrowing.)

New resource: National Geographic Virtual Library

The National Geographic Virtual Library contains every page of every National Geographic Magazine ever published. It includes National Geographic Traveler from 2010 to present, National Geographic Kids from 2009 on, and many National Geographic Books. It has a cross-searchable platform, so you can search all publications at once, or you can limit your search by publication title, content type, image type (29 different image types!), and publication date. Individuals or groups can open accounts to create tags and save documents. Group accounts allow students working on projects together simultaneous access to tag, save, and share documents.


You can find NGVL in several places:

In Research, it’s under Magazines & Newspapers and Travel. It can be found in Teen Homework Resources under Science & Health and Social Studies, and in Kids Homework Help, it’s under Science and States & Countries.

Top GVRL in June

Backyard Harvest, 1st American ed. 2011
Fashion, Costume, and Culture: Clothing, Headwear, Body Decorations, andFootwear Through the Ages, 2nd ed., vol. 3
Pacific Northwest 2010
Taking Minutes of Meetings, Rev. 2nd ed. 2010
Allergies Sourcebook e4 2011
Clothing through American History 2010
American Indian Biographies, Rev. ed. 2005
Beijing 2011
Adoption and Surrogate Pregnancy 2010
Venice & The Veneto, Rev. ed 2012

Mango usage in June

Polish is #2!  Here are the top ten sessions:

Spanish (Latin American) Complete 2.0
Polish Complete 2.0
French Complete 2.0
German Complete 2.0
Chinese (Mandarin) Complete 2.0
Croatian Complete 2.0
Japanese Complete 2.0
Romance – Spanish
Romance – French
Latin Complete 2.0

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