Goodbye to World Book Online

Our subscription to World Book Online has ended.  The Reference Services Committee has been studying its usage over the past year and determined that it was woefully underused.  We tried a variety of placement suggestions on our website, but nothing really changed our usage.  We do not plan to add large print encyclopedias at this time.

New features in Demographics Now!

Watch for some really cool enhancements to Demographics Now in early October.  Here’s the blurb from Gale:

Now, small business owners in your community can be even savvier with more customer knowledge.  A new feature within DemographicsNow! gives your business users the ability to upload their customer or business data and blend it with rich consumer information, like demographics, psychographics, and Experian consumer segments!


In early October, the new customized reports will be available to business owners throughDemographicsNow! Business and People. The reporting (formerly “Report Wizards”) tab will have several new reporting options where users can upload their data securely in the cloud-based tool, where it’s blended with demographic data, and creates a report with valuable insights. The existing custom geography selection functionality provides the ability to input a single target location and to define trade areas.

What this means is that your local entrepreneurs can learn more about who is currently being served by their business, and who isn’t, so they can make adjustments in their products or services to grow their customer base and increase revenue.

DemographicsNow accepts address data in XLS, XLSX, or CSV formats. Checkboxes are used to customize the analysis, like to limit by geography.  Read more about this.

Virtual Genealogy Fair

The National Archives is trying something new–they’re hosting a virtual genealogy fair in October.  All of this will take place on YouTube, so there’s no registration or login required.   They are planning to archive the sessions, so if you can’t make one, you’ll be able to see it later.   The schedule looks promising- day one is below.  Be sure to check out days two and three on the NARA Virtual Genealogy Fair website:

Day 1: Tuesday, October 28 (Eastern Time) Watch live on YouTube US National Archives YouTube Channel



Topic Presenter


10 a.m.

Introduction to Genealogy Claire Prechtel Kluskens
National Archives at
Washington, DC


11 a.m.

Preserving Your Personal Records Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler
National Archives at
College Park, MD



When Saying ‘I Do’ Meant Giving Up Your U.S. Citizenship Meg Hacker
National Archives at
Fort Worth, TX


1 p.m.

Overview of American Indian Records and Resources on the National Archives Website Jessica Hopkins
National Archives at
Kansas City, MO


GVRL Top Ten in August

Lots of travel plans going on, I think!

The Rough Guide to Tunisia e8 2009
The Rough Guide to Iceland e4 2010
The Rough Guide to India e8 2011
Adam Sandler 2004
Arts and Humanities Through the Eras vol. 5: The Age of the Baroque andEnlightenment 1600-1800
Encyclopedia of Aging vol. 1
Dutch Oven Cooking 2008
The Rough Guide to France e12 2011
Turkey 2012
Heroin 2002