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Archive for the month “November, 2014”

Farewell to Credo Reference

The Reference Services Committee has made the decision to  not renew Credo Reference, effective January 14, 2015.  This is never an easy choice, but our usage of this ebook collection became prohibitively expensive when we examined our cost per use.  Although it’s a different interface, GVRL is a good substitute.

There is a notice on the website when you see the Credo Reference link.  And the MARC records will be removed next year.

Access to High Speed Internet in Washington

A very interesting article from the US Census Bureau.  It’s from their latest report from the American Community Survey.  The report released today, Computer and Internet Use in the United States: 2013,includes analysis of household computer ownership and Internet use by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin, income and education, and covers areas of the country with populations larger than 65,000.

“Many states had metros with consistently high or low computer and high-speed Internet use, but other states were notable for having a mix of both high and low areas within their borders, often very near one another,” said Thom File, a Census Bureau sociologist. “One clear example of this is seen in Washington. State level results show high percentages of both computer and high-speed Internet use, but when we look at the state’s individual metro areas, a more nuanced picture emerges.”

AtoZdatabases–Did you know?

I’m always amazed at what I find in our electronic resources.  This morning I received an email promoting the Genealogy, Background & Criminal Search feature of AtoZdatabases.  And it’s quite interesting:
atozThe criminal search feature lets you search by name and location.  Although it doesn’t take you straight to a court website, you will see what court was involved.

Our customers often ask about criminal background checks, so this might be a good point of referral for them.

 

IRS Tax Forms

Some of you have already been notified that the IRS is curtailing its forms in print this year.  For more information, please check their website.  The IRS has continued to encourage taxpayers to use the IRS website for information and to file electronically.  I think that it’s possible that we won’t see paper forms in the very near future.  So let’s get familiar with irs.gov and be ready to assist our customers as tax season looms!

Top GVRL in October

Wow, can you tell that school is back in session?  Lots of animal reports going on!

Atlas of the World’s Strangest Animals 2011
Familiar Animals 2012
Creeping Crawlers 2013
The Rough Guide to Nepal e6 2009
Encyclopedia of Food and Culture, vol. 2 and vol. 3
Gentle Giants 2013
Slithering Snakes and How to Care for Them 2013
The Cardiovascular System 2011
Drunk Driving 2013

NoveList Enhancements

From the vendor:

New for NoveList

NoveList has revamped the printing and delivery options for all version of NoveList to provide patrons with more effective ways to use the read-alike recommendations and lists in NoveList.

  • Print only what you need using the new compact view, or choose from other views all of which now include search details at the top of the page.
  • Emailed results now have a clean, updated look.  Chosen titles can be added to a folder and the entire list can be emailed.
  • Export-to-csv is now an option to allow you to sort or compare titles.  Exports are limited to 500 records.
  • Click here to read the full release notes for NoveList.

Mango Languages–October Upset!

For the first time, ever, another language was our number one:

French
Spanish, Latin American
German
Chinese, Mandarin
Korean
Scottish Gaelic
ESL Spanish (Latin American)
Portuguese (Brazil)
Russian
Turkish

An interesting mix of languages–I don’t remember seeing Turkish in the top ten before.

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