The Wood Database

Just when you think that you’ve seen it all, something like this comes along.  The Wood Database was designed by Eric Meier, whose initial RTF document in 2007 has turned into this very useful tool.

By looking and learning about different woods, any woodworker or crafts-person can quickly and easily ascertain which woods to use for which projects — whether your selection criteria is based on color, grain pattern, strength, dimensional stability, durability, etc.

Check it out at



It’s official–the name has changed!

The Reference Services Committee, which used to be the Reference Collection Committee, is now officially the Information Services Committee.   We’re still changing intranet pages, but we wanted to move forward with the name change now.  The Information Services Project implementation team and the Information Services Committee have a significant overlap, so you’ll see many of the same names on each.

Changes Ahead for National Geographic

The National Geographic Society has sold the troubled magazine and its book, map and other media assets to a partnership headed by 21st Century Fox, the Murdoch-controlled company that owns the 20th Century Fox movie studio, the Fox television network and Fox News Channel.  We’ll have to see what that means for the publishing side of things.  In the meantime, don’t forget that we have National Geographic Online!

Top GVRL Titles in August

Bacteria and Viruses 2011
The 100 Most Important Chemical Compounds 2007
Countries and Their Cultures, vol. 1
They Eat That? 2012
Alaska 2012
Intelligent Learning Infrastructure for Knowledge Intensive Organizations 2006
Pocket Rough Guide: Amsterdam, 2013
Washington, D.C. 2012
Chile and Easter Island 2011
The Gale Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained, vol. 3