It’s either a treasure trove or your worst nightmare!

If you thought that you had hidden that old year book where no one could find it, you’re in for a surprise.  Ancestry has just added a huge number of high school year books to its database.   To find it:

  • Research
  • Genealogy
  • AncestryLibrary
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and choose Schools, Directories, and Church Histories
  • On the right side there is an area called Featured Data Collections and you will select U.S. School Yearbooks 1900-1990

You can do a search, but that probably isn’t what most customers want to do.  They want to browse!  So you have to go up to the top right box and pull down the state, city, and high school:
You can adjust the page size to read more comfortably on your computer screen, too.

Not all of our high schools are included, but here’s a quick summary of what’s there:

Arlington HS 1909-1989 incomplete
Coupeville HS 1910-1989 incomplete
Darrington HS 1953-1960. 1976
Edmonds HS 1927-1989 incomplete
Granite Falls HS 1919-1989 incomplete
Lake Stevens HS 1924-1989 incomplete
Lakewood HS 1982-1988 incomplete
Langley HS 1953-1975 incomplete
Lynnwood HS 1971-1989 incomplete
Mariner HS 1978-1982 incomplete
Marysville HS 1910-1986 incomplete
Marysville Pilchuck HS 1971-1988 incomplete
Meadowdale HS 1969-1989 incomplete
Monroe HS 1946-1989 incomplete
Mountlake Terrace HS 1955-1988 incomplete
Oak Harbor HS 1922-1988 incomplete
Scriber Lake HS 1985
Snohomish HS 1943-1989 incomplete
South Whidbey HS 1987
Stanwood HS 1925-1987 incomplete
Sultan HS 1922-1988 incomplete
Twin City HS 1953-1959 incomplete
Woodway HS 1969-1989 incomplete

And won’t it be nice to be able to say “yes” when someone asks you for the old high school yearbooks!

Incomplete means that the span of years does not include every year within the span.  But Ancestry is constantly adding new content, so anything is possible.

Statewide Database Licensing News

From the Washington State Library:

The Washington State Library and the Statewide Database Licensing Project Advisory Committee are pleased to announce that ProQuest has again been selected to provide a suite of database products to the nonprofit libraries of Washington State. The package includes a periodicals collection, a collection of Washington and national newspapers, and resources for children and students. This new contract with ProQuest is set to begin on July 1, 2016.

A complete listing of the content in the new ProQuest package is available along with links to detailed descriptions of the individual components on the ProQuest Package Product Descriptions page.

The SDL Advisory Committee had a key role in the selection process, advising on the RFP itself, and subsequently assisting with the scoring, and making vendor recommendations. Feel free to contact members of the Advisory Committee, or SDL staff, with your comments or suggestions.

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!

New Content in LearningExpressLibrary™

From the vendor:

We are pleased to announce that new resources will be added to LearningExpress Library™ on July 7, 2015. Here are the highlights:

 

 
New Practice Tests
Eight (8) complete MCAT® practice tests are now available in the College Center to help students prepare for the new MCAT® 2015 test.

 

New eBooks
We’ve added a new series that focusses on workplace skills. It includes Mastering Workplace Skills: Math Fundamentals, Mastering Workplace Skills: Grammar Fundamentals, and Mastering Workplace Skills: Writing Fundamentals. There are also new GED® test preparation eBooks in English and Spanish, a new edition of California Police Officer Exam, and a new “501” eBook—501 Questions to Master Everyday Grammar and Writing.

 

New Common Core Resources
Thirteen (13) new practice tests and a new tutorial are the latest additions to the Common Core State Standards resources. They feature technology-enhanced item types and interactivity, and are completely aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

 

MARC Records

MARC Records are available to help your patrons easily discover LearningExpress resources! Download and update your custom MARC Records today! New files will be available in mid-July. Access them through the “Librarian Resources” link on your LearningExpress Library homepage.

 

Coming Soon
New and revised resources will be added over the next two quarters for the PCAT®, PSAT/NMSQT*, AP*, ACT®, and the new 2016 SAT* test.

 

 
If you have any questions, please contact Customer Service at libraries@learningexpressllc.com.

 

For a complete list of these additons and other changes, click Product update >>.
Your LearningExpress Team

 

 

 

Gale Webinars in June

Biography in Context

Discover how Biography in Context can enhance assignments (and improve outcomes) through multidisciplinary content on notable figures and the societal forces that shaped their lives.
June 1, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET)
June 11, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)

 

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Library Journal’s “Best Overall Database”! See
what made GVRL the readers’ choice: more than
15,000+ authoritative reference titles, improved
navigation, a colorful new interface, cross-searching
ease, and much more.
June 3, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET)
June 16, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (ET)
June 25, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)

 

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Balanced overviews and fact-based opinions from curriculum-focused references combine with multimedia to deliver an engaging way to develop critical-thinking skills.
June 8, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (ET)
June 19, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)

 

To register–click on the link with the date and time.  Librarians–remember to add your external training in Cornerstone!