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.

Top Ten GVRL Titles in July

Cultural Encyclopedia of Vegetarianism 2010
The Rough Guide to Portugal, 14th ed.
Sydney 2011
How to Write Persuasively Today 2010
The Value of a Dollar e4 2009
Novels for Students, vol. 11
Business Plans Handbook, vol. 36
Kenya 2013
St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, 2nd ed., vol. 1
The Rough Guide to Classical Music e5 2010

And that Cultural Encyclopedia of Vegetarianism had over 330 full text retrievals!

First Tuesdays–US Census

FROM WSL:  WHAT’S NEW UNDER THE SUN?

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PDT

Mark your calendars now for November’s First Tuesdays webinar:  What’s New in the Census, presented by Lia Bolden, U.S. Census Bureau.
Learn what’s new on the U. S. Census webpage and how to navigate census complexities to find necessary data.

First Tuesdays is designed as a continuing education opportunity for staff of libraries in Washington. These free webinar presentations are recorded and archived so others may listen at their convenience.  Questions? Please contact Carolyn Petersen at carolyn.petersen@sos.wa.gov.

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.

GVRL in January

The top ten:

The Rough Guide to Costa Rica, 7th ed.–this had 260 retrievals!

Film 2006

Infectious Diseases 2011

Norway 2012

A Handbook of Ancient Religions 2007

Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: London, 2014

Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans, 32nd ed., vol. 1

The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 2011

Maui, Moloka’i & Lana’i 2012

Cold War Reference Library, vol. 1: Almanac, vol. 1

Gale Webinars in December

Please feel free to register for these webinars, with your supervisor’s approval.  They can be added as External Trainings in Cornerstone.

 

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.
December 2, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (ET)
December 14, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.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.
December 3, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET)
December 29, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.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.

December 9, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)
December 29, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (ET)

 

National Geographic Kids

Engage young students and broaden their horizons with reputable, authoritative, and age-appropriate content that brings them the world in a way they’ve never seen before. Fun and substantive, National Geographic Kids will take them on amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space.

December 10, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (ET)ber 29, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (ET)

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!