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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.

Printing Topo maps

Topo (topographical) maps are very popular with hikers, explorers, and outdoor enthusiasts.  And there are some great topo map sites out there, but printing those maps can be a nightmare.  National Geographic has come up with a solution!

National Geographic has built an easy to use web interface that allows anyone to quickly find any quad in the country for downloading and printing. Each quad has been pre-processed to print on a standard home, letter size printer. These are the same quads that were printed by USGS for decades on giant bus-sized pressed but are now available in multi-page PDFs that can be printed just about anywhere. They are pre-packaged using the standard 7.5 minute, 1:24,000 base but with some twists:

  • Page 1 is an overview map showing the Quad in context
  • Pages 2 through 5 are the standard USGS Quads cut in quarters to fit on standard printers
  • Hillshading has been added to each page of the PDF to help visualize the topography

http://www.natgeomaps.com/trail-maps/pdf-quads

What’s in a Name?

There is a great article in last quarter’s Reference & User Services Quarterly:  What’s in a Name? Toward a New Definition of Reference.  The current president of RUSA asks if we’ve become so focused on what we call ourselves that maybe we are missing the real question: how do we define our work?

 

What happened at the March Information Services Committee meeting?

We had a packed agenda!  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • Presentations about SIL website and resources—who develops? Do we need?
  • Online high school recommendation–should be on the intranet soon.  We will not bring in this service.
  • GVRL order/Electronic resources
  • Puget Sound Consumer’s Checkbook discussion and decision.  Details in IdeaScale.
  • How to manage requests for external web links
  • LibAnswers—need procedures, guidelines, decisions
  • Reference Basics 101—Kathy & Jennifer presented the updated PowerPoint
  • Reference weeding—changes in procedure, how to handle single copies
  • SAM and public computing–update from Anne

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