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Consumer Complaints Database of Contacts

I recently helped a family member whose Uber account had been hacked.  He couldn’t get Uber to do anything when he used the “contact us” link on their website.  Fortunately, I was able to show him Elliott.org and its database of over 500 companies with links to names and addresses (real and email) of executives.  This list is maintained by Christopher Elliott and his crew–he’s a well-known consumer advocate and journalist.

Long story made short–within 2 hours of sending an email to a Vice-President at Uber, my relative had everything straightened out.

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New resource for genealogists searching for holocaust information

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has made the first two volumes of their Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos 1933-1945 freely available on its website at
https://www.ushmm.org/research/publications/encyclopedia-camps-ghettos/volumes-i-and-ii-available-online.

Volume I includes the major concentration camps, their sub-camps, SS
construction brigades, and early camps set up by the police, SA and SS
shortly after the Nazis seized power.  Volume II includes ghettos in
German-occupied territories.  Each volume matches the physical format
of the book, and each consists of two pdf files.  The place name index
is in the back of the second part of each volume.  Each signed article
includes citations and bibliographies for further research.  Overview
articles provide additional information, and are worth reading.

Future volumes will be made available online after the print volume
has been available for a few years.  Volume III- camps and ghettos in
countries allied with the Nazis- is scheduled to be released in print
this year.

The volume II will be helpful to any patrons researching their Jewish ancestors and volume I will be helpful for the families of American soldiers who help liberate the camps.

 

From:

Megan Lewis, reference librarian

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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?

 

Pew Report About Lifelong Learning

A new Pew Research Center survey shows the extent to which America is a nation of ongoing learners:

  • 73% of adults consider themselves lifelong learners.
  • 74% of adults are what we call personal learners– that is, they have participated in at least one of a number of possible activities in the past 12 months to advance their knowledge about something that personally interests them. These activities include reading, taking courses or attending meetings or events tied to learning more about their personal interests.
  • 63% of those who are working (or 36% of all adults) are what we call professional learners – that is, they have taken a course or gotten additional training in the past 12 months to improve their job skills or expertise connected to career advancement.

For more information, including the full report and the survey template, please see http://www.pewinternet.org/2016/03/22/lifelong-learning-and-technology/

 

Digital Public Library and National Archives

The Digital Public Library of America is taking the first concrete steps toward the realization of a large-scale digital public library that will make the cultural and scientific record available to all. This impact-oriented research effort unites the leaders from all types of libraries, museums, and archives with educators, industry, and government to define the vision for a digital library in service of the American public.  They’re working with the National Archives and Harvard University to to share digitized content from their online catalogs for the project’s two-year Digital Hubs Pilot Project.  This pilot project is scheduled to launch on April 18-19, 2013 at the Boston Public Library, which will host an array of festivities, including presentations and interactive exhibits showcasing content from the DPLA’s content partners.  The DPLA will include 1.2 million digital copies from the National Archives catalog, including our nation’s founding documents, photos from the Documerica Photography Project of the 1970’s, World War II posters, Mathew Brady Civil War photographs, and documents that define our human and civil rights.

 

 

 

ANOTHER Must-Read Article About Libraries Today

Thanks, again, to Penni Vogel for sharing!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidvinjamuri/2013/01/16/why-public-libraries-matter-and-how-they-can-do-more/

The Future: Public Libraries as Local Centers For Book Discovery, by David Vinjamuri

“Libraries support three core missions: promoting reading, offering access to information and anchoring communities. Although individual library systems may communicate these priorities differently, most of the librarians I interviewed broadly agreed with these goals. All three missions contribute to make a library of the twenty first century the ideal place to discover new books.”

Library Helps Patrons Get Tech-Savvy

Great article about one of our librarians, Mark Burnett, and how Sno-Isle Libraries add value to our communities!

http://www.marysvilleglobe.com/news/187161811.html

UW grad students want fewer fee-based programs, tuition rollback | Local News | The Seattle Times

Thank you to Penni Vogel for sharing this concerning article about our professional degree at our closest University.

UW grad students want fewer fee-based programs, tuition rollback | Local News | The Seattle Times.

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