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Finding obituaries might be easier in the future

FamilySearch and GenealogyBank have announced a joint effort to make over a billion records from historical obituaries searchable online. It will be the largest—and perhaps most significant—online US historic records access initiative yet. It will take tens of thousands of online volunteers to make GenealogyBank’s vast U.S. obituary collection more discoverable online.

I’ll keep an eye on this and let you know as soon as they start publishing!

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ArchiveGrid

ArchiveGrid?  Never heard of this?  Well, neither had I until I stumbled on a blog post extolling its virtues.  Here’s their description of this service:

ArchiveGrid includes over 5 million records describing archival materials, bringing together information about historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and more. With over 1,000 different archival institutions represented, ArchiveGrid helps researchers looking for primary source materials held in archives, libraries, museums and historical societies.

 

You can browse by state with the map on the home page or through the drop-down menu below.   For example, when I looked at the Washington State Library, I found this:

Very useful for our genealogy and local history researchers!

Changes at the Washington State Library

These all happen on February 1, 2017.  So if you’re recommending a trip to WSL, be aware that things will be different.

Archiving the White House

There was a change on WhiteHouse.gov today and you might wonder what happens to the old content when a new administration comes on board.   Yes, there was a plan.  And you can find the content from the Obama White House here.

 

Maybe we aren’t overloaded?

There’s a new Pew Internet report out that suggests that perhaps we are becoming less overwhelmed by the amount of information out there.  Check it out!

 

GVRL in August

Our top ten:

The Rough Guide to Copenhagen e4 2010
Copenhagen 2011
Eyewitness Travel Guide: Germany, 2014
Eyewitness Travel Guide: Back Roads Germany, 2014
Eyewitness Travel Guide: Munich & the Bavarian Alps, 2014
McCarthyism and the Communist Threat 2011
Bipolar Disorder 2012
UXL Sustainable Living, vol. 1
Allergies Sourcebook e4 2011
Business Plans Handbook, vol. 35

Elections Page is Live!

2016 is a big election year.  And our elections page will be up and running this week.  We are going to be updating it at several strategic times:

  • At the conclusion of the Washington State Presidential Primary in May.
  • At the conclusion of the Republican Party National  Convention (July 18-21, 2016).
  • At the conclusion of the Washington State Primary in August.
  • At the conclusion of the Democratic Party National Convention (July 25–28, 2016).

We don’t want to go overboard with  this page, but if you see something that we’ve missed, please let me know asap!

Library use?

An interesting interpretation of the most recent Pew Report.  It makes me realize how fortunate we are to have such stable funding!

GVRL in March

Travel, health, and homework–what a combination!  Here are the top ten ebooks retrieved from GVRL last month:

Mexico City 2010

Eyewitness Travel Family Guide: Washington, DC, 2014

Huntington’s Disease 2012

Beyond Geometry 2011

Familiar Animals 2012

Hepatitis 2011

Lou Gehrig’s Disease 2012

Arms & Armor, Rev. ed. 2011

Medieval Life, Rev. ed. 2011

Sleep Disorders Sourcebook e3 2010

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)

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