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November 2017 Top 11 GVRL Titles

It’s 11 this month instead of our usual 10 because 2 volumes of a book accounted for the first 2 spots on this list:

Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions, vol. 1
Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions, vol. 2
Innovation 2009
Brussels & Bruges, Antwerp & Ghent 2012
The American Civil War and Reconstruction 2012
William Carlos Williams, Rev. ed. 1989
World Eras v4 2002
Springer Handbook of Robotics 2008
UXL Endangered Species, 3rd ed., vol. 1: Mammals
Business Plans Handbook, vol. 35
Encyclopedia of Dubious Archaeology 2010
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October Top Ten GVRL Titles

Knots 2012
Favorite Knots for the Sports Enthusiast 2008
Malaria 2010
The Rough Guide to Fiji, 2nd ed.
Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: Vancouver & Victoria, 2014
Motorcycle 2012
The Health Care System e2013 2013
Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: Paris, 2014
Norway 2012
Perspectives on Modern World History: The Brown v. Board of Education Trial

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!

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ArchiveGrid includes over 5 million records describing archival materials, bringing together information about historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and more.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!

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