Information Services @ Sno-Isle

The spot where information about information lives

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.

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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!

 

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.

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

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

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.

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?

 

Area codes and 10 digit dialing

In 2017 a new area code will be introduced to our state.  New area code 564 will start being distributed in the fall of 2017 to new numbers in the 360 area code.

Area code number 564, will be available to all of western Washington including the 360, 206, 253, and 425 area codes as numbers in those areas become exhausted.

To implement the new area code, the Utilities and Transportation Commission also approved mandatory 10-digit dialing for all western Washington area codes by the fall of 2017. This will require callers to dial all 10 digits of a telephone number, including area code, when making local calls.

Read more about it at the Commission’s web site.

 

 

 

GVRL in April–From Argentina to Mary Poppins

Our GVRL top ten really reflects the variety of information and resources available in this collection:

Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, 2nd ed., vol. 1
Experimenting with Chemistry 2009
Military Medicine 2008
The Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989 2010
The Rough Guide to Argentina, 5th ed.
Investigating Earth’s Oceans 2012
P. L. Travers 1991
Encyclopedia of Communication and Information, vol. 2
The Rough Guide to The Netherlands, 6th ed.
Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: Seattle

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