Information Services @ Sno-Isle

The spot where information about information lives

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

The new U.S. paper money

Things are changing in the U.S. Treasury.  We will see new things on the $20, $10, and $5 notes.  Learn more!

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

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/

 

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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