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Tuesday’s Tip — ReadGeek Website

We took a look at computerized book recommendation sites before (What Should I read Next?  4/17/12)  but today we will introduce you to yet another tool.  ReadGeek analyzes characteristics of books you have read in the past, and rated highly, and connects you to other titles it deems to share traits or styles or moods with those that you have enjoyed previously.  Give it a try and you may discover a new favorite waiting to be read!   Tuesday’s Tip — May 26, 2015 (ReadGeek Website)

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Tuesday’s Tip — Original Art Works on Paper

If you’re planning to add a little cultural flavor to your vacation season, you might want to consider scheduling an appointment to view original works of art on paper (drawings, prints, etc.) kept for protection from the elements in museums’ special archives and print rooms.  For more information about these little-known collections in our art institutions, you’ll find more description and detail, as well as some links to New York’s great metropolitan museums included in this week’s Tip!   Tuesday’s Tip — May 12, 2015 (Works on paper at museums)

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Baltimore Library Stays Open Amid Unrest

Eyes around the world were recently focused on the city of Baltimore, where the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody sparked protests. Across the street from the CVS drugstore that was burned down is the Pennsylvania Avenue Branch Library. Apart from a few hours at the height of the riots, the library stayed open, a decision that has received a lot of attention and praise. When the rioting first started, branch manager Melanie Townsend Diggs locked the doors and kept the patrons inside. Later, everyone was able to leave through the back door.  That night, she told library administrators, “I really feel at a time like this, the community needs us, and I want to try to open.” The library opened next morning and remained open. Later, Ms. Townsend Diggs reflected on the experience. “I’m proud that we were able to carry on,” she said. “The gratitude of the public has sustained the staff. It’s like they knew they can count on us. I’ve never been prouder to be a librarian.”

NY City Library Attendance Exceeds all Major Venues Combined

According to a recent article in the New York Times , the city’s libraries have more users than all of the major professional sports, performing arts, museums, gardens and zoos — combined! The city’s libraries had 37 million visitors in the last fiscal year, said Angela Montefinise, a spokeswoman for the New York Public Library, which runs branches and research centers in Manhattan and the Bronx and on Staten Island.

The article’s author, Jim Dwyer, also commented on the quality of the libraries’ offerings, noting that, “No one who has set foot in the libraries — crowded at all hours with adults learning languages, using computers, borrowing books, hunting for jobs, and schoolchildren researching projects or discovering stories — can mistake them for anything other than power plants of intellect and opportunity. They are distributed without regard to wealth.”

Tuesday’s Tip — LibGuides

Do you sometimes feel like you could use help navigating through the maze of information??  Today’s Tip introduces you to the world of LibGuides (libguides.com).  Created by information professionals, and students, with the aim of guiding the user to useful resources on a specific topic, LibGuides usually cover sources representing a wide variety of formats.  Some direct to materials (books, periodicals, databases) subscribed to by the Libguide creating institution, and requiring a password to fully use, but most include information and research guidance in their own right– along with links to helpful Websites,  so there will usually be at least some resources that non-subscribers can make use of.

Search and explore 435,396 guides by 66,860 librarians at 4799 libraries worldwide!

Tuesday’s Tip — April 28, 2015 (LibGuides website)

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150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Funeral Train Passing through Poughkeepsie

On April 25, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train passed through Poughkeepsie, pulled by the same locomotive which had led President-elect Lincoln’s train through the city in February 1861. According to Lincoln chronicler Victor Searcher, “The sun was sinking as the train pulled into Poughkeepsie, casting a mellow glow over the historic event. The steep hillsides were carpeted with twenty thousand persons, perhaps more. Guns roared, bands sounded, the throng stood still for fifteen minutes as the travelers detrained and partook of a hasty buffet supper. Ten minutes after eight, when movement was resumed, stars twinkled and night lights dappled the smooth-running river.” At Albany, the casket was carried to the Assembly Chamber, where mourners paid their respects throughout the night until the train continued westward the following morning.

Tuesday’s Tip — Oyez Project (Multimedia Supreme Court Database)

For a fantastic resource to explore Supreme Court Cases, check out Oyez.org.   This Site allows you to listen to the full audio account of all cases–from arguments, to decisions, to dissenting opinions–from October 1955 to the present (since the first installation of recording equipment).  They can also be downloaded to Podcasts or saved in iTunes for future listening. Breif descriptions and summaries are also available to read.   Tuesday’s Tip — April 21, 2015 (Oyez-Supreme Court Website

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Tuesday’s Tip — WhatIs.com IT Encyclopedia

In our increasingly tech-y world, it’s more and more common to come across an acronym or program name that is unfamiliar. Every day brings new software developments–and the ‘maker movement’ has spawned an interest in things like 3-D printing. The PPLD embraces the changes, and does what it can to provide the community with  resources to keep up–whether through offering “Makerspace” programs for teens, or this Tip for understanding the new trends.     Tuesday’s Tip – April 14, 2015 (whatis.com)

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The Changing Perception of Libraries

As the nation observes National Library Week (April 12 – 18), the American Library Association (ALA) has just released a report that documents the shift in how libraries are perceived by their communities and society. In a press release, ALA noted that, “No longer just places for books, libraries of all types are viewed as anchors, centers for academic life and research, and cherished spaces. From offering free technology workshops, small business centers and 24/7 virtual access to e-Books and digital materials, libraries are transforming communities, schools and campuses.”

The State of America’s Libraries Report concludes that, “As society continues to change the way it consumes information, public libraries and librarians are viewed as change agents by addressing unique needs and identifying trends that impact the community.”

Tuesday’s Tip — Instructables

If you are a do-it-yourselfer, you are going to LOVE the Instructables site profiled in this week’s Tip!  Here you will find all kinds of how-to not only for the things you know you want to make–but also some very wild and creative ideas for things you didn’t even know you wanted to make!  From backyard maple syrup, to modular vertical garden boxes, to jewelry, to robots–it’s all here!  Go forth and make!

Tuesdays Tip — April 7, 2015 (Instructables Website)

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