Folks doing serious research sometimes are looking for old newspaper articles from a particular place. We have explored several different places to find this information within New York State in past Tips, but the Library of Congress also offers a resource that covers the entire nation! This information is gradually making its way onto the Web, but many old newspapers will take a long time before they’re scanned and digitized. This is how you can find them now…
Tuesday’s Tip –August 19, 2014 (U.S. Newspaper Directory 1690-Present)
Newton is a site where you can ask unusual questions of a team of scientists–ones that might not be covered in the classroom or textbook– and you will get a response in layman’s terms. The fields of life and applied science, mathematics, and computer science are addressed. There are so many interesting topics covered—it’s fun to browse the archive of past questions by subject, or the ‘frequent’ questions section. You never know what you’ll learn! Tuesday’s Tip — August 12, 2014 (Newton’s Ask a Scientist Website)
President Obama and Congress recently acknowledged the vital contributions of libraries by enabling them—for the first time—to be considered One-Stop partners and eligible for federal funding to support job training and job search programs. The bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act also authorizes adult education and literacy activities provided by public libraries as an allowable statewide employment and training activity.
Nearly 100 percent of America’s public libraries offer workforce development training programs, online job resources, and technology skills training, according to a new study from the American Library Association (ALA). Combined with maker spaces, coding classes, and programs dedicated to entrepreneurship and small business development, libraries are equipping U.S. communities with the resources and skills needed to succeed in today’s – and tomorrow’s – global marketplace.
This amazing site reveals our history explored through the newspapers of the day… from all around the country.
Events big and small that portray both the agonies and ecstasies of our existence are keyword searchable and readable in a page image–including photographs and illustrations from the actual papers– covering 1836-1922. You’ll find everything from the launching and sinking of the Titanic, to Houdini’s escapades and so much more.
Tuesday’s Tip –August 5, 2014 (Chronicling America- Historic Newspapers)
In today’s fast-paced world, many of us are looking for the fastest and easiest way to do things. When using the Internet, there are a lot of shortcuts, and in this week’s Tip we’ll look at two you might find useful for increasing your efficiency–at least when you’re using a desktop computer. Give them a try. I’ve adopted one into my daily keyboard routine; maybe you will too! Tuesday’s Tip –July 29, 2014 (Internet Shortcuts)
Looking for guidance about media for your children (ages 2-17)?
Then look to Common Sense Media for reviews and ratings of books, games, movies, tv, web sites, music, and apps. Tuesday’s Tip – July 22, 2014 (Common Sense Media).
Whether you consider yourself a linguaphile or a Word Nerd, if understanding the meaning and origin of words is something you delight in, you’re sure to love this site! Even better–it showcases weird words! Have fun exploring! Tuesday’s Tip — July 15, 2014 (World Wide Words Website)
With our new ‘Encore” online catalog, the Overdrive e-Book and Audiobook supplier used by the Mid-Hudson Library System has been integrated, and the borrowing process streamlined. Now while searching in the catalog, if you identify a book you’re interested in as an e-Book, you can download it with just a few clicks after logging into your user account. Any title with an available format “OverDrive Read” requires no app or software download, and can be viewed in any e-Reader or PC browser screen. Read on to learn more… Tuesday’s Tip — July 8, 2014 (e-Books in the catalog)
It all began with the “shot heard round the world” that assassinated Austria’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand–and his wife. The rest, as they say, is history…
Tuesday’s Tip — July 1, 2014 (Centenary of World War I)
The American Library Association (ALA) recently announced this year’s recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. “The Goldfinch,” by Donna Tartt received the medal for fiction, and “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism,” by Doris Kearns Goodwin received the medal for nonfiction. The selections were announced on June 28 during the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas. The awards, established in 2012, recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. in the previous year and serve as a guide to help adults select quality reading material.
This resource provides input from a resume expert. You can upload your resume file, and have it back in a day, with suggestions to improve it and help you get that job! Check our programs for an actual career counselor who comes in to the library twice monthly to help folks face-to-face!
Tuesday’s Tip –June 24, 2014 (JobNow! Resumes)
Here’s one for all you logophiles out there! This search engine looks up your word- or phrase -of interest, and runs it through a plethora of dictionaries. It compiles a list of links to a variety of sources for your word, so you can compare definitions, and amass a wealth of linguistic resources. Have fun!
Tuesday’s Tip – June 17, 2014 (Dictionary search engine)