Everyone needs to keep learning, including us! As we have in the past, the Library District will be closed on Friday, September 19 for Staff Development Day.
Have you ever wondered how the camera pans those shots during a football game? Maybe you wondered how a cell phone works, or where your satellite TV signal comes from…
The How Stuff Works site describes complex technological feats in a well-organized and thorough way. It’s a fun place to let your curiosity run loose! Enjoy! Tuesday’s Tip — September 16, 2014 (howstuffworks.com)
Not just for physical collections anymore–libraries have expanded into cyberspace, with authoritative virtual collections housed in Internet-based subscription databases. These expand our offerings to up-to-the-minute resources in a multitude of formats–all now keyword-searchable in our Encore library catalog! Three of our databases are now searchable (Gale General OneFile; Academic OneFile; and Opposing Viewpoints in Context) with more on the way!
With these very warm days of late summer upon us, why not get cozy (in a nice air-conditioned room!) and learn about the forces of nature and man that influence our atmosphere?!
Here’s a site for exploring religious texts from all traditions. Included along with religion, spirituality and mysticism are folklore and mythologies.
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…
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.
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)