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Tuesday’s Tip — Mental Illness Awareness Week–NAMI & Suicide Prevention

As the nation observes Mental Illness Awareness Week, the Library District would like to share some resources to help the mentally ill and their families in our communities lead the best lives they can.  The organizations highlighted in this week’s Tip, can lead people who need it to help and treatment that can be life-saving.  Please share this Tip with anyone you know could benefit from these resources.  Tuesday’s Tip — October 7, 2014 (Mental Illness Awareness Week)

Tuesday’s Tip — Tech Tip — Tiny/Long URL

Have you ever wanted to send a link to someone, and it is incredibly LONG?  This week’s Tip will show you some tools for shortening those long Web addresses to convenient ‘tweetable’ length, and also ways to vet URLs in your social media feeds to help you decode and verify their origin before opening.  These tools can help you navigate the Web more easily–and safely!            Tuesday’s Tip — September 30, 2014 (Tech Tip – TinyURL-LongURL)


Tuesday’s Tip — Business Insights: Essentials now in Catalog

Our online Library Catalog is expanding once again, with the inclusion of our Business Insights:Essentials database!  Anyone looking for business information in the catalog will now have access to articles from business journals and newswires as well.  The database connection through the catalog is also a doorway to industry profiles, corporate histories, and an interface to locate investor information attached to company records.  Give it a look!   Tuesday’s Tip — September 23, 2014 (Business Insights Essentials in Catalog)

Tuesday’s Tip–Finding Current Events Information in the Library Catalog

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!

Tuesday’s Tip –September 9, 2014 (Current Events Information in the Catalog)

Tuesday’s Tip — U.S. Newspapers Directory, 1690-present

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)

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Tuesday’s Tip — Newton “Ask a Scientist” Site

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)

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Role of Libraries Recognized in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

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.