Cites & Bytes @ Bailey
Thursday, March 30, 2006
New Trial Database
Ebsco is offering a trial of their new product, The Literary Resource Center, for the SRU community here. You can also find this link on the Trial New Databases page.
Kick the tires! Take it for a spin!
UPDATE: Find a trial of Consumer Health Complete here. You can also find this link on the Trial New Databases page.
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Encounters of the Library Kind...
Full story here...
Friday, March 24, 2006
Here's a free database of juvenile series and sequels books from the Mid-Continent Public Library... check out Cherry Ames' checkered career here... and I pledge to read something more serious and grown-up soon.
Friday Fun for Everyone....
- The Poetry Archive, an online collection of poets reading their work
- Dear Miss Breed... a virtual exhibit of letters to a San Diego children's librarian from interned Japanese-American children
- The Titanic Newspaper Archive... 15,000 historical pages
- Would you like chips with that?*
- The Fun and Easy Guide to Binding Your Own Paperbacks*
- TuneFind... Find that song that has been stuck in your head
*Library controversy alerts: RFID chips are a privacy concern to some and although this bookbinder purchased the ebook he printed, I am pretty sure it violates licensing agreements to print out an entire ebook from the library.
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Meet Our Techie Sister....
Demo and Dessert on Friday....
Bring your lunch, enjoy a dessert, please join us!
Monday, March 20, 2006
Things I Learned About EBSCO today...
EBSCO has released some new, interesting features:
You can now move from database to database, effortlessly and with abandon, by clicking on the dropdown menu under the search box.
When you email yourself an article, you can choose your citation style. Ah! Feel the joy!
Check out the funky Visual Search (and I mean funky in a good way) option that groups and graphically represents your search results. Lovely pastel circles, squares, yellow moons, orange stars, green clovers... I totally made that last part up. But the Visual Search is an interesting innovation with an attractive color scheme.
Here are your Topics....
Thursday, March 16, 2006
From the All Things Google Dept.
Monday, March 13, 2006
Check out this bibliography of children's books about librarians and libraries...
Another list... the most frequently challenged children's books of 2005
Catching up on some award-winning reading...
Left to Right:
Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes, 2004 Caldecott award
Coming On Home Soon by Jacqueline Woodson, 2005 Caldecott Honor book*
The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights by Russell Freedman, 2005 Newbery Honor book
Cultures Collide: Native Americans and Europeans, 1492-1700 by Ann Rossi
Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth, 2005 Caldecott Honor book*
Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, 2005 Caldecott Honor book
*My favorites... well written and beautifully illustrated.
Sunday, March 12, 2006
A Wee Bit...
Facts for Features: Irish American Heritage Month from U.S. Census Bureau
Highly recommended for educators and others: Teacher Man by Frank McCourt, Irish-American author of the memorable Angela's Ashes... currently listening to the audiobook from the Library Reading Room.
Delightful, poignant, wonderful storytelling, and something to say about American education....
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Time for Friday Fun...
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Spring Break! Woo-hoo!
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Catching Up With Book, Library, and Blog News...
- If a Library is Bookless, What is in it? Listen, from NPR
- European Union outlines plans for a Digital European Library
- Wikipedia and Britannica... room enough for both? from Searcher
- Authors sign books with remote robot pens, Listen, from NPR
- Published at last... Turn your blog into a book for $30!, from New York Times
47 by Walter Mosley. I am a big fan of Mosley's Easy Rawlins mysteries, but realized this young adult novel would be something quite different. This audiobook, one of Ossie Davis' last performances, is a science fiction slavery novel, if you can conceive of such a thing. 47 is a 14-year old slave in the American south, who is magically mentored by "Tall John," loosely based on High John the Conqueror. Tall John is actually an alien visitor engaged in a struggle against the forces of evil and the threatened destruction of the universe. I could hear the traces of Easy Rawlins' honor and integrity in the character of 47 and the personalities of the other slaves were finely drawn. What a unique adventure! Very different and very enjoyable.
David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall. Funny, wicked funny, droll. This reading by Sedaris includes hilarious takes on his sister's secrets, St. Nicholas in the Netherlands, a horrible device called the Stadium Pal that facilitates covert public urination, and a boss with a rubber hand that loses (or gains?) something in French translation. Dryly read/performed by Sedaris to good effect... short and very amusing.
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler. The reading club consists of five women and one man (they have decided to tolerate him) and they read only Austen novels. The book is very episodic as vignettes from the lives of each of the members are portrayed and I admit that I was sometimes struggling to remember who was who at first. Somewhere around Bedford, I figured it out and found myself eager to hear what was happening with: Allegra, the lesbian daughter; Sylvia, her recently separated mother; the delightfully dotty Bernadette; the mysterious male, Grigg; Pruddie the lustful French teacher; and Jocelyn, the dog trainer and seeming leader of the group. Once into the individual accounts, the stories were fascinating as unexpected tales emerged from the people I just stereotyped above. Good beach read maybe, not profound but entertaining.
Monday, March 06, 2006
I Know You Love the Quizzes....
Which literary classic are you?
<-- This would be me: books, libraries, twisted murders, and obscure references.
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Break Out the Tiaras.....
and roll out the red carpet! The Oscars will be broadcast on Sunday evening. The next best thing to being there.... throw on your mink stole and check out some Academy Award winning movies, currently on display in the IMC. Browse past award winners here and browse the IMC collection here or in the online catalog...
I want to thank all of the little people!
Deadline for Marjorie Stephenson Scholarship Approaching....
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Demo and Dessert on Friday....
Just read about this wonderful exhibit of book art... a collaboration between the Portland Public Library and the Maine College of Art.