Cites & Bytes @ Bailey
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
What's Your Carbon Footprint?
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Books Say the Darndest Things...
My Beautiful Mommy is all about teaching tots about plastic surgery. Seriously...
And if that's not enough for you, here is It's Just a Plant to help children understand why Mommy and Daddy are giggling uncontrollably. (Love the 70's vibe in the illustrations.)
Let's try these instead: Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts or something from the Pulitzers... or something suggested by Book Lamp or even blogs and websites turned into books.
And by the way, Mad Libs just turned 50. Now there's a good time and you can play it online. (Weed and fake breasts optional.)
Friday, April 25, 2008
Trees Here... Get Your Trees Here
World Malaria Day
April 25 is World Malaria Day. Sponsored by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, a global consortium of partners ranging from the World Health Organization to Unicef, this day is set aside to commemorate "the global effort to provide effective control of malaria around the world." Control of malaria is critical to our future. This deadly disease kills about 1 million children a year--one every 30 seconds. Stopping this killer is a multi-fronted endeavor involving research, education, advocacy, and funds. One effective preventative measure is the use of treated mosquito nets that protect children and adults from the bites of malaria carriers. Malaria is also treatable; medications, though, are often not available to those afflicted. You can donate a net or medications through a number of organizations including Malaria No More, and World Vision. More information is available from all the web sites linked above.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Getting Greener at the Library... Bins are Filling Up
Our little "art" project will come down tomorrow. Our goal was to increase awareness of the waste that occurs when items are printed and not collected, etc. Please read our other tips to improve your printing habits.
Going Greener at the Library.... Take Our Poll
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Going Greener at the Library... PowerPoint Poisoning, Part 2 or Why Are You Killing the Printers?
Going Greener at the Library... Green Printing
Some other suggestions for green printing and computing come from Lifehacker... Green Print and Aardvark. Both applications eliminate unnecessary printing.
Amazing Tree Facts from Library Technician Kevin McClatchy:
- It takes approximately 17 mature trees to make a ton of paper fiber.
- One 60-ft pine tree equals approximately 161 reams of paper.
- Learn more at Treehugger.com....
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Going Greener at the Library.... Green Search
Going Greener at the Library.... The Big Blue Bin Display
Monday, April 21, 2008
Going Greener at the Library.... Earth Week 2008
It's Earth Week and a good time to think globally and highlight some local issues as well. We will be talking about our printing practices for the most part, but here is some general information:
Science Reference Guide: Earth Day
EPA: Celebrate Earth Day
and here's how using paper to print books actually benefits the environment....
Going Greener at the Library.... PowerPoint Poisoning, Pt. 1
Here's a tip for printing PowerPoint slides... choose Handouts instead of Slides and go six per page. See the movie!
This message was brought to you by the nearest tree.
Thanks for making the library greener!
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Cha Cha, Cho Cho...
In the lead, Cha Cha, a mobile search that lets you call or text questions that will be answered by real people (I think). Read more...
Friday, April 18, 2008
Dancing in the stacks with Marian the Librarian, a classic now preserved on youtube... get Dr. David Valentine from Computer Science to sing this for you sometime, awesome.
Entertainment Weekly offers 18 Sexy Trips to the Stacks... a slide show (sorry to disappoint but only the first one was a little steamy...)
Library Director Phil Tramdack sends the following from the Chronicle of Higher Education: Snacks in the Stacks...
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
More Than A Book: An Exhibition of Artists' Books...
This exhibit of book art, on display in Bailey Library from April 16th through May 9th, contains a wide range of work by local, national and international artists, and represents the current state of the art. MaryAnn Miller, from the Experimental Printmaking Institute at Lafayette College, curated the traveling show and will conduct a workshop on creating a non-traditional book at 1:00 PM April 16th in the Special Collections room of the library. She will attend the opening of the exhibit that evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM to present more information about the processes and artists, and to answer questions.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Celebrating Books and Libraries...
National Library Week....
The Library of Congress experience... enjoy the virtual companion to this exhibit about the nation's library and its many treasures, including the $5.00 confederate bill from Lincoln's pocket on the night he was assasinated and a chance to page through the Gutenberg Bible. (I wish I could watch this on campus without all of the buffering and downloading.)
Greenwood Publishing offers the following gifts for National Library Week: Latino American Experience, African American Experience, Praeger Security International Online, Daily Life through History, Daily Life America, World Folklore and Folklife, The Reader's Advisor Online, Greenwood Digital Collection and a daily raffle for $500 worth of free books!
Gale is providing free access to these databases for National Library Week: Academic OneFile, Biography Resource Center, British Library Newspapers, Gale Directory Library, Gale Virtual Reference Library, General OneFile, Health & Wellness Resource Center, History Resource Center: U.S., History Resource Center: World, Literature Criticism Online, LitFinder, Literature Resource Center, Nursing Resource Center, Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center: Critical Thinking, Popular Magazines, PowerSearch, Science Resource Center, Small Business Resource Center, Sources in U.S. History Online: The American Revolution, Sources in U.S. History Online: The Civil War, and Sources in U.S. History Online: Slavery in America. (We already subscribe to a lot of these.) Also... they are opening up a new database called Books & Authors and you can compose a song or something and win $5000.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Newer... Database Changes
Biography Resource Center adds the Lives & Perspectives Collection. This optional new module supplements the Biography Resource Center with nearly 160,000 biographies drawn from a range of highly respected academic reference titles such as American Men & Women of Science, Governments of the World, Encyclopedia of African-American Culture & History and the Dartmouth Medal-winning Encyclopaedia Judaica.
Environment Complete will replace Environment Index, providing more full-text coverage.
Environment Complete contains all of the content available in Environment Index, as well as full text for 470 journals, including many of the most used journals in the discipline, such as Environment (back to 1975), Ecologist, Conservation Biology, and more. Environment Complete also provides full text for 80 monographs, such as Encyclopedia of World Environmental History (three volumes), Advances in Water Treatment & Environmental Management. Further, the database offers full text for the conference papers of the North American Association of Environmental Education.
New... Keeping Current
RefWorks is pleased to announce the public debut of RefAware, an online personal research assistant and monitoring service that enables members of the academic community and other researchers to stay abreast of the latest publications and research in their field instantly. This simple-to-use service allows researchers to be alerted when new articles are available – most within hours of publication and many even pre-publication. With the ability to create separate search queries, researchers can now use RefAware to keep them informed of “up-to-the-minute” information based on their unique research interests. Providing one source, for a variety of research data, RefAware constantly scours the internet for the latest information and automatically delivers newly found data through an alerting service. Harnessing the speed and accessibility of the Internet, RefAware provides a comprehensive, real-time picture of today’s global research.
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
The Check is in the Mail...
Consumer Reports, if you are unfamiliar, tests products rigorously and objectively, accepts no advertising, and is full of good info and rankings on everything from the best cars (April 2008) to the best laptops (November 2007) to the best sunscreens (May 2008) to the best cell phone plans (January 2008) to the best cereals (September 2006).
These are the people who jump on beds 350 times to see if they hold up. We still get the magazine in paper and you can read it online in the Academic OneFile, Academic Search Complete, Business Source Premier, and Academic Universe databases (see Databases A-Z). The Annual Buying Guide is also awesome. They have been doing this since the 1930's.
This has nothing to do with the wonderfully weird photos just released from their testing archive honest, but enjoy... (from Gawker)
From the early days: a hair dryer test from the 1960's, a toy dog test (do you really need a lab coat for that?) a record player for your car, and a sunglasses test gone terribly, terribly wrong.
Friday, April 04, 2008
All the News from Lake Libraryland...
Thursday, April 03, 2008
The Science of Search...
And some frivolous examples...
Picollator... find faces that match. Read more... So far, I have tried Abigail Adams and George Clooney with no luck. Sorry to disappoint.
Find the nearest golf course.
Search obsolete military manuals.
Watch TV, Read...
The Library of Congress offers original documents, images and more in their research guide.
You could check out the book... in our collection at E322 .M38 2001, but someone else already has it signed out.