Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Baseball History

The Library of Congress (LOC) has assembled a collection of historical baseball resources, including over 2,000 baseball cards dating from 1887-1914 featuring such players as Cy Young, Connie Mack and Ty Cobb; educational resources for teachers and students; primary sources/materials such as the original sheet music for "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and a timeline of key dates in baseball history.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Book Values

Patrons often ask reference staff if the library could help them determine the value of old books (especially old family bibles, etc.). Unfortunately, the FCPL does not have the staff or expertise to provide book appraisals. Instead, we recommend that you check the following sources for information.

Directories

Look under the following headings in telephone directories (online and paper versions) for rare book dealers and appraisers in your area:

  • Books - Rare
  • Books - Used
  • Book Dealers - Used and Rare

NOTE: FCPL subscribes to Reference USA, a database of 14 million U.S. businesses. You can limit your search by the yellow page headings and SIC codes that apply to rare book dealers and appraisers. The database is available in all three branches of FCPL.

You can also search the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America National Directory.

Online Guides

Resources @ the Library

Web Sites

Search these websites of used, out-of-print and rare book dealers to locate the book(s) you own or want, compare conditions and prices, and locate possible buyers and sellers.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Free and Easy Computer Tutorials

In Pictures is a Web site that offers online tutorials on popular software and programming tools, including Microsoft Office applications Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher. If you are a visual learner (pictures make more sense than words, need to "see it in action,"), then these are for you. They are very clear, walk you through step-by-step and perfect for beginners. The tutorials focus more on common tasks (set up a simple spreadsheet with simple calculations, for example) than all the gee-whiz features of an application. There are no animations to cause you to lose focus and instead use simple black and white screen shots.

Not comfortable using the mouse? Check out Palm Beach County Library's Mousing Around tutorial.

Other online tutorials for the beginners can be found in the Learning and Technology section of the AARP's Web site. Specifically, the Computers & Technology subcategory includes how-to guides for using a mouse, understanding the Windows desktop, effective searching and more.

For more advanced users, check out CBT Cafe: Computer Based Training Software Video Tutorials, which offers offer free web-based software video training and software video tutorials for multimedia and graphic design in HTML, QuickTime Video, and Flash video tutorial formats.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

eResource of the Month for May: Washington Post Archives

Interested in an older article from the Washington Post, but don't want to deal with microfilm or pay for articles older than 14 days on the Washington Post's Web site? Aside from our microfilm holdings, the library also provides free access to electronic archives of the Washington Post via ProQuest Historical Washington Post (covers 1877 - 1991) as well as America's Newspapers from Newsbank (covers 1977 - current). You may also want to check out the ProQuest Historical Washington Post Extra edition, which allows you to bring up the headlines on the date of your choosing (i.e., on your birth date) and is specifically aimed at students.

Remember, to access the electronic version of the Washington Post as well as other newspapers and magazines articles and databases, all you need is your Fauquier County Public Library card.