Friday, July 31, 2009

August 2009 eResource of the Month: Gale Directory Library

Fauquier County Public Library recently added the Gale Directory Library to its collection. The Directory Library, which includes include the American Wholesalers and Distributors Directory, Consultants and Consulting Organizations Directory, Encyclopedia of Associations: National Organizations and Scholarships, Fellowships & Loans, allows you to search for directory entries in a variety of ways, as well as giving you quick and easy digital ways to view, store and export the data you find. Previously FCPL patrons could only access the data in the print versions of these resources, requiring a trip to the library. Now you can search a single eDirectory or across an entire collection of eDirectories.

Key Benefits of the Gale Directory Library include:
  • Search 24/7 from any Internet-connected computer

  • Sort and export data to analyze or generate mailing lists

  • Print, e-mail or download individual entries

  • Perform further research through hot-linked Web sites and e-mail addresses

  • Generate custom results from marked items lists

  • Access historical data through available backfiles

The Directory Library is available 24/7 from any Internet-connected computer -- only your Fauquier County Public Library card is required.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Do It Yourself Projects

Economy got you down? Ditching the summer vacation this year? Have home improvement projects piling up? Why not use your "staycation" time to fix up your home/garden? The following Web sites offer tips, detailed plans and suggestions that will help you get your abode in tip-top shape:

  • DIY Network - Professional tips, how-to videos and recommended products (for purchase) that cover a number of categories (electrical, plumbing, painting, etc.). The site also includes an index of crafts (who knew?) and an online forum where you can post questions, get feedback from other DIY-ers.
  • HOMETIME - The public television/syndicated show has a Web site with a number of how-to articles and videos that you can access for free.
  • Instructables - The home section of this site, "a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others," includes such unique projects as IKEA hacks, make your own solar water heater and a LEGO combination safe. You can sign up for a weekly newsletter and join Instructables on Facebook, as well. The site is very community-oriented and seems geared at young, hip urbanites.
  • lifehacker - The diy section is somewhat hard to navigate but if you can make it through the slow loading of the site, you can find some good tips/projects.
  • AOL Home > DIY - While the focus of the site appears to be on all things celebrity, there are DIY projects culled from partners such as This Old House, Sunset Magazine, Real Simple, etc.
  • YouTube - Search on "home maintenance" and get thousands of DIY videos.
  • *NEW!* 5min - Check out the home and garden section on this site for free instructional, knowledge and lifestyle videos, both professionally produced and user-generated.

Monday, July 6, 2009

The Great Outdoors

Have plans to do some camping this summer? Before you pack up your gear, check out these online resources:

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

July eResource - Gale Small Business Resource Center

Whether you're looking for how-to information on small business planning, bookkeeping, financing, human resource management, marketing, regional tax laws or starting a home-based business, you'll find it all in the Gale Small Business Resource Center. The Small Business Resource Center provides entrepreneurs and small business owners with a one-stop source for all the key information needs, including financing; financial planning; business plan creation; market analysis; sales strategy; tax planning and more. You'll find current topics, overviews, and tips and strategies from a combination of content, including full text periodicals and news sources, reference books, and links to websites that focus exclusively on small business topics. You can also link to state-specific, professionally created legal forms in a variety of subject areas.

You can access this database for free inside the library (no login necessary) or from home using the barcode on your Fauquier County Public Library card.