Friday, July 23, 2010

Summer Reading for Teachers

Teachers, check out this list of educational sites recommended by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) - ALA Top 25 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning. All are free and are handily aligned with the Standards for the 21st Century Learner.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

You're Invited... Get the Most Out of Byki Online Language Learning

Are you new to the library's Byki Online Language Learning service? Whether you are a current user or just interested in learning more about our new online language instruction service, consider attending a free training webinar to get the most out of Byki.

Recorded Books, the library's provider of Byki Online, will be hosting monthly online tours of our Byki Online service. These tours consist of a comprehensive overview designed so that you can get the most out of your Byki Online user experience.

Topics covered in this short 45 minute program will include:

- Creating your user account
- Selecting Lists and Using Byki Cards
- Managing and Refreshing Learned Items
- Using Learning Activities
- Using Pronunciation Analysis
- Using Blogs, Twitter, FaceBook and Word of the Day features
- Best practices for language learning

Register now for a Byki training session by clicking a date below:

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Your one-stop resource for small business info

As the official business link to the U.S. government, provides small business owners with information and resources they need to comply with laws and regulations, and to take advantage of government programs and services to help them start, expand and run their businesses.

Visitors to the site can learn about writing a business plan, business zoning, online businesses, home businesses, self employment, starting a nonprofit, licenses and permits, incorporating a business, loans and grants, insurance, managing finances, taxes, marketing and advertisement, data and statistics, “green” business practices, complying with laws, and more.

Additional small business resources @ your library:

101 Best Genealogy Websites of 2010 - Family Tree Magazine

101 Best Genealogy Websites of 2010 - Family Tree Magazine

For additional tools and resources, check out the library's subscription to Family Tree magazine as well as our resources on our website. If you visit the library in-person, aside from the gems housed in our Virginiana Room, you can access Ancestry Library for free.

How to Buy a Desktop PC Roundup |

Reference staff are often asked for computer/laptop recommendations. We always refer patrons to Consumer Reports (copies and the annual buying guide/index located behind the reference desk), but there are a number of websites that have PC recommendations, including editor vs. consumer. For those of you interested in upgrading or purchasing a desktop PC (NOT a laptop), check out this recent article from PC Magazine...

How to Buy a Desktop PC Roundup

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

New Career Interest Assessment Tool

Ferguson's Career Guidance Center has been enhanced with an exciting new feature: a career interest assessment tool that will help you explore occupations and industries that best match your personal interests.

Ideal for students exploring possible future occupations and for professionals seeking a new career path, the career interest assessment tool is based on the O*Net® Interest Profiler™. By asking users to respond to a series of statements, it ranks the importance of six key interest categories:
  1. Artistic

  2. Conventional

  3. Enterprising

  4. Investigative

  5. Realistic

  6. Social
For each interest area, lists of related industries and occupations are provided, with links to information about each one from Ferguson's Career Guidance Center's database of more than 3,400 jobs and 94 industry articles.
Key features include:

  • Detailed 180-item questionnaire ranks each user's personal interest areas

  • Users may adjust their answers or retake the assessment at any time

  • Users may save their assessment results

  • Lists of related industries and occupations provide a springboard for career exploration

Use your library card to explore Ferguson's Career Guidance Center 24x7 via the library's website.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

e-Resource of the Month: Books and Authors

You probably know the feeling of finishing a thrilling novel or an engaging nonfiction work and wanting to sustain that momentum to the next book. But how do you determine the next book?
Books & Authors is a new online resource that offers ways to explore the endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors and topics.

Using Books & Authors you can:

· Find a book based on genre and story type or subgenre
· Use the Read Alike Wizard to find other books related to titles you’ve already read
· Use the “Who? What? Where? When?” search to find books based on character descriptors, subjects, geographic settings, and time periods
· Access hundreds of award winners, expert picks and librarians’ favorites

Find Books & Authors on the library’s website under Find Information > Search for Articles & More > Literature and eBooks.