Thursday, March 29, 2012

Learn more about OneClickdigital e-audio books

Wondering about the library's OneClickdigital e-audio book service? Recorded Books (the vendor responsible for OneClickdigital) will be hosting free online training for Fauquier County Public Library card holders who are looking to take advantage of over 3,000 e-audio books that are always available for download -- no holds required.

This 45-minute program also includes a complete tour of the service and shows you how to create an account, install the OneClickdigital Media Manager, search for content, manage checkouts, and download and transfer audiobooks to listening devices like the iPod.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Homework Help

Did you know the library's website is chock full of librarian-approved educational resources for students? Featured websites include:
  • Khan Academy - Recently featured on 60 Minutes and touted by Bill Gates, this site includes thousands of videos covering math, science, humanities and test prep to provide "a world-class education to anyone, anywhere."
  • American Memory - From the Library of Congress, students can access original written/spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving impages, prints, maps and sheet music. These are the types of resources that truly add context to what's being studied in the classroom.
  • Exploratorium - Not just a website, but an online museum featuring online activities and exhibits covering science and the arts.
  • Finding Dulcinea - An absolute treasure trove of well-researched, quality information on topics of interest to students and adults alike. Be sure to bookmark the Sweet Search for Students - search results only include those websites evaluated by their research experts.
Homework help on the library's website can be found on the following pages:
With the recent unseasonably warm weather, it's easy to forget that we still have another 3+ months of school ahead of us. Time to buckle down and end the school year on a high note. Your local library (and your library card) are keys to that success - take advantage of all that we have to offer!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Library Online Catalog Tip: Wildcard Search

Ever wonder what items the library has in Spanish, or want to browse ALL the DVD/Videos? Not sure how to search for that in the library's online catalog? Here's a tip for using the Advanced Keyword Search to narrow down your browsing:
  • Click on the More Searches drop-down menu located on the upper right of the online catalog
  • Select/highlight the Advanced Keyword search and click the green arrow button
  • On the Advanced Keyword Search page, put an asterisk (*) in the top "Enter Search Terms" section (you can leave it defaulted to "any field" and then choose the limit you want (material type Magazine or language French, for example)
  • Hit the Submit button

In the example above, I was able to see that the library has 2,687 DVDs to choose from...pretty neat!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Brain Awareness Week - March 12-18

In light of it being Brain Awareness Week, how 'bout some online brain games to keep your noggin in shape?

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Customer Service Connection

Dread making that phone call to your phone, cable, satellite or utility and getting sucked into the endless voice bot loop? Before you pick up the phone, be sure to check out, the "web's largest database of customer-service information," with a catalog of direct phone numbers, e-mail address and live chat for over 8,000+ companies spanning 45 countries. Company listings include "best" phone number for connecting with a live human being, average wait times, best e-mail address, live chat options (if available), customer reviews and ratings and tips for helping yourself with your problem.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

March is Women's History Month

Paper due on Women's History Month? While there is a free encyclopedia article on Wikipedia on Women's History, use your library card and log in to some of the library's online encyclopedias and reference resources to ensure you have the most accurate, reliable information for your school report. 

Recommended premium databases include:
Free, online exhibits and resources for students:
Web sites especially for teachers and parents:
Just for fun:

Friday, March 2, 2012

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday (March 2) with these free online resources:
You can also brush up on your Grinch trivia and then take an online quiz or play a Seuss Trivia game (there are 4). 

There is even a Dr. Seuss facebook page!

For offline fun, try your hand at a Dr. Seuss-related craft or check out an item from the library.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

e-Resource of the Month: HeritageQuest

March is Irish-American Heritage Month, an annual presidential or congressional proclamation to honor the achievements and contributions of Irish immigrants and their descendants living in the United States. In light of that, this month we feature a wonderful resource, HeritageQuest® Online, to help you explore your roots -- Irish or otherwise.
HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.

The collection consists of six core data sets:
  1. U.S. Federal Censuses feature the original images of every extant federal census in the United States, from 1790 through 1930, with name indexes for many decades. In total the collection covers more than 140 million names.
  2. Genealogy and local history books deliver more than 7 million digitized page images from over 28,000 family histories, local histories, and other books. Titles have been digitized from our own renowned microform collections, as well from the American Antiquarian Society via an exclusive partnership.
  3. Periodical Source Index (PERSI), published by the Allen County Public Library, is recognized as the most comprehensive index genealogy and local history periodicals. It contains more than 2 million records covering titles published around the world since 1800.
  4. Revolutionary War records contains original images from pension and bounty land warrant application files help to identify more than 80,000 American Army, Navy, and Marine officers and enlisted men from the Revolutionary War era.
  5. Freedman’s Bank Records, with more than 480,000 names of bank applicants, their dependents, and heirs from 1865–1874, offers valuable data that can provide important clues to tracing African American ancestors prior to and immediately after the Civil War.
  6. LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set records the memorials, petitions, private relief actions made to the U.S. Congress back to 1789, with a total of more than 480,000 pages of information.
Plus, with a robust search interface, easy-to-use document management tools, and convenient remote access using your Fauquier County Public Library card number—it’s easy to see why HeritageQuest® Online continues to be one of the most recommended resources by family history publications and genealogists.

The clues to YOU are out there waiting. Let HeritageQuest® Online help you to find them!