Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Ancestry Library Edition - New Resources in 2013

Ancestry Library Edition is the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource to the library -- and it's FREE for use in the library. 

The following new resources are especially noteworthy for 2013:
  • Public Member Trees
  • U.S. City Directories
  • School Lesson Plans
Public Member Trees
Public Member Trees have become the bridge between individual researchers and original records/sources to tell the family story. Many clues about family history can be found in these trees.
  • Nearly 40 million trees have been contributed by more than two million members. These members have indicated that their tree(s) can be viewed by all Ancestry members.
  • The trees can change over time as users edit, remove, or otherwise modify the data in their trees.
  • The trees in the Library Edition are read-only. Library patrons cannot edit the existing trees or add new trees.
  • Information about living people is not shown. There are more than two billion nodes in the Public Member Trees database. A large percentage of the nodes are not for living people.
  • Each Public Member Tree is owned by the individual who put it on
  • does not verify that any tree or fact is correct, nor will they correct or edit a tree.
  • Library patrons will not have the ability to contact the owner of the tree.
  • Library patrons can submit anonymous comments about any tree. 
  • There is no login for individual users of the Library Edition. 
U.S. City Directories
This new feature is a collection of directories for U.S. cities and counties in various years. The database currently contains directories for all states except Alaska.
  • Coverage is 1821-1989.
  • Original sources vary according to directory. The title of the specific directory being viewed is listed at the top of the image viewer page. Check the directory title page image for full title and publication information.
  • The Gale City Directories Collection is included.
  • TIP: Use the Ancestry Card Catalog feature to go directly to U.S. City Directories.
School Lesson Plans
A variety of one-page school lesson plans are now available to assist in the classroom.
  • Designed for middle school and high school students and curriculums.
  • Covers relevant National Standards, including Common Core requirements.
  • Developed by a certified K-12 teacher.
  • Available free on the website.
  • More topics coming in the future.
~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

OverDrive Read - See Book, Read Book

The Blue Ridge Download Consoritum e-book/e-audio book platform was recently updated to allow patrons to read an e-book directly from a web browser (Google Chrome recommended). Called OverDrive Read, it works just like any e-book reading app, except you don't need to download/install software.

For complete details, see Welcome to the Next Generation of your library's digital collection and/or watch the video below...

For links and information regarding all of the library's e-book/e-audiobook services, visit our website.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Celebrate Women's History Month

Paper due on Women's History Month? 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.
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Recommended premium databases include:

  • Biography in Context- Be sure to check out the Notable Women section
  • eLibrary - Click on Topics and then History; History: Special Subjects has a Women's History collection
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica - Use your library card to log in and then see the Spotlight section, where Profiles 300 Women Who Changed the World  is listed
  • World Book Kids - Check out the Important People search, which allows you to narrow down inventors, etc., by male or female
  • Women in History - Access journal articles specific to events, people and places in women's history
  • NewsBank’s Special Reports - News articles, maps, images and other useful content grouped for convenience under specific topics and themes, including March's theme, Women’s History

Free, online exhibits and resources for students:

Web sites especially for teachers and parents:

Test your knowledge:

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Library System Outage

The library's automated library system, including the online catalog, will be offline/inaccessible on Wednesday, March 13. While maintenance is being performed on the server, the library will be using its back-up system, which necessitates the following guidelines:
  • You must have your library card (versus driver's license) in order to borrow items;
  • We will be unable to place holds during this time;
  • We will be unable to renew items during this time;
  • We will not be checking in items until after the system is back online;
  • We will be unable to take monies for overdue fines or fees on your account;
  • Online catalog - Holdings information and the ability to log in to update account information, place holds or search for items will be unavailable while the system is offline. During the outage, you can search for holdings via OCLC's WorldCat;
  • The mobile catalog will be unavailable;
  • The telephone renewal system will be unavailable;
  • Library public computers - Only guest passes (vs. library card numbers) will be used during the outage. Please bring your library card or a photo ID to be issued a guest pass for Wed., March 13.
The library's wireless Internet access, website, online databases and interlibrary loans will NOT be affected during the system outage.

If there are any changes to outage schedule, we will update this blog post as well as post updates to Twitter and Facebook. We appreciate your understanding while the library upgrades the system.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Monday, March 4, 2013

Learn more about OneClickDigital e-audio books

Enjoy listening to audio books on your portable device (smart phone, iPod, etc.)? Looking for e-audio books that don't require you to place a hold? Library patrons have the opportunity to sign up for free online training sessions on how to use our OneClickdigital e-audio book service. In these webinars, you'll learn:
  • Features of the OneClickdigital website and tips for use
  • How to use the OneClickdigital app on your portable device (for Android, iOS)
  • Answers to common questions
Upcoming patron-training demonstrations
are available on the following dates:

Get started with OneClickdigital today!

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Friday, March 1, 2013

e-Resource of the Month: Access Science

AccessScience Connects Students to Science

Authoritative and comprehensive, AccessScience provides students with an up-to-date, easy-to-use gateway to scientific knowledge, from basic introductory material to extended article entries and live journal citations in key scientific areas including biology, Earth and environmental sciences, chemistry, physics, and beyond.

With contributions from the world’s top researchers—including 38 Nobel Laureates—and edited specifically to engage undergraduates, AccessScience links students to the lives and works of world-renowned experts, making science accessible and interesting while increasing scientific knowledge and competence.

AccessScience features:
  • More than 9,000 articles and research updates with literature citations—many actively linked to source materials—and extensive cross-referencing
  • More than 16,000 vivid color images and compelling videos and animations that bring topics to life on the screen
  • Intriguing biographies of nearly 3,000 well-known scientists
  • 110,000+ definitions drawn from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
  • A continually updated science and technology newsfeed from Science News
  • A handy study center with Q&As, study guides, and essay topics
Based on the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, AccessScience stays current on the most significant scientific findings and breakthroughs with updates from the annual McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology. Plus AccessScience’s editorial team is composed of veteran scientists and scientific writers with deep experience in making complex subjects accessible and exciting to newcomers. The result: accurate, up-to-date, compelling content that ignites the fire of discovery in students.
Find AccessScience on our Articles & Databases page (under Science & Environment).

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian