Thursday, April 25, 2013

Library System Outage Scheduled for May 2

The library's automated library system, including the online catalog, will be offline/inaccessible on Thursday, May 2 starting at approximately 1:45 p.m. While maintenance is being performed on the servers, 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 - For patrons who have never used the library's computer reservation system, 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 Thursday, May 2.
The library's wireless Internet accesswebsiteonline 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

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Jazz Appreciation

April is Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), and is intended to draw public attention to the glories of jazz as both an historical and a living treasure. The idea is to encourage musicians, concert halls, schools,colleges, museums, libraries, and public broadcasters to offer special programs on jazz every April. This year's theme, The Spirit and Rhythms of Jazz, explores jazz principles of freedom, inclusion and creativity and how jazz has transformed America and inspired the world.

To get started exploring JAM and jazz in general, check out these websites:

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Can I Compost This?

With Earth Day approaching (April 22), consider composting as a way to reduce the amount of trash you send to the landfill.

If you need to know which materials you can compost, Can I Compost This? is a great resource for answers. With over one hundred items in the database (and growing), you can search or browse by categories such as dairy, leftover food and household waste. In the fruit section, I learned that citrus fruits are not recommended for composting, as they make your compost overly acidic and many compost heap worms do not like citrus peel.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Hospital Inspection Violations

The Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) recently launched a unique, free database containing documents detailing about 8,000 serious federal safety rule violations—many of which have caused serious patient harm or death—at about 1,000 U.S. hospitals since January, 2011. The publicly accessible database includes the results of government investigations into complaints about acute-care and rural hospitals. It allows users to search by keywords or phrases to:

  • Find which hospitals had incidents severe enough to warrant federal investigations;
  • Determine how often errors of a particular type occurred; and
  • Learn whether a patient death was involved.
The database does NOT include:
  • The results of complaint investigations into psychiatric hospitals or long-term care facilities;
  • Routine inspection reports; or
  • Hospitals' correction plans, which are required to continue receiving federal reimbursement.

Learn more:

Note: While a number of Virginia hospitals are listed, there are no reports of violations for Fauquier Hospital (which IS listed in Medicare's Hospital Compare database).

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

National Poetry Month e-Resources

April is National Poetry Month. Celebrate the written and spoken word with the following resources...

Online Library Resources Available 24X7 With Your Library Card
Recommended Websites 
  • - The host of this site, the Academy of American Poets, administers a wide variety of programs, including National Poetry Month (April), the largest literary celebration in the world; online educational resources providing free poetry lesson plans for high school teachers; and the Poetry Audio Archive, a collection of over 700 recordings dating back to the 1960s. The website provides a wealth of content on contemporary American poetry.
  • Library of Congress Poetry Resources - Covers resources at the Library of Congress, including webcasts, digital collections, exhibitions, learning materials, and other features. Also provides links to guides to finding a poem, locating poetry criticism, official state poems, poets laureate, and more. History buffs will want to look at the section on Civil War poetry, which features poets like Walt Whitman, Henry Timrod (a/k/a the "Laureate of the Confederacy") and Herman Melville.
  • Writing About Poetry - Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL) covers the basics on how to write a clear, confident, well-supported essay about poetry.
  • Celebrate World Poetry - EDSITEment, a website of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), focuses on the different poetic forms developed across time and around the world.
  •'s Teacher Site - Features an interactive poetry-making machine and inspirational activities for the budding poets in your classroom.
  • The Poetry Foundation - Publisher of Poetry magazine, the Poetry Foundation "works to raise poetry to a more visible and influential position in American culture." Listen to the poem of the day or check out the poetry programs for children (recommended reads, activities and tips on introducing poetry to children).
@ Your Library 
If you're looking for resources at the library, check out our resources under the subject headings poetry and poets or simply browse through the 808.1 area in the non-fiction section. For children, there are hundreds of titles that will help introduce the younger set to the joys of poetry, including specific recommendations from the children's staff. If you're in grades 6-12, submit your original poetry in our first annual Teen Poetry & Short Story Challenge.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Monday, April 1, 2013

e-Resource of the Month: Gardening, Landscape & Horticulture

A collection of more than 80 journals focused on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture, as well as over 20 subject-specific reference sources, Gardening, Landscape & Horticulture provides information for gardening enthusiasts and professionals alike.

The information included in the collection varies from inspirational to instructional, such as:

✔ The biology of various plant species
✔ How to create floral arrangements
✔ Easy-to-use landscape design tips
✔ Developing landscaping contracts
✔ Pruning flowers correctly
✔ Urban landscape planning
✔ Using computer graphics in landscape design
✔ Conducting conservation research
✔ The best time to plant trees
✔ Which plants are indigenous to a particular area

Fauquier County Public Library cardholders may access this database from home. Find the Gardening, Landscape & Horticulture Collection on the library's website under Find Information > Search for Articles & More. The database is listed under Art & Leisure. You may also visit the library in person to use the resource on one of our public computers or via our wireless Internet.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian