I have added more database vendors to the Hot Topic – How to Use the Library Databases along with scavenger hunts, search tips sheets you can download and more. A new page has been added called “What is a Database?”. This page not only explains what a database is but also provides information on why you should use a database and tips for getting started with a research or report.
You will also notice a new search tool available for Gale databases called Research In Context. Research in Context will search across GALE homework databases and eBooks (GVRL) so it is designed for grades K-12. Prior to school starting we will be adding it to the Homework Help pages as well.
Please keep checking back as I still have additional vendors to add to this Hot Topic. If you have any suggestions for this page, please let me know.
Recently the Virtual Library launched a Smashwords portal on the Hot Topic – Writing and Publishing. This portal is for authors who are looking to sell their books, including marketing their book to libraries. You can read more about the Smashwords co-branding in the article Public Libraries Embracing Self-Publishing Services.
Imagine this: You’re at home one evening when a sudden storm knocks out your power. You reach for that flashlight you keep in the kitchen drawer just for emergencies. You flip the switch, and the flashlight asks for your location. That would be weird, huh?
Well, that could be exactly what’s happening — on your phone… Read more >
Learn more about online security on the Hot Topic – Computers, Tablets & the Internet
With Christmas only two weeks away, your patrons will be bring in their new devices to learn how to download eBooks, eAudio Books, Freegal Music and Zinio Magazines. So it’s time to get prepared! Below are the official LVCCLD getting started guides for these library resources. Please use them with your patrons.
The first three getting started guides below are also in the eMedia Drop in the Getting Started folder.
Getting Started Guides
For eBooks on all devices – eBook Downloading 101 v.2014
For tablets owners don’t forget to to tell them about how to get free magazines to keep from the Library. Getting Started with Zinio
Did they get a new tablet, MP3 player or iPod? Do they want to listen to eAudio books or music?
Give them: How to Download eAudio Books
For free music to keep : Freegal Music – There’s an App for That!
If they don’t have a clue how their new device works direct them to our Technology Hot Topic – Computers, Tablets & The Internet which has very short videos on the basic of using an iPad or Android tablet.
Effective July 1, 2013, WebJunction and their partners at ZeroDivide have launched a new project to provide information to the library community regarding opportunities and resources to connect patrons to health and wellness information.
There will be a live session on July 26, however it will be a live stream option (Friday, July 26, 9 am Pacific / 12 pm Eastern) at: http://webjunction.org/news/webjunction/libraries-health-insurance-live-stream.html Also, I have been working on developing a Hot Topic – ObamaCare Health Insurance for patrons in addition to adding ObamaCare Health Insurance information to the Hot Topic – Small Business, Starting and Building for employers
Below is additional details about the webinar.
- Jackie Garner, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
- Susan Hildreth, Institute of Museum and Library Services
- Ruth Holst, National Network of Library of Medicine, Greater Midwest Regional Medical Library
- Kendra Morgan, WebJunction
Start time: 12:00pm Eastern / 9:00am Pacific
Archive viewing options:
- View full Archive (combined archive of audio, chat, and slides) Coming Soon
- View slides (pdf) Coming Soon
- View chat (xls) Coming Soon
With the Small Business Expo just around the corner, I have updated our Hot Topic – Small Business, Starting and Building as well as the Business and Investing page on Databases A-Z.
Prior to the fair you may want to brush up on our business databases such as BusinessDecisions and ReferenceUSA and get familiar with what is available on the above mentioned pages. This will help you service your users when they come asking questions after May 18th!
To celebrate Native American Heritage, I have updated our Hot Topic – Native American Heritage using Libguides. We are in the process of moving all Hot Topics to this new format. If you would like to take a look at all the Hot Topics now done in this format please visit – http://hot_topics.lvccld.org
We are looking for help to transfer our current Hot Topics. If you are interested in doing a few Hot Topics in this format, I have a training class scheduled for Friday November 16 at 10:30am in the Virtual Library Training Lab. Please just let me know you are coming.
ebrary has added new e-books to their open access collection on cyberbullying. The collection, which is subsidized by ebrary and now includes over 100 titles, will help parents, educators, and others better understand, prevent, and take action against this growing concern. You can find the link to this great resource of ebooks on our Hot Topic – Cyber Bullying listed under Internet Resources.
Newly added titles include Cyberbullying: Activities to Help Children and Teens to Stay Safe in a Texting, Twittering, Social Networking World, by Vanessa Rogers (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2010) and Banishing Bullying Behavior: Exploring the Culture of Pain, Rage and Revenge, by Suellen Fried and Blanche E. Sosland (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 2010).
This week I worked on updating some of our Hot Topics. I revised the Reading is Fun and divided it into two Hot Topics. Reading is Fun – Just for Kids and Reading is Fun – Just for Teens. Several other Hot Topics have been updated with different divisions. These include American History, Biography, Books and Book Discussion Groups. You will also notice there are a couple more divisions. Some categories where getting too many unrelated Hot Topics in them and we are hoping that less Hot Topics within a category will make the Hot Topics easier to find. With the number we have it can be a little overwhelming for patrons. I’m looking at a menu list for the categories and once a category is clicked the Hot Topics for that group is displayed.
Jon White has been checking for dead links and replacing them or deleting as well.
I have moved the three links we had for Support Groups to the Hot Topic Health Organizations and Insurance.
I added a new hot topic for students looking for a college, university or trade school. It is listed under Education on the main Hot Topic page.
If you know of any other resources to add to it send them to me for review.