World Book Changes Coming July 1

world book advanced newWorld Book is getting a brand-new look! View Inside the New World Book Online Article Page. This 30-minute in-depth look will give you a look inside to see what’s new, what’s changed, and why the improvement will be beneficial to you and your students and patrons.

Currently World Book Kids already has the new look, so you can check it out live there.

In addition, World Book is a State Database and we now have two new World Book databases: World Book Student and World Book Advanced.

Hot Topic – How to Use the Library Databases: World Book Online also has a short video of the new look as well as links to the World Book Video &Tutorial pages which describes the new features.


How to Use the Library Databases is Growing!

book_stack_mouse_2012_za1I 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.

Help Patrons Get More Out of ReferenceUSA

REFUSA PERSONAL ACCOUNTSReferenceUSA’s new feature Personalization Features is now available. Show Them How to Take Advantage of New Personalization Features.
The new personalization features take the user experience to a whole new level. Now your patrons can:


  • Create user profiles
  • Save searches
  • Generate customs search lists
  • Access a personalized home page

REFUSA HOW TO SETUPWant to learn more? Visit Hot Topic – How to Use the Databases – ReferenUSA to view videos and visit the ReferenceUSA YouTube Channel.

New Reference Books in Gale Virtual Reference Library

The Virtual Library reference collection has just received these great resources to the Gale Virtual Reference Library:


Atlas of the World’s Strangest Animals (Science)

DK Eyewitness Books: Endangered Animals (General Reference)

Mammals of the Northern Hemisphere (Science)

Mammals of the Southern Hemisphere(Science)

Rourke’s World of Science Encyclopedia: Animal Life (Science)


College Financing Information for Teens, 2nd Edition (General Reference)


American Incomes: Demographics of Who Has Money, 8th ed. (Social Sciences)

Household Spending: Who Spends How Much on What, 16th ed. (Social Sciences)
Health (Medicine)

Adolescent Health Sourcebook (Medicine)

Alcoholism Sourcebook (Medicine)

Alzheimer Disease Sourcebook (Medicine)

Asthma Sourcebook, 3rd Edition (Medicine)

Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders Sourcebook (Medicine)

Cancer Sourcebook (Medicine)

Diabetes Sourcebook (Medicine)

Diet & Nutrition Sourcebook (Medicine)

Diet Information for Teens (Medicine)

Disabilities Sourcebook, 2nd Edition (Medicine)

Sleep Disorders Sourcebook (Medicine)


9/11 and the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq: A Chronology and Reference Guide (History)

Baby Boomer Encyclopedia, The (History)

In Celebration of National Library Week 2012

From Proquest – SIRS Knowledge Source, CultureGrams™   Historical Newspapers, The New York Times 1851-2008 and Los Angeles Times 1881-1988

ProQuest is happy to join you in celebrating National Library Week. Here’s what we’re bringing to the party April 8-14, 2012.

Sweepstakes: Start here…for a chance to win.
During the week, visit the ProQuest Facebook page to enter our drawing for a chance to win a $1,000, $500, or $250 donation to your library. Your institution can use it to promote the library, purchase resources, support programs, or whatever. Ask your colleagues and friends to enter to improve your library’s chance of winning. Official rules are available here.

Each day during National Library Week, we’ll also post fun questions on our Facebook page about creative ways to promote libraries. We hope you’ll share your ideas with us.
Open access: Start here…to explore.
National Library Week is the perfect time to test-drive some of ProQuest’s most popular online resources. Starting April 8, go to to access:

ebrary® Public Library Complete™
ebrary® School Collection
ProQuest® Historical Newspapers-American Jewish Newspapers
ProQuest® Historical Newspapers-Black Newspapers
SIRS Discoverer®
SIRS® Issues Researcher

During the week, you’ll also have access to the 2010-2011 U.S. Book Consumer Demographics & Buying Behaviors Annual prepared by Bowker Market Research and Publishers Weekly, and a special 30% discount offer on the 2012 issue of the Annual.

Promotional items: Start here…to market your library.
When you go to during National Library Week, you’ll find a new digital commercial that you can use on your website to promote the value of your library. You’ll also find links to complimentary marketing toolkits that contain posters, bookmarks, and more to help you get the word out about your reliable online resources.

Thanks for the work you do to support your community and library users. Enjoy the special recognition that you and your library so deserve this week.

Reader Advisory

How would you respond to a reader who asked if Guy Gavriel Kay had a new book coming out. Each of the responses below isn’t just about the service we provide. It is about the type of relationship we want to build with a reader.

Which of these responses to the Kay question are you most likely to use? Which do you use most often? Which ones do you think would create a positive relationship with the readers in your community?

When asked about Kay’s next book, you might:

  • Check resources and provide the answer. which ones would you use?
  • Ask about other books the reader has read and enjoyed.
  • Suggest other authors/titles the reader might enjoy based on what you have learned about them as a reader. Use Novelist to find read-a-likes.
  • Show the resources you used — or other resources that might be of interest to the reader.
  • Urge the reader to sign up for our library’s Science fiction/Fantasy newsletter or other book oriented newsletters.
  • Encourage the readers to rate titles that they have read and write reviews for them in the catalog (Ratings are also available in the eMedia Catalog) or share on social media such as FaceBook or Twitter.
  • Ask the reader if he would like to come to the library’s next Fantasy book club meeting.

Of course, not every  library will be able to provide all of these responses, but any of them is an opportunity to build stronger, deeper relationships with our readers. We do not want to be just a place that library users come to pick up the books they put on hold, but, through their interactions with us, we want to enrich their reading and their lives.

Fayetteville Public Library Hosts Open House to Showcase Various E-Resources

Marketing for Libraries

Transitioning from tried and tested print subscriptions to online resources can be difficult for some library patrons. Staff members at the Fayetteville Public Library in Arkansas assessed their marketing strategies and tactics in order get their users accustomed to the number of research databases available without a trip to the library under their FPL+ Online portal.

Fayetteville staff members were particularly creative in developing an eight-week program to showcase the great e-resources featured in FPL+ Online. This open house–“It’s a digital world, and FPL is here to help you!” featured a different database every session to highlight the simple yet extensive features you can access right from your own home. In the first weeks of the program, Fayetteville Public Library found that the interactive sessions were just as useful to staff members across departments as they were for the everyday patron. (Let me know if there is interest in this type of program in your library – Lauren) Continue reading

Credo Reference Updates

The following updated title was recently released in Credo Reference . Expect more soon!

The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide, Helicon


Also available in Credo Reference for African American Heritage Month:

Black Firsts -2003

An epic record of African American achievement, it testified to a rich but often overlooked part of our history. Jessie Carney Smith, William and Camille Cosby Professor of the Humanities at Fisk University, greatly expand the new edition with more than 1,000 new stories of a people overcoming adversity to emerge triumphant, including the recent successes of modern-day pioneers like Suzan-Lori Parks (winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for drama and Vonetta Flowers, the first African American to be awarded the Winter Olympic gold medal. Dr. Smith has revised and extended entries capturing remarkable episodes of discipline, will, transcendence, and belated recognition.

Readers will revel in the stories of barrier-breaking pioneers in all fields-arts, entertainment, business, civil rights, education, government, inventing, journalism, religion, science, sports, and more.


Don’t forget our series of Contemporary Black Biography (1992-2008) in Gale Virtual Reference Library

as well as:

Law Google Search

The New York Law School’s Mendik Library has recently developed DRAGNET, a search tool that allows the user to find a topic simultaneously in more than 80 legal web sites and databases.   DRAGNET stands for “Database retrieval access using Google’s new electronic technology. ”

DRAGNET was developed over the summer by librarians at the New York Law School’s Mendik Library, using Google’s free custom search option.   In addition, they used the same search tool to track 150 law journals with free online content at Law Reviews with Online Content.

Because it is provided by an educational institution, Google allows the site to run ad-free.

This federated search returns results in less than one second, but the response is limited to 100 hits, so they encouraged users to be very specific and suggest that they add the year 2010, if they want the most current information. The same sort of project could also be set up for other specialties such as medicine and education.

National Indian Law Library

National Indian Law Library

The Native American Rights Fund (NARF) and West, a Thomson Reuters business work to improve access to Native American tribal law available through NARF’s National Indian Law Library (NILL). Selected tribal law content will be editorially annotated by West for Westlaw and will be cross-linked to court opinions and other law on Westlaw when available. Unannotated tribal law will be freely available through the NILL website. Select materials may also be published in West print products and law books.

Content includes tribal codes, ordinances, constitutions, and intergovernmental agreements.

Find Newspapers, Magazines & Journals

We have a development site for our new product from Serial Solutions – Find Newspapers, Magazines and Journals. We still need to get the linking turned on in the databases and the MARC records loaded into the catalog for all our electronic subscriptions.  This site is good if you already have citation information and need to know which database to find the full text or to see which of the databases index a specific title. The first step of this project is just the electronic content.  For the second step I would like to see the print and microfilm holdings included.  Would you also like to see this content?

Note: not all of our databases are listed here as some of them contain only ebooks and not articles.  Please do not use this for a list of databases, if you do you will be missing some.

You are welcome to give it a try and feel free to make any comments you like.  I’ll keep you updated on a launch date for the patrons.

WebFeat Tweaks

After reviewing the usage of our federated search –  WebFeat the Virtual Library made a few minor tweaks to help improve the results patrons get when they use it to search the databases.

  • Changed the ranking of articles to Relevancy ranking from grouped. (This was done to both Kids and Adult webfeat).  Previous results we presented by database groups.  This grouping was random as it depended on how fast the database responded to the query.  Our current Library Catalog uses relevancy ranking so now it will more consistent as well as providing  the information the patron wants without having to do so much digging.  Depending on the search this usually brings the most recent articles to the top of the list.  A good example to try is Sonia Sotomayor searching Magazine and Journal articles and Newspaper and Current Events.
  • Changed some of the default selections under the subject headings. Patrons should notice a better refined results set.
  • Added and deleted a few databases from the Subject areas.
    • Encyclopedia Articles –  WorldBook was added
    • Informacion en Espanol – added Hispanic Saber
    • Something Good To Read – added Read the Books and Reader’s Advisor; NetLibrary eBooks deleted.
    • General Reference – Added Historical Statistics of the U.S. and Discover
    • Arts & Entertainment – added Credo Reference, OverDrive Movies and Music links; deleted Crossword Puzzle Solver (found in Credo Reference)
    • Careers and Education – added Gale Virtual Reference Library
    • History – added American Revolutionary Digital Archives, Slavery Digital Archive; deleted Proquest Obits.
    • Lands and Culture – added African American Experience and Daily Life Through History; deleted the CIA World Factbook, State Geography, Encyclopedia Americana, Encyclopedia of States and Encyclopedia of Nations (these are found in the Gale subcollection of Society and Culture so they were being searched twice.)
    • Literature and Poetry – deleted netLibrary and Readers Advisor
    • Science and Technology added InfoTrac OneFile and Today’s Science; deleted New Book of Knowledge

Hopefully, these refinements will make it easier for patrons to find what the information they are looking for in the databases.

Searching the Deep Web

Experts say search engines such as Yahoo! and Google only pick up about 1% of the information available on the Internet. The rest of that information is considered to be hidden in the deep web, also referred to as the invisible web. So how can you find all the rest of this information? This list – 100 Useful Tips and Tools to Research the Deep Web offers 100 tips and tools to help you get the most out of your Internet searches.