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.

Training on Small Engine Repair Reference Center

SERRC_logoUpcoming Online Training Session – May 19, 2015

Here’s an opportunity to learn more about the features available in Small Engine Repair Reference Center™ by attending the following online training session on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center 

This session is intended for librarians, teachers, faculty and others desiring an overview of Small Engine Repair Reference Center. This reference center provides user-friendly repair guides for all types of small engines. Find reference books, photos, illustrations and diagrams by searching product type, brand, model/engine type, model numbers and more.

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Time: 12 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-4) – 9 a.m. PDT

 Register at EBSCO Training

You can view a complete list of training offerings at

Value Line’s New Look! Take a sneak peak at what’s coming later this summer!

valueline new platformHost: Jason I. Wiseberg, Executive Vice President – Sales

Date: Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM EST (10 a.m. PDT)

Who should attend: Individual Investors, Libraries

Please join us Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 at 1:00 pm EST to view a demonstration of how to use our new digital platform that will streamline your investment strategies and bring Value Line’s proprietary research into greater focus. This webinar will introduce the following new features:

  • The Digital Value Line report
  • Watchlists
  • Screens
  • Charting

The new digital platform will be rolling out to all current online subscribers shortly so please join us to become familiar with the new enhancements that will help you maximize your research subscription.
Reserve your virtual seat today!
If you need assistance, please contact


Webinar on EBSCO health Resources

EBSCO healthThis session will focus on the content found in EBSCO health resources available to public library patrons. You will learn about searching in both Health Source versions: Consumer Edition and Nursing/Academic Edition.  You will also see how easy it is to include other EBSCO databases that might be relevant to a particular health-related topic.
The online session is on Thursday, June 12, 2014 @ 10:00 AM PDT registration is required.

New Training from OverDrive

LearningCenterBanner1OverDrive has just redid their Reports training which is now available from the Learning Center. The new “Reports” training menu expands to reveal three modules of interest to branch managers. (Remmeber I gave all branch managers the login information a while back). Three short videos you might be interested in viewing:

  • The Collection Usage module answers common questions about your digital collection, offers practical advice, along with tips and tricks for running a variety of reports. (20 min)
  • The Website & User Statistics module covers two groups of reports that can be used in tandem to evaluate your promotional efforts and gain insight into how your users access the digital library website. (10 min)
  • With Exporting Reports you can learn how to export reports from OverDrive Marketplace to Microsoft Excel© for advanced visualization and analysis of your library’s digital collection. (10 min)

Database Challenge – Play to Win – Challenge #8

Q&A-IconWeek 8 Challenge

A science teacher planning a lesson on the structure of matter wants to find examples of real-life application to put the topic in perspective for his students; he believes the information can be found in a title called Science of Everyday Things. 

Which database did you use and how  did you find the information?

eMail your answer to listing the database you used and the steps used in the database to locate the information.

The Rules:

  1. Go to Virtual Library Notes (also available on Voyager) every Saturday after 8 a.m.
  2. You have till the following Friday at 4 p.m. to submit your answer.
  3. Read the challenge question and find the answer in a Library database noting the steps you did to find the answer.
  4. eMail your answer to listing the database you used and the steps used in the database to locate the information.

Here’s an example:
A middle school student is looking for a biographical profile with a picture of the author, Theodor Geisel.
Answer: Database – Biography in Context using basic search on the name Theodor Geisel

iPads Part 1 & 2

Links for the iPads part 1 – for library staff

Slides –

Archived entire presentation is at:

Part 2.

The archive of presentation:

You can access the slides from today’s presentation here:

Do you know what your apps share?

sharing infoImagine 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

Library 2.013 Archives

library 2013If you missed last Friday and Saturday’s webinars from Library 2.013 the archives are available at

There is a topic for just about every librarian or associate staff member. Here’s a list of webinars available.

Marisa Adams 7 Ways Public Libraries Can Impact Student Learning
Ayyoub Ajmi The DIY Digital Exhibition Experience at Tarrant County College
Sue Alman Information Overload: Strategies for Personal Information Management (PIM)
Susan W. Alman Community of Inquiry Survey: Implications for Online Teaching and Learning
Barbara Alvarez Find Your Oasis: Improving Virtual Services to Patrons Who Cannot Physically Come to the Library
Doris Samanez Alzamora Keynote
Brittany Austin Not just another Twitter Presentation!
Jean Bedord Toolkit for Creating Student Presentations in the Online Classroom
Ffion Alice Bell Exploring Library-World: International LIS education as a basis for ongoing professional development
Dr. Judit Béres Development of Critical Thinking with LIS students of Pécs
Heeru Bhojwani iCommons: Replacing a traditional Library
Stan Bogdanov Top-secret techniques to get the most out of your website usability studies and re-design
Jennifer Brannock Baedeker’s Guide to the Archives: A Tour of Online Resources for Special Collections at the University of Southern Mississippi
Jessica A. Buckles Best Practices for Serving Non-English Speaking Hispanics in the Public Library Setting
Richard Byrne Preparing Students for Jobs Unknown
Lori Cahill Tips for connecting your school library with teachers & the classroom — from acquiring new materials to supporting the Common Core and other curriculum needs — we’ll show you how.
Laureen P. Cantwell A MOOL in a MOOC: Librarians in massive open online courses
Mardene Carr Mobile Technologies and Libraries: Match Made in Heaven or Marriage Gone Wrong
Tina Chan Using Gimlet to Impact Reference Communication in Your Library
Heather Chirtea Build Curriculum for any Mobile Device – Build Once, Learn Anywhere
Lisa Chow Librarians in the 21st Century: Designing a Career Strategy for Evolving Roles and Opportunities
Roxanne Clement Let them Drive…their learning!
Closing Ceremony Closing Ceremony
Dianne Cmor Making Professional Development “Sticky”
Anna Cobbs 5 Ways to get the most out of online discussion boards
Nathan W. Collier Diggin’ Digital Humanities
Sean Cordes Writing library instruction with mixed media.
Jocelyn Cranefield New knowledge brokers: the invisible influence
Stacy Creel Virtual Library Instruction:Tools & Tips
Eszter Csorba-Simon What means bibliotherapy in the 21th century? / Mit jelent a biblioterápia a 21. században?
Márton Czirják The possible methods of searching literature about the 20th century history
Deanna Medsker Day Welcome to Our Library of the Future. Developing a Touring Strategy at NCSU’s Hunt Library
Wenyi Ding Reading Promotion for Older Readers in China’s Libraries
Tracy Englert Expanding STEM Outreach in Academic Libraries: Science Cafes and Other Initiatives
Nancy Faget Army libraries from Kansas to Korea and all points in between
Lesley Farmer The Library is Dead; Long Live the Library!: Expanding Options in the Digital Age
Lesley Farmer Incorporating Information Literacy into Instructional Designs of PreService Teachers
Rita Fekete Management of Libraries and Information Centers in the 21st Century
Marton Fekete The Formula of Digital Literacy
Follett Panel Leading the Charge to Connect the Library, Classroom, and Curriculum: A View from Library Leadership
Kristin Fontichiaro The Library as Makerspace
Patricia C. Franks InterPARES Trust: Examining the Benefits and Risks of Storing Records & Information in the Clouds
Patricia C. Franks Developing an Information Governance Strategy
Melissa Fraser-Arnott Opportunities for LIS Graduates: Capitalizing on our Transferable Competencies
Donna Frederick Training Copy Cataloguers in RDA
Loida Garcia-Febo Research for Development: providing services for multi-lingual and diverse ethnic groups
Kelly Gardiner Delivering library learning online: concepts and tools
Randy Gatley No-one Leaves Without a Card: Full Access Library Cards for Homeless and Socially Excluded Patrons.
Samantha Godbey From Content Editor to Content Creator: Academic Publishing as a Library Student and as a Librarian
Melissa Goertzen The Future Landscape of E-Book Programs at Columbia University Libraries
Xan Goodman What about second year seminar? Collaborating with faculty members to teach information literacy in a public health second year seminar: A case of instruction
Mandi Goodsett No More Tallies: Choosing a Web-Based Reference Statistics Tool
Szöllősi Gréta Ranking and indicator analysis of the journals published by The American Economic Association / Az American Economic Association folyóiratai hatástényezőinek vizsgálata
Terri Grief Reach Out and Teach Someone
Ana Guthrie Who’s in the MOOD for M.O.O.C.s?
Dr. Chris Hagar Mobile Health Information For All by 2015
Elaine Hall Developing a Sustainable Learning 2.0 Community for Students and Alumni
Mary Ann Harlan Connecting Space and Learning: Exploring the SFPL Digital Media Lab and Developing Bay Area Hive
Amanda Nichols Hess Teaching the Teachers: Integrating Technology into Library Instruction
John Hickok Ideas for internationalizing your library: Tips from the ALA International Relations Roundtable
Susan Hildreth Growing Young Minds: How Libraries and Museums Create Lifelong Learners
Valerie Hill MOOCs and Constructivist Information Literacy
Sandy Hirsh The Global Transformation of Libraries, LIS Education, and LIS professionals
Holmquist 23 Mobile Things – Exploring the potential of mobile tools for delivering library services
Julie Howe Branding on a Budget Outside the Box
Nancy Howe Customer Centered Wayfinding
Justine Hughes Putting the ‘Oomph’ back into Reading with Literature Circles, Blogging and Twitter
Megan Ingle Creating The Professional Development Opportunities You Want
Alexandra Janvey Easing Into Writing and Publishing for the Profession
Alexandra Janvey Effective Use of the Twitterverse for Professional Development
Jávorka, Brigitta Development of information literacy in the orphanages / Információs műveltség fejlesztése az árvaházakban
Dr. Wu Jianzhong Prosperous City with Talents: Library Supporting Urban Transformation
kYmberly Keeton library intellect | An Online Graduate Student Blogging Guide
Jill Klees Getting a Job in Today’s Changing Economy
Tibor Koltay New literacies, new learning, new question marks
Dr. Marc Kosciejew Information 2.0: The Era of Big Data
Edina Kovacs The usage of data mining technologies in the library / Adatbányászati technológiák könyvtári hasznosítása
Emily Krug There’s an App for That! Or Is There? : Examining Mobile Apps for Library Functions
Zemirah Lee Students to Research Assistants: Learning Through Working in a Virtual Environment
Dr Helen E Lees Managing library silence?
Faye Leibowitz Cataloging and the Social Network
Lea Leininger Tour of Liaison Services and Challenges for STEM Outreach
Sri Lekha Edunize: Organizing Online K-12 Educational Resources in a user centric manner
David V. Loertscher The Virtual Learning Commons: Concept, ideas, and Conversation
Lili Luo Preparing Public Librarians for Consumer Health Information Services: A Needs Assessment Study
Kara Malenfant Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success
István Margit Libraries as virtual community spaces
Susanne Markgren Career Management 101: Setting a Path for Success
Buhle Mbambo-Thata Positioning African Libraries for the Digital Age: Exploration of African Digital Library Initiatives
Lucas McKeever Improving Library and Archival Services to LGBTQ Users: A Case Study
Clare McKenzie Librarians without borders: the International Librarians Network (ILN) experience
Brad McNally QR Codes for Librarians
Rose Flores Medlock How Heightened Awareness of Information Literacy Can Improve Patrons’ Library Experiences
Laura Miller Five Aggressive Approaches to E-Resource Promotion
A.J. Million How (Content and Carrier) Convergence Matters to Libraries
Kael Moffat Hornets, and Comics, and Books! Oh My!
Phil Morehart Inside New Library Design
Rebecca Morin Greasing Squeaky Wheels: A User-Centered Approach to Collection Management, Technical Development, and Resource Allocation for a Digital Library
Peter Morville Inspiration Architecture: The Future of Libraries
Yvonne Mulhern Tweeting As Outreach or “Is there anybody out there?”
Joe Murphy Library Futures & Tech Directions – Distinguished Speaker
Jeremy Myntt Authority Control and Linked Data for Digital Library Metadata
Marton Nemeth Comparing digital library education on master level from Boras, Copenhagen and Oslo.
Mary Nino San Jose’s King Library: 10 years of Success and Collaboration
Sarah A. Norris Mind over metadata: transitioning from traditional cataloging to creating metadata
Dr. Rita Oates Grant Writing – Tips and Tricks for Connecting with Funders of K12 School Libraries
Toni Olivieri-Barton Library Re-Design with Student Power
Dr. Ruphina Ozoh Management Challenges of Public Libraries
Neil Pakenham-Walsh Healthcare Information For All ( )
Dr. Kerekes Pál Self-Publishing in Hungary. New challenge for libraries: indie authors and their content
Chantal Phillips Open Access: Policy and Practice in the Library
Kathleen Phillips The Digital Evolution: Digital Libraries and Community Colleges
Amanda Piekart Internal Professional Development: How to Use Libguides to Create Professional Development Opportunities
Ray Pun The Historian and the Librarian: Collaborating and Coordinating Embedded Librarianship in the Field of History
Lee Rainie Libraries and Communities
Syeda Razeen Come take a tour! Engaging students in a virtual setting.
Natalie Rector Creating a social media strategy: Answering how, who, where, when and why
Nikki D Robertson Building Your PLN at an Exponential Rate with Twitter
Kathy Rosa Public Libraries: Communicating Impact with Stats and Stories
Agata Rychter-Gullstrand Mediateka of Szczecin Academy of Art – a small library with big aspirations
Michael Sauers Library Tech: What’s Next?
Michael Sauers eBooks & eReaders: Past, Present & Future
Donna Scheeder Navigating the Waves; charting the Information Environment Usine the IFLA Trend Report
Molly Schwartz Become a library advocate with NPSIG! – IFLA NPSIG training session on library advocacy
Craig Seasholes WLMA Panel: K12 School and Public Library Collaborations
John Shank [Re]Envisioning the Role of Librarian as Educator in the Digital Information Age
Anna Magdolna Sipos Changes of library usage in Hungary
Noemi Somorjai Reducing suicide risks of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender library users in the library, especially adolescent and young adult patrons
Kelli Stair Creating Online Resources for Content Area Teachers
Kelli Stair QRevolution
Kelli Stair Creating PD Resources for Teachers
Sara Stambaugh Dispelling the Myth of the APA Monster: Information Services in a Digital Environment
Nicole Steeves Where Do You Keep the Newspapers?: A Look Behind the Scenes of Serials Librarianship at Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center
Dr. Michael Stephens Learning Everywhere: Transformative Power of Hyperlinked Libraries
David Stern Federated or harvested searching … so many ways to combine options and confuse researchers.
Barbara Stripling ibraries Change Lives: Declaring Our Right to Libraries
Alexanrdra Szalacsi Könyvtelen könyvtár – Bookless library
Antal Tamás Possible methods of measuring the information society term’s spread in scientific literature / Az információs társadalom fogalom szakirodalombeli elterjedésének lehetséges mérési lehetőségei
Gene Tan Moving Singaporeans: The Singapore Memory Project by the National Library of Singapore
Roy Tennant A View of Libraries on the Brink
Christinger Tomer, Creating Reusable Learning Objects
Sue Toms Using downloadable audiobooks to improve student literacy outside the classroom
Lindsey Tomsu Nancy Drew & Friends; Or,The Case of the Neglected Books: A Short History of Youth Series Fiction
Krisztina Fodorné Tóth Actual and potential role of libraries regarding electronic learning support
Máté Tóth The university library website as a virtual study environment
Pamela Van Halsema Data Visualization, Graphic Design and Meaning: Equipping Students with Critical Literacy Skills to Create and Consume Infographics
Dr. Katalin Varga Information literacy skills of university students
Yensi Vides Los LRC Lugares par la Formación Continua con Acceso a Multi Recursos para Todo Tipo de Usuarios
B.VIJAYALAKSHMI Role of Librarians in supporting MOOCs
Dr. Revathi Viswanathan Online Learning Materials for a MOOC Course
Abbe Waldron Successfully Promoting Your Print and eBook Collections Through Social Networking
Lizzy Walker All Systems Go! Evaluating Institutional Repository Metadata for Out of This World Access
David Weinberger Lessons from Reddit
Conference Welcome Conference Welcome
Heather Westhaver So Your Library Wants To Lend iPads
Heather Westhaver eReaders and Tablets and Phones, Oh My!
Julie Ann Winkelstein Public Libraries Serving Homeless LGBTQ Youth by Creating Safe Spaces
Beth Wrenn-Estes Insure Equality in Your Library or Classroom – How to make sure you are getting an “A” in Diversity
Melda N. Yildiz Classroom Resources for K12 Educators: Integrating Information Literacy Skills and Common Core and State Standards into Designing Innovative Project Based Curricula
Frederick Zarndt Digital library collections: If you build them, will anyone visit?



Links for Information on ObamaCare

obamacare logoAn IMLS cooperative agreement with OCLC’s WebJunction will result in online educational webinars, tip sheets and other resources to help library staff members respond to increased patron information needs related to the Health Insurance Marketplace. These resources include:

If you missed the July 26th webinar the archive is now available


New OverDrive Help for Library Staff

overdrive portalOverDrive has completely revamped the User Assistance (formerly Patron Assistance) training course with a new, simple ‘scenario, explanation and solution’ approach. There is something for everyone, whether your role happens to be in Information Services, Training & Outreach or Support & IT.

The course is divided into different user assistance scenarios: universal, those that occur on a desktop/laptop, those that occur with mobile devices and additional support tips. Each issue is clearly explained with screenshots (when applicable) and the steps necessary to get it resolved. Many of the resolutions contain links to articles on OverDrive Help, and you’ll be able to click on them if you view them and/or save a copy from the Learning Center.

You can watch a recorded version of User Assistance at any time On Demand, or download the the slides PatronAssistance.

As a preview, here’s a screenshot of what you can expect to learn:


ReferenceUSA Trainin

refusa new-picture-32On May 8th, ReferenceUSA will be here to do two 1.5 hours training sessions. Please choose between 10:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. (in the Virtual Library Training Lab)

What you will learn:

  • How to use the latest enhancement – Data Visualization
  • How to move data easily into Heat Maps, Pie Charts and Bar Graphs
  • And anything else you are interested it, just let me know!

Space is very limited, so please email Isabel – and indicate which session you would like to attend.

ReferenceUSA will be one of the vendors at the Business Fair May 17th, so get ready now for patrons asking questions about how to use ReferenceUSA.

Money Smart Week

MlogoMoney Smart Week is just around the corner. Are you ready? During April 20-27, organizations around the country will be educating individuals on a variety of personal finance topics. Morningstar has two special events this year which you may want to promote.

The first event will be Wednesday, April 24th at 5:30pm Central. Morningstar’s Christine Benz and Adam Zoll will discuss how to prepare your finances for life events ranging from college planning to saving for retirement. Watch the live stream video or the recording.

In addition to their regular training sessions, they are offering a special Money Smart Week training for Morningstar Investment Research Center users. Login to the webinar and call in to their teleconference on Friday, April 26th at 12pm Central. They’ll focus on navigating the database, using the screening and portfolio analysis tools, and where to find helpful information.

Want to spread the word at your library? Print or post their overview sheet with more detailed information:

And don’t forget to utilize their new Investing for the Long Run book  – A free guide with strategies and solutions to help you shape up your personal finances – to promote Money Smart Week to your community!


OverDrive, the Next Generation

In September, OverDrive is providing a training session about the new digital catalog coming soon.  I highly recommend staff view the session. They are offering it several times in the month of the September.  The Virtual Library has a session scheduled for September 18th at Noon in the training lab, Windmill Service Center.  If you would like to join us you are welcome to do so, just RSVP to Lynn at either or x6300.

If you want to take it on your own go to OverDrive at!prettyPhoto/0/


ReferenceUSA has a YouTube site with a host of videos on how to use ReferenceUSA database. You can also subscribe to updates so you will know when new videos are posted.

Another new site  is ReferenceUSA Resource Center. (beta site).

This is where they post daily – responding to frequently asked questions, demonstrating search strategies, profiling interesting people and places or discussing various aspects of ReferenceUSA that we know are of interest.

The Learning Center is where they link you to their on going series of web-based tutorials that cover topics of interest including using ReferenceUSA as part of a job search strategy and how businesses use ReferenceUSA.  You will also find short form tutorials that demonstrate various search scenarios, tips and techniques.

Library Resources offers access to a number of items that you can download and print for your patrons – Sample Search Sheets, flyers, bookmarks and brochures.  There is also a convenient order form available.