June/July 2012, Volume 4, Issue 6
Check Your Calendars!!
ALA 2012 National Conference
Indian Ed Summit
South Dakota Festival of Books
SDLA Annual Conference
Featured e-Resources of the Month
Promote good searching and fun learning with World Book Online
Great government information doesn’t come in paper form only
By Brenda Hemmelman, Research/Government Publications Librarian
I recently attended a terrific webinar that highlighted some great websites where people can go to find government information in forms such as audio, video, film and music. Here is a sampling and I invite you to visit these sites and check out all of the great information contained therein.
National Jukebox www.loc.gov/jukebox/
The National Jukebox is a website of historical recordings from the Library of Congress. LOC makes these recordings available to the public free of charge. From the website: "At launch, the Jukebox includes more than 10,000 recordings made by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1901 and 1925. Jukebox content will be increased regularly, with additional Victor recordings and acoustically recorded titles made by other Sony-owned U.S. labels, including Columbia, OKeh, and others."
Imagine a student doing a report on a certain composer, music genre, or performer. Samplings of the music can be found on this website and then embedded into a PowerPoint presentation.
Smithsonian Folkways www.folkways.si.edu
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution, the national museum of the U.S. The website focus is the documentation, preservation, and dissemination of sound through the dissemination of audio recordings and educational materials. Users can find recordings on this website through different searches, and there is also a "Tools for Teaching" section with lessons, activities, workshops for teachers and more. Podcasts are also available.
Holocaust Museum www.ushmm.org
Within the "Collections and Archives" section of this website, one can find photo archives, films, videos, oral histories and music.
American Memory memory.loc.gov/ammem
Another offering from the Library of Congress that includes many historical films, papers, recordings and photographs.
Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids bensguide.gpo.gov
This is a great site to introduce kids to the workings of government. It is also a great site to put things into simple terms for adults too! Also included is a section for parents and teachers.
Check out SD public libraries on Pinterest, a page of pins collected by staff at SDSL!
Don't forget to call us 800-423-6665 or email us for research help.
No Shelf Required 2 and other resources in the news
Reviewed by Jane Healy, Electronic Services Coordinator, East River
No Shelf Required 2: Use and Management of Electronic Books, Sue Polanka, ed. Chicago: ALA, 2012. 254 p.
Think you're not keeping up with the library e-world? Editor Sue Polanka has a book—and a blog—for you.
Though Sue Polanka's No Shelf Required was published in 2011, so much is happening in the digital realm that this new edition was released only one year later. The 16 completely new chapters from 20 new contributors examine "how libraries are using and managing e-books and e-reading devices" (p. x). Polanka’s purpose is to help librarians "to manage—and not be managed by—e-books and their progenies" (p. xiii).
The chapters cover physical library space in a digital world; bridging the digital divide; accessibility for the disabled; e-book preservation, cataloging and weeding; proactivity in adding digital collections; enhanced e-books; libraries as creative spaces; using e-books with reluctant readers and libraries maintaining relevance in a digitized world.
Some chapters specifically address e-books in public libraries, academic libraries and school libraries. A bonus "Spotlight" by Michael Porter discusses publisher limits on library e-book lends.
Examples of a college library ipad program and school library e-book and e-reader lending programs show pros, cons, and considerations before you launch your own program. Chapter 15 describes Buffy Hamilton's school library Kindle pilot.
Each chapter includes references, and the book contains an index.
All of the contributors are e-trailblazers who offer best practices based on their own experiences, allowing readers to learn from others' success and failures. This book will help you navigate the e-world and is available from the State Library (library.sd.gov).
To keep current with e-changes, follow Polanka's blog, "No Shelf Required".
Other resources in the news:
New website and blog for library marketing ideas: www.librarymarketingtoolkit.com
PBS LearningMedia offers interactive whiteboard activities and much more: www.pbslearningmedia.org.
Listserv highlights re: Smelly Books!
We have a few patrons that are returning books that really smell of cigarette smoke. We have sprayed them (the books!) with room fresher, but this is not working well. Some of the books smell so bad that other non-smoking patrons have complained. Any good ideas for this problem?
- We have a plastic tub with a top that seals that we use for this problem. Put baking soda in the bottom of the tub and stand the books up in the tub for a week or so.
- We have a tub only for this purpose and we have kitty litter in it. Put the book in and seal the lid for about a week.
Are you missing any good conversations on the ListServ?