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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Harnessing the power of your library's website

How well do you know your library’s website? There’s a surface knowledge and there is a deeper knowledge. For instance, you are probably aware of the lists of databases and weblinks for various subject areas that your library provides. But do you know which databases are the best to use for which types of reference situations? Have you actually tried out these databases and weblinks to become more aware of the special features and searching capabilities?

Here’s another example. You may know that there are booklists for adults, teens, and children on your library’s website. But have you taken the time to thoroughly look these over, reading the annotations and keeping abreast of current bestsellers and recent award winners in order to enhance your knowledge for readers advisory purposes? (and to find great books to add to your reading list)

Some libraries such as Hennepin County Library post blogs relating to reference and booklists that can be subscribed to via RSS feeds. Does your library system utilize RSS feeds? If you haven’t already, try subscribing to some.

During the quieter periods at the reference desk, I have explored the library’s databases, weblinks, and booklists in depth and found it to be an excellent professional development tool. I have learned a great deal and unlike library conferences, it doesn’t cost you any money and you don’t have to travel anywhere.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

International phone directory: Infobel.com

Infobel.com can be used to locate phone numbers and addresses for people and business throughout the world.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Car Dealer Scams

Find out the latest car dealer scams at http://www.carbuyingtips.com/scams.htm

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Top Genealogy Websites and Blogs for 2009

For those interested in genealogy and those who provide genealogy reference, here's lists of the top 50 genealogy websites and the top 25 genealogy blogs for 2009.

Top 50 Genealogy Websites

Top 25 Genealogy Blogs

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Fonts, Faxes, and Taxes

Here are some useful reference sources I stumbled upon this week:

What the Font Have you seen an unfamiliar font and want to know what it's called? Just upload the photo or enter the URL of the website.

My FAX Did you know you can FAX for free to over 40 countries right at home even if you don't own a FAX machine? All that's required is that you have an email address (to confirm your FAX submission)

Federation of Tax Administrators Provides an easy way to access tax forms for any state in the US. Just click on the state you want and you will have instant access to that state's Department of Revenue website.