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This is the archive of the blog Points of Reference. From 2009-2012 a team of library reference experts talked about resources (books, databases, Web sites, e-books, and more) and publishing trends.

Archive for June, 2010

Wed, June 30th, 2010
eBook platform comparison chart
Posted by: Sue Polanka

I learned about the JISC eBook comparison chart at the ALA conference this week. It is available on the JISC site at http://www.jisc-adat.com/adat/adat_ebooks.pl and offers a comparison of up to 7 different eBook platforms including:  Credo Reference, NetLibrary, ebrary, EBL, MyiLibrary, Dawsonera, and Taylor and Francis eBookstore.  Over 50 functional features are compared with basic Y/N […]


Wed, June 30th, 2010
Reviewing
Posted by: Barbara Bibel

During a lively presentation at ALA's annual conference called "Everyone's a Critic", panelists discussed the fine art of reviewing in the age of instant comments online. Otis Chandler, founder and CEO of Good reads; Ron Charles, Deputy Book Review Editor at the Washington Post; Jon Fine, director of Author and Publisher Relations at Amazon.com; and […]


Wed, June 30th, 2010
Reference Publishers and Librarians Discussion at ALA - Summary
Posted by: Sue Polanka

Reprinted in full from No Shelf Required blog. Each Friday before the ALA Conference, the Independent Reference Publishers Group (IRPG) gets together to have a program and discussion of issues surrounding reference publishing.  The ALA Annual meeting was no exception.  A large group of publishers and librarians gathered to figure out, "how did we get […]


Wed, June 30th, 2010
Next Generation of Gale Databases
Posted by: Admin

At the just-concluded ALA Annual Conference Gale announced that it is launching In Context, a new portfolio of online products, this fall. Replacing several of the familiar Resource Center databases such as Biography Resource Center, Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center, and Science Resource Center, these new products will offer portal pages, ReadSpeaker text-to-speech technology, Web 2.0 share tools, and other […]


Mon, June 28th, 2010
Terrific RBB Program at ALA Annual Conference
Posted by: Admin

"Reference Work from Idea to Reality," this morning's Reference Books Bulletin program at the ALA Annual Conference in D. C.,  was fascinating. Representatives from Gale, Oxford, and Sage gave engaging and informative presentations about the whole process of bringing a reference work to our desk (or desktop), from the first germ of a concept to how […]


Sat, June 26th, 2010
Report from the ALA Annual Conference
Posted by: Admin

Hello from  the ALA Annual Conference Washington D.C. On Friday I went a RUSA preconference called "Reference Evolution," which was valuable for me because I spend most of  my time thinking and hearing about changes in reference publishing, and don't get may opportunities to look at change from the reference services side. Publishing was at […]


Thu, June 24th, 2010
Web Site of the Week: Smithsonian Institution
Posted by: Christine Bulson

One of the great things about our government is the Smithsonian, si.edu.  If you are in DC for ALA take a break and see what a marvelous resource the Smithsonian is for all of us. Concentrating on the museums in DC  there is something for everyone - African Art, Air and Space, American History, American Indian, Natural […]


Tue, June 22nd, 2010
Stem cells
Posted by: Barbara Bibel

Stem cells and stem cell research are in the news, so we often get questions about them. Finding information that is easy for lay readers to understand can be difficult. Here are some good resources that will help your patrons. The National Institutes of Health resource for stem cell research has a page called Stem […]


Tue, June 22nd, 2010
Essential Reference Survey
Posted by: Admin

A few months ago. Points of Reference did a survey based on David Tyckoson's presentation at the Booklist "Twentieth-First Century Reference Collections" webinar. During that webinar, David talked about how most of the print reference materials at his library at California State University, Fresno, have been moved to the circulating collection, and listed the handful […]


Sat, June 19th, 2010
Web Site of the Week: Washington.org
Posted by: Christine Bulson

If you are one of the many librarians traveling to our nation's capitol next week, Washington.org, the official tourism site of the city, will help you get the most out of your time outside the convention center.  The first page lists what is hot in Washington (other than the weather) including "100 Free (and almost free) Things to […]


Fri, June 18th, 2010
OED Getting a Makeover
Posted by: Admin

Oxford has announced that Oxford English Dictionary Online is being relaunched in December. In addition to a fresh look and design and added functionality, the new version will incorporate Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary, which was published last year. This is OED's first makeover since it first launched more than 10 years ago.  Click here to […]


Thu, June 17th, 2010
Oxford Dictionaries Online Launched
Posted by: Sue Polanka

Oxford University Press recently released its product, Oxford Dictionaries Online (ODO).  This collection of dictionaries, thesauri, and usage guides contains 350,000+ entries and definitions, 600,000+ synonyms and antonyms, and audio pronunciations.  The collection will be regularly updated.


Thu, June 17th, 2010
250 ABC-CLIO Titles now in GVRL
Posted by: Sue Polanka

Great news for libraries wanting their major reference content in one interface.  If you are a GVRL user, you now have access to 250 ABC-CLIO titles.  The titles range from history to humanities and current events to general interest.  GVRL now contains nearly 4,500 titles from 70 publishers.


Wed, June 16th, 2010
Reference Programs at Annual
Posted by: Barbara Bibel

If you plan to attend the annual conference in D.C. next week, these programs offered by CODES,  the Collection Development and Evaluation Section of RUSA (Reference and User Services Division),will be of interest. The A-Z of Electronic Reference Product Development on Saturday June 26th from 4:00-5:30 p.m. will feature Mike Hermann from Greenwood, Rolf Janke […]


Tue, June 15th, 2010
There ought to be a law
Posted by: Barbara Bibel

Legal questions can be problematic. Aside from the fact we are not lawyers and cannot give legal advice, finding materials in plain English may be difficult. The good people at Nolo Press publish wonderful self-help books on common legal issues: tenant's rights, immigration, small claims court, etc. The also now have a website with free […]


Mon, June 14th, 2010
Web Site of the Week: FIFA.com
Posted by: Christine Bulson

World Cup soccer began last Friday and interest is high in my area since the Soccer Hall of Fame was located in Oneonta NY until it closed because of financial constraints in February 2010.  So to keep up-to-date on the World Cup, I check FIFA.com.  FIFA is the acronym for Federation Internationale de Football Association which is […]


Mon, June 14th, 2010
Scout Report's Best Sites
Posted by: Admin

Those intrepid Internet Scout searchers have just released their Best of 2009-2010. Part of the value of this list is its selectivity. While the Web sites on other "best" lists often number in the hundreds, Internet Scout offers just a handful of fascinating finds. Here are the current picks: Xeno-Canto: Bird Songs from the Americas NASA eClips Vincent […]


Wed, June 9th, 2010
Engaging Britannica
Posted by: Admin

During Booklist's "Power to the User: Interactive Online Reference Sources"  webinar held on June 1, Michael Ross of Encyclopaedia Britannica talked about ways in which users can, in some cases, contribute to the content of Britannica (a development that Barbara Bibel reported on in our 2008 Encyclopedia Update.) A webinar attendee asked whether opening up the site to […]


Wed, June 9th, 2010
Rare books for all
Posted by: Barbara Bibel

An article in today's Chronicle of Higher Education notes that the Cambridge University Library plans to digitize its most significant rare books and manuscripts, thanks to a grant from a Brisith philanthropist. This will give scholars and other interested patrons access to these important works. They plan to start with their Foundations of Science and […]


Tue, June 8th, 2010
Web Site of the Week: Skygod.com
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Memorial Day Weekend I was flying from the east coast to Wyoming and changed planes in ORD.  It reminded me that I had a reference question years ago, when the internet was in its infancy.  The question was why is O'Hare called ORD?  I found the answer by using the internet!  Since I now couldn't […]





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