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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 February, 2011

Mon, February 28th, 2011
New newsletter on information technology
Posted by: Barbara Bibel

IGI Global, a publisher specializing in information technology management, is launching a new newsletter for librarians. Advances in Library Information Science (ALIS) will publish quarterly and feature articles about the research appearing in their new ALISbook series, Each issue will have a theme tied to a publication in the book series. The newsletter will cover […]


Sun, February 27th, 2011
Web Site of the Week: Google Art Project
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Earlier this month GoogleArtProject.com was launched which enables the user to view art works in 17 selected museums throughout the world including the Museum of Modern Art, Uffizi Gallery, Rijksmuseum, State Hermitage Museum, Palace of Versailles, the Tate Britain and the Metropolitan Museum.  The project at present consists of about 1,000 works of art by […]


Fri, February 25th, 2011
"Diderot Goes Digital" Webinar
Posted by: Admin

There's still time to register for Booklist Online's next reference Webinar, "Diderot Goes Digital: Why Authority, Comprehensibility, and Utility in Reference Sources Still Matter," coming up on March 1. World Book is the sponsor, and they're putting together what sounds like a very interesting inside look at encyclopedia publishing. They'll provide a brief history of the encyclopedia and share […]


Fri, February 25th, 2011
RBB Archive Weekly Peek
Posted by: Admin

This week's peek is prompted by current events at home and abroad. Works such as The  International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: 1500 to the Present (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009) and  Rebels and Renegades: A Chronology of Social and Political Dissent in the United States (Routledge, 2002), not to mention Historical Encyclopedia of American Labor (Greenwood, 2004) remind us how […]


Thu, February 24th, 2011
Oxford Dictionaries Online Updating Today
Posted by: Admin

Oxford Dictionaries Online (which was the Top of the List, Booklist Editors' Choice: Reference Sources, 2010) is updating today. Here's a selected list of additions: babycino - a drink of hot milk that has been frothed up with pressurized steam, intended for children backlink - an incoming hyperlink from one web page to another website. […]


Wed, February 23rd, 2011
Forgotten Books
Posted by: Barbara Bibel

 If you are trying to find an obscure text or just want something different for your e-book reader try Forgotten Books. This website offers reprints of  out-of-print "classics" in PDF format. Users may download single books free or join for a one-time fee, which entitles them to download 10 books per week (Casual Reader) or […]


Tue, February 22nd, 2011
Urdu and More Added to Mango
Posted by: Admin

Sixteen new languages have been just added to Mango, the popular language learning software.  The new  languages are Cantonese Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Haitian Creole, Indonesian, Irish, Levantine Arabic, Norwegian, Slovak, Tamil, Ukrainian and Urdu, in addition to a new English as a Second Language (ESL) course in Mandarin Chinese. Mango Complete now offers […]


Tue, February 22nd, 2011
Jefferson Trove
Posted by: Admin

Thomas Jefferson took a keen interest in the Library of Congress while he was President. He was also an avid book collector, and when the Library of Congress was destroyed during the British invasion of Washington in 1814, more than 6,000 books from his personal library formed the nucleus of the new LC. That wasn't the end […]


Tue, February 22nd, 2011
Online Databases and Learning
Posted by: Sue Polanka

87% of students feel online libraries and databases have had significant impact on learning According to a survey released last week by Cengage Learning, 87% of students feel that online libraries and databases have had the most significant impact on their overall learning. The survey, entitled "Instructors and Students: Technology Use, Engagement and Learning Outcomes" […]


Fri, February 18th, 2011
App of the Month: The Weather Channel
Posted by: Christine Bulson

The iPhone comes loaded with a weather app but I much prefer the free app from the Weather Channel. There is also The Weather Channel Max app priced at $3.99,  but judging from the reviews, users are happier with the free one.  The information on the app is similar to the  television "Weather on the Eights." […]


Fri, February 18th, 2011
Credo Expands Psychology Reference Titles
Posted by: Sue Polanka

Credo Reference has signed an agreement to expand their Wiley-Blackwell Psychology Collection with an additional ten titles. The Publisher Collection, which now contains seventeen titles, including the recently published Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology (Fourth Edition), is available for perpetual purchase or annual subscription on the Credo Reference platform.  Like all Credo Reference Publisher Collections, the […]


Thu, February 17th, 2011
RBB Archive Weekly Peek
Posted by: Admin

Here is the final post in our Black History Month series. Biographical reference sources have evolved over the years. When the Dictionary of American Biography was first published between 1926 and 1937, history was focused on the lives of famous white men, and women and minorities were largely ignored. American National Biography, published by Oxford […]


Tue, February 15th, 2011
Sharing Ideas
Posted by: Barbara Bibel

TED, a non-profit whose initials stand for Technology Entertainment Design, is dedicated to promoting innovative thinking and sharing ideas. To do this, it has a website where over 700 talks on a wide variety of topics are posted. These talks are available in over 80 languages. The subjects range from "Visualizing the medical data explosion" […]


Tue, February 15th, 2011
eBrary's Topic of the Week
Posted by: Admin

eBrary (recently purchased by ProQuest) has announced Topic of the Week, a new service to help libraries keep their collections up to date. E-book collections, that is. Every week, librarians on eBrary's staff will choose topics and offer related collections of eBooks on the ebrary site. Anyone can preview the books, and libraries can purchase them […]


Mon, February 14th, 2011
Wikipedia Wars
Posted by: Admin

Following Justin Bieber's loss to Esperanza Spalding for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards last night, Spalding's Wikipedia page was "defaced," presumably by outraged Bieber fans. The page has now been locked down  In the midst of the usual questions this raises about Wikipedia (like unstable information and questionable authority), there's a bright side--at least […]


Sun, February 13th, 2011
Web Site of the Week: recomparison.com
Posted by: Christine Bulson

I discovered recomparison.com when researching the difference between Google Maps and Mapquest.  The site compares topics side by side and encourages the user to send opinions and findings.  The comparisons include everything from products (BMW vs Mercedes, Tylenol vs Advil vs Aleve, Pepsi vs Coke), business (NYSE vs NASDAQ, FedEx vs UPS), pets and animals […]


Fri, February 11th, 2011
Upcoming Webinar: "Diderot Goes Digital"
Posted by: Admin

Be sure to register for Booklist Online's next reference Webinar, "Diderot Goes Digital: Why Authority, Comprehensibility, and Utility in Reference Sources Still Matter," coming up on March 1. World Book is the sponsor, and they're putting together what sounds like a very interesting inside look at encyclopedia publishing. They'll provide a brief history of the encyclopedia and share […]


Thu, February 10th, 2011
RBB Archive Weekly Peek
Posted by: Admin

I received an e-mail this week from the  folks at ABC-CLIO telling me that for Black History Month they've just added more than 1,000 slave narratives from the famous Works Progress Administration Federal Writers' Project to the African American Experience database. You can read the 2006 RBB review of African American Experience (but keep in mind that […]


Tue, February 8th, 2011
Papers of Dr. Charles Drew
Posted by: Barbara Bibel

In perfect timing for Black History Month, The National Library of medicine in collaboration with the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University, has released an extensive selection from the papers of African-American surgeon Charles R. Drew (1904-1950). Dr. Drew was a pioneer in blood banking. He organized and directed the first large-scale blood bank in […]


Mon, February 7th, 2011
New AccessMyLibrary Apps
Posted by: Admin

Gale just announced the School and College Editions of the AccessMyLibrary Android app. The full complement of AccessMyLibrary apps now includes: Public Edition for all iOS (iPhone, iPad, iTouch) and Android devices School Edition for all iOS and Android devices College Edition for all iOS and Android devices Apps for iOS devices can be downloaded for free […]





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