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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 July, 2012

Tue, July 31st, 2012
Web Site of the Week: burgershereandthere.com
Posted by: Christine Bulson

For parents and teachers who would like to engage children in learning about the countries that are participating in the Olympics, look at burgershereandthere.com.   With the motto, "making exotic flavors un-scary, one burger recipe at a time, one country at a time," the blogger, Linda Monach began with Afghanistan in January 2011 and the most […]


Mon, July 30th, 2012
AIDS Around the World
Posted by: Barbara Bibel

The International AIDS Conference is currently taking place in Washington, D.C.  With perfect timing, the Bureau of the Census just launched a new interactive database which tracks the prevalence of HIV infection and AIDS related deaths around the world. It brings together information from more than 12,000 articles and surveillance reports from international medical journals, […]


Tue, July 24th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: edX.org
Posted by: Christine Bulson

edX.org which is a MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) began as MITx.  It became edX when Harvard joined with MIT and today it was announced that the University of California, Berkley is the third university in this free online venture.  The first course offered in the spring was "Circuits and Electronics"  and over 154,000 signed […]


Thu, July 19th, 2012
TV Time
Posted by: Carolyn Mulac

Nominations for the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards were announced today, and the award ceremony will be broadcast on ABC on September 23.  At the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences website  you can watch a replay of the nomination announcement and look at lists of nominations by network or program.   The Archive of American […]


Wed, July 18th, 2012
Watch Your Mouth
Posted by: Barbara Bibel

Dental health is the neglected child in consumer health publishing. The American Dental Society's new Mouth Healthy website helps to fill the gap. On this blog,  one will find information on keeping the mouth and teeth healthy. It offers pages for children, teens, pregnant women, young adults, middle-aged adults, and seniors. There are also pages […]


Tue, July 17th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: American Time Use Survey
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Since 2003 the Bureau of Labor Statistics has collected information through over 124,000 interviews for the American Time Use Survey.  These statistics measure how much time is spent by individuals working, volunteering, socializing, etc.  The annual report for 2011, released in June 2012,  provided new information on eldercare.  With non-paid providers 56% were women and […]


Mon, July 16th, 2012
"Citius, Altius, Fortius!"
Posted by: Carolyn Mulac

The games of the XXX Olympiad will take place this year from July 27 to August 12 in London.  Here are some Internet venues offering  just about everying you need to know about the 2012 Summer Olympics: http://www.olympic.org/uk/index_uk.asp The official website of the Olympic movement covers past, present and future Olympic games, a place to […]


Tue, July 10th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: howstuffworks.com
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Since its origin in 1998, HowStuffWorks.com, in addition to being a website, was a public company, has published books, is now part of the Discovery Channel and has a television series.  The site may be overwhelming with too much information - videos, quizzes, games, podcasts, lots of advertising and broad topics including culture, science, auto […]


Fri, July 6th, 2012
Go Viral!
Posted by: Barbara Bibel

With all the strange things going viral on the web, it's time to talk about real viruses. These primitive bits of DNA or RNA need a host to survive. They can cause something as simple and annoying as a common cold or as serious as AIDS. Soundprint, an organization producing educational radio programs has a […]


Thu, July 5th, 2012
"Baby Got Nook" Lyrics
Posted by: Admin

More lyrics from the musical interludes featured during the Booklist Reference program, "Why Can’t an E-book Be More Like the Print".   "Baby Got Nook" (Lyrics by David Tyckoson, adapted from Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back") [Intro] Oh, my, god. Becky, look at her Nook. It is so small. She looks like, one of those […]


Tue, July 3rd, 2012
"E-book Reading Man" Lyrics
Posted by: Admin

More lyrics from the musical interludes featured during the Booklist Reference program, "Why Can’t an E-book Be More Like the Print".   E-book Reading Man Lyrics by David Tyckoson (to the tune of "Truck Driving Man") Went in to a library in Texas A nice old classic Carnegie Saw lots of books on the shelving […]


Mon, July 2nd, 2012
App of the Month: Orbitz
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Orbitz just unveiled a revamped app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad which provides searching for and booking flights, hotels and rental cars.  A study showed the app was twice as fast as similar apps and a test group was able to find and book a complete trip in less than seven minutes.  Kayak […]


Mon, July 2nd, 2012
"Why Can't an E-book Be More Like the Print" Lyrics
Posted by: Admin

If you were in Anaheim for conference and made it to the Booklist Reference program, "Why Can't an E-book Be More Like the Print", you were lucky enough to be treated to the musical stylings of Dave Tyckoson and crew.  He's given us the lyrics to the three musical interludes ("Why Can't an E-book be […]





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