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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.

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Tue, August 14th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: Decide.com
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Decide.com appeared in 2011 to help consumers decide when to buy electronics and appliances.  They recently launched a new version  with a recommendation score based on "expert" and user reviews. New categories have been added for sports and outdoors equipment, tools and lawn and garden products.  The buy or wait price recommendations are based on […]

Tue, August 7th, 2012
App of the Month: Hurricane - American Red Cross
Posted by: Christine Bulson

There are a number of hurricane apps and here is the Red Cross entry.  Preparation steps, what to do during a hurricane and how to recover are suggested.  An alert system is provided for the individual's location plus adding alerts for locations of family and friends. An "I'm safe" feature lets a person report that […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tue, June 26th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: Baseball-Reference.com
Posted by: Christine Bulson

With the All-Star game in July, the baseball season will be at its mid-point and fans will be interested in playoff possibilities for their teams.  Baseball-Reference.com is the site for current statistics and historic information.  The site appeared in 2000 evolving from the Big Bad Baseball Annual which ceased publication in 2000. BR is used […]

Mon, June 18th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: LAmag.com
Posted by: Christine Bulson

If you are traveling to ALA this week and plan to spend time in Los Angeles, LAmag.com will provide a calendar of culture events, reviews of restaurants and suggestions for shopping. There is also the Best of LA with categories including eat, shop, do and primp.  Articles from recent issues include an article on HBO's […]

Wed, June 13th, 2012
Rating Dialysis Centers
Posted by: Barbara Bibel

Over 400,000 people in the United States rely on dialysis to cleanse their blood because their kidneys are failing. If you or someone you know is in this situation, you want to know that the facility used for dialysis is safe. ProPublica, an independent non-profit that does investigative journalism "focusing on truly important stories with […]

Tue, June 12th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: DigitalVaults.org
Posted by: Christine Bulson

The National Archives has a fascinating site, digitalvaults.org which contains 1,200 documents of historical records of the US.  Included are digitized photos, maps and artwork plus audio files and video clips.   "Shuffle records" is an introduction that provides examples of documents from 1800 to the present.  Keyword or searching by tag results in the […]

Mon, June 11th, 2012
Meebo no more
Posted by: Lindsay Harmon

Meebo, the company behind the popular chat widget used by many libraries to provide chat reference services, announced this morning that they've been acquired by Google. Meebo Messenger, widgets, and mobile apps will be discontinued effective July 11. According to the announcement, "Together with Google, we’re super jazzed to roll up our sleeves and get […]

Wed, June 6th, 2012
Ray Bradbury 1920 - 2012
Posted by: Carolyn Mulac

The author of Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles  leaves behind an enduring literary legacy: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/07/books/ray-bradbury-popularizer-of-science-fiction-dies-at-91.html?smid=pl-share http://www.booklistonline.com/Shadow-Show-All-New-Stories-in-Celebration-of-Ray-Bradbury-/pid=5468481 http://www.booklistonline.com/Another-Look-At-Ray-Bradbury-s-Dandelion-Wine-Brad-Hooper/pid=5460800

Tue, June 5th, 2012
The Buck Stops Here
Posted by: Barbara Bibel

With the world economy in disarray and people working hard just to get by, a website with helpful information about personal finance is welcome. MyMoney.gov at http://www.mymoney.gov/ brings together information from over twenty federal websites. It is organized by "Life Events" (birth/adoption of a child, going to college, natural disasters, etc), "My Resources" (for youth, retirees, […]

Mon, June 4th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: Change.org
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Ben Rattray is the CEO of Change.org which appeared in 2007.  The site is described as  a "social action platform that empowers anyone, anywhere to start, join, and win campaigns to change the world."  An individual can start a petition for change, gather support and hopefully succeed.  Popular petitions at the moment include setting up […]

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