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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, October 16th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: OnTheIssues.org
Posted by: Christine Bulson

The 2012 presidential election is three weeks from today and OnTheIssues.org. may help the electorate decide which candidate they would choose for president of the US.  The site which has the subtitle "Every Political Leader on Every Issue," provides views of US elected officials or candidates on major political issues including abortion, civil rights, education, […]


Thu, October 11th, 2012
National Coming Out Day
Posted by: Lindsay Harmon

The theme of this year's National Coming Out Day is "Come Out. Vote." This annual event, now in its 25th year, was inspired by the Oct. 11, 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights that attracted 500,000 participants. For a historical perspective, check out ABC News' look back at key moments in the […]


Tue, October 9th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: University of Idaho Library: The Map Room
Posted by: Christine Bulson

The University Idaho Library Map Room has a unique way of illustrating their collection of photographs.  Using a Google Maps interface they link over 8,000 photographs in a variety of collections to each picture's location on a map. The collections are diverse; from the Dworshak  Dam collection to football programs to the Carleton Watkins Mining […]


Thu, October 4th, 2012
Prost!
Posted by: Carolyn Mulac

Although Munich’s Oktoberfest is winding down there are plenty of other beer festivals to enjoy this month.    At the Home of the Beer Festival Calendar you’ll find listings for everything from Acadia’s Oktoberfest (Southeast Harbor,Maine) to Zoo Brew (Cincinnati,Ohio) as well as beer festivals throughout the year (and the world).  An important event in beer history took place on October 5, 1842 […]


Wed, October 3rd, 2012
App of the Month: Brain Quest
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Brain Quest is celebrating its 20th anniversary so in conjunction with Dreamkind , it has released an app for the iPhone, iPad, iPod, Nook Tablet and Nook Color.  The free app has 100 questions for each of grades 1-5.  Additional questions (600 per grade) are available for $2.99 for each level.  Children may play alone […]


Tue, October 2nd, 2012
TED Radio Hour
Posted by: Christine Bulson

The organization TED.com,  a Web Site of the Week,  is committed to "Ideas Worth Spreading."  TED now has teamed with NPR to produce 10 programs based on speakers at the TED Global Conferences.  They include "The Future of Cities,"  "The Power of Crowds," The Pursuit of Happiness" and "Food Matters."  If the programs are not […]


Wed, September 19th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: Wallacefoundation.org
Posted by: Christine Bulson

The Wallace Foundation was created by DeWitt and Lila Acheson Wallace, founders of the Reader's Digest.  The goal of the organization is to fund "projects to test innovative ideas for solving important social problems...and then communicating the results to help others."   Their mission and vision is of bettering the lives of disadvantaged children through learning […]


Tue, September 18th, 2012
Fashion, Anyone?
Posted by: Carolyn Mulac

New York Fashion Week  is over.  How about a trip to fashion's more distant past? Worth & Mainbocher is an online exhibit created by the Museum of the City of New York that features the work of Charles Frederick Worth (1825-1895) and Mainbocher (Main Rousseau Bocher, 1891-1976). The Fashion Plate Collection provides online access to a […]


Tue, September 11th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: 9/11memorial.org
Posted by: Christine Bulson

On the eleventh anniversary of 9/11 let us remember that day with our own memories. There is a live webcast of the commemoration ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial which beings at 8:30am edt. today.


Tue, September 4th, 2012
App of the Month: Converter Plus
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Converter plus appears to have more conversions than the average person would ever use.  There are the usual and useful -  gas mileage, tipping, currency, computer data, inflation, mortgages, sales tax, energy expenses, credit card payments and tipping.  But there are also  corrosion rate, chilled water tonnage calculator, gravity on planets, torque and yarn count.  […]


Sat, September 1st, 2012
Elegance on a Budget
Posted by: Barbara Bibel

If you enjoy fine food and wine, but can't afford to blow your whole paycheck on a meal, this blog is for you. BrokeassGourmet will help you prepare an elegant at a budget price. Written by food blogger Gabi Moskowitz, the site offers recipes that cost less than $20.00 to prepare. The author also offers […]


Fri, August 31st, 2012
Staying afloat
Posted by: Barbara Bibel

Boat owners have to maintain their craft, which can get expensive and complicated. BoatUS has a website with lots of helpful information at http://www.boatus.com/boattech/. Whether you want to fix a fiberglass hull or install a fishfinder to improve your luck, you can find out how to do it here. The site also has buying guides […]


Tue, August 28th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: earthquake.usgs.gov
Posted by: Christine Bulson

For information on earthquakes the US Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards Program has an excellent web site.  There is a real-time  map depicting where quakes have occurred in the last seven days with a table showing the exact location, time and magnitude.  A simple registration will send automated e-mails when an earthquake occurs in your area.  […]


Tue, August 21st, 2012
Web Site of the Week: baseballhall.org
Posted by: Christine Bulson

The National Baseball Hall of Fame is worth a trip to Cooperstown for anyone who loves our national pastime.  If you can't get there and are a teacher,  you will find some interesting lesson plans on the site.  The plans are for grades 2-12  in areas including math, science, social studies, the arts and character […]


Fri, August 17th, 2012
Dry As Dust
Posted by: Carolyn Mulac

The effects of this summer's drought include wildfires, devastated corn and soybean crops, and, eventually, higher food prices. There are a number of places to find information about one of the worst droughts in more than fifty years: The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)'s U.S. Drought Portal provides an array of resources for forecasting, […]


Wed, August 15th, 2012
Mars Rover Resources
Posted by: Lindsay Harmon

PCWorld magazine has compiled this list of resources for keeping up with the Mars Rover Curiosity, from Mission Central to YouTube to Twitter.


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]





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