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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 the 'Web Resources' Category

Thu, March 29th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: Autismspeaks.org
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Next Monday, April 2, is World Autism Awareness Day.  Autism now affects 1 in every 88 children in the US, according to a report released this week by the Center for Disease Control.   An additional startling figure is that the cost of autism in the US is greater than that of the entire GDP […]

Fri, March 23rd, 2012
Web Site of the Week: gardening.cornell.edu
Posted by: Christine Bulson

With record highs in New York this week and a very mild winter, home gardeners are ready to enjoy spring in the backyard.  There are many gardening web sites but one sponsored by the Department of Horticulture and Cooperative Extension at Cornell University, gardening.cornell.edu, is well done.  It provides resources for not only the home […]

Mon, March 19th, 2012
Feathers and Festivals
Posted by: Carolyn Mulac

Legend has it that each year the swallows return to California's San Juan Capistrano Mission on St. Joseph's Day, March 19th.  The "Fiesta de las Golondrinas," a month-long celebration in the city of San Juan Capistrano, includes  a Swallows Parade. A look at  the American Birding Association's  Birding Festivals Directory  (searchable by state, country and month), proves that swallows […]

Sat, March 17th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: ClimateCentral.org
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Although there continues to be discussion on whether there is climate change,  since 2008 ClimateCentral.org analyzes and reports on climate science.  The organization believes the "climate crisis" is a real danger.  Their goal is to inform and inspire Americans to "support the actions needed to keep the crises from getting worse." In conjunction with news […]

Tue, March 13th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: Littlefreelibrary.org
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Even in the digital age librarians are still for books and libraries of any kind.  Now libraries are appearing on lawns thanks to Todd Bol who wanted to honor his mother's love of books.  He began Littlefreelibrary by building a model of library, putting it on his lawn in Wisconsin and filling it with books.  […]

Sun, March 4th, 2012
App of the Month: Aroundme
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Aroundme is the best of a  number of apps that is a travel necessity if in an unfamiliar city. When relocating it is good for a quick view of an area. Aroundme provides lists of the nearest gas stations, restaurants, coffee shops, hotels, hospitals, etc.  In addition to area movie theatres, there is a link […]

Thu, March 1st, 2012
Women's History Month Resources
Posted by: Lindsay Harmon

March is Women's History Month. This year's theme is "Women's Education -- Women's Empowerment." Here are a few useful websites to bookmark for yourself and your patrons. The National Women's History Project has downloadable brochures that highlight pioneering women in education. The National Women's Hall of Fame website provides bios and further reading about notable […]

Thu, February 23rd, 2012
Rule, Britannia
Posted by: Carolyn Mulac

If the popularity of the first two seasons of PBS's Downton Abbey is any indication, there are more than a few of us (5.4 million viewers for this season's finale) interested in the British aristocracy, if only as characters in a television drama. As we await the third series we can amuse ourselves online . […]

Sun, February 19th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: jfklibrary.org
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Since tomorrow is President's Day,  it is appropriate this week to feature the web site of a presidential library.  The John F. Kennedy Library is a beautiful building designed by I. M. Pei, located on Columbia Point in Boston.  For those that cannot visit the library in person, jfklibrary.org will give students, scholars and anyone […]

Tue, February 14th, 2012
Browning, Barrett Letters are digitized.
Posted by: Christine Bulson

For all romantics, you may now read the letters of these two famous lovers online (http://web.wellesley.edu/web/Dept/LT/Collections/SpecColl/Browning).  In collaboration with Baylor University, Wellesley College has made 573 love letters of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning available today, Valentine's Day.  Their  story is both happy and sad.  They were married in secret because Elizabeth's father wanted her […]

Sun, February 12th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: FordsTheatre.org
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Today is the 203rd anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth.  To celebrate this occasion Ford's Theatre is opening the Center for Education and Leadership in a building across from the theatre and adjacent to house where Lincoln died.  The Center depicts the history of Lincoln's life and his influence on that time.  FordsTheatre.org. provides information on […]

Mon, February 6th, 2012
Super Bowl Commercials
Posted by: Lindsay Harmon

If you or your patrons missed yesterday's Super Bowl and want to see the commercials everyone's talking about, you can stream them online--and rate your favorites--at the NFL.com website. (If you want information about the actual game, you can find it there as well.)

Wed, February 1st, 2012
Noteworthy Awards
Posted by: Carolyn Mulac

The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be presented on February 12.  You can find a list of current nominees and a searchable database of past winners back to 1958, when GRAMMY's first Record and Song of the Year was "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)<" at http://www.grammy.com.  There is also information about the Recording Academy's […]

Wed, January 25th, 2012
And the nominees are...
Posted by: Lindsay Harmon

The 2012 Academy Award nominations have been announced--now the handicapping for the Feb. 26 ceremony begins.  If your patrons are movie history buffs, or if you're thinking of doing a display of past nominees, here are a few useful sites to bookmark: The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) lists of all of the nominees since the […]

Tue, January 24th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: MapQuest Vibe
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Now that most librarians are home from ALA Midwinter, it is time to plan for the trip to Anaheim in June.  Los Angeles may be daunting to those unfamiliar with the area but mqVibe.com may help librarians choose an area of Anaheim for hotels, restaurants, etc.  Searching is first by city and then locations within […]

Tue, January 17th, 2012
Digitized Books from the Guggenheim
Posted by: Lindsay Harmon

New York's renowned Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has digitized a bunch of its out-of-print publications and made them available on its website--for free! Many of the books are exhibition catalogs from the '50s and '60s, but there are several fairly recent publications as well. The books can be accessed in multiple formats via the Internet […]

Mon, January 16th, 2012
Get a clue!
Posted by: Carolyn Mulac

Crossword puzzle dictionaries are a staple in most reference collections.  Two of the most popular are the Random House Webster's Crossword Puzzle Dictionary (Random House Reference, 2006) and The American Heritage Crossword Puzzle Dictionary (Houghton Mifflin, 2003).  As helpful as they are, they don't always have the answer to every cruciverbalist's query.  OneAcross.com is the […]

Sun, January 15th, 2012
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Karl Pillemer, a professor of human development at Cornell University began the Legacy Project  eight  years ago.  He and his researchers have interviewed more than  1,500  people over seventy.  They were asked about life experiences, both positive and negative, and how these experiences have enriched their life.   The answers, some with video, are divided by broad topics - love and marriage, […]

Tue, January 10th, 2012
Web Site of the Week: Epicurious.com/cookbooks
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Epicurious and TasteBook have both digitized Random House cookbooks.  Cooks who already have an Epicurious recipe box may add to it through seventy-five digitized cookbooks.  The cookbooks are copied so they appear exactly as they look in hard copy.  Books cost from $10 to $25 dollars and may be previewed before purchase.  Once purchased they […]

Mon, January 2nd, 2012
App of the Month: Flipboard
Posted by: Christine Bulson

Flipboard began as an app for the iPad and now is available free for the iPhone and iPod touch.  It changes Facebook, Twitter and other social network services into pages similar to those in a magazine.  The pages "flip" from bottom to top and the content is presented in a visual pleasing format.   A number […]

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