Archive for June, 2007

DC Photos

In addition to attending programs, exhibits, committee meetings and socials during ALA Annual, I also had the chance to take some photos in DC. See them here. Enjoy!

(And stay tuned for librarian conference reports.)

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ALA Annual Conference

seeyouat.gif Starting today several librarians from NJCU will join tens of thousands of librarians from around the country and the world in Washington DC for the American Librarian Association  Annual Conference. Conference highlights will include the premiere of The Hollywood Librarian on Friday night and the Opening General Session with Bill Bradley. Other speakers include Ken Burns, Armistead Maupin, Marian Wright Edelman and Julie Andrews.

This YouTube video gives you an idea of what it is like when librarians converge on a city. The video shows librarians attending the Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, which is about one third the size of the Annual Conference. If you would like to keep up with what’s going on at Annual, these librarians will be blogging the event.

 See you in DC!

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Free from the NYT: TimesSelect

ts_left_50off.gif Enjoy New York Times editorials? Sad because you can’t get access to back issues without paying for them?

Be sad no more, there are now two ways to access back issues of the New York Times for free. At the library, the NYT is available through Lexis Nexis, on the Databases by Title list.  If you don’t want to go through the steps required to search it, you may prefer to subscribe to TimesSelect, which is now free to users with a university email address.

According the NYT Web site, a university subscription entitles you to Op-Ed columns, news columns from Business, NewYork/Region, Sports and the International Herald Tribue and access to the Times Archive including 100 free articles per month.

It sounds like a great deal. I’m going to register now.

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Organize Your Own Library

 Have more books than you know what to do with? Ever want to buy a book but not sure you already own it? Wondering to whom you’ve lent which title? Librarything may be just what you need. Librarything allows you to organize and catalog your own personal library using records from Amazon, the Library of Congress and hundreds of other libraries.

Registering is easy. All you do is type in a username and password, no lengthy forms to fill out. After you register, you can start entering titles. You can also compare your library to other users’ libraries, and create social networks. Find out more about it here, and take a look at their blog here.

Happy cataloging!

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Need to Find Journal Articles?

If you need to find full-text journal articles about  a specific topic, go to the library’s homepage and click on Databases by Title. This page shows you an A to Z list of all the databases to which the library subscribes. The journal articles are IN the databases.

If you are searching for articles in Education, Nursing or Business, or another field, try Databases by Subject, which will help you narrow your search. Select your subject area to see a list of databases that cover it.

If you have a citation and need to find a specific article that your professor has assigned, go to the Periodicals A to Z list and type in the journal title. If the journal is available in one of our databases, or on the second floor in print or microform, you will see links to it on that page.

 For example, if you were looking for the following article:

Scott, T. J. & O’Sullivan, M. K. (2005). Analyzing student search strategies: Making a case for integrating information literacy skills into the curriculum. Teacher Librarian, vol. 33, no. 1, 21-5.

You would go into Periodicals list A to Z and type Teacher Librarian into the search box.  The results page would tell you that this article is available in the following databases: ProQuest Education, Academic Search Premier, MasterFILE Premier and Wilson OmniFile. To get the article you would click on one of the links to that database. Then you would see a list of years, select your year (2005), then select the specific issue (1). It sounds kind of complicated, but once you get used to doing it, it’s a breeze.

Give it a try using the example above and and if you’re confused contact one of the librarians for assistance.

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