May 2014, Volume 6, Issue 4
Check Your Calendars!!
Choose Privacy Week
National Library Legislative Day
National Teacher Day
Children's Book Week
ALA Annual Conference
June 26-July 1, 2014
ALCTS Annual Conference
June 26–July 1, 2014
Featured e-Resources of the Month
Summer reading sizzles with online resources
Huron completes an Impact Survey
How well do you know your community? A new tool is available to public libraries to determine who uses the library's public access and for what purpose. The Impact Survey is an online questionnaire that asks patrons about how they use library technology services like public computers, the library's WiFi, and online resources. Any public library with a website and public access computers can use this survey. Huron Public Library launched the survey in January as part of their strategy to create a new technology plan for the library. You can find a summary of the results on their library website (PDF version).
The Impact Survey is being offered free of charge until October 2014. We encourage all of our South Dakota public libraries to give it a try.
Finding health information: how do I know it's not hogwash?
We've all Googled our health conditions, right? Lower back pain, discolored toe nails, aneurysms, and have probably scared ourselves silly with the results we've received. The internet has empowered people to do their own research, which is a really good thing. However, users should take the time to use good sites and databases to help find authoritative information, rather than weeding through thousands of hits on a general Google, Bing, or other search engine site. Give the following sites a try first.
PubMed comprises more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
PubMed has a series of tutorials and FAQ's to help the user get started on searching the website. PubMed does not include the full text of journal articles; however, there is an icon in the top right corner of the abstract display to link to the full text, if it is available. A user can also sign up for a free account in order to save searches.
Google Scholar is another option used to search for medical information. Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.
Users can set up alerts and save searches with a Gmail account. If you add "PDF" to your keyword search, results will be in PDF format.
Databases provided by SDSL and SDLN
If you have a library card from your local library or from the SD State Library, searching for authoritative information in databases is easy. If you don't have a state library card, apply for one here. ProQuest, EBSCOhost and Gale Virtual Reference Library are just a few of the databases listed at library.sd.gov. If you have questions, contact the South Dakota State Library for assistance.
Tech Tips: Introducing the transformative, mind-blowing, life-changing… Snipping Tool!
OK, you may think that title is a bit much, but the Snipping Tool really changed the way I take screenshots and it can change the way you do, too.
Grabbing screenshots is a great way to take notes during a web-based training session or to add images to a presentation you are preparing. I used to simply use the print screen key on my keyboard to grab a screenshot and then I'd have to do a lot of cropping and resizing to make the image useful. With the Snipping Tool you can grab screenshots in a much more efficient way, saving time and creating cleaner images.
From the Snipping Tool website:
Snipping Tool captures a screen shot of anything on your desktop, like a picture or a section of webpage. Snip a whole window, a rectangular section of the screen, or draw a freehand outline with your mouse or tablet pen (or your finger, if you're using a PC with a touchscreen). Then you can annotate, save, or e-mail the image using buttons right in the Snipping Tool window. Snipping Tool is available only in the Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions of Windows 7.
Many thanks go to Julie Erickson and Jane Healy, South Dakota State Library Electronic Services Coordinators, for introducing me to the Snipping Tool. I hope you find it as useful and fun as I do.