Saturday, January 21, 2006

IM, West Law, Online book and more...

In the last couple of days I have adjusted our website to include a number of new things that I hope you will explore.
On the Home page in the left selection column you will notice 2 new additions -
** The 'Teen Time' button is a new area of our Web that talks to the young adults with homework help, activities at the library, and various other things that would interest the younger set.
** Just under that is a new 'IM' address for your questions whether in general on the library, reference, or whatever. For those of you hooked up with an IM address, you can talk to me realtime when the button indicates that I am online. My name is LibrarianBarb. At the moment I am only signed on to AOL but I am looking into GoogleTalk and a couple of others. Will keep you updated... Please talk to me if you see me online. I love this way of reaching out and talking to someone! Above it 'Ask the Librarian' is my email if you would like to correspond that way.
** In the body of the Home page is the links to all of the Tax Form sites you that will need plus the link for the IL Circuit Breaker Forms.
** On the Online Database & Reference page a new database has joined the ranks. 'West's online legal research service provides instant access to statutes, cases, news, business information, public records, forms, and much more. This database available in the library only (no home access). ' This is an important addition for those of you interested in the law. Cases and public records are joined by the Illinois State Statutes and more. The database can only be viewed on the Library computers so you will need to stop by and explore its advantage for you.

Don't want you to miss a really cute book online called "Why libraries matter". The programmer did a really cute job of animation and the message (of course!) is very good.
I wish there was a way that I could get this to everyone in the community. You can watch it online, download to your computer or send it to a friend all for free. Take a minute and watch it.

Tip of the Week - Get ready for Torino with our Olympic Games collection, which we started in 2004 and just keeps growing. Explore facts, events, competitions, trivia, history, and much more.
Some helpful links...
** The U.S. Congress Votes Database -This database features "every vote in the United States Congress since the 102nd Congress (1991)." Browse votes by member, or by topics such as party, state, region, "boomer status," gender, missed votes, and astrological sign; and for specific types of votes, such as impeachments, nominations, and treaties. Offers an RSS feed of recent Congressional votes. From
** Our Bodies, Ourselves: Companion Website - This website companion to "Our Bodies, Ourselves"--a book about women's health and sexuality--is rich with information about body image, healthy diet and lifestyle, relationships and sexuality, sexual health, reproductive choices, pregnancy and childbirth, menopause, medical conditions, and other topics. Includes articles, book excerpts, news briefs, and website and book recommendations. From the Boston Women's Health Book Collective.URL:
** Stardust: NASA's Comet Sample Return Mission- Extensive information about Stardust, "the first U.S. space mission dedicated solely to the exploration of a comet, and the first robotic mission designed to return extraterrestrial material from outside the orbit of the Moon." Features background and educational material, news about the return capsule (which landed in Utah in January 2006), photos and drawings, animations and videos, interviews, and related information. From the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology.URL: