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July 31, 2006

Reference Notes June 2006

June 2006

2006 MLA Conference

Plan to attend the 2006 Minnesota Library Association Conference
Creativity & Collaboration ~ Minnesota Libraries Lead the Way
September 27-29, St. Cloud Civic Center

Join us for two presentations:

E6. MINITEX, ELM & Minnesota Digital Library: The Express Tour (MINITEX)

Thursday, September 28, 2006
2:00 to 3:15 p.m. Session E

Staff from MINITEX Reference Services and CPERS (Cooperative Purchasing and Electronic Resources Services) introduce you to and answer questions about four important statewide library services: MINITEX ; ELM ; MnLINK ; and Minnesota Digital Library
Jennifer Hootman and Christine Kline, MINITEX

C5. A New Way to Read: NetLibrary and eBooks (MINITEX)

Thursday, September 28, 2006
8:00 to 9:15 a.m. Session C

NetLibrary is an eBook collection available to Minnesota residents via their libraries. Initiated in 2000, the MINITEX NetLibrary eBook collection contains more than 15,000 titles in academic, popular, and professional subject areas. Learn about the shared collection, access methods, and staff tools that are available to MINITEX libraries. Jennifer Hootman and Christine Kline, MINITEX

August Webinars

MINITEX Reference Services is pleased to announce upcoming webinars. Please register today before sessions become full!

To get more information and to register go to: MINITEX Webinar Session Catalog


Tuesday, August 01, 2006 1:30 PM

Learn about folksonomies, which attach “tags” or terms to information that one finds or creates on the web to collaborate in categorizing that information in a more meaningful way. How the general public is are using them and their potential in the library community? Some sites discussed include Flickr and Del.icio.us.

An Unearthed Genealogy Resource: WorldCat

Tuesday, August 08, 2006 9:00 AM

Through examples of different search techniques and resources examine the potential for WorldCat to locate items of interest regarding family roots and ties. Thus “super” catalog contains such items as: church histories, wills, manuscripts, maps and even possibly your great-grandfather’s teddy bear.

ELM and the First-Year-Experience

Thursday, August 10, 2006, 1:00 PM

Monday, August 21, 2006, 10:00 AM

Discover and discuss how the freely accessible suite of 15 databases available through the Electronic Library for Minnesota can be a good place to start with your college/university freshman this fall semester. As they are learning to navigate through campus, their courses, and their library resources for the first time, the ELM portal provides a freshman-level appropriate gateway to get them started on their research and can be used to guide them to where those same or similar resources are available in your library.

Locating and Incorporating Primary Sources into the K-12 Curriculum

Tuesday, August 15, 2006, 11:00 AM

Wednesday, August 23, 2006, 2:00 PM

Learn and discuss how ELM resources such as Gale’s Discovering Collection and Junior Reference Collection as well as the Minnesota Digital Library's Minnesota Reflections may be mined to locate primary sources for the K-12 curriculum. Participants will be able to take away a list of strategies for incorporating these primary sources into the curriculum. Come prepared to discover and share.

July 30, 2006

Think before adding audio

A lot of folks use copyrighted songs on their home videos…but what happens if you upload that thing to youtube.com…or your myspace.com site…and it becomes a hit? Problems!

A lot of popular music artists are now offering their music on itunes and other providers with limited rights for podcasting and other uses. Some other places you may want to turn to include:
Pump Audio http://www.pumpaudio.com
Podsafe music network http://podsafemusicnetwork.com/
Opsound http://www.opsound.org/
ccMixter http://www.ccmixter.org
Freedomsound Project http://freesound.iua.upf.edu/index.php

July 26, 2006

Linked In

LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.comis a place to find and leverage professional opportunities, now and throughout your career. LinkedIn enables you to:
-Present yourself and your professional capabilities
-Find and reconnect with colleagues and classmates
-Leverage powerful tools to find and reach the people you need
-Build a powerful network of trusted professionals
-Discover professional relationships and opportunities
-Tap into inside connections and information
-Get the edge that gives you competitive advantage
There are already 6 million professionals in the LinkedIn Network, and that number is growing fast. Whether you seek a job, a hire, a reference, a sales lead, an expert, or an inside connection at one of 50,000 companies, LinkedIn is an irreplaceable resource for building your professional relationships and achieving your goals.

July 25, 2006

Open WorldCat links to Ask a Librarian virtual reference services

You're first question may be "What is Open WorldCat?" before asking "How does Open WorldCat work with my libraries' virtual reference service?"

Open WorldCat is the integration of OCLC member library bibliographic records with commonly used search engines, such as Google, to boost the visibility of library collections to Web-based information seekers. From the Open WorldCat website :

Search engines with contractual relationships with OCLC are granted access to abbreviated WorldCat data, which is indexed within a search engine over time. Users' subject, title and other types of queries can lead to search results that include WorldCat records, prefixed with "Find in a Library:". Clicking one of these links takes the user to Open WorldCat's Find in a Library interface where he or she can enter a ZIP/postal code or other geographic information that results in a display of libraries holding the item related to their initial query.

Within the Find In a Library page users will not be lost. Users can submit questions electronically to the online reference service of an OCLC member library near them through "Ask a Librarian" links. Yes, OCLC supports the QuestionPoint plaform for virtual reference, however, nearly 150 other U.S. libraries that run virtual reference desks on other platforms and have provided links to OCLC will have their virtual reference service link displayed and advertised on the Find in a Library page. This means you will be able to connect with information seekers in your community, your current patrons, and new customers who discover your online services all via a new access point.

MINITEX Reference Services will be offering webinars on Open WorldCat delving deeper in how it works and the benefits for your library. Check the MINITEX Webinars Training & Conferences website soon for more details. Announcements will also be sent out via this blog and email listservs.

July 21, 2006

Minnesota Maps Online

Another project supported by the Minnesota Digital Library, Minnesota Maps Online, is a digital collection of historic maps from the collections of the Minnesota Historical Society and the Office of the Secretary of State.

This searchable database includes Minnesota's original public land survey plats from 1848-1907. Additionally, you will find General Land Office and Bureau of Land Management maps, up to the year 2001. Another section allows you to search for plat books and atlases.

USPTO Patent Full-Text and Image Database

If you are searching for patent applications and images, try the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Full-Text and Image Database.

This database includes patents from 1790-present. Please take note of the system requirements to view full-text and images.

Evans Early American Imprint Collection - Text Creation Partnership

About Evans-TCP
"The University of Michigan, NewsBank/Readex Co., and the American Antiquarian Society are cooperating in a Text Creation Partnership to create 6,000 accurately keyed and fully searchable SGML/XML text editions from among the 40,000 titles available in the Evans Early American Imprints Collection. Evans is the most significant collection of titles relating to the history of seventeenth and eighteenth century America, and the Text creation partnership seeks to create enduring digital text editions of the most frequently studied works. NewsBank/Readex is producing digital page images and searchable OCR (Optical Character Recognition) for the overall collection. The standards-based editions created and owned by Text Creation Partnership will link directly to the corresponding Newsbank/Readex page images and will provide a research and instructional tool of enduring scholarly and instructional value."

Try the Evans-TCP database!


This search engine will lead you to digital resources previously "hidden" to users behind web scripts.

Most search engines like Google won't pick up these digital resources. Robots used by these search engines don't dive "deep" enough to retrieve this information. Therefore, these digital resources are often accessible only to those who know where to look for digital repositories and developing digital collections.

OAIster is a project of the University of Michigan Digital Library Production Service. Use it to search nearly 700 institutions including a total of 8,754,367 records. These records are a part of previously difficult-to-access, academically-oriented digital resources. This service was built through a collaboration with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and encompasses a broad collection of resources with no subject limitation.

Minnesota Digital Library (MDL)

MDL is a statewide collaborative effort between libraries, archives, historical societies, and museums to create a digital collection unique to the state of Minnesota and its residents.

Try their searchable database, Minnesota Reflections, to access more than 6,000 images of Minnesota history.

Also, check out MDL's Resources for Educators. These are free resources designed to illustrate and explain how digital resources can be integrated into the classroom curriculum.

July 11, 2006


Does the pronunciation key in Webster's not cut it for you at times? Try http://www.yourdictionary.com. This website has an audio stream and definition of the desired word.

July 6, 2006

Working on a big presentation?

Want to jazz up your standard PowerPoint presentation? Below you will find some great sites to assist you in creating anything but a ho-hum presentation.

http://sociablemedia.typepad.com/beyond_bullets/Beyond Bullets has tip and tricks to PowerPoint more effectively. This is a site that is trying to sell information, but the free resources are great.