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March 28, 2011

Hennepin County Library goes mobile

Hennepin County Library just unveiled a new mobile app for smartphones. The app is free of charge. hclib mobile is compatible with most smartphones, including Android, Blackberry, J2ME, Palm OS, Symbian S60, Windows Mobile, and iPhone.

With the Library's app, you can access many online services, including:

· do fast catalog searches with minimal keystrokes
· access library "My Account" functions such as renewing and reserving items
· find hours and library locations
· check the events and classes calendar
· see new title lists
· ask questions via phone, chat, or email
· connect to Hennepin County Library on social networks sites such as Facebook and Twitter

To download the mobile app, go to www.hclib.boopsie.com or follow the link from the Library's home page.
The mobile application is funded by the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA). If you have any questions about the app or how to install it, go online to www.hclib.org.

March 23, 2011

Statistical Compendia Branch Slated to be "Defunded"

The 2012 Budget includes the U.S. Census Bureau's termination of its Statistical Compendia Branch which has been responsible for the publication of Statistical Abstracts, State and Metropolitan Area Data Book, County and City Data Book, and more.

To try and help save these essential public resources please read ALA's Action Alert and send a message to Congress!

March 22, 2011

C&RL = Open Acess

ACRL's College and Research Libraries journal will be going open access with this year's May issue. You'll be able to access the full-text from 1997 to present at their publication website: http://crl.acrl.org/

Learn more here.

March 8, 2011

February Reference Notes

The February issue of Reference Notes is now available.

This month, love lingers in the air. We share some of the lovely ELM stories we've gathered over the last few months, highlight some library love YouTube videos, and provide recommendations for romance readers' advisory. We also allude to upcoming changes on the ELM portal, look at the newest technology making waves in the classroom, and recap a large library PR campaign.

TOC:

ELM Love Stories
YouTube Videos Expressing Library Love
Romance Top Five of Five
Students LOVE Snooki, and Therefore, Library Research
Minnesota Digital Library
ELM Portal: Upcoming Changes
Gale PowerSearch Enhancements
Digital Devices Making Their Way into the Classroom
Top 10 Apps for Education
Geek the Library Campaign: Was it Successful?
Tonka Pride
AskMN FY10 Report
WebJunction MN
Black History Month: Collection Development