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May 20, 2011

In-Person Britannica Training - June 9th

In-Person Britannica Training
Minitex is pleased to offer training on the ELM suite of Britannica resources. Darcy McCanless, of Britannica, will be presenting three separate sessions on Thursday, June 9, 2011, at the University of Minnesota's Wilson Library, Room S30C. Register for one, two, or all three sessions!

Britannica Online Academic Edition
Join us to learn new ways to get students started on their projects using Britannica Online Academic Edition. During this 2-hour, hands-on training session, participants will have their questions answered and learn about Britannica Online's special features, including:
- Research tools to compare countries using demographic and economic statistics, including built-in graphing and charting tools.
- The Workspace storage tool for students and faculty to collect their own research materials for future use.
- Resources for every subject including History, Geography, Art, Humanities, Business, Science, and Technology.
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
To register click here.

Britannica Online Public Library Edition

Join us to learn ways to help both children and adults find answers to their questions and get started on projects, using the new Britannica Online Public Library Edition. Bring your questions and our Expert Britannica Trainer will be glad to answer them during this 2 hour presentation. Participants will learn about special features including:
- "Kids" section with reference and educational materials for elementary and middle school students.
- The World Data Analyst for patrons to study and compare different statistics from countries all over the world.
- The Workspace storage tool for patrons to collect their own research materials for future use.
- Resources for every subject including History, Geography, Art, Humanities, Business, Science, and Technology.
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
To register click here.

Britannica Online School Edition
Join us to learn new ways to do research projects with students using Britannica Online School Edition and to get ideas for integrating technology into your classroom! Bring your questions and we will be glad to answer them during this 1.5 hour presentation. Elementary, middle/junior high, and high schools will learn about special features including:
- The Workspace storage tool for students to collect their own research materials for future use.
- Classroom curriculum resources for American History, World Studies, Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, and all levels of Language Arts and Math.
- Expanded video and media content, including a video download feature.
- Learning Zone feature for PreK-2nd grade students
- Integration of Minnesota Academic Standards
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
To register click here.

May 16, 2011

April Reference Notes, Now Exclusively Online!

(apologies - neglected to post this to the blog last week)

The new issue of Reference Notes is now available and it marks a new turn in our newsletter's history. From here on out, Ref Notes will only be available online. We're pretty sure the Internet's here to stay.

Please help us spread the word about this change by forwarding this month's issue to those in your organization or network who may typically only see it in print. Folks can sign up to receive it directly via the mtx-ref listserv and can also get it by following this blog.

In this month's issue, we demystify patent research, turn a discerning eye to cloud computing, and consider the concept of "good enough" in student research. We also recap the ACRL conference in Philly and highlight how ELM can help ESL students (which we presented at an ESL conference in Minneapolis). Plus, we share a great note from a reader on library activities and Women's History Month!

TOC:

Patent Research: The Basics
Trust in the Cloud
Beyond Good Enough
National Poetry Month 2011!
A Poem for Poetry Month
ACRL 2011
ESL, Bilingual & Migrant Education Conference
OCLC's Global Library Statistics
ELM Spotlight
WebJunction Featured Courses
AskMN and Text a Librarian Mobile Option
What Will Your Library Be Like in 2025?
Women's History Month at MCTC


Thanks, as always, for reading. And thanks especially this time for helping us make the transition to online only.