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June 21, 2012

Volunteers Needed for Usability Testing

We're looking for K-12 classroom teachers in the Twin Cities metro area to help with usability testing on a website related to Minnesota K-12 academic standards.

Appointments will take place on Thursday, August 9, on the East Bank campus of the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. If you are scheduled to participate your parking will be paid for and you will receive an honorarium gift.

If you are interested and available, please send your name and email address to Scott Hreha at hreha002[at]umn.edu before Friday, June 22. You can then expect to see an email from Usability Services with more details on how to sign-up.

Please forward this message to anyone else who may be interested!

June 6, 2012

May Reference Notes

The May issue of Reference Notes is now available.

In this issue, we announce the contract renewal for the current suite of ELM databases. We've got them for another year! We also take a peek at some things getting press online recently - such as Pinterest, Klout Scores, Unglue.it, and Google Knowledge Graph - and reflect a little on what they might mean for libraries and the Internet. We report on a roundtable discussion of current issues in reference, we welcome three new libraries to AskMN, and we run down some recent ebook news items. And there's even more, if you can believe it.

Believe it:

  • ELM Databases Renewed For Another Year
  • Interest in Pinterest?
  • Do You Have Klout? Marketing Technique Could Help Libraries
  • Google Knowledge Graph Is Boring
  • ELM Spotlight
  • May Is National Preservation Month: Discover America's Hidden Gems
  • Minnesota Museum Month
  • Current Issues in Reference
  • OCLC Virtual Reference Series: What the @#$? Dealing With Rude Patrons Online
  • Optimized iPads for Special Needs
  • Sticky eBook Publisher Relationship? Unglue It
  • AskMN Welcomes New Libraries
  • CPERS Column
  • WebJunction MN

Thanks for reading!