Wednesday, August 24, 2011

"Book for Book" Project from BetterWorldBooks, a Cannon Memorial Library Partner

You can have an impact on the lives of others by participating in the "Book for Book" program from Better World Books.

Here's how: You buy a book you need from this site, and BetterWorldBooks donates a book to someone in need. The "Book for Book" project started in mid-August.

Cannon Memorial Library already partners with BetterWorldBooks as part of the university's commitment to social and environmental justice.

Beth Henry, Technical Services Librarian/Associate Professor, has this to say about the partnership:

"[Better World Books] is the premiere no-cost program in North America, currently partnering with over 1,400 libraries:
·         They take discarded and donated materials and sell them online to generate funding for both libraries and nonprofit literacy initiatives;
·         They cover ALL shipping costs (no reimbursement charges!)  [They send us the boxes for shipping and prepay UPS.];
·         Their Prescreen Tool allows us to determine which books to send;
·         They are a consistent outlet for weeded and donated material including antiquarian, rare and collectable items;
·         We share a commitment to the environment—they make sure that our unwanted books never go to landfills.

"Books that don’t sell and qualify for the program go to Books for Africa."

By partnering with BetterWorldBooks, Cannon Memorial Library had a positive impact on the environment. Discarded books did not end up in a landfill and many were reused or resold. In August, this saved 26 trees, more than 14,000 gallons of water, over 2,000 pounds of greenhouse gases, and 7 cubic yards of landfill space.
To donate books, please contact the library or stop by the front circulation desk.

Time Announces "50 Best Websites of 2011"

Time magazine online has announced its list of the "50 Best Websites of 2011." Scroll to the bottom of the page to find its lists for the best blogs and Twitter feeds.

Website categories are: Music and Video, Family and Kids, Sports, News and Info, Financial and Productivity, Shopping and Travel, Health and Fitness, Social Media, Games, and Education.

I especially like the "FreeRice" site in the Education section. Each time you correctly answer a multiple-choice question, the site's sponsors donate 10 grains of rice to the United Nations' World Food Programme. Such a simple way to help others in need!

Monday, August 15, 2011

ScienceDirect--Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Engineering Collections

We are pleased to announce the addition of ScienceDirect to the database collections available for your research from the Cannon Memorial Library

The library's subscription provides access to journal articles in the life sciences, physical sciences, and engineering collections. Articles in the health sciences, social sciences, and humanities collections may appear in your results as "for purchase" options. Beware!

"Because we cannot eliminate the 'for purchase' articles popping up [when searching ScienceDirect], we’ve decided to disable the purchasing feature," advises Brent Short, Director of Library Services.

This precaution means no one will be able to enter credit card information when finding "for purchase" articles in the ScienceDirect journal collection on the Cannon Memorial Library website.

"We’re trying to be cautious here and prevent a patron from racking up some type of huge bill," added Mr. Short.

Remember to check the AtoZ Journal List for journal titles to which you have full-text access from Cannon Memorial Library. If none, simply use the Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery service and complete the article request form.   

Good Starting Point for Research--Credo Reference LibGuides

Credo Reference, one of Cannon Memorial Library's eBook and eReference resources, now offers a collection of library resource guides (LibGuides) to help you get started with your research projects.

Use one of the Credo Reference LibGuides to find eBooks and reference articles on topics from Ancient Civilizations to Art History, Philosophy, and Religion. New guides are being added regularly. They link you directly into content owned or licensed by the library.