• Housing the homeless

    Check out the latest CQ Researcher report on housing the homeless. What do you think? Is the solution more shelters or affordable housing?

    Katel, Peter. “Housing the Homeless.” CQ Researcher Online 19, no. 44 (December 18, 2009): 1053-1076.

    December 18, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 179

  • Films On Demand update

    Films On Demand has added 165 new videos this month. The new titles include:

    • 400 Years of the Telescope
    • 9 to 5 No Longer
    • A Class Apart
    • A Class Divided
    • A Different Way to Heal?
    • The Adult Brain: To Think by Feeling
    • African-American Lives 2: A Way Out of No Way
    • African-American Lives 2: The Past Is Another Country
    • African-American Lives 2: The Road Home
    • African-American Lives 2: We Come from People
    • The Age of AIDS: Part 1
    • The Age of AIDS: Part 2
    • The Aging Brain: Through Many Lives
    • America Beyond the Color Line: Black Hollywood
    • America Beyond the Color Line: Ebony Towers
    • America Beyond the Color Line: Streets of Heaven
    • America Beyond the Color Line: The Black Belt
    • The Atom Smashers
    • The Baby’s Brain: Wider Than the Sky
    • Bad Voodoo’s War
    • Beyond F.A.T. City: A Look Back, a Look Ahead-A Conversation about Special Education
    • Bionic Body
    • Black Money
    • Blue Gold: World Water Wars
    • The Brain Fitness Program
    • Brain Fitness2: Sight and Sound
    • Breaking the Bank
    • Brown Is the New Green: George Lopez and the American Dream
    • Buffett and Gates Go Back to School
    • Bush’s War: Part 1
    • Bush’s War: Part 2
    • Cheney’s Law
    • The Child’s Brain: Syllable from Sound
    • China from the Inside: Freedom and Justice
    • China from the Inside: Power and the People
    • China from the Inside: Shifting Nature
    • China from the Inside: Women of the Country
    • The Civil War: Episode 1-The Cause (1861)
    • The Civil War: Episode 2-A Very Bloody Affair (1862)
    • The Civil War: Episode 3-Forever Free (1862)
    • The Civil War: Episode 4-Simply Murder (1863)
    • The Civil War: Episode 5-The Universe of Battle (1863)
    • The Civil War: Episode 6-Valley of the Shadow of Death (1864)
    • The Civil War: Episode 7-Most Hallowed Ground (1864)
    • The Civil War: Episode 8-War Is All Hell (1865)
    • The Civil War: Episode 9-The Better Angels of Our Nature (1865)
    • The Congress
    • Crank: Darkness on the Edge of Town
    • Cry for Help
    • The Dark Side
    • Depression: Out of the Shadows
    • Discounted Dreams: High Hopes and Harsh Realities at America’s Community Colleges
    • Don’t Forget
    • Dreams of Obama
    • e2 | energy: Coal and Nuclear-Problem or Solution?
    • e2 | energy: Energy for a Developing World
    • e2 | energy: Growing Energy
    • e2 | energy: Harvesting the Wind
    • e2 | energy: Paving the Way
    • e2 | energy: State of Resolve
    • Egypt’s Golden Empire: Pharaohs of the Sun
    • Egypt’s Golden Empire: The Last Great Pharaoh
    • Egypt’s Golden Empire: The Warrior Pharaohs
    • Emotional Intelligence, with Daniel Goleman
    • Ernest Hemingway: Rivers to the Sea
    • Fat and Happy?
    • Fat: What No One Is Telling You
    • Frank Lloyd Wright: The Fellowship
    • Frank Lloyd Wright: Truth Against the World
    • The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization-Part 1
    • The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization-Part 2
    • The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization-Part 3
    • Growing Up Online
    • Hand of God
    • How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop-Understanding Learning Disabilities
    • Hydrogen Hopes
    • Islam: Empire of Faith-The Awakening
    • Islam: Empire of Faith-The Messenger
    • Islam: Empire of Faith-The Ottomans
    • Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire-The Return of the Barbarians
    • Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire-The Way of the Samurai
    • Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire-The Will of the Shogun
    • Jerusalem: Center of the World-Part 1
    • Jerusalem: Center of the World-Part 2
    • The Jewish Americans: Home
    • The Jewish Americans: The Best of Times, the Worst of Times
    • The Jewish Americans: They Came to Stay
    • Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple
    • Journey of Man: The Story of the Human Species
    • King Lear
    • Kingdom of David: By the Rivers of Babylon
    • Kingdom of David: The Book and the Sword
    • Kingdom of David: The End of Days
    • Kingdom of David: The Gifts of the Jews
    • The Last Abortion Clinic
    • Lewis and Clark: Part 1
    • Lewis and Clark: Part 2
    • Liberty! Episode 1-The Reluctant Revolutionaries (1763-1774)
    • Liberty! Episode 2-Blows Must Decide (1774-1776)
    • Liberty! Episode 3-The Times That Try Men’s Souls (1776-1777)
    • Liberty! Episode 4-Oh, Fatal Ambition (1777-1778)
    • Liberty! Episode 5-The World Turned Upside Down (1778-1783)
    • Liberty! Episode 6-Are We to Be a Nation? (1783-1788)
    • Life’s Greatest Miracle
    • Living Old: The Modern Realities of Aging in America
    • The Madoff Affair
    • Make Up Your Mind
    • Mark Twain: Part 1
    • Mark Twain: Part 2
    • The Medicated Child
    • The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance-Birth of a Dynasty
    • The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance-Power vs. Truth
    • The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance-The Magnificent Medici
    • The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance-The Medici Popes
    • Men Get Depression
    • The Meth Epidemic
    • The New Asylums
    • On Our Watch
    • Pieces of Mind
    • Pioneers of Television: Late Night
    • Pioneers of Television: Sitcoms
    • Prince Among Slaves
    • The Released
    • Remaking American Medicine: First Do No Harm
    • Remaking American Medicine: Hand in Hand
    • Remaking American Medicine: Silent Killers
    • Remaking American Medicine: The Stealth Epidemic
    • The Road to 9/11: A Brief History of Conflict in the Middle East
    • The Roman Empire in the First Century: Order from Chaos
    • The Roman Empire in the First Century: Winds of Change
    • The Roman Empire in the First Century: Years of Eruption
    • The Roman Empire in the First Century: Years of Trial
    • Rules of Engagement
    • Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
    • Sick Around the World
    • The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: Failure is Impossible
    • The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: Revolution
    • The Story of India: Ages of Gold
    • The Story of India: Beginnings
    • The Story of India: Freedom
    • The Story of India: Spice Routes and Silk Roads
    • The Story of India: The Meeting of Two Oceans
    • The Tank Man
    • Teach Me Different! Effective Teaching Methods
    • Teach Me Different! Prizing Diversity
    • Teach Me Different! Problem-Solving and Self-Advocacy
    • Teach Me Different! The Nature of the Condition
    • The Teenage Brain: A World of Their Own
    • Thomas Jefferson: Part 1
    • Thomas Jefferson: Part 2
    • The Two Nations of Black America
    • The Undertaking
    • The War Briefing
    • What I Want My Words to Do to You
    • Willa Cather: The Road Is All
    • The Wonder Pill
    • Worried Sick
    • Your Money, Your Life: Empowering Young Adults to Get Their Money Right

    December 17, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 350

  • Upcoming training sessions

    Minitex is offering free web-based training for several ELM databases. Here are some of the upcoming sessions, as described on the Minitex web site:

    Health and Medical Resources in ELM
    A thorough overview of the Consumer Health Complete medical resource including key features such as accessing Evidence-Based Reports, reference book content, medical images, animations and video as well as searching a variety of health topics. An overview of additional medical databases Alt HealthWatch, Health Source: Consumer Edition, and Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition will also be covered.

    • Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Register
    • Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Register

    Britannica for Academic Libraries
    This session will cover navigation of the Britannica Online Academic Edition. This includes features such as the World Data Analyst, Research Tools, Multimedia, and Variety of Sources.

    • Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM Register
    • Friday, January 22, 2010, 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM Register

    Locating Consumer Information in ELM
    This session will highlight ways to find consumer information in the ELM databases. From a comparative film review to a favorable book review to a product review for anything from cameras to vacuums to automobiles, Minitex Reference Services staff will focus on specific ELM databases and show you how to limit your search to retrieve the consumer-related information you and your patrons are seeking.

    • Thursday, January 21, 2010, 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM Register
    • Friday, January 29, 2010, 9:15 AM – 10:00 AM Register

    Points of View Reference Center
    A detailed overview of an online tool (Points of View Reference Center) to assist researchers in understanding the full scope of a wide range of controversial subjects and evaluate the issues of yesterday, today and tomorrow. This session will include reviewing key essays (Overview, Point, Counterpoint and Guide to Critical Analysis) on a variety of topics. Advanced searching techniques using lexiles, limiters and source types will also be covered.

    • Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM Register

    Science Resources in ELM
    This session will take a look Gale’s General Science Collection and EBSCO’s Science Reference Center. Specifically at the broad spectrum of reference information from the areas of life sciences, physical sciences and earth & space sciences, including scientist and mathematician biographies, science videos and science experiments contained in Science Reference Center.

    • Thursday, February 04, 2010, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Register
    • Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Register

    Art Resources in ELM
    Did you know that you can access art images, artist biographies, art history and movements, and more art-related content in the ELM databases? This webinar will highlight the CAMIO (Catalog of Art Museum Images Online) database and will also feature searching for art-related content in OAIster, Britannica, the Discovering Collection, and MasterFILE Premier.

    • Thursday, February 11, 2010, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Register
    • Thursday, February 18, 2010, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Register

    To learn more about these and other resources, register for a training session or just ask a librarian!

    December 17, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 200

  • Bilingual education vs. English immersion

    Check out the latest CQ Researcher report on bilingual education vs. English immersion. What do you think? Which is better for students with limited English?

    Jost, Kenneth. “Bilingual Education vs. English Immersion.” CQ Researcher Online 19, no. 43 (December 11, 2009): 1029-1052.

    December 14, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 297

  • New titles

    Please see this spreadsheet of the new books and videos we added to our collection in October and November. You’ll find these and other great titles in our catalog, MnPALS Plus.

    December 11, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 177

  • Heating bill assistance from the govt.

    The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps pay income elibigle home heating costs and provides limited emergency help with furnace repair and replacement. The Weatherization Assistance Program helps income qualifed people weatherize their homes. Find full information from the Minnesota Office of Energy Security.

    December 8, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 149

  • Credo Reference instructional videos

    Credo Reference recently created two new instructional videos, as described on the Credo Reference Blog. One video explains how to use Credo’s Concept Map (a data visualization tool) and the other explains how to use the “Find a Book” feature.

    Concept Map Video

    Find a Book Video

    Each video is about two minutes long, so check them out!

    Update: Credo has added Keyword Searching and Advanced Search videos.

    December 7, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 156

  • Prisoner reentry

    Check out the latest CQ Researcher report on prisoner reentry. What do you think? Can aid to ex-inmates significantly reduce recidivism?

    Katel, Peter. “Prisoner Reentry.” CQ Researcher Online 19, no. 42 (December 4, 2009): 1005-1028.

    December 4, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 202

  • Science and Children

    This month’s Gale PowerSearch featured publication is Science and Children, a professional journal on science and elementary education. Science and Children is published monthly by the National Science Teachers Association. You can search or browse the full text of all issues from September 1, 2005 to the present here. You can also sign up for e-mail alerts and subscribe to an RSS feed for this journal, so you’ll know as soon as new articles become available.

    December 2, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 220

  • Free magazine and journal issues

    2010 will be here soon and we need to discard old magazine and journal issues to make room for new ones. Please see this spreadsheet of the issues we’re getting rid of and contact Trina Bolton if you’d like any of them. Thanks!

    December 1, 2009 • Uncategorized • Views: 191