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  • Free books for December 2008

    Please see our spreadsheet of December 2008 Library discards and contact us if you’d like any of them. Yes, they’re really free!

    December 9, 2008 • Uncategorized • Views: 1011

  • More new titles in November 2008

    Here are some of the books we added to our collection in the last half of November. You’ll find these and other great titles in our catalog, MnPALS Plus.

    Week by week : documenting the development of young children / Barbara Nilsen
    MAIN BF722 .N53 2004

    Buy ology : truth and lies about why we buy / Martin Lindstrom
    MAIN HF5415.12615 .L56 2008

    Marketing to the social web : how digital customer communities build your business / Larry Weber
    MAIN HF5415.1265 .W43 2007

    Administrative assistant’s and secretary’s handbook / James Stroman
    MAIN HF5547.5 .S8163 2008

    The accounting game : basic accounting fresh from the lemonade stand / Darrel Mullis
    MAIN HF5635 .O75 2008

    How to measure anything : finding the value of “intangibles” in business / Douglas Hubbard
    MAIN HF5681 .I55 H83 2007

    Guiding children’s social development : theory to practice
    MAIN HQ767.9 .G85 2006

    See how they grow : infants and toddlers / Sue Martin
    MAIN HQ774 .M295 2007

    The copyright handbook : what every writer needs to know/ Stephen Fishman
    MAIN KF2995 .F53 2008

    Legal guide to Web & software development / Stephen Fishman
    MAIN KF390.5 .C6 F57 2007

    Property inspector’s guide to codes, forms, and complaints / Linda Pieczynski
    MAIN KF5701 .P54 2007

    Families, schools, and communities : together for young children /Donna Couchenour
    MAIN LB1139.25 .C67 2004

    Families, schools, and communities together for young children / Donna Couchenour
    MAIN LB1139.25 .C67 2008

    Introduction to early childhood education / Eva Essa
    MAIN LB1139.25 .E871 2007

    Early childhood education today/ George Morrison
    MAIN LB1139.25 M66 2004

    Language development in early childhood/ Beverly Otto
    MAIN LB1139.5 .L35 O83 2006

    Growing up with literature / Walter Sawyer
    MAIN LB1140.5 .L3 S28 2004

    Children’s literature : discovery for a lifetime / Barbara Stoodt
    MAIN LB1575 .S86 2009

    Teaching young children in multicultural classrooms : issues, concepts, and strategies / Wilma Robles de Melendez
    MAIN LC1099.3 .D4 2007

    Introduction to two-dimensional design : understanding form and function / John Bowers
    MAIN NC703 .B68 2008

    Graphic design that works : secrets for successful logo, magazine, brochure, promotion, and identity
    MAIN NC997 .G67 2006

    Technical communication in the twenty-first century / Sidney Dobrin
    MAIN P301 .D63 2008

    Mathematics for the trades : a guided approach / Robert Carmen
    MAIN QA39.3 .C37 2005

    Basic college mathematics / John Tobey
    MAIN QA39.3 .T634 2005

    The hot topic : what we can do about global warming / Gabriel Walker
    MAIN QC981.8 .G56 W35 2008

    The brain that changes itself : stories of personal triumph from the frontiers of brain science / Norman Doidge
    MAIN QP363.3 .D65 2007

    Math basics for the healthcare professional / Michele Benjamin-Lesmeister
    MAIN R853 .M3 B46 2005

    Obsession : a history / Lennard Davis
    MAIN RC533 .D38 2008

    Math for meds : dosages & solutions / Anna M. Curren
    MAIN RS57 .C87 2005

    Understanding construction drawings / Mark W. Huth
    MAIN T355 .H87 2004

    Adobe Creative Suite 3 bible / Ted Padova
    MAIN T385 .P352 2007

    Design of mechanical and electrical systems in buildings / J. Trost
    MAIN TH6031 .T76 2004

    Wiring simplified / H. P. Richter
    MAIN TK3271 .R49 2008

    Electrical wiring : commercial / Ray C. Mullen
    MAIN TK3284 .M85 2008

    Data, voice, and video cabling / Jim Hayes
    MAIN TK5103.12 .H39 2009

    Landing page optimization : the definitive guide to testing and tuning for conversions / Tim Ash
    MAIN TK5105.888 .A7836 20

    Writing for the web 3.0 / Crawford Kilian
    MAIN TK5105.888 .K365 2006

    Killer Web content : make the sale, deliver the service, build the brand / Gerry McGovern
    MAIN TK5105.888 .M3778 2006

    Dreamweaver CS3 Bible / Joseph Lowery
    MAIN TK5105.8885 .D74 L694 2007

    How to wow / Jack Davis
    MAIN TR267 .D39 2008

    Foundation Flash CS3 for designers / Thomas J. Green
    MAIN TR897.7 .G737 2007

    Adobe Flash CS3 professional how-tos : 100 essential techniques / Mark Schaeffer
    MAIN TR897.7 .S372 2008

    The best of brochure design 8/ Ann Willoughby
    MAIN Z246 .B495 2006

    Adobe InDesign CS3 bible / Galen Gruman
    MAIN Z253.532 .A34 G787 2007

    Adobe InDesign CS3 one-on-one / Deke McClelland
    MAIN Z253.532 .A34 M35 2007

    December 4, 2008 • Uncategorized • Views: 1467

  • Finding good web sites: Internet Public Library

    Internet Public Library is a well-organized site maintained by a consortium of universities, and it’s filled with useful links. IPL includes an excellent Reference Center, with online dictionaries, encyclopedias and more. Also included are “pathfinders” to research on specific topics, along with links to relevant and authoritative Web sites. There’s also an Exhibits area of multimedia images on a range of subjects from lighthouses to music to dinosaurs.

    IPL is a bit like having a reference room on your computer, and it’s available on the free Internet – no password necessary.

    December 1, 2008 • Uncategorized • Views: 1150

  • Free books

    We’re constantly adding new books and audiovisual materials to our collection, which means we’re also constantly getting rid of older stuff to make room. Please see this Excel spreadsheet of the items we’ve weeded since September 1st and contact us if you’d like any of them. And yes, they’re really free!

    November 24, 2008 • Uncategorized • Views: 1187

  • Hours on 11/26

    The Library will close at 1 PM on Wednesday, November 26th. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

    November 24, 2008 • Uncategorized • Views: 1075

  • Finding good web sites: Librarians’ Internet Index

    The motto of Librarians’ Internet Index is “Websites You Can Trust.” Updated weekly, this is an extensive database of websites on every subject under the sun, individually selected by librarians for their usefulness and reliability.

    With over 20,000 websites indexed, there are plenty to choose from! These include all kinds of trustworthy sites from government, academia, associations, and other sources. The LII home page usually features links related to current news and holidays.

    LII is one of my favorite resources and a great way to find reliable websites quickly!

    November 20, 2008 • Uncategorized • Views: 1168

  • New titles in November 2008

    Here are some of the books and videos we added to our collection in the first half of November. You’ll find these and other great titles in our catalog, MnPALS Plus.

    Exploring psychology / David G. Myers
    MAIN BF121 .M935 2008

    The developing person through childhood / Kathleen Berger
    MAIN BF721 .B3664 2006

    Adult development and aging
    MAIN BF724.5 .P37 2007

    Minnesota goes to war : the home front during World War II / Dave Kenney
    MAIN D769.85 .M6 K46 2005

    American foreign policy : the dynamics of choice in the 21st century / Bruce Jentleson
    MAIN E840 .J46 1999

    Landscapes of Minnesota : a geography / John Hart Fraser
    MAIN F606.8 .H37 2008

    Henry Hastings Sibley : divided heart / Rhonda R. Gilman
    MAIN F606 .S56 G55 2004

    The falls of St. Anthony : the waterfall that built Minneapolis / Lucile M. Kane
    MAIN F614 .M557 K36 1987

    Latino Minnesota / Leigh Roethke
    MAIN F615 .S75 R64 2007

    New perspectives on Microsoft Office Project 2003 : introductory / Rachel B. Bunin
    MAIN HD69 .P75 B86 2005

    Microsoft Office Excel 2003 / Robert T. Grauer, Maryann Barber
    MAIN HF5548.4 .M523 G725 2004

    Microsoft Office Excel 2003 : comprehensive course / Judy Mardar
    MAIN HF5548.4 .M523 M322 2004

    Microsoft Excel 2002 : illustrated complete / Elizabeth Reding
    MAIN HF5548.4 .M523 R44 2002

    Go! with Microsoft Office Access 2003 : comprehensive / Linda Foster-Turpen, Jeffrey M. Howard
    MAIN HF5548.4 .M525 F678 2004

    Office XP : a professional approach : core / Deborah Hinkle
    MAIN HF5548.4 .M525 H56 2002

    Microsoft official academic course : Microsoft Office system 2003 edition
    MAIN HF5548.4 .M525 M54 2004

    New perspectives on Microsoft Office XP / June J. Parsons
    MAIN HF5548.4 .M525 P3722 2002

    Intercultural communication : a reader
    MAIN HM1211 .I57 2006

    The young child : development from prebirth through age eight
    MAIN HQ767.9 .B56 2009

    Guidance of young children / Marian Marion
    MAIN HQ772 .M255 2007

    Infants & toddlers / Terri Swim
    MAIN HQ778.63 .SP5 2007

    Literacy : helping students construct meaning / David J. Cooper
    MAIN LB1050.45 .C76 2009

    Beginnings & beyond : foundations in early childhood education / Ann Miles Gordon
    OVER LB1139.23 .G663 2004

    Family involvement in early childhood education : research into practice / Jennifer Prior
    MAIN LB1139.35 .P37 P75 2007

    Play at the center of the curriculum
    MAIN LB1139.35 .P55 P57 2007

    Early childhood experiences in language arts : early literacy / Jeanne Machado
    MAIN LB1139.5 .L35 M335 2007

    Literacy development in the early years : helping children read and write / Lesley Morrow
    MAIN LB1140.5 .L3 M667 2009

    A guidance approach for the encouraging classroom / Daniel Gartrell
    MAIN LB3012.2 .G37 2007

    Reflections : preparing for your practicum and internship / Mary Bold
    MAIN LC1072 .I58 B65 2008

    Home, school, and community relations / Carol Gestwicki
    MAIN LC225.3 .G47 2007

    Exceptional children and youth : an introduction to special education / Nancy Hunt
    MAIN LC3965 .H86 2002

    Exceptional lives : special education in today’s schools
    MAIN LC4031 .E87 2004

    Young children with special needs / Stephen Hooper
    MAIN LC4031 .U425 2009

    The long haul : an autobiography / Myles Horton
    MAIN LC5301 .M65 H69 1998

    The Prentice Hall guide for college writers / Stephen Reid
    MAIN PE1408 .R424 2006

    Perspectives on argument / Nancy V. Wood
    MAIN PE1431 .W66 2001

    Roget’s 21st century thesaurus in dictionary form : the essential reference for home, school, or office / Barbra Kipfer
    REF PE1591 .K54 2005

    The American Heritage college dictionary
    REF PE1628 .A6227 2007

    The American Heritage college dictionary
    MAIN PE1628 .A6227 2007

    The vampire Lestat / Anne Rice
    MAIN PS3568 .I265 V3 1985

    Understanding computers : today and tomorrow / Deborah Morley
    MAIN QA76.5 .P319 2008

    Practical computer literacy / June J. Parsons
    MAIN QA76.9 .C64 P37 2005

    Microsoft Office Access 2003 / Lisa Friedrichsen
    MAIN QA76.9 .D3 F75 2006

    Microsoft Access 2002 : illustrated complete / Lisa Friedrichsen
    MAIN QA76.9 .D3 F756 2002

    Microsoft Office Access 2003 comprehensive / Robert Grauer
    MAIN QA76.9 .D3 G71959 2004

    Microsoft Access 2002 complete tutorial / William Paewark
    MAIN QA76.9 .D3 P375 2002

    Respiratory physiology : the essentials / John B. West
    MAIN QP121 .W43 2008

    Gastrointestinal physiology
    MAIN QP145 .G27 2007

    Vitamins and minerals demystified / Steve N. Blake
    MAIN QP771 .B53 2008

    The disease fighters : the Nobel Prize in medicine / Nathan Aaseng
    MAIN R699 .A27 1987

    Guide to medical billing and coding
    MAIN R728.5 .G87 2007

    Maximizing billing and collections in the medical practice
    MAIN R728.5 .M394 2007

    Electronic health records : a guide for clinicians and administrators
    MAIN R864 .A42 2008

    The Merck manual of health & aging
    MAIN RA777.5 .M47 2005

    Mastering the reimbursement process / Joanne Waters
    MAIN RA981 .A2 U34 2008

    Step-by-step medical coding / Carol J. Buck
    MAIN RB115 .B82 2008

    Principles Of ICD-9-CM Coding / Deborah Grider
    MAIN RB115 .G75 2008

    A manual of laboratory and diagnostic tests / Frances Fischbach
    MAIN RB38.2 .F57 2009

    Prentice Hall’s handbook of laboratory & diagnostic tests : with nursing implications / Joyce LeFever Kee
    MAIN RB38.2 .K44 2009

    Mosby’s diagnostic and laboratory test reference / Kathleen Pagana
    MAIN RB38.2 .P337 2008

    Oncology nursing
    MAIN RC266 .O53 2007

    Stroke care : a practical manual / Rowan Harwood
    MAIN RC388.5 .H37 2005

    The amnesias : a clinical textbook of memory disorders / Andrew C. Papanicolaou
    MAIN RC394 .M46 P365 2006

    Oxford textbook of psychopathology
    MAIN RC454 .O94 2009

    How did this happen?: a practical guide to understanding eating disorders– for teachers, parents and coaches
    MAIN RC552 .E18 1999

    The asthma sourcebook / Francis V. Adams
    MAIN RC591 .A325 2007

    Fluids and electrolytes / Mary Baumberger-Henry
    MAIN RC630 .B28 2008

    Fluids and electrolytes demystified / Joyce Johnson
    MAIN RC630 .J64 2008

    The diabetes travel guide : how to travel with diabetes– anywhere in the world / Davida Kruger
    MAIN RC660.4 .K784 2006

    American Medical Association guide to preventing and treating heart disease : essential information you and your family need to know

    about having a healthy heart
    MAIN RC672 .L57 2008

    Living with coronary heart disease : a guide for patients and families / Jerome Granato
    MAIN RC685 .C6 G72 2008

    Pulmonary physiology and pathophysiology : an integrated, case-based approach / John B. West
    MAIN RC711 .W47 2007

    Gastrointestinal nursing / Graeme D. Smith
    MAIN RC802 .S615 2005

    The doctor’s guide to gastrointestinal health : preventing and treating acid reflux, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis,

    celiac disease, colon cancer, pancreatitis, cirrhosis, hernias and more / Paul Miskovitz
    MAIN RC806 .M57 2005

    First aid and CPR essentials / Alton Thygerson
    MAIN RC86.7 .T473 2007

    Wound care made incredibly easy!
    MAIN RD93.95 .W68 2007

    Health, safety, and nutrition for the young child / Lynn R. Marotz
    MAIN RJ101 .M347 2009

    Treatment planning in dentistry
    MAIN RK318 .T74 2007

    Prentice Hall nursing drug guide
    MAIN RM125 .N78

    The Merck manual of diagnosis and therapy
    MAIN RM127 .M4 2006

    I.V. therapy demystified / Kerry Cheever
    MAIN RM170 .C464 2008

    Pharmacology / Joanna Holly
    MAIN RM301 .H58 2009

    The complete guide to psychiatric drugs : straight talk for best results / Edward Drummond
    MAIN RM315 .D87 2006

    Clinical calculations : with applications to general and specialty areas / Joyce LeFever Kee
    MAIN RS57 .K44 2009

    Telephone triage protocols for nurses / Julie K. Briggs
    MAIN RT120 .E4 B75 2007

    MAIN RT48.5 .N89 2008

    Handbook of nursing diagnosis / Lynda Carpenito-Moyet
    MAIN RT48.6 .C385 2008

    Nursing diagnosis : application to clinical practice
    MAIN RT48.6 .N869 2008

    Professional guide to diseases
    MAIN RT65 .P69 2009

    Principles of horticulture / Charles Adams
    MAIN SB318 .A33 2008

    Microsoft Powerpoint 2002 : illustrated introductory / David Beskeen
    MAIN T385 .B473 2002

    Go! with Microsoft Office / Alicia Vargas
    MAIN T385 .V337 2004

    New perspectives on Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 : comprehensive / Beverly Zimmerman
    MAIN T385 .Z55 2004

    Minnesota-Ontario iron ore railroads / Patrick Dorin
    MAIN TF677 .D665 2002

    Heating boiler operator’s manual : maintenance, operation, and repair / Mohammad Malek
    MAIN TJ289 .M35 2007

    Electrical theory DC and AC
    AV TK454 .D3 2009

    Mixed emulsions : altered art techniques for photographic imagery / Angela Cartwright
    MAIN TR395 .C335 2007

    Photographing weather / Storm Dunlop
    MAIN TR705 .D865 2007

    Performing with Microsoft Publisher : comprehensive course / Iris Blanc
    MAIN Z253.532 .M53 B53 2002

    Microsoft Office Word 2003 comprehensive / Robert Grauer
    MAIN Z52.5 .M52 G748 2004

    November 14, 2008 • Uncategorized • Views: 1524

  • Finding GOOD web sites

    The Internet can be a terrific place to find up-to-date information for research papers and projects. In fact, these days the Web is the only place to find certain sorts of information. Government agencies, for example, are increasingly making their latest statistics available only in electronic format as they try to rein in costs (and save trees in the process.)

    You can also find invaluable, extensive and trustworthy information from Web sites put up by professional organizations and associations (examples: American Psychological Association, Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association), as well as sites related to programs heard on National Public Radio (like “All Things Considered”) or seen on public television (NOVA science programs.) These fine Web sites can be excellent supplements to books and journal articles as research sources.

    But, as every instructor knows, there’s also a lot of unreliable junk on the Net, as well. After all, anyone with a computer can put up a Web site. And when students simply Google their way through a research project, the results can be discouraging.

    So, given the mixed bag in the Web world, how do you sort the wheat from the chaff? In a short series of short blog entries, I’ll present some tips to make your Web searching easy and fruitful. Look for the first installment next week!

    November 13, 2008 • Uncategorized • Views: 1331

  • More new titles in October 2008

    Here are some of the books and videos we added to our collection in the last half of October. You’ll find these and other great titles in our catalog, MnPALS Plus.

    The Penguin factfinder
    REF AG106 .N49 2005

    Guinness world records 2009
    REF AG243 .G87 2008

    15,003 answers : the ultimate trivia encyclopedia / Stanley Newman
    REF AG243 .N496 2007

    Introduction to psychology / James W. Kalat
    OVER BF121 .K26 2007

    500 nations : an illustrated history of North American Indians / Alvin Josephy
    OVER E77 .J787 2002

    Minneosta yesterday & today / Layne Kennedy
    OVER F607 .K39 2006

    Rand McNally commercial atlas & marketing guide, 2003
    REF G1019 .R22 2003

    Small business sourcebook : the entrepeneur’s resource
    REF HD2346 .U5 S66

    World chamber of commerce directory
    REF HF294 .W75

    Wiley GAAP 2007 CD-ROM interpretation and application of generally accepted accounting principles
    AV HF5616 .U5 W55 2007

    Accounting / Carl S. Warren
    OVER HF5635 .F386 2007

    Principles of accounting / Belverd E. Needles
    OVER HF5635 .N35 2008

    Encyclopedia of women and American politics
    REF HQ1236.5 .U6 E52 2008

    How children develop / Robert Siegler
    OVER HQ767.9 .S534 2006

    Going public handbook : evolving SEC disclosure systems / Harold S. Bloomenthal
    REF KF1432.1 .B55

    The Oxford companion to American law
    REF KF154 .O96 2002

    International mechanical code 2006
    REF KF5708 .I55 2006

    RIA federal tax handbook
    REF KF6289 .R523

    Barron’s profiles of American colleges : descriptions of the colleges
    REF L901 .B323

    Minnesota measures : 2008 report on higher education performance
    OVER LB2322.2 .M56 2008

    Peterson’s study abroad
    REF LB2376 .P46

    Underground buildings : more than meets the eye / Loretta Hall
    OVER NA2542.7 .H35 2004

    Design secrets : furniture : 50 real-life projects uncovered / Laurel Saville
    OVER NK2260 .S28 2006

    The Oxford dictionary of word histories
    REF PE1580 .O94 2004

    Oxford large print thesaurus
    MAIN and REF PE1591 .O925 2004

    Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary
    MAIN and REF PE1628 .M36 2007

    The New York times dictionary of misunderstood, misused, mispronounced words / Laurence Urdang
    REF PE1680 .U7 2002

    The Oxford encyclopedia of children’s literature
    REF PN1008.5 .O94 2006

    Bowker’s news media directory
    REF PN4877 .B69

    Sustaining life : how human health depends on biodiversity
    OVER QH541.15 .B56 S96 200

    The Book of the states
    REF R353.9 B274 2007

    CPC coding exam review : the certification step / Carol J. Buck
    MAIN RB115.7 .B824 2008

    Dental assisting : a comprehensive approach / Donna Phinney
    OVER RK60.5 .P48 2008

    Foundations of therapeutic recreation
    OVER RM736.7 .F66 2008

    Minnesota State Fair : an illustrated history / Kathryn Koutsky
    OVER S555 .M666 K68 2007

    Fashion illustration with Photoshop / Kevin Tallon
    MAIN T385 .P54 T35 2008

    Trade shows worldwide
    REF T394 .T723

    Twin Cities by trolley : the streetcar era in Minneapolis and St. Paul / John W. Diers
    OVER TF725 .M6 D54 2007

    Red dot design yearbook
    OVER TS171 .A1 D469

    November 7, 2008 • Uncategorized • Views: 1726

  • Science Online update

    I just received this update from Facts On File regarding our Science Online subscription. Check it out!

    This update includes many new features and records that tie current events to the study of science and also provide support to educators who will start preparing soon for final exams and science fair competitions.
    Check out our new Today’s Science and “Focus On” features on the home page, 60 new experiments, more than 125 new videos, more than 440 new and updated illustrations and photographs, and more than 100 new essays. The new content covers everything from artificial intelligence to tsunamis and the hydrosphere. Continue reading for more details about this update.
    New Today’s Science Feature
    Visit the home page to find our new Today’s Science feature box highlighting four articles on hot topics and recent discoveries and events in science. New articles will be added regularly to the feature box. Mouse over the article titles to see brief descriptions of and photos from the articles or click the article title or “More” link to read the complete article. Article contents menus appear at the top of each record. Today’s Science articles also appear under the All and News Articles search results tabs. This month’s featured content includes:

    SCIENCE ONLINE New Todays Science Special Feature Water-Splitting to Store Solar Energy: Learn about the challenges of storing solar power efficiently and cheaply.

    Insect Altruism-More Than a Family Matter?: Read E.O. Wilson’s observations about insects such as worker bees, group selection, and evolution.

    Explosion of Luck: Scientists Observe the Birth of a Supernova: Find out how scientists discovered the X-ray pattern that signals the birth of a supernova.

    Mars Wet-Chemistry: Phoenix Finds Ice: Explore the question “Could life have existed on Mars?”

    Click here to visit the home page and check out this new feature.

    New Videos
    More than 125 new videos on topics such as electricity and magnetism, genetics, and botany have been added to Science Online
    . The videos are clear, short, and easy-to-follow. They provide educators with a great way to engage users who learn more effectively by watching and listening as scientific concepts are demonstrated, instead of focusing purely on reading assignments. The video records include links to related content, such as other videos, experiments, diagrams, essays, terms, and more. Libraries and educators can link to the records on their subject and homework Web pages using the “record URLs” provided at the bottom of each page. Examples of new videos include:

    New Essays
    More than 100 essays on a variety of topics, including core topics in chemistry and Earth science as well as hot topics such as renewable resources and climate change, are new with this update. Essays exploring the environment and the fragility of our planet link science to current events and provide a helpful starting point not only to environmental science educators but also to those studying current events and participating in this year’s National High School Debate on alternative energy incentives. Other essays on topics such as the quantum model cover essential content required by the science curriculum and incorporate helpful illustrations within the
    essays. Examples of new essays include:

    November 7, 2008 • Uncategorized • Views: 1224