Category Archives: Tips for Reference

Home Improvement Database


My library offers an online database all about home improvement, and I wasn’t even familiar with it until recently! This database contains information about how to accomplish all those items on your honey-do list. It also has articles about some … Continue reading

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Adults Reading YA Lit


YA books are gaining widespread readership among more than just teens. More often than not, it is an adult looking for the latest “Ranger’s Apprentice” book or “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins. What is YA Lit? Why is it … Continue reading

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Refresher on Dewey Decimal System


Because of the scheduled computer down time last week, I had some time to reflect on how dependent I am upon computers, even for something as simple as figuring out where a book is in the nonfiction section. Sure, I … Continue reading

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Quirks in eBook Lending


You’ve probably asked this same question: “Why isn’t the book I want available as an ebook from my library?” or a variation of that question might be “Why can’t I download this book wirelessly, especially since I’m able to do … Continue reading

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Preparing to Take a Vacation


Don’t feel guilty. No matter what the modern work ethos is, everyone deserves a vacation now and again. Even you. Continue reading

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Removing Odors from Stinky Books


Whether the stinky books are donations or returning to your collection from being checked out, you will need to make a decision. Is the odor so bad and offensive that it would be better to get rid of the book? Continue reading

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Cosmetic Changes to the WPLC eBook Website


The Wisconsin Public Library Consortium’s Digital Library updated their website this past week. Several patrons have already contacted the library confused over the differences. I’m happy to say that the changes are just cosmetic.

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Evaluating Information Online


How do you know when you can trust a website’s information? Or how can you teach a patron or student to evaluate online information? Heck, sometimes the question is how can you convince your patron of the need to evaluate … Continue reading

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Alternatives to Picnik


Picnik was a free photo editing website that allowed users to modify images with stickers, text, and photo altering tools. Single or multiple images arranged in a scrapbook-like format could be altered. Images could be uploaded from your computer, imported … Continue reading

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Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Genres


Genre is a classification of books or media by content and/or style that allows users to more easily identify the book. Subgenres are classifications within a genre that contain all the elements of a major genre as well as specific … Continue reading

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