Archive | April 2007

International Music Score Library

This wiki, from the International Music Score Library Project, offers downloadable PDFs of music scores for free.  Currently over 2800 works are included.  Users can browse by composer, composer’s time period or genre, or search by keyword.  Users can also access the site in seven other languages.


This site, created by the Department of Education, allows students to get an early estimate of eligibility for federal financial aid, allowing families more time for financial planning and preparation.

Copyright Renewals Database

Stanford’s Copyright Renewal Database “makes searchable the copyright renewal records received by the US Copyright Office between 1950 and 1993 for books published in the US between 1923 and 1963.”

According to the site: “The period from 1923-1963 is of special interest for US copyrights, as works published after January 1, 1964 had their copyrights automatically renewed by the 1976 Copyright Act, and works published before 1923 have generally fallen into the public domain. Between those dates, a renewal registration was required to prevent the expiration of copyright, however determining whether a work’s registration has been renewed is a challenge. Renewals received by the Copyright Office after 1977 are searchable in an online database, but renewals received between 1950 and 1977 were announced and distributed only in a semi-annual print publication. The Copyright Office does not have a machine-searchable source for this renewal information, and the only public access is through the card catalog in their DC offices.”


Going To School

From the Librarians’ Internet Index:

“This resource ‘delivers practical strategies and useful insights to help parents guide their kids through school.’ Provides a grade-by-grade summary of learning topics (through grade 5), and suggestions for adjusting to starting school and for talking with children about school, your child’s social life, parent-teacher relationships, and more. Part of a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) website for parents; co-produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) and Content Inventions, an educational media consulting firm.”

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Happy Belated Earth Day!  A few sites:

Personal Emissions Calculator

The EPA has developed this tool to help individuals and families estimate their greenhouse gas emissions.  Users can then learn about specific changes that can be made to reduce individual emissions.

“When you avoid making garbage in the first place, you don’t have to worry about disposing of waste or recycling it later.”  This site, from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, offers consumers advice on reducing their waste production at home, in the office, and everywhere else.

American Presidents

Three (one new) websites to check out:

The American Presidency Project

Site Description from LII: “This website contains a searchable database of tens of thousands of documents from U.S. presidents from 1789 to the present. Includes inaugural addresses, press briefings, signing statements, and debates. Also features data on topics such as popularity and number of public appearances, election results back to 1828, and an archive of audio and video clips.”  From the University of California, Santa Barbara.

American President

From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, this site “is a comprehensive collection of material about the U.S. Presidents and the history of the presidency. This web site features essays about each President and their lives before, during, and after their presidential terms. It additionally provides information about the First Lady and cabinet officials of each administration.”  Often includes speeches and links to other papers and documents.

POTUS: Presidents of the United States

“In this resource you will find background information, election results, cabinet members, notable events, and some points of interest on each of the presidents. Links to biographies, historical documents, audio and video files, and other presidential sites are also included.”  From the Internet Public Library.

Pet Food Recalls

Other pet food brands have been added to the recall.  The FDA has set up a “Hot Topics” page to provide recall lists, current news and more:

Also, for information on Interpreting Pet Food Labels, try this site:

Memphis Annual Rabies Vaccination Clinic

Thanks to Beth Dailey (Highland) for passing this information along!

“The Memphis and Shelby County Health Department is teaming up with the Memphis Animal Shelter and the Shelby County Veterinary Medical Association to hold the Annual Rabies Vaccination Clinics at 10 locations around Memphis and Shelby County on Saturday, April 21st and Saturday, April 28th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.”  See the press release (link above) to view locations and fees.


Another from Kevin Dixon (Staff Development):

Tutorz is a search engine for professional tutors.  Users can search for a professional tutor by subject, zip, or city and state.  Each tutor’s profile will list subjects tutored, certification and education information and tutoring methods.  (Many provide online tutoring.)

Earth 911

Thanks to Kevin Dixon (Staff Development) for passing along this site!

Earth 911 offers community-specific information on a variety of environmental issues.  This link is to the electronics recycling page; users can input their zip code to find recycling programs for cell phones, computers, ink cartridges and more.  Use the column on the left to find other programs and information.

Top Tips for Girls

This site offers a how-to guide for women that covers everything from etiquette to relationship advice.  Users can browse by topic (Work, Finances, Health, etc.) or search for the answer to a specific question.  A few examples of the helpful tips available:

  • How to fix a loose thread on a sweater
  • How to follow up after a job interview
  • How to stop cats from scratching the furniture
  • How to stop your windows from fogging up

Vintage Toy Encyclopedia

From Neat New Stuff:

“For each toy, there’s an image and a brief history; in some cases, there’s also info about its current value on the collectibles market.”


For people looking for a particular audiobook title, we first want to direct them to our downloadable E-Audio Book service from OverDrive.  But, if the title is not available through that service, you might try LibriVox.  “At LibriVox, volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain into digital audio (eg. mp3), and then make the audio files available to the world, for free.”

Everyday Mysteries

Questions and answers from the Library of Congress.  Each answer is thorough and most offer links to related resources.  So if you want to know if you can tell the temperature by the sound of a cricket or who invented the toothbrush, this is the site for you! 

MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base

From Philip Williams (Cordova):

“The National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism is a non-profit organization, funded through the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Grants and Training.  The Institute’s MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base is a ‘one-stop resource for comprehensive research and analysis on global terrorist incidents, terrorism-related court cases, and terrorist groups and leaders.’  In-depth information can be found on terrorism incidents that have occurred around the world, as well as recent information on terrorist incidents, groups, individuals, and trials.  Analytical tools allow a user to create graphs and tables, as well as customize maps of areas from around the world where terrorist acts have occurred.”